Daily Archives: September 24, 2009

Just Say No to Junk Journalism

Just Say No to Junk Journalism

Ron Phillips

Animal Health Institute

Junk claims lead to junk conclusions, and Ezra Klein’s column “Just Say No to Antibacterial Burgers” is full of both.

Junk Claim #1: Antibiotics are in food.

Antibiotics used to keep food animals healthy are strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The stringent approval process includes FDA setting withdrawal times based on trials to ensure antibiotic residues above strict limits don’t end up in the meat from the animal. There’s another checkpoint at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where inspectors test meat products to make sure there are no violative antibiotic residues in the meat.

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Genetic Factors: The Threat of TH and PHA

Genetic Factors: The Threat of TH and PHA

Marty Ropp, American Simmental Association Director of Field Operations

Simmental Register

While the American Simmental Association Board of Trustees wrestles with rules and procedures to identify and guard against the proliferation of two new genetic defects within the Simmental population, it is important that our members be informed and make good decisions to reduce the impacts of these potentially destructive genes.

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Livestock Production: Are There Any Positives?

Livestock Production: Are There Any Positives?

The Farm Gate

If it produces meat, milk or eggs, and you produce it with the intent of profitability, it will be spotlighted today. USDA’s new reports on livestock, meat prices, and the feed outlook are all the focus for livestock producers who have had a tough time lately making ends meet. Is there anything to be encouraged about?

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Get to Know Your Beef Checkoff

Get to Know Your Beef Checkoff


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Blogging on the range: Farmers link to consumers via social media

Blogging on the range: Farmers link to consumers via social media

Ching Lee

California Farm Bureau Federation

Whether he’s strolling through the corral, doing payroll at his desk or checking on a newborn calf, Stanislaus County dairy farmer Ray Prock likes to stop by what he calls his "virtual watercooler" to chat about his favorite topic: agriculture.

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NCBA Young Producers’ Council Takes to the Blogosphere

NCBA Young Producers’ Council Takes to the Blogosphere

Next generation of cattle producers discussing key issues in new blog “Cattle Call”

This is not your father’s cattle industry any more. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Young Producers’ Council (YPC) has motivated the newest faces of U.S. cattle production to tell their story on the organization’s blog, Cattle Call (http://ypcblog.beefusa.org/).

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Q&A:   Is ammoniated straw still a good source of feed for stock cows?

Q&A:   Is ammoniated straw still a good source of feed for stock cows?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   It is, but anhydrous has been expensive and so the ammoniation process has not been economical. The ammoniation process is a temperature dependent process and when done in July, the straw needs to be sealed for about a week. This time of year, the straw will need to be air-tight or three to four weeks. That poses some challenges.

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October 16 Animal Welfare Symposium Takes Shape

October 16 Animal Welfare Symposium Takes Shape

Ohio Ag Connection

As animal agriculture comes under scrutiny and animal welfare issues are hotly debated, the time to become educated to proactively address animal welfare issues is now.

"Animal welfare is a prominent issue in Ohio and the U.S. and even the world. It’s a topic of interest to producers, consumers, veterinarians, health-care professionals, legislators and anyone who has a stake in sustainable animal agriculture," said Naomi Botheras, animal welfare program specialist for Ohio State University Extension in the Department of Animal Sciences.

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Double ‘E’ Emphasis

Double ‘E’ Emphasis

Troy Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

In north-central Nebraska, the native Sandhillers really admire a balanced ranch – a spread whose acreage includes both upland range and sub-irrigated meadows. On many traditional operations, cattle graze upland pastures during the summer, while meadow hay is harvested for winter feed. A balanced ranch provides a year-around supply of forage.

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Anaplasmosis on the Move

Anaplasmosis on the Move

Sara Brown

Beef Today

A few days ago, one of my family’s neighbors noticed some of his cows were listless, weren’t eating well  and were having trouble standing and grazing. The vet diagnosed his herd with anaplasmosis, a parasitic disease that is spread by ticks, mosquitoes, flies and other blood-sucking insects.

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A harvest for the cows

A harvest for the cows

Amy Bickel

The Hutchinson News

Standing in a field of green corn, Dave Clayton lit a cigarette and waited for the mechanic.

With corn stalks plugging up the forage harvester and a possible bearing going out, there probably would be little harvesting done this day.

"We’re at least down a couple of hours," said Clayton, of Sterling, an employee of Mizell Farms, shortly after noon as he and the crew of four, including two from South Africa, surveyed the situation.

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U.S. should be global monitor for animal diseases: Institute

U.S. should be global monitor for animal diseases: Institute

 David Morgan


The United States needs to lead a global effort to protect people from new outbreaks of deadly infectious diseases that originate in animals, such as swine flu, AIDS and SARS, health experts said Tuesday.

Air travel, climate change, population growth and rising demand for meat products from developing countries have accelerated the spread of "zoonotic" diseases, according to a panel set up by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.

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Attention CPH-45 Sale participants!

Attention CPH-45 Sale participants!

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

If you plan on marketing CPH-45 feeder calves this fall and winter, be aware that there have been major changes in the way that the source and age verification process in completed.

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Beef Cattle Health and Husbandry Experts Team up to Promote Cattle Well-Being

Beef Cattle Health and Husbandry Experts Team up to Promote Cattle Well-Being


Leaders from academia and the beef industry are announcing the formation of an independent advisory group to focus on beef cattle health and well-being. The North American Food Animal Well-being Commission for Beef (NAFAWC-Beef)—which includes world-renowned experts in animal well-being—will advocate for increased research funding for animal well-being, facilitate the communication of research results in a more timely manner, advance best management practices in cattle health and welfare, and serve as an unbiased, science- and production- based group to address concerns about animal well-being.

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Ohio’s Issue 2

Ohio’s Issue 2

Laura Schierhoff

Animal Blawg

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

In February, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) met with members of Ohio’s livestock industry to discuss passing humane legislation in that state.  HSUS had its eye on Ohio to pass legislation to ban the use of poultry cages, veal crates and gestation stalls.  Agribusiness in Ohio knew this was not such a far fetched idea, given California’s Proposition 2 landslide ballot-initiative win last November. 

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