Video Feature: Animal Welfare and Cattle Movement
Animal care and raising cattle go hand-in-hand. Producers know that giving animals the proper care, handling and nutrition they deserve is the right thing to do and it makes good business sense. This video educates beef producers about low-stress ways to move cattle.
Audio Feature: 2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference: Mary Young, NCBA, and Ann Marie Krautheim, DMI, Joint Beef & Dairy Symposium part 1
Mary Young, NCBA, and Ann Marie Krautheim, DMI, highlight the Nutrient Rich Foods Coalition.
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Effects of Fat Supplementation on Reproduction in Beef Cattle
Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University
Over the past 15 years, 30 different research trials have been conducted that examine the impact of supplemental fat on reproductive performance of beef and dairy cattle. Fats (or lipids) have been fed before and after calving and during the breeding season. Research on feeding supplemental fat has resulted in varied and inconsistent results as it relates to reproductive efficiency including positive, negative, and no apparent effect.
COOL Record-Keeping Requirements For Producers Becoming Clearer
Derrell S. Peel, OSU Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist
As the September 30 deadline for implementation of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) approaches, industry participants are working hard to clarify details with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and to agree on language that is acceptable to all parties. Recently, the result of a broad-based industry coalition to develop language for affidavits was announced and portions of these announcements are included in the following information. The language includes three affidavit or declaration statements that provide required information on animals as they move through production and marketing channels.
12 New Grants to Boost Cattle Production
The Federation of State Beef Councils (FSBC) has awarded 12 new grants through its Federation Initiative Fund to help underwrite beef promotions in states with high human populations but low cattle numbers and, therefore, limited beef checkoff collections.
Grants totaling just over $172,000 were awarded to state beef councils who will execute one or more targeted beef promotions in Michigan, New York, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The projects range from foodservice training, retail promotions and product sampling to a K-12 health education program designed to reach at least 350,000 teachers, students and parents.
Students Encouraged to Apply for Beef Scholarships
Applications are being accepted for the 2009 Beef Industry Scholarship program, sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and the CME Group. All entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2008.
Ten scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to young people pursuing careers in the beef industry. The program encourages talented and thoughtful students who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in the beef industry, either through classes, internships or life experience. Graduating high school seniors or full-time undergraduate students enrolled at a two-year or four-year college for the 2009-2010 academic school year are eligible to apply.
DNA-Traced Beef Coming Soon
The battle over voluntary BSE testing is now over – with a federal appeals court recently ruling USDA can stop meat packers from testing cattle for the disease. The former CEO of Creekstone Farms – the company at the center of that controversy – says voluntary testing would have been a milestone. But John Stewart says there’s another way for U.S. beef exporters to regain their customers in Korea and Japan: DNA-based traceability.