Daily Archives: July 22, 2009

Video Feature: Brad Shelton Double Crop Annuals part 2

Brad Shelton, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, Washington County, Indiana, discusses using double crop forages, including Pearl Millet and Sorghum Sudan Hybrids

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Pre-harvest beef safety, and an integrated approach

Pre-harvest beef safety, and an integrated approach

John Maday  

Drovers

Pre-harvest interventions for beef safety continue to advance, but the industry needs a more coordinated approach to fully address the issue of food-borne pathogens. That message was clear as West Texas A&M animal scientist Guy Lonergan, PhD., updated NCBA’s summer conference on the industry’s efforts to reduce pathogen levels in animals before they reach packing plants.

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Neb. US senator takes aim at cap & trade

Neb. US senator takes aim at cap & trade

KTIV

Sen. Mike Johanns’ concerns center on a proposal known as cap & trade, which would cap carbon emissions for various industries. Industries that would need to exceed the cap would buy credits from other industries that emit less than the allowance.

The Obama administration has said the benefits of the program would outweigh the costs for agriculture.

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University Offers New Advice on Fly Control

University Offers New Advice on Fly Control

Thebeefsite.com

Flies cost the cattle industry more than $500 million each year, causing slowed weight gain, reduced milk production and diseases such as pinkeye and anaplasmosis. Effective fly control may require combined use of products, said a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist.

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Video Feature: Phil Seng talks about the beef checkoff’s foreign marketing efforts

Phil Seng, U.S. Meat Export Federation president, discusses how beef checkoff dollars are used to educate consumers overseas.

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Manage Bulls for Optimum Fertility

Manage Bulls for Optimum Fertility

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Proper care and management of bulls is crucial for optimum fertility. Some bulls are naturally more fertile than others, due to genetics, scrotal conformation, etc. but poor management can reduce a bull’s fertility or his chances of siring a high number of calves. Bulls too fat or too thin won’t have optimum fertility and may have other issues that impede ability to breed cows. Young bulls need adequate nutrition to develop properly, but should never be fat.

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Rustling Rise Hurts Ranchers

Rustling Rise Hurts Ranchers

The Westerner

The rate of cattle theft has more than doubled in the past year to about 45 head a month, according to officials at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. Many blame the weak economy. "We talk about the tough economic times and you talk about the factories closing in the city, but you forget about the rural communities.

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Black Ink: Going once, going twice …

Black Ink: Going once, going twice …

Steve Suther

Sold. That word can be cause for celebration or the beginning of a personal pity party. It all depends on what dollar amount follows that auctioneer’s decree.

Studies have found and quantified just about everything that can make you more money at the sale barn or on the video auction: lot size, breed type, sex, preconditioning program and many more — including your reputation. Each variable affects the price your feeder calves bring.

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Grass-fed beef: Does less fat equal less flavor?

Grass-fed beef: Does less fat equal less flavor?

Taylor Eason

Creative Loafing

I recently read Michael Pollan’s impassioned (and alarming) book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, that explores "our national eating disorder." It’s difficult to be a proud carnivore (or a fast food eater) after reading it but somehow I didn’t plunge headfirst into a vat of vegetarianism.

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Load Position May Impact Health And Performance

Load Position May Impact Health And Performance

BEEF Magazine

Add this to the potential criteria for sorting incoming stocker calves based on performance potential and health risk: calf location in the loaded trailer.

“Our current project reveals that the environment within a commercial transport carrier is not likely homogeneous. And, cattle position within the transport vehicle may result in differing health and performance outcomes,” say researchers at Kansas State University (KSU).

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What’s the big deal about animal antibiotic usage?

What’s the big deal about animal antibiotic usage?

Dairy Herd Management

Therapeutic vs. non-therapeutic antibiotic usage in food animals has recently come under debate in Washington D.C., and repeatedly in California. Mike Apley, a veterinary clinical pharmacologist at Kansas State University, offers the following comments on therapeutic and non-therapeutic animal antibiotic usage:

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Increasing Ethanol Mandate Could Have Unintended Consequences

Increasing Ethanol Mandate Could Have Unintended Consequences

KRVN

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today opposing a proposal from the ethanol industry to increase the ethanol blend percentage in gasoline from 10 to 15%.

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MI Agriculture Commission Opens Public Comment Period for Bovine TB

MI Agriculture Commission Opens Public Comment Period for Bovine TB

Bridget Patrick

The Michigan Department of Agriculture

The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA)’s Animal Industry Division today presented information to the Michigan Commission on Agriculture on the proposal to shrink the bovine Tuberculosis (TB) Modified Accredited Zone (MAZ) to the high-risk northeastern Lower Peninsula counties of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Presque Isle, and those portions of Ogemaw and Iosco counties within the MAZ where the disease is endemic in wild free-ranging deer – beginning the public comment period on this proposal.

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Fine Tuning Beef Flavor

Fine Tuning Beef Flavor

Thebeefsite.com

Any good business manager knows success lies in repeat customers. The beef industry follows that model and annually invests millions of dollars in research to help ensure satisfied consumers.

“Beef is known for taste. If we forget that we lose a huge price advantage to competing proteins,”says Glen Dolezal, Cargill Meat Solutions. “Whatever we do in the industry—whether pre-harvest or post-harvest—we’ve got to be sure beef continues to perform to consumers’ expectations for taste and tenderness.”

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Legislation includes ‘cattle gas tax’ exemptions

Legislation includes ‘cattle gas tax’ exemptions

Pat Kopecki

Wilson County News

Farmers and ranchers have been discussing the cattle gas tax since the proposed taxation was introduced in July 2008, because of changes in the Clean Air Act. For the past year, the ag industry has been given a reprieve. Producers find themselves once again facing the possibility of being assessed a fee for greenhouse gas emissions.

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