Daily Archives: July 27, 2009

Get to Know Your Beef Checkoff, Take this Quiz

Get to Know Your Beef Checkoff

Cattle Network

So you think you know your beef checkoff? Then take your shot at the “MyBeefCheckoff Quiz.” The first three correct respondents win a prize – and get the scoop about their checkoff investments!


No Antibiotic Residues Detected in DDGS

No Antibiotic Residues Detected in DDGS


Phibro Animal Health Corporation (PAHC) has announced that its Ethanol Performance Group has not detected virginiamycin in distillers’ grain. Virginiamycin is the active ingredient in Lactrol®, the company’s market leading antimicrobial for ethanol production.

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DNA Tests Used to Verify Parentage and Animal ID

DNA Tests Used to Verify Parentage and Animal ID

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Breed registries today rely on DNA testing to verify parentage in an animal’s pedigree. Every animal has a genetic code in every cell of the body. Several billion chemical sub-units of a material called deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) constitute the long, threadlike chromosomes (and the genes on those chromosomes) that exist in the nucleus of every cell. The genetic code for every aspect of that individual can thus be found in any body cell, whether blood, bone, hair or muscle.

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Texas longhorns coming to Indiana

Texas longhorns coming to Indiana



Texas longhorn shows are few and far between in Indiana, but on Aug. 1, what’s popularly branded as “America’s genuine cattle breed” is coming back to the Veedersburg (Ind.) Sale Barn. The Ohio River Valley Texas Longhorn Association is hoping to repeat the success of last year’s show at the same location and is encouraging the public to come and learn more about the stately and sometimes misunderstood animals.

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The USDA and ‘natural’ beef

The USDA and ‘natural’ beef



What is "natural" beef?

After I reported to a friend that the Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurants use only natural beef in their burgers, she asked, "Isn’t ‘natural beef’ one of those terms that basically means nothing?" A little research uncovered the sad fact that this is true.

Whereas, the Department of Agriculture has strict standards for beef that wants to call itself "organic," USDA requires only that "natural beef" be minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives.

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New UNL range management and cow/calf specialist

New UNL range management and cow/calf specialist


Dr. Karla (Hollingsworth) Jenkins, the new range management and cow/calf specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, hopes her research will be useful to all the diverse cattle producers of western Nebraska.

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New UNL research geared to increase profitability

New UNL research geared to increase profitability

Faith Colburn

North Platte Bulletin

Three new University of Nebraska–Lincoln research projects underway at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory near Whitman seek to reduce feed cost while maintaining benefits.

The offspring of cattle fed a protein supplement during the last trimester of gestation have consistently performed better than the offspring of cattle not supplemented, said UNL Beef Nutrition Specialist Aaron Stalker.

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Different cattle pests require different methods of control

Different cattle pests require different methods of control

David Burton

Springfield News Leader

During a year’s time, beef cattle are exposed to a variety of insect pests that may impact their performance and the pocketbook of the beef producer.

Examples of costly parasites include the common horn fly (which shows up in huge numbers in mid to late summer if not treated against), face flies, ticks, cattle grubs, heel flies, stable flies and horse flies.

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Public has plenty to say about Canadian cattle

Public has plenty to say about Canadian cattle


Thousands of pages of public comments have been submitted on a rule intended to protect against the threat of mad cow disease.

A federal judge in Sioux Falls one year ago refused to stop some Canadian beef imports but agreed with cattle, consumer and health interests that the U.S. Agriculture Department should revisit the issue.

The groups wanted the judge to suspend a rule that went into effect in November 2007 allowing Canadian cattle more than 30 months old into the United States.

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`Making Money In Hard Times´ Planned For Beef Industry August 13

`Making Money In Hard Times´ Planned For Beef Industry August 13


Fluctuating fuel and feed costs over the past couple of years have made the business of beef production particularly challenging. To help producers maximize their resources and operations, Kansas State University Research and Extension will host a K-State Beef Conference Thursday, Aug. 13.

Titled "Making Money in Hard Times," the conference will be in Frick Auditorium at K-State´s College of Veterinary Medicine.

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In these days of drought and recession, a tough Texas business gets tougher

In these days of drought and recession, a tough Texas business gets tougher


Aside from a few weeks of high-spirited, boot-scootin’ homage to Texas’ agricultural heritage during the trail ride and Rodeo season, the state’s cattle industry stays out of sight and out of mind for most of us in the big city.

That’s little short of amazing, considering the size and economic impact of the cattle industry in this corner of Texas and all across the state. It’s a behemoth — the nation’s largest, with 14 million cattle and calves — and it contributes billions of dollars annually to the state’s economy.

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Catch up on beef issues and technology

Catch up on beef issues and technology


The 55th Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is just around the corner on August 3 through 5. Please remember to register by Tuesday, July 28 to take advantage of the early registration special!  You can register at the conference, but it will increase to $180.

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Locals grow bullish on grass-finished beef

Locals grow bullish on grass-finished beef

China Millman

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What do a hot dog and food activist Michael Pollan have in common?

Both can be advocates for sustainable meat. On July 4, Franktuary, a Downtown lunch spot that serves gussied-up hot dogs and more, introduced the Locavore, a hot dog made from organic, local, grass-finished beef.

This meat may look similar to the regular stuff, but in many ways it’s a whole different animal. And while it’s still a rare sight, it’s getting a little easier to find in grocery stores, farmers markets, by mail order and even at restaurants.

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Big bovine example of brothers’ hard work

Big bovine example of brothers’ hard work

Jim Totten

Livingston Daily Press & Argus

The Bontekoe boys grow bovine even bigger.

The two Deerfield Township brothers raised two dairy steers that had a combined weight of more than 3,200 pounds.

They entered both steers in the Fowlerville Family Fair through the Kounty Klover Kids 4-H Club, with hopes of taking home the grand champion and reserve awards for livestock.

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Just Your Standard Bull

Just Your Standard Bull

Michael Sturgess

Southern Livestock Standard

This column is the fifth installment in a series of columns I have written on my experience of being my own contractor on our new home. The May 29th column took us through insulation, drywall and painting the walls. Phase V—trim carpentry, interior doors, cabinetry, counter tops, wood floors and more.

    Up until now, the majority of our home building project has dealt with things behind or beneath the surface, except of course for the drywall texture and wall paint.

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