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.
‘Stop eating meat’ a misguided approach to climate change
Australian farmers and researchers say comments from one of the world’s top scientists, that people should stop eating red meat, are misguided.
The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pacchauri says consumers must reject red meat, because methane emissions from beef and sheep are making a big contribution to climate change.
Changes In Urine Could Lead To BSE Test For Live Animals
Researchers have demonstrated that protein levels in urine samples can indicate both the presence and progress of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) disease in cattle. The scientists hope that their discovery might lead to the development of a urine-based test that could prevent the precautionary slaughter of many animals as now occurs when the disease is detected.
TSCRA provides COOL forms for cattle producers
North Texas e-News
Cattle raisers now have forms available for download to help them easily fulfill their part of the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law that goes into effect at the end of this month.
COOL is a USDA marketing program mandated by the 2002 Farm Bill which requires retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of beef (including veal), goat meat, lamb, pork, poultry, fish and other perishable agricultural commodities.
NCTA students benefit from Gudmundsen research
High Plains Journal
University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken recently commended the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture for its entrepreneurial vision. Milliken specifically recognized the 100 Beef Cow Ownership Advantage program NCTA began to offer last year. The program addresses farm and ranch entrepreneurship, working to give participants valuable cattle assets upon graduation. President Milliken was one of many speakers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory 9th Annual Open House Aug. 27.
Board expected to extend mandatory bovine TB testing
Mandatory bovine tuberculosis testing is expected to be extended to the whole state starting next week, according to the state veterinarian and officials of the New Mexico Livestock Board.
New Mexico is expected to be added to a list of states that have been declared “modified accredited advanced” by the USDA because of an animal that was infected with bovine TB in Curry County earlier this year.
Where’s the beef…from?
Lyndon farmer finds customers like knowing meat is raised locally
Farming has been a part of Charlie Eselgroth his entire life, and he intends to keep it that way.
“I got right out of high school and took a little bit of college. The classes I took were those I could use on the farm,” he said.
Over the past several years, Eselgroth has looked for ways to continue his lifestyle and maintain a living. One of the first efforts was direct marketing the beef cattle he raises at Buckskin Farms which consists of five different farms across about 900 acres.
What is your pasture home to?
Cattle Business Weekly
Pastures that have been routinely overgrazed undergo a change in plant composition. The plants that make up an area of land are referred to as increasers, decreasers or invaders. Knowing how they react to the impact of grazing is important to your bottom dollar, says Chuck Lura, rangeland specialist at North Dakota State University’s Central Grasslands Research Extension Center.
Prions jump species barrier
Test tube experiments may help identify the most hazardous prion proteins.
Infectious prion proteins from hamsters can change normal proteins from mice into new, infectious forms of prion – simply by mixing the proteins together in a test tube.
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston suggest their discovery could be turned into a useful test for whether a given prion strain is transmissible from one species to another. Prion proteins are responsible for Creutzfeld-Jakob disease and “mad cow” disease.