Daily Archives: June 15, 2009

Video Feature: Pharmaceutical Management

Video Feature: Pharmaceutical Management

Dr. Ron Lemanager offers advice to managing the large number of pharmaceuticals used on the beef farm today.

Debate over using anti-microbials in livestock

Debate over using anti-microbials in livestock

Stacy Finz

San Francisco Chronicle

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.

Conventional cattle ranchers and pig and chicken farmers routinely feed their animals a steady diet of antibiotics to prevent illness and help them grow fatter faster. But as consumers become more obsessed with what they eat, including an insatiable hunger for meat and chicken raised naturally, without drugs, more producers are promoting their products as antibiotic free.

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Controlled Breeding Season Offers Advantages

Controlled Breeding Season Offers Advantages

Justin Sexten, Extension Specialist, Animal Systems / Beef, University of Illinois

As the transition from calving to breeding season begins, beef producers should consider both the start and ending dates of the breeding season since utilizing a controlled breeding season offers several management advantages.

Restricting the breeding season to 60 to 70 days will produce a more uniform calf crop, giving producers the option to market larger, more uniform lot sizes.

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Iowa Governor Signs Livestock Friendly Legislation

owa Governor Signs Livestock Friendly Legislation

Thebeefsite.com

The bill updates an antiquated section of The Iowa Code which assumed that confined feeding facilities only handled liquid manure, and modernizes it to cover the new deep-bedded confinement facilities that have become popular in recent years, says Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. More importantly to many operations, the bill does not restrict the application of solid manure to frozen and snow-covered ground as was proposed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC).

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NCBA Reacts to Inspection Fee Increase Proposal

NCBA Reacts to Inspection Fee Increase Proposal

KNEB

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is urging members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to address unresolved issues. NCBA says the Food Safety and Enhancement Act of 2009 would pose a myriad of unintended consequences especially for the meat industry which is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Ag center to host field day

Ag center to host field day

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

Scheduled for June 25 at the University of Tennessee Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center in Springfield, Tobacco, Beef and More will highlight new research, management and production strategies for the region’s tobacco and beef cattle producers.

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Nebraska Quarantines 15,000 Cattle for TB

Nebraska Quarantines 15,000 Cattle for TB

Thebeefsite.com

Nebraska Agriculture Director, Greg Ibach, and State Veterinarian, Dr. Dennis Hughes provided an update today on the bovine tuberculosis (TB) case in Rock County. The two spoke to a crowd of roughly 500 producers from the grandstand during the Nebraska Farm and Ranch Expo in Bassett.

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Animal ID system: Big Brother or just good business?

Animal ID system: Big Brother or just good business?

Chad Livengood

Springfield News-Leader

Livestock producers divided on merits of system.

To remain competitive in foreign markets, Glen Cope voluntarily registered his 3,000-acre family farm in northern Barry County and southern Lawrence County into a national animal tracking system.

In case of an infectious disease outbreak, South Korea and Japan require data for imported beef so the disease can be traced back to the animal — or farm.

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Shortened Breeding Season Pays

Shortened Breeding Season Pays

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

County Extension Educators, Agriculture (CEEA) in the Southeast Extension District set out to determine the extent to which characteristics of feeder cattle affect their value at auction.  CEEA already skilled in live animal evaluation met to calibrate their grading of calves for breed type, frame size, muscle, gut fill, condition, uniformity, and health.  Sex of calf, presence of horns, number per lot, average weight, and sale price were also recorded on each of the 15,731 lots that were included in the study.  Fifteen auction barns in eastern and southeast Oklahoma were surveyed during the month of October  1997.

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Where’s The Beef? Americans Downsize to Mini-Cows

Where’s The Beef? Americans Downsize to Mini-Cows

Paxalles

Pint-size cows big in America as healthier, greener lifestyle beckons from Times of Lond reports that Americans are not only downsizing their homes and budgets, but even the livestock, including taking interest in mini-cows.

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Fast-Food Nation Kills Kids, Sickens Corn-Fed Cows: Interview

Fast-Food Nation Kills Kids, Sickens Corn-Fed Cows: Interview

Bloomberg

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.

Food is like air, an essential ingredient of life that most of us consume daily without much thought. “Food, Inc.” may change your attitude.

The new documentary dramatically shows how the U.S. food industry is controlled by a handful of conglomerates that churn out products that can make us — and their workers — sick.

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USDA to conduct semiannual cattle survey in July

USDA to conduct semiannual cattle survey in July

High Plains Journal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is gearing up to count cattle inventory nationwide, with plans to contact nearly 10,000 cattle operations during the first two weeks in July.

“The July Cattle Survey provides Iowa producers the opportunity to serve as the frontline source of data on cattle” said Greg Thessen director of the Iowa Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. “In Iowa we’ll be contacting about 766 operations in order to measure trends in beef and dairy cattle inventories, calf crop and cattle operations.”

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The Facts (about Agricultural Production)

The Facts (about Agricultural Production)

Feedstuffs Foodlink

U.S. farmers and ranchers are dedicated to supplying the safety, highest quality and affordable source of protein in the world. That is meat, milk and eggs produced in the most efficient way while taking care to assure proper animal well-being and environmental sustainability.

America’s cattle producers use growth promotants to safely produce more of the lean beef that consumers demand while using fewer resources, like land and feed.

Sometimes referred to as cattle growth hormones, these production technologies have been used for nearly 60 years to help cattle efficiently convert their feed into more lean muscle.Most growth promotants are used to supplement existing hormones or compensate for missing hormones in an animal’s body.

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Plenty of rain means ample hay supply on county’s farms

Plenty of rain means ample hay supply on county’s farms

Laura Camper

Times-Georgian

Area cattle farmers last summer were hit with a double whammy as the drought and summer heat literally dried up the grazing pastures their herds depended on for food, just as grain prices skyrocketed, making the supplementary feeding very expensive.

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TB Found In Texas Cattle Herd

TB Found In Texas Cattle Herd

KWTX

A cattle herd has been quarantined at a West Texas dairy since April while tests for tuberculosis were performed.

Those tests conducted at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed their were some cattle with the TB bacteria.

Now, the Texas Animal Health Commission which regulates the state’s livestock and poultry health is urging ranchers and accredited veterinarians to notify other states if they are shipping bison, beef or dairy cattle out of Texas.

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