Daily Archives: October 20, 2008

Curly Calf Syndrome Explanation

Curly Calf Syndrome Explanation

Angus Semen Service

Early this fall the American Angus Association alerted its membership by letter and through its web site (www.angus.org) of the existence of what appears to be a lethal genetic defect called Curly Calf Syndrome. Affected calves are born dead with a twisted spine and extended and contracted limbs. Early investigations lead researchers believe this to be a simple recessive gene tentatively tracing to GAR Precision 1680 (11520398).

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Business by the Horns: Longhorns livelihood of ranch

Business by the Horns: Longhorns livelihood of ranch


Country World

Nearly 20 years after moving to Texas, Kurt Twining, owner of Silver T Ranch, followed his long-time dream and began raising Longhorn cattle.

“In 1979, I was recruited from Michigan State University to go work at Texas Instruments in Dallas,” recalled Twining. “When I moved to Texas, I knew that I didn’t want to live in the city. I wanted to be able to live in the country and possibly one day, be able to raise livestock. When I first started working for Texas Instruments, I was living in Wylie which was considered the country at the time, but 10 years ago, I finally bought about 100-acres outside of Winnsboro.”

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Continent of origin labeling

Continent of origin labeling

High Plains Journal

That’s close enough, isn’t it? The animal was born, fed and converted to protein somewhere north of the Panama Canal. That’s the way it looks like country-of-origin labeling (COOL) is going to go now that it has been implemented at the retail level. The intent of the legislation was clear: to identify meat produced solely in the United States and labeled as such but the final implementation may be far different.

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USDA study confirms link between ethanol by-product and E. coli

USDA study confirms link between ethanol by-product and E. coli

Mark Steil

Minnesota Public Radio

A U.S. Agriculture Department study shows a significant increase of potentially harmful E. coli bacteria in cattle that are fed an ethanol by-product known as distiller’s grain. Distillers grain is a common ingredient in cattle feed. But researchers say it’s too soon to know whether cattle producers should change the amount of distiller’s grain they feed to their herds.

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Beef cattle reproduction symposium scheduled Dec. 2 and 3 in Colorado

Beef cattle reproduction symposium scheduled Dec. 2 and 3 in Colorado

High Plains Journal

New methods and technologies to control and improve reproductive success in beef cattle is the focus of the “Robert Taylor Memorial Symposium: Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle” scheduled for Dec. 2 and 3 at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Collins, Colo.

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Central figure in cattle scam gets 8 years

Central figure in cattle scam gets 8 years

Two former bank officials receive less than a year

Christian Giggenbach


A federal judge sentenced former cattle broker Kevin Scott O’Brien, the Greenbrier County con man who bilked investors out of millions using Ponzi and phantom cattle schemes, to more than eight years in prison Friday in Beckley.

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Packing industry consolidation concerns Montana cattlemen

Packing industry consolidation concerns Montana cattlemen

The Prairie Star

Montana Cattlemen’s Association is concerned with the proposed purchase of National Beef Packing Co., Smithfield Beef Group and Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding LLC by the Brazilian group JBS.

Currently JBS is the world’s largest beef packer and the third largest beef processor in the U.S. since it acquired Swift and Company in May 2007. If this proposed merger is completed, 80 percent of the U.S. beef processing will be left to only three companies: JBS, Cargill and Tyson, with JBS becoming the largest.

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