Daily Archives: March 10, 2009

Retail perspective: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Randy Irion, director of retail marketing with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, discusses consumer trends and how beef is competing for center of the plate. Recorded a the 2008 Beef Quality Summit, November 2008, Colorado Springs, CO. This Recording is a production of the Animal Sciences Department, Purdue University.

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Merck May Plan Sale of Stake in Animal Venture (Merial) With Sanofi

Merck May Plan Sale of Stake in Animal Venture With Sanofi

Zachary R. Mider and Shannon Pettypiece


Merck & Co. plans to sell its 50 percent stake in an animal-health joint venture with Sanofi- Aventis SA (Merial) as part of the $41.1 billion acquisition of Schering- Plough Corp., according to people familiar with the situation.

Proceeds from the sale would help bolster Merck’s financial position after spending $9.8 billion of its cash and borrowing $8.5 billion to buy Kenilworth, New Jersey-based Schering-Plough, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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Analysts say reluctant Lilly is merger candidate

Analysts say reluctant Lilly is merger candidate

Analysts: Big rivals merging out of necessity, and Lilly should, too

John Russel

Is Eli Lilly and Co. next?

In the wake of Monday’s announcement that industry giant Merck & Co. will buy competitor Schering-Plough for $41.1 billion — the second huge merger announcement in six weeks in the struggling drug industry — some analysts are beginning to wonder whether Lilly needs to end its independent streak and grow much bigger in order to survive.

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Merck, Schering-Plough merger announced

Merck, Schering-Plough merger announced


Merck & Co. and Schering-Plough Corp. announced a $41.1 billion merger March 9, but it’s unclear how it will affect both companies’ animal-health businesses.

Schering-Plough combined forces with Intervet in 2007 after it purchased the animal-health segment from Akzo Nobel and sold off certain products in the European market to Pfizer in late 2008. Intervet/Schering-Plough emerged as the largest animal-health company in the world.

Merial has been jointly owned by Merck and Sanofi-Aventis since 1997, and ranks as the world’s second largest animal-health company.

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Is family ranching a thing of the past?

Is family ranching a thing of the past?

The Westerner

The future of family ranching is bleak in the eyes of one Catron County rancher who recently told me he foresees the day that such ranching will end. “The days of family ranching are over,” said Ace McPhaul, 32, while sitting at the home headquarters of the Southern Cross Ranch, a ranch he’s managed for three years with his wife, Timber, and two small children.

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Eyes Window to a Cow’s Disposition, Study Finds

Eyes Window to a Cow’s Disposition, Study Finds

University of Guelph

Cows are known for their big, beautiful dark eyes. But University of Guelph researchers have discovered it’s actually the whites of their eyes that are important when it comes to determining their temperament.

Their study, published in the recent issue of the Journal of Animal Science, found that the higher the proportion of visible white in a cow’s eye, the more anxious the animal.

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Transport behavior of E. coli varies depending on manure source

Transport behavior of E. coli varies depending on manure source


Escherichia coli is a commonly used indicator organism for detecting the presence of fecal contamination in drinking water supplies. The importance of E. coli as an indicator organism has led to several studies looking at the transport behavior of this important microorganism in groundwater environments. Commonly only a single strain of E. coli is used in these studies, yet research has shown that a significant amount of genetic variability exists among strains of E. coli isolated from different host species and even from the same host species. If these genetic differences result in differences in cell properties that affect transport, different strains of E. coli may exhibit different rates of transport in the environment.

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Beef Cattlemen’s Conference offers perspective on market, innovations

Beef Cattlemen’s Conference offers perspective on market, innovations

Monett Times

The 40th annual Beef Cattlemen’s Conference in Monett focused on the economic situation, maximizing one’s investment and changes due to technology and science. Interest in hearing from experts was high this year, as reflected by attendance of more than 160 people for the late afternoon and evening session at the National Guard Armory in Monett.

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An industry of pollution

An industry of pollution

Allie Grasgreen


Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to, and perceived by the public.

This is not an essay about animal rights.

Yes, I like animals – even the less charismatic ones. Yes, I don’t eat meat because I see serious ethical issues in the way the industry operates, but there’s more to it than that. There are environmental travesties that are not being addressed because it is less expensive and more convenient to continue living with the status quo.

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Producer Finds Success in Eradicating Toxic Fescue

Producer Finds Success in Eradicating Toxic Fescue

Brenda Black

Cattle Today

The Missouri Soil and Conservation Board awarded Ron Locke of Long Lane, Mo., the 2008 State Grass Land Farmer of the Year last November. His annual spring cleaning for the past few years may well be the reason he gained the board’s respect. Nearly 100 farmers and cattlemen across Southwest Missouri attended the 86th Annual Dallas County Soils & Crops Conference Feb. 6, to hear Locke’s adamant theory on the eradication of old-school fescue.

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Researchers Collaborate on Forage and Silage

Researchers Collaborate on Forage and Silage


The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Forage Genetics International have entered into a multi-year research collaboration focused on improving alfalfa for a broad range of applications, including forage, silage and industrial uses.

As part of the collaboration, Forage Genetics International (FGI) provides a gift to advance the Noble Foundation’s infrastructure and research, education and outreach programs as well as provide additional funding for targeted research in alfalfa for the next decade. In return, FGI obtains an option to commercialize Noble Foundation technologies in alfalfa through royalty-bearing licenses. Specific financial terms of the agreement were not released.

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New exhibit showcases Florida’s deep cattle roots

New exhibit showcases Florida’s deep cattle roots

By Gerald Ensley

Tallahassee Democrat

The images are so American: Cattle and cowboys. Round-ups and branding. Rodeos and calf roping.

They all suggest one place: Florida.

Yup, whether you knew it or not, the Sunshine State is one of the nation’s leading cattle states. In fact, it was the nation’s first cattle state.

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USDA OKs cattle E. coli vaccine

USDA OKs cattle E. coli vaccine

A Willmar start-up’s product could be both a lifesaver and a boon to meat producers.


Star Tribune

Epitopix has won approval from federal regulators to sell the first animal vaccine in the United States to combat a deadly strain of E. coli bacteria.

The Willmar, Minn.-based start-up, a spin-off of Willmar Poultry Co., won a conditional license from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to start selling the vaccine to cattle producers and beef processors.

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‘Cow tax’ bill enters Congress

‘Cow tax’ bill enters Congress

Korrie Wenzel

The Daily Republic

U.S. Sen. John Thune on Thursday introduced legislation to prevent future implementation of a so-called “cow tax,” which, if enacted, would require producers to purchase permits to offset the gases their livestock emit.

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AgriLabs celebrates 25 years

AgriLabs celebrates 25 years

Company markets 960 animal health products across U.S.

Susan Mires

St. Joe News and Press

Born in St. Joseph and national in scope, AgriLabs is celebrating its silver anniversary this week.

AgriLabs shareholders gathered for their annual meeting Thursday. The company was formed in 1984 by a group of business leaders, including Wes Remington, a key developer in St. Joseph’s animal health industry. The company now works with 42 different manufacturers and markets about 960 animal health products across the United States.

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