Keeping Cows Healthy & Happy Pays Off For Pennsylvania Farmers
For more than six years, Bradford County dairy producer Glen Gorrell has relied on Penn State Extension to help him run a profitable business. Through Extension’s Dairy Alliance program, Gorell has long benefited from useful tips on labor management and financial stewardship at his Smithfield dairy. Over the past year, though, Penn State has helped increase Gorell’s bottom line in a new way — by helping him keep his 570 dairy cows healthier and more productive.
Beef merger in big leagues
Greg Barr Reporter
Houston Business Journal
McClaren gets bullish on cattle breeding after batting for Astros
Bob McClaren steered the careers of many young baseball players through the ranks during his lengthy stint as an executive and now as a consultant to the Houston Astros.
The former Astros president of business operations and current team board member and consultant says the same methodology can be applied to 44 Farms, his fast-growing business where four-legged performers are measured by a different type of quality standard.
COOL regulations take effect tomorrow: CBW EXCLUSIVE
Mandatory country of origin labeling of retail meat and other covered commodities takes effect in the U.S. tomorrow (Sept 30) after years of wrangling. About 36,000 grocery stores will be required to label beef, pork, lamb and chicken products. Also included are fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, macadamia nuts, pecans, ginseng and peanuts. As previously reported, MCOOL will apply to only about 30% of all beef sold in the U.S. annually. That’s because sales into foodservice and of processed products are exempt. So too are most sales on the Internet and in butcher shops.
Angus Association to Conduct 125th Annual Meeting
American Angus Association members will meet formally for the 125th time during the 2008 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), Nov. 15-18 in Louisville, Ky. A full slate of educational and commemorative activities is planned for attendees to the American Angus Association’s 125th Annual Convention of Delegates and the 2008 Super Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show. In addition to the usual business, the history of the breed and the organization will be celebrated.
Senate Rejects Non-ambulatory Cattle Language
The US Senate has rejected a motion to proceed to the Economic Stimulus package, which includes language that would ban non-ambulatory disabled cattle from entering the food supply.
The measure was rejected by a vote of 52 to 42. The language also included additional civil money penalties that go beyond those already established through the Federal Meat Inspection Act. Sixty votes were required for the Senate to proceed to debate and consideration of the bill.
What Are The Basic Requirements Of COOL?
The 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills amended the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of beef (including veal), lamb, pork, chicken, goat, wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish, perishable agricultural commodities, peanuts, pecans, ginseng, and macadamia nuts. The implementation of mandatory COOL for all covered commodities except wild and farm- raised fish and shellfish was delayed until September 30, 2008.
“Ranch Transitions” is theme for October conference by King Ranch Institute
“Living the Legacy: Transitioning Ranch Ownership and Management to the Next Generation” is the theme of the 5th Annual HOLT CAT Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management. Set for Oct. 30-31 at Texas A&M University (TAMU)-Kingsville, the program will stress the importance of a smooth transition and consistent operation between generations. Early registration is $150 until Oct. 17, and $200 thereafter.