Monthly Archives: November 2008

Video Feature: Demonstration of Boning and Yield of an 1108 lb. Utility Cow

Video Feature: Demonstration of Boning and Yield of an 1108 lb. Utility Cow

This video demonstrates the yield of an 1108 lb. live-weight processed at Lambert Meat Laboratory, Auburn University


The Gas Tax: EPA May Cost $175 Per Cow

The Gas Tax: EPA May Cost $175 Per Cow

The internet lit up last week about a possible Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) green house gas (GHG) tax on dairy cows that would amount to a $175 per cow annual fee simply for ruminating.

The urgency of the proposal, which was flitting around the web at byte speed, was fueled by the fact that comments on the proposal are due this Friday, November 28. The proposal, issued in an “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” is a mere 168 pages in the Federal Register, says Jim Dickrell, Editor of Dairy Today.

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Expanding U.S. beef trade is vital to the industry’s future

Expanding U.S. beef trade is vital to the industry’s future

Southwest Farm Press

At the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) Annual Convention in Grapevine, Andy Groseta, the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said his “number one goal is to continue to grow and expand our beef export market.”

While U.S. beef exports are closing in on a return to pre-December 2003 levels, Groseta said, “We need to continue to fight for fair and reliable trade because, as we all know, exports are one of the most important ways to add value to our cattle.”

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Anti-quality Factors in Beef Cattle Diets

Anti-quality Factors in Beef Cattle Diets

Beef Magazine

Simple management practices often can be implemented to reduce the risk of diet-induced production losses.

Under certain conditions, beef cattle may be exposed to forages and feeds containing toxic or harmful compounds. When consumed, these antiquality factors can result in reduced cattle growth, depressed reproductive performance, poor health, and even death, say Jane A. Parish and Justin D. Rhinehart, in a Missippi State University Extension Service publication.

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Livestock Angles: Tight cattle squeeze packers

Livestock Angles: Tight cattle squeeze packers

Joe Teale

The cattle market is struggling within itself as we move into November.

This period should have the tightest numbers of available cattle while at the same time demand has become a real question mark. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cattle on Feed Reports and the placements recorded in previous months, numbers of market-ready cattle should be at their tightest now into December.

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Replacement heifer sale draws sharply lower prices

Replacement heifer sale draws sharply lower prices

The Monett TImes

The 297 bred heifers that were part of a University of Missouri Extension program produced an average sale price of $1,069 per head at the first Show-Me Select replacement heifer sale this fall, held at the Joplin Regional Stockyards.

A similar sale last fall averaged $1,427 on 174 head.

The top lot of four heifers in the sale averaged $1,500 dollars per head for Ladd Ranches in Sparta. Another pen of five heifers from the Ladd family took second high at $1,475. On their 34-head total consignment, they averaged $1,265.

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Sparks critical of livestock tax plan

Sparks critical of livestock tax plan

Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama agriculture commissioner Ron Sparks said a proposed livestock tax proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should raise alarms.

He said the levy would effectively put livestock farmers out of business by taxing them for supposed greenhouse gas releases by the animals.

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