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.
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 It’s enough to make one wonder if ultrasound technology is obsolete.
Has Global Warming Been Nothing But A Lie?
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.
Impact of COOL on meat industry
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.
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.
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.
Hopefully you didn’t miss Hoosier Beef Congress.
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.