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Will 2010 be Missouri’s year?
I’ve just gotten word from the Missouri Cattlemen’s Assn. that HSUS filed the necessary paperwork yesterday with the state attorney general to mount a statewide referendum. The question now is, what’s the goal? Word is Paul Shapiro, the 30-something self-styled HSUS farm animal guru, says the initiative will be focused on puppy mills. Time will tell, I guess.
Feeding Culls May Be Effective Marketing Strategy
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
Producers searching for inventive ways to add dollars to their beef cow-calf operations may want to consider retaining and feeding cull cattle as a value-added marketing strategy.
Tag NAIS Dead But Not Gone
A coalition of 100 agricultural groups have sent two letters — one to USDA and one to Congress — urging that the National Animal Identification System be dissolved, according to a release by R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America.
Pointing out that the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill reduced NAIS funding to $5.34 million, without specifying how those funds were to be spent, the coalition asked Congress to "refocus [USDA] on measures that truly improve animal health and … respect the interests of both livestock owners and consumers."
BeefTalk: Young Minds, More Questions
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
When asked, what do young people ask within the beef business?
Virtually every segment of the industry lives on limited, small margins.
How does someone reach out and make a living in the beef business?
There are many paths. Knowing which path will be the most profitable and fulfill one’s dreams is difficult to predict.
Bizarre calf mutilations found on Colorado ranch
A creepy string of calf mutilations in southern Colorado has a rancher and sheriff’s officials mystified.
Four calves were found dead in a pasture just north of the New Mexico state line in recent weeks. The dead calves had their skins peeled back and organs cleared from the rib cage. One calf had its tongue removed.
Top heifer developer to present at RBCS
The Cattle Business Weekly
Patsy Houghton who recently received the 2009 Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumni Awards Purdue University Department of Animal Sciences will be speaking Dec. 1 at the Range Beef Cow Symposium in Casper, WY on custom heifer development strategies.