Daily Archives: September 11, 2009

Cattle production systems does not affect E. coli prevalence

Cattle production systems does not affect E. coli prevalence

 Feedstuffs Foodlink

A new study suggests that when compared to conventionally raised beef cattle, organic and natural production systems do not impact antibiotic susceptibility of Escherichia coli O157:H7. This discovery emphasizes that although popular for their suggested health benefit, little is actually known about the effects of organic and natural beef production on foodborne pathogens. The researchers from Kansas State University detail their findings in the August 2009 issue of the journal Applied & Environmental Microbiology.

Full Story

The Power of One Word

The Power of One Word

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

So, what do we want to be called: farmers or producers? When the Washington Post prints a headline such as Rich Farmers get Millions in Farm Subsidies, we are not so keen to be called farmers. When HSUS calls our farms “factory farms,” we suddenly want to be called family farms. Yet, when people think all farms are run by uneducated rednecks, we want to explain that our operations are modern production facilities. So, in the interest of political correctness, I would suggest we start calling farmers “bio-entrepreneurs.” The “bio” denotes our involvement in the plant and animal life cycles, and the “entrepreneur” denotes that we are independent business entities taking risks that big corporations would never consider.

Full Story

Livestock events big part of Husker Harvest Days

Livestock events big part of Husker Harvest Days


Livestock producers and ranchers attending Husker Harvest Days will have an opportunity to visit with company representatives that display livestock handling equipment, waterers, fencing and haying equipment, and animal health products. Several cattle breed associations will also display their information and cattle at the show. Husker Harvest Days is scheduled for Sept. 15, 16 and 17 and the show site is located just west of Grand Island, Neb.

Full Story

Abortions in Cows can be Caused by Many Factors

Abortions in Cows can be Caused by Many Factors

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Abortion is expulsion of a premature fetus before it reaches a viable stage of life, or expulsion of a dead fetus at any stage of gestation. Many early abortions take place without being noticed; at early stages of gestation the embryo or fetus may not be large enough to be easily seen. Abortions before 5th month of pregnancy often have few external signs, and are seldom followed by retention of the placenta. But abortions after the 5th month are often characterized by retained placenta; the cow fails to shed the fetal membranes for a few days (up to two weeks) after losing the fetus.

Full Story

White paper examines role of ag innovations in meeting world food crisis

White paper examines role of ag innovations in meeting world food crisis

AG Professional

Does agriculture need technology to help meet the growing worldwide demand for safe, nutritious and affordable food? The answer is a resounding "yes," according to Elanco Animal Health President Jeff Simmons, author of a white paper titled "Technology’s Role in the 21st Century: Food Economics and Consumer Choice."

Full Story

BeefTalk: The Simpler the Better

BeefTalk: The Simpler the Better

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

If you want to know how much something weighs, weigh it.

At one time, a tag and scale were all the tools needed to start a beef cattle production record system. The tag was placed at birth and the mother and birth date were recorded in the free notebook from the local livestock business.

Full Story

Stepping Up to the Plate Working together to strengthen the beef business

Stepping Up to the Plate Working together to strengthen the beef business

California Cattlemen

As we leave summer in our rearview mirror and head into fall, I am optimistic and looking forward to several events to will take place. On the top of my personal list is the weather outlook that California will have an El Niño pattern starting by the end of November. Most of California’s rangelands and cattle producers could use a boost from Mother Nature with some water under the ground and grass on top of it!

Full Story