Daily Archives: October 14, 2009

Video Feature: How Many Heifers Should Be Kept

Dr. Clyde Lane University of Tennessee, Beef Extension Specialist, discusses this important topic.

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Red Angus, Simmental Collaborate on Conference

Red Angus, Simmental Collaborate on Conference

Cattle Today

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) and the American Simmental Association (ASA) hosted a joint Young Guns Conference in Bozeman, Mont., on July 23-24, 2009. Made up of association members, commercial producers and industry partners, the attendees delved into issues that faced both Red Angus and Simmental.

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E. Coli Path Shows Flaws in Beef Inspection

E. Coli Path Shows Flaws in Beef Inspection

MICHAEL MOSS

New York Times

Editors note: This is the original story from the New York Times has fueled the debate over the safety of ground meat.  The original video of the Larry King Show discussing the meat industry can be watched by CLICKING HERE

Stephanie Smith, a children’s dance instructor, thought she had a stomach virus. The aches and cramping were tolerable that first day, and she finished her classes.

Then her diarrhea turned bloody. Her kidneys shut down. Seizures knocked her unconscious. The convulsions grew so relentless that doctors had to put her in a coma for nine weeks. When she emerged, she could no longer walk. The affliction had ravaged her nervous system and left her paralyzed.

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Meat Takes a Beating, Gets a Blessing on Larry King

Meat Takes a Beating, Gets a Blessing on Larry King

Eat Well Guide

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.

Two cornerstones of American culture collided Monday night on CNN:

Larry King and cheap processed meat. Or should I say colluded? After all, they’ve got a lot in common: both smush together scraps of debatable value and dubious origin and extrude them as suitable fodder for our more credulous compatriots. And both have the potential to poison us, whether by tainting our food supply with pathogens or contaminating our national conversation with lackeys and lobbyists.

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Winkles: Climate bill threatens food supply

Winkles: Climate bill threatens food supply

DAVID WINKLES

Advocates for Agriculture

The Waxman-Markey climate bill offers a lot of enticing incentives for farmers in South Carolina and elsewhere, but I would encourage farmers to take more than a quick study of the American Clean Energy and Security Act to see the detrimental effects the bill can have on farmers and consumers.

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Treatment of Sick Calves

Treatment of Sick Calves

V. Michael Lane, Extension Veterinarian, Caine Veterinary Teaching and Research Center, University of Idaho, Marie S. Bulgin, Extension Veterinarian, Caine Veterinary Teaching and Research Center, University of Idaho, Bruce C. Anderson, Extension Veterinarian, Caine Veterinary Teaching and Research Center, University of Idaho

Oral fluid therapy is the single most important treatment for calves with simple diarrhea. “Simple” means that the calf is losing excessive amounts of fluids and certain electrolytes from the intestine; there is not a destructive disease outside of the intestine. Therefore, ”simple” means there are no complications.

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Chorus of critics may help change feedlot enforcement

Chorus of critics may help change feedlot enforcement

Minnpost.com

Protracted sparring between the state’s top environmental cop and a smelly dairy feedlot near Thief River Falls is drawing a gathering chorus criticizing what’s seen as excessive timidity by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to deal with a problem that’s left several families and children sporadically inhaling "dangerous" hydrogen sulfide fumes over a two-year period.

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Contaminated feed blamed in Canadian mad cow case

Contaminated feed blamed in Canadian mad cow case

 Canada.Com

Canada’s seventh mad cow case since 2003 most likely contracted the brain-wasting disease from feed believed to have been contaminated at a manufacturing plant, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Thursday.

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Economist: Cattle producers should consider retained ownership

Economist: Cattle producers should consider retained ownership

Blair Fannin, Texas A&M

North Texas e-News

Recent rainfall has been beneficial to Texas small grains pastures, and cattle producers may want to weigh their options when marketing calves in 2010, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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Casper hosts ’09 Range Beef Cow Symposium

Casper hosts ’09 Range Beef Cow Symposium

KTIC

The 2009 Range Beef Cow Symposium is scheduled for Dec. 1-3 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo. It is sponsored by the University of Nebraska, University of Wyoming, South Dakota State University and Colorado State University.

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R-CALF Accuses NCBA of Omitting Facts

R-CALF Accuses NCBA of Omitting Facts

Hoosier AG Today

  R-CALF USA is not happy with the public response of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to Canada’s decision to pursue a WTO challenge of the country-of-origin labeling law in the U.S. R-CALF is calling the group’s statement intolerable, irresponsible and deceptive.

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KC-based National Beef to go public

KC-based National Beef to go public

Kansas City Star

Kansas City-based National Beef Packing Co. LLC plans a public stock offering that could generate $300 million.

In a filing today with the Securities and Exchange Commission, National Beef said it plans to go public as National Beef Inc.

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Issue 2 represents a defining moment for Ohio agriculture

Issue 2 represents a defining moment for Ohio agriculture

Kyle Sharp

Ohio Country Journal

At the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony held last month during the Ohio State Fair, Gov. Ted Strickland broke from his standard praise of the fair and the agricultural leaders gathered to pledge his support for something even bigger.

Toward the end of the ceremony, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Joe Cornely, the master of ceremonies for the event, also parted from the norm to discuss what many have described as the most significant issue facing Ohio agriculture in their lifetime.

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Industry-run panel won’t help animals; vote no on Issue 2

Industry-run panel won’t help animals; vote no on Issue 2

Dayton Daily News

Ahhh, fall is here. The time for crisp days, falling leaves and political signs. One of the latter caught my eye the other day: “ISSUE 2 — Safe local food, excellent animal care.”

Wow, I thought, who wouldn’t want that? I decided to do a little research, and it didn’t take much digging to figure out that this one’s a real stinker. A more apt yard sign would read “ISSUE 2 — Agribusiness as usual.”

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Michigan Governor Signs Animal Welfare Law

Michigan Governor Signs Animal Welfare Law

Hoosier AG Today

  Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed a bill into law Monday that, according to the Humane Society of the United States, will extend "modest yet meaningful" protections to farm animals. A result of negotiations between animal welfare and agricultural groups, the law requires that certain farm animals have enough room to stand up and turn around and extend their limbs.

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