Daily Archives: December 8, 2009


Baxter Black, DVM:  THE LUDDITES

The anti-progress Luddites have taken some serious blows in the last six months. A British study shows that animals and crops raised under strict organic parameters, have no nutritional or health benefits over animals and crops grown with FDA/USDA approved insecticides, pesticides, parasitacides, antibiotics, chemical disinfectants and growth stimulants.

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Ultrasound Still Important Tool

Ultrasound Still Important Tool

Southern Livestock Standard

DNA. DNA. DNA. Everywhere you turn these days talk in the beef industry is about DNA. The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) centered its annual convention this past summer on the role of genomics in improving selection tools. And even the lowliest cowpoke knows what a SNP, or “snip” is. It’s enough to make one wonder if ultrasound technology is obsolete.

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Has Global Warming Been Nothing But A Lie?

Has Global Warming Been Nothing But A Lie?

Beef Today

Source: Texas Cattle Feeders Association Newsletter

It has not yet become a major scandal for most of the mainstream media, but various news outlets have reported on what appears to be a joint effort by leading scientists to create and sustain fears about climate change, even if it meant squelching evidence that undermined their cause.

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Impact of COOL on meat industry

Impact of COOL on meat industry

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

Without a doubt, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) has been a hot topic for debate amongst cattle producer groups, processors and retailers. In a matter of minutes, COOL became the “it” word at most beef industry meetings, and although producers never came to a consensus on the plan and USDA admitted it would have trouble enforcing it, mandatory COOL became effective into law on Sept. 30, 2008.

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New national rules for managing bovine TB being proposed

New national rules for managing bovine TB being proposed

Minnesota Farm Guide

USDA-APHIS is proposing new rules for managing bovine TB in the U.S.

Dr. Susan Keller, N.D. state veterinarian, said members of her staff attended a national meeting about the current bovine TB national program in Denver, Colo. They also heard more on the proposed USDA TB action plan there.

Keller and her staff – along with state veterinarians and beef and dairy experts throughout the country – have several concerns about the plan because no details have been released about how it would be implemented.

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Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health & AABP Honor Students

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health & AABP Honor Students


Eight students pursuing careers in bovine veterinary medicine received industry encouragement and financial support through the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Awards. The program, sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, awarded $1,500 to each of the eight students who exemplify dedication and commitment to advancing their studies in dairy and/or beef veterinary medicine. The program also awards each recipient an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual AABP conference.

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Hopefully you didn’t miss Hoosier Beef Congress.

Hopefully you didn’t miss Hoosier Beef Congress.

Tom Bechman

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Check the Indiana Beef Cattle Association’s Website if you want to discover how to find out who won the big awards at the Beef Congress that concluded yesterday. If you want to know what you really missed if you didn’t attend, read on.

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2010 Beef Cattle Short Course in San Antonio to cover meaty topics

2010 Beef Cattle Short Course in San Antonio to cover meaty topics

Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M

North Texas e-News

Room 109 of the Performing Arts Building of Palo Alto College, 1400 West Villaret, will serve as the site for the 2010 South Texas Beef Cattle Short Course.

The free program will be presented by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar Beef Cattle Committee, said Jerry Warren, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture in Bexar County.

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N.C. meat inspections reveal more than 300 violations

N.C. meat inspections reveal more than 300 violations


A backyard slaughterhouse and fake USDA labels on meat packaging were just two of the cases uncovered in North Carolina this year during state-mandated meat inspections.

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KLA members elect leaders

KLA members elect leaders


Sharon Springs rancher and farmer Mark Smith was elected president of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) during the group’s annual membership meeting December 4 in Wichita. Smith will serve as the volunteer leader for KLA’s 5,500 members during the coming year. Ken Grecian, a cow-calf producer and farmer from Palco, was chosen by KLA members as the new president elect.

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Familiar faces in show ring for supreme championship

Familiar faces in show ring for supreme championship


As sure as the prairie winds blow, Rob Hamilton has stood in the northwest corner of the show ring for the finale of Canadian Western Agribition year after year.

The supreme finale showcases all the grand champion bulls and females from Agribition, held Nov. 21-28 in Regina, and 15 other North American shows.

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UW researching impacts of feeding on marbling

UW researching impacts of feeding on marbling


To ensure a positive beef eating experience, marbling is intrigal to the flavor, juiciness and tenderness. Starch is a big driver in marbling development. To offset higher feed prices, alternative production strategies are needed for beef producers to remain viable and competitive in the beef industry.

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Tracking livestock– We could learn plenty from Australia, Canada

Tracking livestock– We could learn plenty from Australia, Canada

Yakima Herald-Republic

When it comes to a system for tracking meat and dairy cattle, the U.S. still has a long way to go before it matches what’s taking place in Australia and Canada.

This nation’s voluntary approach to tracking diseased livestock has few admirers and many critics. There’s a lot to be learned from the approaches taken by the Aussies and Canadians. The question is: Will our federal government take heed?

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Properly examined moldy feed can be used in beef diets with little risk

Properly examined moldy feed can be used in beef diets with little risk

Farm and Ranch Guide

Mold does not pose risk to beef cattle, but the mycotoxins some molds can produce are frequently culprits in beef feeding operations.

That’s according to South Dakota Cooperative Extension Beef Specialist Cody Wright, who advises beef producers to analyze feed and get lab-tested information when it’s needed.

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New Oregon Cattlemen’s Association president eager to educate

New Oregon Cattlemen’s Association president eager to educate

Craig Reed

The News Review

Bill Hoyt isn’t wasting any time in trying to educate the city about what is going on in the country.

The North Douglas County rancher took over as president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Saturday evening at the organization’s annual state convention. His first speaking engagement is Tuesday at Portland’s Pearl District Rotary club.

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