Daily Archives: July 16, 2009

Producers Team Up for Corn Fed Beef Trade Mission

Producers Team Up for Corn Fed Beef Trade Mission

Cattle Today

A delegation of six producers representing the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, the Nebraska Beef Council and the Nebraska Corn Board arrived in Tokyo for a trade mission organized by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) to promote U.S. corn-fed beef in Japan and South Korea.


Golden Anniversary for Indiana Junior Angus Association

Golden Anniversary for Indiana Junior Angus Association


The evening included families of the founding members, as well as past, present and future members and advisors.

“It was an awesome event with many memories shared. Many volunteers put long hours into making sure this milestone celebration will be remembered for years to come, and it was enjoyed by all in attendance, both young and old,” says Bryce Schumann American Angus Association® CEO, who was among those who celebrated the 50th anniversary of the third oldest state junior organization.


In Memoriam: SD Beef Man, Tom Connelley

In Memoriam: SD Beef Man, Tom Connelley

The Cattle Business Weekly

The well-known Belle Fourche South Dakota beef man, Thomas E. Connelley, died June 15 at Spearfish Regional Hospital after he suffered an apparent heart attack while helping friends at a branding in southeast Montana.

Connelly was 63.

The funeral service were held Monday, June 22, at the Christian Life Center in Belle Fourche with the Rev. Paul Howard officiating. Inurnment was at the Pine Slope Cemetery at Belle Fourche.


What’s Happening To The Cow Herd?

What’s Happening To The Cow Herd?


If you’ve been in this business for a while, you’ve seen how the nation’s cow herd is always changing. History can sometimes be a good teacher so it is probably good to consider where we are now and to reflect on where we have been.

You can’t help but notice that most of our cow herds are black hided. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it does raise some questions – (1) are commercial cattlemen ignoring the benefits of crossbreeding or (2) are we practicing single trait selection on things like coat color and marbling while ignoring some of the more functional traits?


Leachman ranch sale canceled with last-minute bankruptcy filing

Leachman ranch sale canceled with last-minute bankruptcy filing

The Billings Gazette


Ninety minutes before James Leachman of Billings likely would have lost ownership of two ranches east of Billings during a foreclosure auction, he delayed the sale by filing for personal bankruptcy.

The noted cattle breeder filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy at noon today. Chapter 12 is a type of bankruptcy that farmers and ranchers file.

That means the U.S. marshal’s sale scheduled to be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Yellowstone County Courthouse was automatically postponed.


Checkoff returns five-to-one

Checkoff returns five-to-one


Beef Checkoff Program returned about $5.55 in value to beef producers for every dollar they invested into it between 2003 and 2008, according to a release from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. That’s the overall conclusion of a new economic study completed by Dr. Ron Ward, professor emeritus for the Food and Resource Economics Department of the University of Florida.


FDA Seeks Ban on Unnecessary Animal Antibiotics

FDA Seeks Ban on Unnecessary Animal Antibiotics


In a written testimony, Joshua Sharfstein, Deputy Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said antibiotics should only be used in farm animals that are sick, and only under the supervision of a veterinarian.

"Purposes other than for the advancement of animal or human health should not be considered judicious use,” said Sharfstein. "Eliminating these uses will not compromise the safety of food.”

"FDA also believes that the use of medications for prevention and control should be under the supervision of a veterinarian," he added.


Full Schedule for National Junior Angus Show

Full Schedule for National Junior Angus Show

The Macon Sun News

Monday, July 20

11:00 a.m. Queen’s Reception Henderson Village Angus royalty from across the country will be socializing over a tea “fit for a queen.” Contact: Katie Gazda, 2009 Miss American Angus Phone: 706.248.2618 ♦

♦ Email: kgazda@uga.org

See Full Schedule

Maine Farm Losing Cattle Herd

Maine Farm Losing Cattle Herd


Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine, a leader in organic and naturally raised beef, is losing its cattle herd.

Pineland Farms Natural Meats, which is raising its beef cattle there, plans to remove the livestock by September, the Portland Press Herald reported. Erick Jensen, Pineland president, said the operation was no longer economical, in part because of the measures that would be needed to keep manure from washing away and contaminating nearby clam flats.


Editor’s Journal: The real story about food

Editor’s Journal: The real story about food

Barbara Young

National Provisoner Online

As I watched the trailers and clips for Food, Inc., the current “industrial-food-production-is-bad” movie, I thought of Conrad Kvamme who, for years, has been a positive voice for the meat industry on several fronts. These days he mostly travels across Minnesota teaching and preaching the American beef story. What he does flies in the face of the assertion in the movie that “the food industry doesn’t want you to know the truth about what you’re eating because you might not want to eat it.”


Belching Up A Warmer Planet, Cows & Climate Change

Belching Up A Warmer Planet, Cows & Climate Change


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.

"MOOOO–ve" over cars and trucks. According to the United Nations, four legged cows could pose a greater threat to our atmosphere than four wheeled vehicles.

It’s a problem that comes right from the gut – quite literally.

"Bacteria and protozoa in a cow’s stomach digest forages (grasses) and produce nutrients they can use," said Dr. George Saperstein of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. "One of the byproducts of that fermentation process is a number of gases, among them is methane."


Range war raging in the West

Range war raging in the West


The Hays Daily News

There is a range war out West. And unless you live in Idaho or Nevada or any other Western state you probably have no idea what is happening or why should you care. But wherever you live in America you should care because sooner or later it will affect you.

This range war isn’t about water rights or ranchers against homesteaders or big ranchers versus small ranchers like the Johnson County War in Wyoming in 1892. It is between ranchers who have worked the land raising cattle and sheep for over a century and environmental outlaws whose stated goal is driving them off the very land they need to survive and prosper. And this time the weapon of choice is not a Colt .45 or a Winchester rifle, but something much more deadly and destructive — the lawsuit.


Cattle Industry Takes Hard Hit

Cattle Industry Takes Hard Hit

Tammy Mutasa


VEGA——"Treacherous losses"

That’s how the area’s latest economic analysis is describing the loss of cattle coming out of the feedlot.

Since we’re the Beef Capital of the World, losses in the cattle industry can be felt by almost everyone.

Cattle experts I’ve talked to today say two sectors in the industry are taking a blow: beef retail, and the feedlot industry.


Fear of fat

Fear of fat

Fairfax Media (NZ)

Animal products are a crucial part of our diet. So why are we so scared of them? Lissa Christopher reports.

Jennifer McLagan, an Australian-born chef and food stylist in Toronto, is establishing herself as something of a culinary contrarian.

We might live in olive oil-drenched, lite- obsessed times but after writing a book on the virtues of cooking with bones, she has turned her attention to fat.