Daily Archives: January 19, 2009

Video Feature: What are some pointers on clipping short haired cattle?

Video Feature: What are some pointers on clipping short haired cattle?

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USDA: Naturally Raised Marketing Claim Standard

USDA: Naturally Raised Marketing Claim Standard


The US Department of Agriculture has issued a voluntary standard for naturally raised livestock and meat marketing claims.

The standard will be published as a notice in the Federal Register and is titled “United States Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims, Naturally Raised Claim for Livestock and the Meat and Meat Products Derived from such Livestock.”

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Cold weather brings stress on cattle

Cold weather brings stress on cattle

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

Tennessee cattle producers should be concerned about the cold weather during the week and on into the winter months.

The cold weather that we have had across Tennessee this week and into the weekend will be stressful on cattle. As the temperature drops, the feed needs of cattle increase.

Cattle are stressed when they are exposed to weather conditions below their critical environmental temperature. For cattle, that temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is at freezing.

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Tropical animal agriculture focus of Ensminger School in Costa Rica

Tropical animal agriculture focus of Ensminger School in Costa Rica

High Plains Journal

The next Ensminger international animal industry conference will take place Feb. 11 to 13 in Costa Rica. The event is being organized by Iowa State University and the University of Costa Rica.

“Opportunities and Challenges for Tropical Animal Agriculture” will bring in experts from around the world to present topics of interest for Latin American animal agriculture. About 200 students, faculty, producers and animal industry representatives will attend.

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Country-of-origin labels on food disappoint some

Country-of-origin labels on food disappoint some

Alan Bjerga

Cincinatti Enquirer

WASHINGTON – Longtime supporters of U.S. regulations requiring meat and fresh produce to be labeled by country of origin say the government’s final rule on the matter doesn’t do enough to distinguish U.S. meat from competitors.

The rule announced last week allows U.S. meat produced in a domestic facility that also is processing imported animals to carry a multicountry designation. That blurs the distinction between U.S. and foreign meat, according to critics, especially ranchers in northern states who compete with Canadian cattle. They pushed for a U.S.-only label to spur consumer purchases.

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Life on Collins ranch rolls into fifth generation

Life on Collins ranch rolls into fifth generation

Michael Booth

The Denver Post

Through decades raising beef amid health-food crazes, fuel-price crises and global-climate changes, the nemesis of 75-year-old ranching matriarch Polly Collins Johnson was as ancient as the hills: the tumbling tumbleweed.

Russian thistle breaks free from desiccated roots 30 miles to the north of here, rolls across the dryland prairie of eastern Colorado, and comes to rest against Collins Ranch fences that enclose 40,000 acres. The tumbleweeds pile up relentlessly, standing on one anothers’ shoulders as if to better mock the cattle. In blizzards, tumbleweeds accumulate snow, and knock over fence posts.

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Monitoring cow nutrition prior to calving is important

Monitoring cow nutrition prior to calving is important

Robbie Baird LeValley,  CSU Cooperative Extension Delta County Independent

During the last trimester of pregnancy, the fetus grows rapidly, placing increasing nutrient demands on the cow.

In addition, cold weather increases the cow’s nutrient requirements. Body condition (fat cover) plays an important role in successfully wintering beef cows. Late weaning, overstocking, late supplementation, poor parasite control programs, and inadequate winter rations can all lead to cows in poor body condition.

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The legendary cattleman and the cowboy photographer

The legendary cattleman and the cowboy photographer

Tim Davis

North Texas E-News

Among the most enduring images of Texas lore are the big cattle ranches, complete with cattle, cowboys, windmills, relaxing around a campfire, eating a meal the cook threw together using ingredients from the chuck wagon, etc.

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Shorthorn, Simmental Take Supreme Honors in Breeding Beef Show

Shorthorn, Simmental Take Supreme Honors in Breeding Beef Show

Michelle Kunjappu

Lancaster Farming

Out of two championship drives that included eight breed champions, judges selected a Shorthorn heifer and a Simmental bull for the supreme breeding beef titles during the Farm Show’s competition Monday.

In the heifer show, the eight breed champs each could perform with reduced inputs, said judges Dr. Dan Eversole and Dr. Tom Turner. The judges noted that “we’ve got cattle here that aren’t going to be the high-doing,” or high-maintenance animals.

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Smith concerned regulations could damage livestock industry in 2009

Smith concerned regulations could damage livestock industry in 2009

Robert Pore

Grand Island Independent

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., has concerns about the health of the livestock industry in 2009.

“I’m very concerned looking forward about livestock issues and many of the impacts of public policy on livestock production,” Smith said.

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Nebraska rural communities need young ranchers

Nebraska rural communities need young ranchers

Larry Cooper, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture

The Fence Post

On Jan. 22, 2009, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will sponsor a Nebraska rancher seminar designed to bring producers, current, and future NCTA students together to examine NCTA’s new 100 Beef Cow Ownership Advantage Program.

For almost two years, NCTA has been developing and promoting its 100 Beef Cow Ownership Advantage Program. This fall, 25 students entered NCTA specifically for this program, which will provide them with the technical skills important to beef cattle production along with the entrepreneurial and business skills necessary to understand how to own and operate a beef cattle enterprise.

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6 degrees of interpretation

6 degrees of interpretation

Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy LaRoue,

The News Virginian

. . . The president of the Augusta County Farm Bureau Federation and a beef cattle farmer in Mount Solon, Curry, 62, describes himself as a moderate, though others, he said, might consider him more of a conservative. However, Obama has pleasantly surprised him so far.

“I haven’t been quite as disappointed as I thought I’d be with the things he’s done so far. He’s been more to the middle of the road than I expected. … I think he’s disappointed some of the left wing more than he has me.”

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Highlands Ag Industry Continues To Face Challenges

Highlands Ag Industry Continues To Face Challenges

Bill Rogers

Highlands Today

The price of feed and fertilizer has nearly doubled. Transportation and the cost of labor are up as well. The threat of more government regulation always seems to be lurking over the farmer and rancher in Highlands County as well as across the country.

But those who make a living in agriculture are devoted to it and continue to persevere.

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Russians to view Montana beef genetics industry

Russians to view Montana beef genetics industry


Three livestock industry leaders from Russia will visit Montana cattle ranches and meet with cattle industry members next week.

Accompanied by a Russian reporter and a translator, they will attend the National Western Stock Show in Denver and arrive in Bozeman on Jan. 20.

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Belted Galloway Society Launches National Campaign to Promote the Green and Health Benefits of this Heritage Cattle Breed

Belted Galloway Society Launches National Campaign to Promote the Green and Health Benefits of this Heritage Cattle Breed


The Belted Galloway Society is launching a national outreach campaign to broaden interest in the Belted Galloway, a Heritage Cattle Breed originating in Scotland in the mid-19th century. The program includes organizing tours of member farms and ranches for interested parties. Restaurant owners and food buyers are welcome. The breed is ideal for small farmers who want to take advantage of the growing buy-local movement in America with a premium beef cattle that thrives on pasture land others breeds shun. Belties smaller size, low carbon footprint and gentle demeanor make them a wise and economical choice for hobby farmers and 4H projects.

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