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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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!

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Livestock Publications Council Present Awards at Annual Meeting

Livestock Publications Council Present Awards at Annual Meeting

Agri marketing

The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) has announced winners of their special awards during the Agricultural Media Summit (AMS) held in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Headliner Award honors a person from outside the livestock publishing field for actions that produce a positive change in livestock production and marketing. This year’s winner is Dr. Temple Grandin, a noted animal behaviorist and designer of livestock handling.

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Unveiling the truth behind four common food myths

Unveiling the truth behind four common food myths


The next time you take that hamburger off the grill, don’t assume it is fully cooked just because the inside is brown.

The appearance of hamburger or any other meat can’t be used to determine doneness, said Julie Albrecht, food safety specialist in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Rather, a food thermometer is the only sure way to determine when meat is cooked prope

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Is organic food really more nutritious?

Is organic food really more nutritious?

Barbara Ingham, Susan Nitzke, University of Wisconsin Extension

Studies published in scientific journals from the past 50 years were recently reviewed to learn whether there was evidence showing that organic foods were more nutritious. The review showed that "there are no important differences in nutrient content between organically and conventionally produced foods." All differences that were found were either inconsistent or easily explained based on the different fertilizers used to grow the crops.

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Add value to your cull cows

Add value to your cull cows


As fall arrives, cattle producers are getting ready to wean and market their calves. At the same time, producers are deciding which cows met performance expectations and which cows they will cull. Many producers sell their culls immediately, but that might not be the most profitable marketing strategy, said a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist.

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Pasture Preconditioning Calves at a Higher Rate of Gain Improves Feedlot Health but Not Postweaning Profit

Pasture Preconditioning Calves at a Higher Rate of Gain Improves Feedlot Health but Not Postweaning Profit

Professional Animal Scientist

Mathis, C P, Cox, S H, Löest, C A, Petersen, M K, Mulliniks, J T

Controlled experiments comparing pasture-based preconditioning methods on calf performance and profitability through slaughter are limited. Therefore, this study compared pasture preconditioning methods with a high level of nutritional input to a lower input approach to evaluate performance and profit from weaning through slaughter.

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Obama health care plan would hurt ranching families

Obama health care plan would hurt ranching families

The Ellis County Press

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama rallied Congress for support of his government-run health care proposal.

"President Obama’s plan for a federal takeover of America’s health care industry will be especially harming to ranching families, many of whom depend on TSCRA’s insurance services for their health care," said TSCRA President and rancher Dave Scott.

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Groups Try to Block Moving Plum Island Animal Disease Center to Kansas

Groups Try to Block Moving Plum Island Animal Disease Center to Kansas

Agri Marketing

At least two dozen organizations want to stop funding for the relocation of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan, Kan.

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AHA Year End Report Shows Increase In Hereford Registrations, Membership

AHA Year End Report Shows Increase In Hereford Registrations, Membership

Hereford breeders continued to experience an increased demand for Hereford genetics during the 2009 American Hereford Association (AHA) fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. The Association experienced an increase in registrations and membership as production sale prices remained consistent with previous years.

The second largest cattle breed in the U.S., Hereford reports 64,293 registrations and 31,747 transfers with 103,093 cows on inventory. The Association has 3,434 active adult members and 2,256 active junior members — both an increase compared to fiscal year 2008.

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