Daily Archives: June 16, 2009

Video Feature: Euthanasia and Critical Animal Care

Video Feature: Euthanasia and Critical Animal Care

Dr. Ron Lemenager discusses the best management practices for care and treatment of critically ill and cattle that are to be euthanized.

Baxter Black, DVM: OVER-PREPARED

Baxter Black, DVM:  OVER-PREPARED

When we talk about someone being ‘over-prepared’, we think of a person who is very thorough and able to handle all possible contingencies.

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House Ag Committee Hearing on Waxman-Markey Climate Bill

House Ag Committee Hearing on Waxman-Markey Climate Bill

Farmpolicy.com

“Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas, R-Okla., a vocal critic of the House climate bill, asked Vilsack if the secretary supports the bill as it stands with no role for agricultural offsets spelled out.

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What’s Behind the Menu Price of Beef?

What’s Behind the Menu Price of Beef?

Miranda Reiman

Cattle Today

Farm and ranch freezers are often full of home-raised beef, yet producer families still enjoy the classic steakhouse experience now and again.

With a quick scan of the menu and some cowboy math, most producers figure the New York strip list price at a hefty premium to the weekly salebarn reports for beef on the hoof.

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Deal family continues raising cattle at Circle D Farm

Deal family continues raising cattle at Circle D Farm

Independent Tribune

Robin L. Gardner  

Walking onto the Circle D Farm, a sixth-generation family farm, there is a laid-back feeling of rural living.

Many of the cattle that live on the farm are meandering in the fields, goats are lying in the garden, and a big old dog greets you as you get out of your car.

Oscho Deal, 62, works his farm full-time now, and 100 percent of his income comes from the farm.

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State livestock business struggling

State livestock business struggling

MICHELLE SEEBER

Tulsa World

Like everything else in this current economy, the livestock business is struggling to stay afloat.

“It’s been mostly down with fat cattle,” Jerry Nine, owner of Woodward Livestock Auction, said. “It’s been kind of frustrating. Fat cattle out of the feed lot will sell at $82 per 100 (pounds). At that rate, “people there are going to go broke.”

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Conventional Beef is Eco-friendly and Economically Beneficial

Conventional Beef is Eco-friendly and Economically Beneficial

Agweb

Looking for data and information to help you counter some of the negative claims being made about conventional beef production? Then check out the information provided by the Growth Enhancement Technology Information Team (GET IT), which recently introduced a marketing program focused on the economic and environmental benefits of conventional beef production.

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Agriculture Community Warns of Misguided EPA Proposal

Agriculture Community Warns of Misguided EPA Proposal

Businesswire.com

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a proposed rule that would regulate greenhouse gas emissions as a threat to public health under the Clean Air Act. If passed, this finding could threaten the livelihood of farmers, ranchers and businesspeople across America.

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Noble Insight on the Implications of Cap-and-Trade

Noble Insight on the Implications of Cap-and-Trade

Thebeefsite.com

There has been substantial discussion and debate among lawmakers about the implementation of a cap-and-trade (CAT) policy as a means to mitigate the level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States.

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Moving the Beef

Moving the Beef

Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

A self-proclaimed “MD” (meat dealer) in 1979 approaches his company president in Boston, Mass., with a magazine article and an idea.

     “Here’s a guy who wants to sell these Angus cattle. We could really get on board with this and improve the beef we’re selling.”

     That meat dealer was Charlie Robinson, now president of Oxford Trading Co., the first Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB)-licensed distributor. He came to the business with an MBA (master of business administration), real estate sales experience and a will to work his way to the top.

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Animal ID money may be cut in ag bill

Animal ID money may be cut in ag bill

Jerry Hagstrom

Agweek

Funding for the national animal identification system would be zeroed out under the fiscal year 2010 agriculture appropriations bill approved June 11 by the House Ag-riculture Appropriations Subcommittee.

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Managing Feed Intake In Beef Cattle Herds To Reduce TB

Managing Feed Intake In Beef Cattle Herds To Reduce TB

cattlenetwork.com

Cow feed left over in bunks or on the ground may serve as a mechanism to transmit bovine TB and other diseases. This is particularly true if wet or fermented feeds are components of the cow’s diet. Therefore, a study, funded by the Rapid Ag Response program of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences is being undertaken at the University’s North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids.

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Farmed Fish May Pose Risk For Mad Cow Disease

Farmed Fish May Pose Risk For Mad Cow Disease

Kentucky Post

University of Louisville neurologist Robert P. Friedland, M.D., questions the safety of eating farmed fish in today’s Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, adding a new worry to concerns about the nation’s food supply.

Friedland and his co-authors suggest farmed fish could transmit Creutzfeldt Jakob disease–commonly known as mad cow disease–if they are fed byproducts rendered from cows. The scientists urge government regulators to ban feeding cow meat or bone meal to fish until the safety of this common practice can be confirmed.

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Leading Causes of Foodborne Disease in 2006

Leading Causes of Foodborne Disease in 2006

Thebeefsite.com

Norovirus and Salmonella were the leading causes of foodborne disease outbreaks in 2006, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. The report, based on investigations of foodborne disease outbreaks provides the most recent report of how many illnesses were linked to specific types of foods.

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Why “trade down?”

Why “trade down?”

Steve Suther

Black Ink

Demand for beef is down. Can you blame the recession? Not entirely, but it’s a darned inconvenient coincidence.

It’s hard to argue that beef quality was too low, because production of every class of premium beef has been trending up for some time.

The supply of Choice beef in particular has increased for six years, and at an increasing rate, especially in the last two years. In concert with that, supplies of Select beef declined in quantity and total value.

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