Daily Archives: June 25, 2009

Volunteers show support with Steaks for Troops 

Volunteers show support with Steaks for Troops 

Darci Tomky  

Holyoke Rnterprise

What seemed like a small, simple gesture has expanded into a meaningful token of appreciation. Several Holyoke community members had an opportunity to say “thank you” to American soldiers by simply cooking up some steaks.

Steaks for Troops is a program organized by the Kansas-based All American Beef Battalion. It is the vision of Bill Broadie, a Vietnam veteran and cattle rancher who uses steak dinners to support both American troops and the American beef industry.

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Dems Separated By Cow Emissions

Dems Separated By Cow Emissions

Jessica Peck Corry


As leading Democrats scratch their heads wondering how their once promising negotiations over the nation’s climate change strategy could have headed south so quickly, science may have doomed such efforts to failure from the start.

On Friday, House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., announced that climate change bill negotiators are heading back to the drawing board after Democrats representing largely agricultural districts helped kill the bill’s proposals that could have had devastating impacts on American’s farmers.

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EPA Should Reevaluate Science Behind Proposed Climate Change

EPA Should Reevaluate Science Behind Proposed Climate Change


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and an informal coalition of companies and trade associations representing U.S. energy and mining sectors submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today regarding a recent EPA proposal to find that human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are an endangerment to public health and welfare. The proposed finding, released by EPA in April, is the first step in a process that could require GHG regulation under the Clean Air Act (CAA)—a move that would be devastating to the agriculture sector, and the U.S. economy as a whole.

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Ag groups: Brace for cuts

Ag groups: Brace for cuts

Wes Sander

Capital Press

Fiscal trimming may bring unprecedented impacts for farmers

In the midst of a historic state budget-shaping process, farm groups are telling members to prepare for cuts they likely never expected.

Cost-cutting proposals from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, state legislators and the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office are combining in a swirl of negotiations that observers say could affect agriculture to an unprecedented extent.

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Ranch homework for feedlot partnerships

Ranch homework for feedlot partnerships


Tips for finding the right feedlot and making the most of your high-quality calves

As a cowherd operator, you can produce a quality calf. The feedlot manager knows what it takes to finish that calf on feed so it can earn carcass premiums.

Combine the two sides as partners or retain ownership and the opportunities for herd improvement and profit may just multiply. But this equation only balances when you meet your “perfect” cattle feeding counterpart.

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DNA-Based, Marker-Assisted Selection In Beef Cattle

DNA-Based, Marker-Assisted Selection In Beef Cattle


Genetic improvement through selection has been one of the most important contributors to the advancements in animal productivity in the past 50 years. Traditionally, selection in beef cattle has been based on estimating breeding value using expected progeny difference (EPDs).

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Mycoplasma bovis FAQ

Mycoplasma bovis FAQ

The Growing Problem of Mycoplasma bovis

Q: What is Mycoplasma bovis?

A: Mycoplasma organisms cause some of the most serious and costly cattle diseases. Of these, Mycoplasma bovis seems to be the most common cause of clinical problems. Research has shown that Mycoplasma bovis is a major, but often overlooked pathogen, which causes respiratory disease, arthritis and mastitis in cattle. When it was first isolated

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The Early Weaning Fast Track (Part 1): Think Early

The Early Weaning Fast Track (Part 1): Think Early

Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

It’s the first day of November on the Plains, and two spring-calving cows stand across the fence from one another. The first is thin, has her calf in tow and consumes more forage than the other cow, now dry, whose calf was weaned months ago. That other cow has regained body condition and is ready for whatever the winter has in store.

This snapshot of early weaning makes an apt beginning for an exploration of why producers may consider early weaning. Research points to advantages for the cow, calf and rangeland in making even a 60-day tweak in the production calendar.

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Survey Shows Consumers Lack Food Safety Confidence

Survey Shows Consumers Lack Food Safety Confidence


A new IBM study reveals that less than 20 per cent of consumers trust food companies to develop and sell food products that are safe and healthy for themselves and their families.

The study also shows that 60 per cent of consumers are concerned about the safety of food they purchase, and 63 per cent are knowledgeable about the content of the food they buy.

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Climate Change Compromise Not Acceptable to Agriculture

Climate Change Compromise Not Acceptable to Agriculture

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

  A compromise agreement has been reached on the Cap and Trade legislation as it impacts agriculture. Collin Peterson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, says he has worked out a compromise that will make the legislation acceptable to agriculture. Peterson argues that, with a strong ag carbon capture program run by USDA, a credit to farmers already storing carbon, and no counting of overseas pollution against US producers, his deal will significantly offset higher fuel costs driven by emission cap and trade requirements.

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Means to an End

Means to an End

Barb Baylor Anderson

Angus Journal

While health requirements at Michigan’s bull test station may not be necessarily unique, the partnerships fostered to keep those requirements tough and contemporary may be. Interested parties in Michigan have found that by working proactively together on health and other crucial quality issues, they can reduce problems with bulls, add more value to their sales and prompt producers in the state to improve their own operation protocols.

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Hoof Anatomy, Care and Management in Livestock

Hoof Anatomy, Care and Management in Livestock

Kate Hepworth, Animal Sciences Student; Dr. Michael Neary, Extension Animal Scientist; Dr. Simon Kenyon, Extension Veterinarian, Purdue University

The hoof is an extremely important structure in an animal’s body. Although an animal with hoof problems may be able to function, chances are that optimal animal production and performance will be reduced depending upon the severity of the problem.

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Va. Tech Vet Providing Needed Hoof Care to Cattle Locally and Around the World

Va. Tech Vet Providing Needed Hoof Care to Cattle Locally and Around the World

When one considers lameness problems in large animals, horses are often the first that come to mind. However, cattle, specifically those on dairy farms, are also at risk for the malady that can result in poor milk production and significant economic loss for farm owners.

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Vitamin E Important to Immunity and Reproduction

Vitamin E Important to Immunity and Reproduction

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Vitamin E was first identified as nutritionally essential for animals about 60 years ago. Rats fed purified diets without vitamin E did not reproduce, plain and simple. Many similar studies have shown similar results in domestic, managed species. From that time, much has been learned about the biochemistry of vitamin E, and the requirements for vitamin E have been established for laboratory animals.

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New Compound Shows Potential for Mycotoxin Control

New Compound Shows Potential for Mycotoxin Control


Agricultural Research Service researchers have identified a compound that has potential to control the mycotoxin, fumonisin B1, which affects livestock and poultry.

A key bacterial compound that inhibits the growth of the plant pathogen, Fusarium verticillioides, has been identified by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. The compound could help protect plants, livestock and poultry from fusarium infection.

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