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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