Daily Archives: November 3, 2009



Years ago I crossed the Arizona border into the village of Sasabe, Sonora. The public statuary that marked the plaza was not of Father Kino, Coronado, or Pancho Villa.

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Cap and trade — consider the risks

Cap and trade — consider the risks

David Bennett

Delta Farm Press

Whether writing for the Wall Street Journal or testifying before congressional committees, LSU economist Joseph Mason isn’t shy with his views regarding climate legislation.

In a recent study, Mason suggested a carbon tax should be considered alongside cap and trade. He also warned that a cap and trade system would be incredibly complex and could saddle the U.S. economy with unforeseen consequences.

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Private Property Rights Under Fire, But Who Cares?

Private Property Rights Under Fire, But Who Cares?

Troy Marshall

BEEF Magazine

Private property rights somehow just don’t have the sex appeal of taxes, food safety, the environment or animal welfare. Partly that’s because private property rights have always been seen as foundational to capitalism, free enterprise and the American ethos.

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Out to Pasture: Beef Can’t Be Too Safe, Just Too Expensive

Out to Pasture: Beef Can’t Be Too Safe, Just Too Expensive

Steve Cornett

Beef Today

If you’re looking for the next big issue that could land on the desk of the already burdened Obama administration, look no further than concerns about the nation’s food safety. It’s the kind of problem that inspires sleepless nights, just like nightmare scenarios involving a possible outbreak of H1N1 flu or the next big natural disaster.

That’s how Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe des-cribed the impact of a recent New York Times story about the young victim of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that occurred in the fall of 2007.

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Issue 2 farming amendment could influence agriculture programs at OSU

Issue 2 farming amendment could influence agriculture programs at OSU

Whittney Smith

Advocates for Agriculture

Voters will decide Tuesday whether the state will establish a board to regulate how Ohio’s farmers care for livestock, a decision that might affect Ohio State’s agriculture programs.

Ohio’s agricultural industry lobbied hard to have the amendment added to the Ohio Constitution because some farmers say that is the only way they can stop animal-rights advocates from forcing costly reforms as they have done in six states already.

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Corn stalk grazing

Corn stalk grazing

Ivan G. Rush

Tri State Livestock News

It appears old man winter is coming early this year. Generally, cows are in good condition, many have calves weaned and most have good fall grazing, so hopefully they will go through this storm in good shape. Those that are grazing cows in pine trees have some concern for cows consuming pine needles causing abortions.

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NDSU 12-month Livestock-Pasture-Forage Management Planning Workshop Offered

NDSU 12-month Livestock-Pasture-Forage Management Planning Workshop Offered

During the workshop, each participant will learn how to develop and operate a biologically effective management strategy that provides a full 12-month forage sequence.

A three-day planning workshop on 12-month pasture and harvested forage management will be offered to livestock producers, land managers and college students on Tuesday through Thursday, January 5-7, 2010, at the new office building at North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research Extension Center. The building is on the corner of State Avenue and Empire Road in Dickinson.

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Protein Supplementation to Cows Grazing Corn Stalks

Protein Supplementation to Cows Grazing Corn Stalks

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

The information reproted below comes from a NE Beef Report Article and can be found at http://beef.unl.edu/beefreports/200901.shtml. A group of spring-calving cows were supplemented a protein cube while grazing corn stalk residue and there was a group of cows grazing corn stalk residue that was not supplemented. After corn stalk grazing, cows were managed together.

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Jeremy Powell, DVM Extension Veterinarian, University of Arkansas

Anaplasmosis, an infectious disease in cattle, is caused by the organism Anaplasma marginale. This microscopic pathogen infects red blood cells of affected cattle. It is transmitted from animal to animal by biting flies (horsefly, stable fly), ticks and contaminated needles or surgical instruments (dehorners, castration instrument, tattoo instrument).

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Cattleman, 95, knows a thing or two about livestock

Cattleman, 95, knows a thing or two about livestock



Clifton Ward may be the only man alive who’s had his picture taken with the famous Elsie the Cow – he still has the photo from 1943 – and President Jimmy Carter.

The Oconee County man’s interest and knowledge of cattle took him from Georgia to the Oval Office and New York City.

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N.D. packing plant a step closer

N.D. packing plant a step closer

Matt Bewley

AG Week

A feasibility study into the viability of building and operating a new beef packing plant in North Dakota says the venture will require a close partnership with cattle suppliers, according to Hank Imm, the executive vice president of FK Corp.-USA, which is driving the effort.

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When to Use Metaphylaxis

When to Use Metaphylaxis

Dan Goehl, DVM


Metaphylactic use of antibiotics(giving the product to head off mass spread of disease in a group) in purchased calves can be an useful management tool.

This decision is not to be taken lightly for several reasons. Antibiotics should always be used prudently to avoid overuse and cost on these products can run over $15 per head depending on the product and the size of the calf.

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McDonald’s and Canadian cattle producers try to debunk persistent Internet hoax

McDonald’s and Canadian cattle producers try to debunk persistent Internet hoax

Times Herald

McDonald’s Canada and the president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association are trying to counter what they say is false information being spread by an Internet hoax.

The hoax email purports to be from an Alberta cattle-feeding group and calls for a boycott of the fast-food chain because it says McDonald’s has plans to buy most of its beef from South America.

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Humane Society Urges New U.S. Rules For Veal Calve

Humane Society Urges New U.S. Rules For Veal Calves

Roberta Rampton

The Post Chronicle

The U.S. Agriculture Department should tighten regulations for the transport and slaughter of veal calves to ensure they are not treated cruelly, the Humane Society of the United States said on Monday.

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R-CALF: Stop The Hemorrhaging In U.S. Live Cattle Industry

R-CALF: Stop The Hemorrhaging In U.S. Live Cattle Industry


R-CALF USA directors, officers and committee chairs, as well as many of its affiliate organizations, jointly sent a letter today to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Attorney General Eric Holder and congressional leaders that describes the U.S. cattle industry as being in an acute crisis. The correspondence states that over $6.4 billion has been stolen from the hands of U.S. cattle feeders and placed in the hands of just a few mega-meatpackers

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