Monthly Archives: May 2009

A Small Change In DNA Has A Big Impact In Angus Cattle

A Small Change In DNA Has A Big Impact In Angus Cattle

As you are probably aware, a lethal genetic recessive gene has been recently discovered in Angus cattle.  It is important to understand that this defect is the result of a mutation that occurred and no one is at fault.  Mutations occur naturally and are more often detrimental, as is the case with this one, than good.

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Brahman Association Elects Leadership

Brahman Association Elects Leadership

Cattle Today

The American Brahman Breeders Association met in conjunction with the 2009 Houston Livestock Show for its Annual Membership Meeting. During this meeting, the Officers and Executive Committee for the coming year were elected.

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Odessa College, Sul Ross land Beef production grant

Odessa College, Sul Ross land Beef production grant


Odessa College will announce Thursday a partnership with Sul Ross State University on an educational beef production program through the college agriculture department.

The partnership is offered through a $280,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program, named the Beef Production from Conception to Consumption program, will involve students in the process of raising cattle for slaughter from the field to the actual sale of the meat.

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Grass-fed beef faces taste test

Grass-fed beef faces taste test


Oh, the things I endure to do this job. Consider the following assignment:

Go to a restaurant to eat three steaks and three burgers, then talk with a dozen fellow diners about how the beef tasted.

Sounds onerous, no?

The gathering, held the other week at the Albany Pump Station, was one of the final components of a long study being conducted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County about the local viability of grass-fed beef.

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Farmer has a beef with conventional grazing

Farmer has a beef with conventional grazing

Pamela Cuthbert

The Star

John Rowe’s mission is to revive grass-fed beef

John Rowe isn’t ready to give up his tractor just yet, but the livestock farmer and founder of the Rowe Farms brand of hormone- and antibiotic-free meats says that’s where he is headed.

After more than 30 years of selling locally raised, needle-free beef, poultry and pork, and leading a collective of farmers to do the same, he is turning his attention to resurrecting all-grass-fed beef. This is part of a goal to develop an “energy- efficient model of farming.”

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Coweta’s cattle farmers take cue from New Zealand

Coweta’s cattle farmers take cue from New Zealand

Jeff Bishop

The Times-Herald

In their quest to raise healthier cattle in a more environmentally sustainable way, some Coweta County cattle farmers are taking a cue from New Zealand.

If that seems like a strange place to get some inspiration, one might compare today’s New Zealand with a young, 19th-century United States of America: geographically isolated, with a very small population.

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Sioux Falls Stockyards To End Cattle Auctions

Sioux Falls Stockyards To End Cattle Auctions

The Sioux Falls Stockyards, which is being offered for sale, plans to end cattle auctions next month.

The nearly 36 acre site, which has industrial zoning, is listed at $3.5 million. A real estate service says it’s an attractive site for redevelopment.

Manager Paul Scott says it was a tough decision but that a limit on how much rain water can run off the grounds is part of the mix.

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Virtual cowboy would rope in cattle

Virtual cowboy would rope in cattle

Mateusz Perkowski

Capital Press

Entrepreneur develops technology to control herds remotely

While driving through the countryside and contemplating potential business ventures, entrepreneur Mark Thibodeau came across a bunch of grazing cattle.

Just about everything is getting hooked up to the Internet and computers these days, but Thibodeau realized livestock were an unfilled niche for such technology.

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Marketing in a recession: Find focus

Marketing in a recession: Find focus

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business weekly

The natural inclination for businesses during a recession is likely to pare down the advertising budget, but marketing and public relations firm Banik Communications says that can be a mistake.

“When all your competitors stop tooting their horns, you should fill the silence with your own tune,” suggests Pat Doyle, creative director for Banik.

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Europe opens up to U.S. beef

Europe opens up to U.S. beef

Mateusz Perkowski

Capital Press

Europe has agreed to accept a lot more non-hormone-treated beef from the U.S., but as rancher Corrine Lindsay can tell you, getting your product across the Atlantic is no simple feat.

