Daily Archives: June 8, 2009

Q&A: I’d like to ID all parts of beef animal that have market value and discover value of such parts.

Q&A:   I’d like to ID all parts of beef animal that have market value and discover value of such parts.

Dr. Dennis Burson, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   You can get the meat value using the Colorado State University beef cutout calculator.

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Stop bulls from riding

Stop bulls from riding

Drovers.com

The CK Ranch, Brookville, Kan., raises registered Hereford cattle and a commercial cow-calf herd. When seedstock operators commingle bulls from different groups for shipment to customers, riding behavior sometimes can present a risk of injury to the bulls.

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A Behind the Scenes Look At the Vilsack Visit

A Behind the Scenes Look At the Vilsack Visit

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG TOday

Whenever a President or cabinet officer comes to town, it is a big production: a big well-staged, well-orchestrated production. The visit last week by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana was no exception. Coverage of the event can be found elsewhere on Hoosier Ag today.com to share with you is what did not make the news and what really happened at a few of the events. I think you will find this interesting because it will provide some context to the news that was reported and demonstrate how much of what passes for news today is controlled and contrived with a specific agenda in mind.

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New film offers troubling view of US food industry

New film offers troubling view of US food industry

Ann Levin

Daily Illini

The new documentary “Food, Inc.” begins with idyllic scenes of American farmland, panning from golden fields of hay to a solitary cowboy rounding up a herd of cattle. Then the camera zooms in on a grocery cart overflowing with packaged food and rolling down the aisles of a gaudily lit supermarket.

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Study Breaks Link Between Red Meat and Cancer

Study Breaks Link Between Red Meat and Cancer

Thebeefsite.com

A study by the National Institutes of Health and the American Association of Retired Persons concluded there is no link between a high intake of meat and increased risk of breast cancer.

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Last sale at Napoleon sale barn

Last sale at Napoleon sale barn

KXMBTV Bismarck

After 50 years one sale barn closes its door.

Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin travels to Napoleon to see the last cow walk through the ring.

“BIDDING It’s the last chant from THIS auction block

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NFU calling for laws banning captive supply of cattle print this article

NFU calling for laws banning captive supply of cattle print this article

SW Booster

The following is an open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada and the leaders of the federal parties regarding the urgent need for Canadian laws banning captive supply of cattle.

Canada’s independent ranchers and farmers-the backbone of our cattle and beef sectors-are receiving some of the lowest prices they’ve seen since the Great Depression. Adjusted for inflation, prices today are half of price averages from the 1970s, and ’80s. Today’s Depression-echoing prices are bankrupting long-standing cattle producers and forcing farm families from the land.

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2nd case of bovine TB in quarantined Neb. herd

2nd case of bovine TB in quarantined Neb. herd

NELSON LAMPE

KTIC

Another animal with bovine tuberculosis has been found in a quarantined north-central Nebraska cattle herd.

State agriculture director Greg Ibach said Friday that authorities have given TB tests to the entire herd at the Rock County operation, but so far only one additional animal was diagnosed with the disease.

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Federal livestock-ID proposal riles smaller producers, Colorado congresswoman

Federal livestock-ID proposal riles smaller producers, Colorado congresswoman

Michael Booth

The Denver Post

How deeply do you care where that hamburger was before it reached your plate?

Congress and agriculture officials are pushing to mandate a national animal ID system they claim would stem livestock disease outbreaks by tagging and tracking every cow, hog and lamb in America — even many of the chickens.

Small farms and consumer groups are outraged that they could be forced into a previously voluntary system that they argue is expensive and increases the power of corporate agriculture.

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Meat Industry Wants to Take Bite Out of Safety Bill

Meat Industry Wants to Take Bite Out of Safety Bill

Kate Ackley

Roll Call

The meat industry has a beef with food safety legislation that is making its way through the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Subcommittee on Health is expected to mark up a food safety bill as early as Wednesday, and the committee’s Democratic and Republican staffs were meeting into the evening Friday to try to iron out some of the measure’s sticking points. But meat industry groups say they will have a difficult time swallowing the bill in its current form.

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Taking stock: Cattle producers adapt to shrinking economy, rising costs, aging owners

Taking stock: Cattle producers adapt to shrinking economy, rising costs, aging owners

Karen Ott Meyer

The Memphis Commercial Appeal

If the U.S. cattle industry faced challenges before the fallout of 2008, the recent economic slide has pounded producers, revealing the cracks in an agricultural model that drives beef production in this country.

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Countering Heat Damage To Moist Hay

Countering Heat Damage To Moist Hay

cattlenetwork.com

Did you bale some first cutting hay a little tough due to high humidity and frequent rain showers? If so, it could mold, spoil, or suffer heat damage.

Excessive heat can cause hay to be less digestible, especially the protein. Heat-damaged hay often turns a brownish color and has a sweet caramel odor. Cattle often eat this hay readily, but because of the heat damage, its nutritional value might be low.

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Primed for CAB Natural

Primed for CAB Natural

Dorothy Spencer

Angus Journal

Bill Boston believes eating beef should be memorable for all the right reasons. That’s why the Athensville, Ill., cattleman aims to produce Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand Natural and Prime.

“When a consumer goes to the grocery store and buys a steak, they should really look forward to eating it,” Boston says.

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Beef Council moving from Franklin to the ‘Boro

Beef Council moving from Franklin to the ‘Boro

The Murfreesboro Post

The Tennessee Beef Industry Council is mo(oo)ving its headquarters from Franklin to Murfreesboro late this summer, confirmed the council’s executive director.

The council, which has been in existence for 24 years, manages the Beef Checkoff Program for Tennessee cattle producers, Valerie Bass said.

The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the National Beef Research and Promotion Act in the 1985 Farm Bill.

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Restaurant Now Serving Animal Welfare Approved Texas Longhorn Burgers

Restaurant Now Serving Animal Welfare Approved Texas Longhorn Burgers

The Westerner

Hut’s Hamburgers, an Austin tradition since 1939, has added that iconic symbol of Texas-the Longhorn-to its menu. Animal Welfare Approved Bandera Grassland of Tarpley, Texas is supplying the restaurant with pure Texas Longhorn beef from cattle that are direct descendants of the Iberian cattle brought by the Spaniards in the 1500s.

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