Ranchers indicted on fraud charges
The Galveston Daily News
A group of ranchers are accused by federal prosecutors of falsely claiming that more than 500 head of cattle they owned on Bolivar Peninsula were washed away three years ago by Hurricane Rita.
Allowed to Shine
‘Unknown” is usually a negative term
in the cattle business given all that could go wrong with undisclosed genetics, background, management and health history.
Tim Miller, West Point, Neb., just tries to use what he does know to make the most of those mystery cattle.
“All I do is allow cattle to fully express their genetic potential by keeping them on a consistent plane of nutrition,” he explains. To enhance beef quality, he says producers must understand “compensatory gain does not create marbling. We don’t know exactly when marbling begins to take place, so it would be best to never compromise an animal’s nutrition or health throughout the course of its life.”
Calf health and Performance Begins at Conception
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
The management, nutrition and subsequent performance of calves is a topic of constant debate. In general this discussion begins with that period immediately after birth and continues on through the growing animal’s life. It’s interesting to note that how a young animal performs after birth, in many cases is tied directly to the dam carrying that calf.
Veterinarian urges transparency on animal welfare
Advocates for Agriculture
Kansas State University veterinarian Dan Thomson believes that the U.S. beef industry is doing a lot of things right when it comes to animal welfare – but that there´s plenty more work to do when it comes to perceptions and realities about animal welfare.
Small Farmers See Promise In Obama’s Plans
Since the 1980s, American agriculture has become increasingly concentrated. Today, less than 2 percent of farms account for half of all agricultural sales. The new antitrust division of President Obama’s Justice Department has said that scrutinizing monopolies in agriculture is a top priority.
That shift is giving hope to independent farmers, who have complained for years that agriculture giants are shrinking the marketplace and paying farmers less for their products.
Cattle market to be field day topic
The Wichita Eagle
An outlook on the cattle market will be part of a field day to be held Aug. 27 near Palco.
Chad Spearman, an analyst for CattleFax, will present data relating to the beef cattle market. The event, which begins with registration at 3:30 p.m., is sponsored by the Kansas Livestock Association and Kansas State University.
Agricultural internship opportunity overseas
The Cattle Business Weekly
The Foreign Agricultural Service, the international arm of the United States Department of Agriculture is looking for a few outstanding senior and graduate level college and university students to work in overseas offices to promote U.S. agricultural interests through the International Agricultural Internship Program (IAIP) for summer 2010.
Cattle, crop losses mount in Texas drought
A vast swathe of Texas remains in the grip of a scorching drought, which has cost billions of dollars and is cleaving America’s largest beef cattle herd.
Husband and wife team inject new money into kingdom economy
Vermont Highland Cattle Co., and Vermont Biomass Energy Co, are the two businesses that directly impact the NEK. The first, Vermont Highland Cattle Company, was started in 2006 and now includes six farms in the kingdom with 600 head of beef cattle and 20 employees. Gefert is president of the company. She said the current business plan “anticipates maintaining a herd of around 1,000 head and selling beef to Vermont restaurants and stores, as well as developing a web based national market.”
Ohio State Event Looks At The Science Of Animal Welfare
The issues in farm animal welfare continue to be hotly debated across the United States, and recently Ohio’s farm animal production practices have come under scrutiny. On October 16, a symposium on animal welfare being held at Ohio State University will offer perspectives that are grounded in science and education.
The "Ohio State Animal Welfare Symposium: Building Partnerships to Address Animal Welfare," will take place October 16 from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio.
Governor Nixon Expanding Cattle Theft Task Force
The state is cracking down on cow crimes. On Thursday, Governor Nixon announced an expansion of a cattle theft task force.
Earlier this year, lawmakers bumped cattle rustling from a Class C to a Class B felony, adding years in prison time. It was among the recommendations of a cattle theft task force created three years ago by former Governor Matt Blunt.
Conference Speakers to Address Lessons Learned from Hurricane Ike
How do you dispose of thousands of dead cattle legally, quickly, economically and safely?
This was the question for Texas government officials and Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel after Hurricane Ike in 2008. "We believe about 4,800 adult cattle were lost and 5,600 calves were lost in the surge zone after Hurricane Ike," said Dee Ellis, assistant state veterinarian, Texas Animal Health Commission.
Dehorning Calves: Timing
The hard structure of the horn is actually produced by the surrounding skin, similar to the way a hoof grows from the coronet band. When the calf is young, the horn bud is free-floating and not attached to the skull. As the calf ages, the horn bud attaches to the skull and the horn begins to develop larger.
Kansas Artificial Breeding Service Unit has served cattle industry for decades
The Cattle Business Weekly
Born 60 years ago from an idea by a former Kansas State University administrator, the Kansas Artificial Breeding Service Unit, also known as KABSU, will celebrate with an open house Sept. 5.
The event, scheduled from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. will showcase a new KABSU facility located at 3171 Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhattan.
K-State Vet Says Beef Industry Doing a Lot Right
Kansas State University veterinarian Dan Thomson believes that the U.S. beef industry is doing a lot of things right when it comes to animal welfare – but that there’s plenty more work to do when it comes to perceptions and realities about animal welfare.