As part of a deal struck May 13 between the U.S. and the European Union, 20,000 metric tons of non-hormone-treated beef can be shipped to Europe duty-free for the next three years.

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Video Feature: Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe Handles Bovine Palpation, Collection

Video Feature:  Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe Handles Bovine Palpation, Collection

Mike Rowe of the Discover Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” checks out palpation and semen collection.

Animal Activists Capitalize on Swine Flu Hysteria

Animal Activists Capitalize on Swine Flu Hysteria

Chad Golladay

“Rule one,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told The New York Times last November, is “never allow a crisis to go to waste.”

But despite some accusations of fear-mongering, the White House clearly seems to understand that not every crisis should be exploited.

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Internal Prarasite Control in Cattle

Internal Prarasite Control in Cattle

James E. Strickland, Extension Veterinary Science, University of Georgia

In the United States, veterinarians, producers and economists estimate annual parasite-related losses to the livestock industry at more than $100 million. Most parasite losses are subclinical, and losses go unnoticed, are not measurable and probably far exceed the estimates.

University trials have shown paybacks from internal parasite control of $25 to $200 per head, which should make effective control one of the first goals of today’s cattle producer.

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NALF Seeks Candidates for Executive Vice President

NALF Seeks Candidates for Executive Vice President


The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) is seeking candidates for the position of executive vice president (EVP), the organization’s primary leadership position.

Its responsibilities include carrying out the policies of the board of directors; financial management; strategic planning; oversight of the breed and hybrid registry; staffing; interaction with members and associates; and execution of programs associated with animal performance, marketing and breed promotion, member and commercial producer communications, and various member services.

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Study shows NAIS will cost more than $175 million annually

Study shows NAIS will cost more than $175 million annually

The Westerner

The cost of implementing a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) in the cattle sector is $175.9 million annually, which represents 91.5 percent of the total cost of the program, according to a study released by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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Auction-barn fees to increase with NAIS

Auction-barn fees to increase with NAIS

Pat Kopecki

Wilson County News

Ranchers and others who will be affected by the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) are reviewing the Kansas State University benefit-cost analysis released in April 2009. One area of concern to the cow-calf operator is the added cost of tagging animals and what effect the tagging requirements will have at the auction barn, since a majority of cow-calf operators use local auction barns to sell their animals.

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Taylor family growing Longhorn cattle in Grant County

Taylor family growing Longhorn cattle in Grant County

Melody Moorehouse

The Sheridan Headlight

One expects to see Longhorn cattle while driving through Texas, but not in Grant County – yet on his small farm just out of Sheridan on Highway 46 North, Kevin Taylor and his family have a few Longhorns. And they have a Longhorn bull, named Bubbles, that is downright frightening, unless there is a good strong fence that separates him from visitors.

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Cattle farm owners steer business themselves

Cattle farm owners steer business themselves

Aimee Blume

“Now how would you grade that?” asked Dave Fischer, holding up a whole Angus rib roast.

Hmm. Bright red meat, nice medium-thick layer of white fat around the outside, and the interior marbling plentiful and fine.


Yep. “I do my own grading and I’m going to call that prime,” Dave agreed.

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Meeting to Address Application of DNA Technology in Beef Cattle

Meeting to Address Application of DNA Technology in Beef Cattle

Media Newswire

Producers, extension personnel and others who attend the free meeting will learn about the history of DNA technology in beef production, its current status and where it is headed, said Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension beef genetics specialist.

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Profit Opportunities In Changing Times

Profit Opportunities In Changing Times

I had the opportunity to travel a lot of the country in April, and everywhere I went I was treated to the sight of baby calves.   A new calf crop inspires optimism — spring must be here (or nearly so!), life is renewing, and from a business perspective, these animals represent successful production of a marketable product.  But now come the questions: How will these calves be sold?  Where?  Will they bring enough to make the enterprise profitable?  Finding these answers is a lot more complicated than it was just a few years ago.

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