Anti-Horse Transportation Bill Moves Forward
The horribly misguided and misleadingly named Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 6598), a bill which would criminalize the sale and transportation of horses for the purposes of slaughter, was approved and recommended to the House of Representatives by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill passed by a voice vote. The Committee is finalizing its report for submission to the Rules Committee.
Care of the Newly Purchased Young Bulls
Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University
Yearling bulls should be well-grown but not too fat. The energy content of a ration should be reduced if bulls are getting too fat. Fat bulls may fatigue rapidly, contributing to fewer cows conceiving.
For a yearling bull to be used successfully, he should have reached puberty 3 to 4 months before breeding time. The age of a bull at puberty depends on several interrelated factors, but size or weight and breed are probably the controlling factors.
The production of semen by a young bull largely depends on his overall growth as well as the development of his testicles and other reproductive organs. The size of testicles and volume of semen produced are positively correlated.
Bovine Leukosis Virus
Bovine leukosis virus (BLV) is one of those insidious diseases that can kill cattle and reduce overall productivity of a beef herd, even when there are no obvious signs of infection. In less than 5% of infected cattle, BLV causes malignant lymphoma that leads to cancerous tumors (lymphosarcoma) and death. Most animals don’t die of the disease, but the virus can never be eliminated, and BLV-positive cattle remain a source of infection for other animals. Fortunately, there is no evidence that BLV is transmissible to humans.
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Official Animal Disease Traceability Plan Released
The Official version of the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Business Plan to Advance Animal Disease Traceability has been released.
The plan provides benchmarks to guide the National Animal Identification System’s progress towards the long-term goal of 48-hour traceback of affected or exposed animals in the event of an animal disease outbreak.
CDA strives to protect Colorado’s livestock from disease
High Plains Journal
The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Industry is responsible for animal health and livestock disease control activities in Colorado. The total value of the state’s cattle, sheep, hogs, and chickens is $2.97 billion; cattle accounts for 95 percent of this amount with 2.75 million head of cattle and calves.
“Livestock disease control goes beyond our back yard and across state lines,” said Assistant State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “The Colorado Department of Agriculture takes an all-hazards approach to animal health; we strive to be prepared for any emergency.”
Most producers ready for COOL implementation
By Jeff DeYoung
The Prairie Star
Dave Petty says he’s cool with COOL.
“I think it’s good for our industry,” says Petty, a cattle producer and past president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.
“We need to be able to step up and take responsibility for what we produce.”
COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) becomes law Sept. 30. It requires labeling of most perishable ag commodities, including beef, pork, lamb and chicken.
The provision was initially part of the 2002 farm bill. Implementation of COOL was delayed in 2004 and again in 2005 for all commodities except wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish.
Whence the beef? U.S. consumers soon will know foods’ origin
Arizona Daily Star
Americans have enjoyed Mexican meat exports for many years but until now, those products did not need to list the country of origin — as they will starting Tuesday
Beef may be what’s for dinner, as the slogan goes, but until now it was hard to know where it was coming from.
Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for agricultural commodities, including beef, go into effect Tuesday, and activity at cattle ports along the Mexican border is idle as breeders in Sonora, along with buyers in the United States, wait to see what sort of impact the new law will have on their long-standing relationship, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.