Daily Archives: June 11, 2009

Video Feature: In Case of Emergency on the beef Farm

Video Feature: In Case of Emergency on the beef Farm

Dr. Ron Lemenager, Purdue University, discusses the preparations to make to be prepared when an emergency strikes on a beef farm.

Social networking and your farm

Social networking and your farm

Codi Vallery

The Cattle Business Weekly

Twitter users follow the life of a ND cow

It’s a new spin on telling agriculture’s story.

Val Wagner of Monango, N.D. was up late one night with her newborn son when a crazy idea hit – to begin twittering about her family’s cowherd.

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The Grass is Greener in the 21st Century

The Grass is Greener in the 21st Century

Thebeefsite.com

Grass and other perennial plants may be just what the doctor ordered for farmers facing the uncertainties of climate change.

And beef and dairy products from free-ranging, grass-fed cattle — along with legumes and grains grown in addition to grass — may be just what the doctor ordered for consumers.

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Food Education is Important to Agriculture’s Future

Food Education is Important to Agriculture’s Future

Realagriculture.com

Food education is something that is very lacking in today’s’ society. Sorting out the definitions of organic, natural, transgenic, or biotech can be a bit hefty for those of us in the industry…never mind the consumer. Much of what we see at the grocery store today is more about marketing than anything to do with food.

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Bo versus Bovine as Presidential Pet

Bo versus Bovine as Presidential Pet

The flurry around Bo, the Obamas’ new Portugese Water Dog, has prompted renewed attention on past First Pets. Even the White House itself has fed the media frenzy with a slideshow of Presidential Pets all the way back to Truman.

By stopping there, however, they missed a larger star than Socks and Bo put together.

Her name was Pauline Wayne, and yes, that’s her picture above. She served as family pet for President William Howard Taft from 1910 to 1913, spending her days in her private stable or roaming the South Lawn.

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Purdue CAFO study to be presented in June 18 public broadcast

Purdue CAFO study to be presented in June 18 public broadcast

A team of Purdue University specialists who studied confined animal feeding facilities in eight Indiana counties will present their findings during a June 18 public meeting that will be broadcast to 21 locations across the state.

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New Category Of Fat In Mammalian Cells May Help Explain How Toxin Harms Farm Animals

New Category Of Fat In Mammalian Cells May Help Explain How Toxin Harms Farm Animals

ScienceDaily

 A new category of fats in mammalian cells discovered by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and colleagues may help explain how a harmful toxin called fumonisin causes disease in farm animals.

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Producers oppose animal-tracking plan

Producers oppose animal-tracking plan

Critics say federal government aims to control food system.

Chad Livengood

Several southern Missouri livestock farmers voiced concerns Tuesday about a proposed National Animal Identification System at a U.S. Department of Agriculture listening session.

At Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s urging, the USDA is holding forums across the country to gather input from producers, agriculture organizations and consumers about a proposed system to track the movement of every animal raised for commercial consumption in the country.

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The value of carcass ultrasound in heifers

The value of carcass ultrasound in heifers

The Cattle Business Weekly

The beef trade press has done a tremendous job of polling and listening to bull buyers across the land. Seedstock producers have a much better idea of what will get them to nod their head at an auction than a decade ago.

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Seminar aims to curb farm loss

Seminar aims to curb farm loss

 Ike Wilson

Frederick News-Post Staff

Farms are being lost at an incredible pace. If you want to learn how to start, operate or save your farm, tonight’s seminar is for you.

Nationwide, every minute of every day, America loses two acres of farmland. From 1992 to 1997, more than 6 million acres were converted out of agriculture use nationwide.

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E. Tennessee Angus Group Holds Field Day

E. Tennessee Angus Group Holds Field Day

TOM YANCEY

Greeneville Sun

Almost 200 people from several states attended the Northeast Tennessee Angus Association’s annual field day, which this year was held Saturday at the Ace Cattle Co. in northern Greene County.

Board member Robert Stinson, of Jefferson County, said the East Tennessee Angus Association was established in 1918 and is one of the oldest breed associations in the U.S. It has about 125 members, with each member being a farm.

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DNA Technology for Cattle Highlights Upcoming Workshop at MARC

DNA Technology for Cattle Highlights Upcoming Workshop at MARC

Nebraska TV

The use of DNA technology in beef cattle will be addressed at a June 22 conference at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center.

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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Livestock from sixth generation farm carted away

Livestock from sixth generation farm carted away

JIM DAY

The Guardian

Sterling Mitchell could only stand by and watch today as his beef operation on a sixth generation farm was literally carted away.

With $255,000 owing to Farm Credit Canada, which provides financial services to farmers and agriculture businesses across the country, Mitchell was left shaking his head as all his cattle – close to 500 in total – were loaded up on trucks.

“All my life’s work is gone,’’ he said in a telephone interview from his farm in Village Green.

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Is taxing cow flatulence the right way to prevent global warming?

Is taxing cow flatulence the right way to prevent global warming?

By Liz Stoever

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Since the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency could declare carbon dioxide as a pollutant, the agency was ultimately given the authority to regulate methane gas — or cow farts too.

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Greening the Herds: A New Diet to Cap Gas

Greening the Herds: A New Diet to Cap Gas

Cheryl Senter

New York Times

Guy Choiniere, part of the Stonyfield Farm experiment, has seen methane drop by 18 percent.

Libby, age 6, and the 74 other dairy cows on Guy Choiniere’s farm here are at the heart of an experiment to determine whether a change in diet will help them belch less methane, a potent heat-trapping gas that has been linked to climate change.

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