Daily Archives: June 22, 2009

Proper Handling of Beef Cattle

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UT Institute of Agriculture to host Tobacco, Beef and More field day

UT Institute of Agriculture to host Tobacco, Beef and More field day

The Leaf Chronicle

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

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Neb. meeting to address cattle DNA technology

Neb. meeting to address cattle DNA technology

WCAU

DNA technology in cattle is the topic of a conference next week at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center.

Topics include the history of DNA technology, its current status in the beef cattle industry and where it is headed.

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Why a COW Should Be in Investors’ Portfolios

Why a COW Should Be in Investors’ Portfolios

Seeking Alpha

I suspect that Keith is a Canadian cowboy at heart. I arrived at this suspicion based on several clues: 1) last Halloween he came in to the office dressed in full cowboy regalia, 2) when he and I first met it turned out that one of the few friends that we had in common was the former two-time national Bull riding champion of Canada (it takes one to know one principle, myself notwithstanding), and 3) his tendency to shout "Hoowah!" when trades work out better than anticipated.

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JBS Denies Involvement in Beef-Industry Graft Scheme

JBS Denies Involvement in Beef-Industry Graft Scheme

Carlos Caminada

Bloomberg

JBS SA, the world’s biggest beef producer, said it isn’t involved in an alleged beef-industry graft scheme under investigation in Brazil, following a police raid at one of its offices.

JBS, which hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing, said Federal police officers searching one of its units in Porto Velho, northern Brazil, took audit reports, licenses and other documents as part of a nationwide probe yesterday. Investigators didn’t seize any computers or equipment, JBS said in a statement to Brazil’s stock regulator.

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Ranchers worry sick Mexican cows could step into U.S.

Ranchers worry sick Mexican cows could step into U.S.

Washington Times

Longtime New Mexico cattle rancher Judy Keeler is keenly aware of how tough it is to raise livestock in the dusty desert near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Drought, intense heat, security and illegal immigrants who cut down ranchers’ fences and drink water meant for livestock are constant concerns.

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Bath farm donated to MSU education fund

Bath farm donated to MSU education fund

LSJ.com

Thanks to the generosity of Michigan State University (MSU) beef program supporters Jim and Melissa Reichenbach, of Sterling-Hunter Farms, Bath, the MSU Beef Education and Endowment Fund received a gift designed to continue to return dividends to the university’s program for years to come.

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Armour ‘A way of life’

Armour ‘A way of life’

Tom Webb

TwinCities.com

For six decades, the meat processor helped make South St. Paul a center of commerce, tough characters and powerful smells.

Once, it was the largest building in Minnesota. Now it’s gone. But for 60 years, everything about the Armour and Co. meatpacking plant in South St. Paul was immense.

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Tiny cattle to draw big crowd

Tiny cattle to draw big crowd

BARBARA WALLACE HUGHES

The Messenger

Dexter cattle, one of the world’s smallest true breeds of cattle, will stampede into Fort Dodge Thursday.

The 52nd annual American Dexter Cattle Association National Show and Sale Celebration will be held at the Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169, for four days.

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TB Another Setback for Nebraska’s Cattle Industry

TB Another Setback for Nebraska’s Cattle Industry

Nebraska.TV

The second largest cattle-feeding state in the country is on edge, with recent tuberculosis concerns.  Nebraska quarantined cattle herds jumped to 42 on Tuesday.

The University of Nebraska Extenstion Livestock Marketing Specialist said before TB came into the picture, Nebraska’s cattle industry had already lost a half billion dollars since 2008. Darrell Mark attributes that to fluctuating corn prices and the economy.

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Grazing plans help producers prepare for dry season

Grazing plans help producers prepare for dry season

Peace Country News

Previous experience has highlighted the need for livestock producers in Western Canada to have preparedness plans in place in the event of drier than normal summers.

“It’s important to prepare a grazing plan that matches the estimated forage production to the animal numbers, and takes into consideration rest periods to allow plant recovery between grazings and the timing of forage growth patterns,” says Grant Lastiwka, forage, grazing and beef specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Olds. “Producers need to calculate what forage resources they have, what they can expect to grow and what is needed for their grazing year.”

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Livestock Angles: Beef cutout values continue decline

Livestock Angles: Beef cutout values continue decline

The Land

The beginning of June has not been a bright spot for livestock prices so far. Both cattle and hog prices have been under pressure at a time when seasonal influences usually bring higher prices.

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Madison vet ships cow embryos worldwide

Madison vet ships cow embryos worldwide

Jane DeGeorge

Culpeper Star Exponent

When you log on to Madison County veterinarian Patrick Comyn’s Web site, English isn’t the only option. Those who speak German or Italian (and eventually, Spanish and French) can easily view an area of his business’ Web site in their native language.

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Hare Krishnas Beef Up Appeals to Save Cows

Hare Krishnas Beef Up Appeals to Save Cows

SUDEEP REDDY

Wall Street Journal

Saving cows, the Hare Krishnas in this village have learned, is a lot easier in India.

Created four decades ago, New Vrindaban was the first cattle sanctuary in the U.S. At its peak, it had 434 bovine refugees. Today, the cattle population is down to 80 because there’s not enough money to support more. So the Hare Krishna community is borrowing a tactic more commonly used by charities that try to save people.

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Brucellosis plan takes aim at elk

T.J. GILLES

The Outpost

Mandatory testing of cattle from seven counties is a keystone of the Montana Brucellosis Action Plan that went into effect May 15.

So is keeping an eye out for elk.

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