Daily Archives: May 13, 2009

Video Feature: Value Added Calves

Video Feature: Value Added Calves

NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen

Adding value to calves impacts all segments of the cattle industry.  Our experts say it’s an important process for cattlemen.

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What HSUS is Right About

What HSUS is Right About

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

While HSUS is wrong about many of the charges they make, they are right about one thing: people care about animals.   HSUS claims that 1 out of every 30 Americans are members or somehow associated with their organization.


Animal activists need opposition

Animal activists need opposition

Terry Anderson

The Prairie Star

How much more of a beating can the American livestock industry take?

Animal rights activists continue to get the unworthy attention they seek, enticing more and more of the general populous, pushing producers farther into a corner.

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Growth promoting implants for pasture cattle

Growth promoting implants for pasture cattle

Nevada Daily Mail

A variety of trade names and combination of growth promoting impacts have been used over the past 50 years according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Bear Creek Farm markets “natural” Angus beef

Bear Creek Farm markets “natural” Angus beef


The Tennessean

Bill Cherry Jr. has raised cattle for over 20 years, but in the past 24 months or so, he has pursued a specialty niche of producing all-natural Angus beef with a herd of 100 on part of his 1,400 acres in Thompson’s Station.

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Crossbreeding: Back to the Future

Crossbreeding: Back to the Future

Dave Daley, California State University, Chico

2009 Beef Improvement Federation

The value of crossbreeding to capture breed complementarily and heterosis has been well-documented by 50 years of beef cattle research. In particular, well-planned crossbreeding systems result in improvement in many of the lowly heritable traits that tend to be difficult to measure.

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Beef must age properly to be tender

Beef must age properly to be tender

Daily News

Beef Tenderness: Determination, Regulation & Prediction by Mohammad Koohmaraie, Ph.D, CEO, Meat Division, IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group, states that meat needs 14 days of aging, meat must age properly, feeding 70-90 days helps tenderness and genetics of the cattle is significant in determination of meat tenderness.

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Angus Producers Claim Annual BIF Honors

Angus Producers Claim Annual BIF Honors


Angus producers were honored with top producer awards at the recent Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Annual Meeting, April 30-May 3 in Sacramento, California.

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USDA’s Own Cost Analysis Shows That the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) Will Put Small Farmers Out of Business

USDA’s Own Cost Analysis Shows That the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) Will Put Small Farmers Out of Business

Enhanced Online NEws

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Foundation said today that a cost/benefit study commissioned by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) proves that the costs for small farmers to implement the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) could put many of them out of business.

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The formula for saving farmland

The formula for saving farmland


Detroit Free Press

Why should the government pay farmers to stay on their land? That’s what local officials from the Grand Rapids area wanted to find out. They flew to Pennsylvania and Maryland last month and saw mile after mile of farmland, brown soil and green grass. No houses, malls or expressways were scattered across it. The Caledonia Township Michigan clerk loved what she saw.

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Pineywoods Beef Cow Congress set May 22 in Shelby County

Pineywoods Beef Cow Congress set May 22 in Shelby County

Robert Burns, Cary Sims

Texas A&M

The annual Pineywoods Beef Cow Congress is set May 22 at the Baty Ranch in Shelby County near Shelbyville.

Registration is $10 and includes lunch, said Cary Sims, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Angelina County. The program will start at 9 a.m. and end by 2:30 p.m. Private pesticide applicators license holders will earn two continuing education units in the general category.

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Diverse group at BIF Eastern tour

Diverse group at BIF Eastern tour

Jean Barton

Daily News

Shirley Davis and I had the opportunity to go on the 2009 Beef Improvement Federation conference Eastern tour with about 130 BIF attendees that came from foreign countries and other parts of the United States to Sacramento.

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Ohio Angus Breeder, Harold E. Ferguson, 82

Ohio Angus Breeder, Harold E. Ferguson, 82

Harold had a deep love of family, farming, and Angus cattle. His avid interests also included the breeding and training of Border Collie stock dogs.

As a widely respected farmer, stockman, and breeder of registered Angus cattle, he received many awards during his lifetime. Included in these awards was Calcutta Farms being nationally recognized as an Historic Herd by the American Angus Association.

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Utilizing DNA Tools for Managing Genetic Defects in Cattle

Utilizing DNA Tools for Managing Genetic Defects in Cattle

Jonathan Beever, University of Illinois

Beef Improvement Federation

During the past several years, a number of recessive genetic defects have surfaced in beef cattle populations. These events are likely due to changes in breeding practices that include increased selection intensity on individual traits as well as the use of reproductive technologies like artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET).

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NAIS will Reduce Competition in U.S. Cattle Industry

NAIS will Reduce Competition in U.S. Cattle Industry

Stayton Weldon, R-CALF USA Region V director

The Prairie Star

Inherent to every competitive industry is proprietary information. If one competitor gains access to the proprietary information of another, then any competitive advantage associated with that proprietary information is at best lost.

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