Daily Archives: January 30, 2009

HSUS President says time is right for reforms

HSUS President says time is right for reforms

Dave Russell

Brownfield Network

With passage of Proposition 2 in California, which phases out the use of veal crates, gestation stalls and battery cages, still fresh in the minds of people, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is anxious to take their legislative agenda to the nation’s capital. HSUS President Wayne Pacelle believes that with the new Obama Administration and new Congress, the time is right for responsible reforms.

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Water Requirements and Quality Issues for Cattle

Water Requirements and Quality Issues for Cattle

Johnny Rossi, Extension Animal Scientist, University of Georgia

Mel Pence, Veterinary Field Investigator

Water is the most important nutrient for cattle. It accounts for 50 to 80 percent of an animal’s weight and is involved in every physiological process. Cattle cannot adapt to water restriction and feed intake greatly decreases if water is restricted. Water availability and quality can become a major issue during a drought. It is important to check water sources frequently for water availability and quality during a drought.

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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean moves on to Iowa State

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean moves on to Iowa State

Kerstin Roan

Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Sharron Quisenberry has accepted the position of vice president for research and economic development at Iowa State effective April 1.

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Record Keeping Can Help Meet Challenges

Record Keeping Can Help Meet Challenges

Southern Livestock

Most cattle producers happily waved good-bye to 2008, while crossing their fingers that 2009 will be much better. Many are wrestling with challenging management decisions as a result of the profitability challenges they are facing. “Production costs were extremely high in 2008 and feeder cattle prices fell dramatically from summer to winter,” said Kenny Burdine, University of Kentucky livestock marketing specialist.

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BeefTalk: Know Your Environment Because Cows Depend On It

BeefTalk: Know Your Environment Because Cows Depend On It

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The challenges this winter have been many.

While morning coffee discussions are starting to focus on spring planting, the strain of the cold and snow remains. The challenges this winter have been many. Cows have had to be moved, the feeding season is long and the cost of feed is high.

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Wagyu Steak Gets Obama in Hot Water

Wagyu Steak Gets Obama in Hot Water

Hartley Engel

Associated Content

Wagyu steak was served at a “Stimulus Package” White House cocktail party hosted by President Obama last night, and, as a result, something of an uproar has ensued. Why? Perhaps the fact that Wagyu stWagyu Steak Gets Obama in Hot Water

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Identifying economically important traits in animal genomes

Identifying economically important traits in animal genomes

AG Professional

The livestock industry accounts for almost $100 billion of the annual agricultural gross domestic product. Scientists now believe a new tool, called a “snip chip,” may revolutionize the livestock industry and help farmers and ranchers produce even more.

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Workshops for beef producers set during month of February

Workshops for beef producers set during month of February       

The Grant Tribune Sentinel

    Five University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension beef production seminars in West Central Nebraska will present the latest research-based information on herd health and profitability, said Lincoln/McPherson County Extension Educator, Randy Saner.

       These workshops will begin with registration at 9:45 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. local time. Pre-register with the Extension office in the county of the seminar you wish to attend one week prior to the workshop for a meal count. 

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‘Natural’ Often Means Little On Label

‘Natural’ Often Means Little On Label

cattlenetwork.com

But even more than other claims on food labels, “natural” should give you pause. In most cases, it has little meaning.

According to the Mintel Global New Products Database, which monitors the appearance of new household products, a whopping one-third of all new U.S. food and beverage products in 2008 highlighted claims of being “natural” or “all natural,” or something similar, including “organic,” “no additives or preservatives” and “whole grain.”

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PETA Protests Cattlemen’s Convention

PETA Protests Cattlemen’s Convention

Animal rights group claims cows are conscious when slaughtered; Cattlemen say they’re humane

KFYI

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – staged its latest protest featuring a barely-clad young woman in downtown Phoenix on Thursday.  They were outside the Phoenix Convention Center, where the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association trade show were taking place inside. 

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There is no push for a government dairy herd buyout.

There is no push for a government dairy herd buyout.

Bob Meyer

Brownfield Network

The dairy industry continues to say there is no effort to have another government-sponsored whole herd buyout. The latest story had a coalition of western dairy groups asking Congress for money to augment a buyout through the Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) program.

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Blood Test for ‘Mad Cow’ Disease May Be Near

Blood Test for ‘Mad Cow’ Disease May Be Near

It detects the brain illness in cattle months before symptoms appear, scientists say

US News and World Report

A simple, inexpensive DNA blood test may be able to detect “mad cow” disease in live cattle months before they show any clinical signs of the disease, according to a Canadian-led team of researchers.

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Argentine farmers face ruin as drought kills cattle, crops

Argentine farmers face ruin as drought kills cattle, crops

CNN.com

In a small farming town 105 kilometers (65 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires, farmers are struggling to nourish their crops and feed their animals. The worst drought in half a century has turned Argentina’s once-fertile soil to dust and pushed the country into a state of emergency.

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Prolapses In Cattle, An Ugly Fact Of Life

Prolapses In Cattle, An Ugly Fact Of Life

cattlenetwork.com

Prolapses in cattle are a dirty problem that can be a real health frustration for beef cattle producers.  Uncared for or improperly treated they can result in significant economic losses.

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US Programme Seeks Consistency in Beef Grades

US Programme Seeks Consistency in Beef Grades

Thebeefsite.com

Beef grading has been a vital marketing service provided by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) since the 1920s.

Consumers, through retail, restaurant, and commercial food service buyers, have come to rely on USDA Prime, Choice, and Select as symbols of quality. Much of the U.S. beef supply chain depends on official USDA beef grades as the underlying basis for carcass value and for negotiating product price. Consequently, grading accuracy and consistency are highly important, especially as the industry transitions towards instrument grading.

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