Daily Archives: January 26, 2010



If ever there was a suspicious story, thought the insurance adjuster…

Walter (an alias) loved his new truck. It was a bright red, half-ton rig. When he drove it down to the Sikeston rodeo grounds, he made a point to park it at the far end of the arena away from the general parking area. Might not even get dusty, he thought.


So, You Want to be a Vet

So, You Want to be a Vet

Steve Weisman

American Cattleman

So, you like working with animals, and you want to become a veterinarian. That is certainly a good start, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gaining a degree in veterinary medicine. Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) includes those that conduct research and spend time in the laboratory developing new theories and practices, while others take the clinical route and work in the field diagnosing, treating and curing animals.


Steve Cornett:   Time to Discuss Issues

Steve Cornett:   Time to Discuss Issues

Bef Today

Typically, when you gather at the annual convention of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the mood depends on cattle markets. Good markets equal good moods. Bad markets—especially markets like we’ve had the last years, with cattle feeders so bled down they have to beg beer off those few of us with expense accounts—equal bad moods.


SDSU research focuses on how people cook beef

SDSU research focuses on how people cook beef


How to cook beef will be a topic for researchers at South Dakota State University this spring.

A project funded by the Beef Industry Council and SDSU will offer a series of classes on campus about cooking beef. A second group will view the classes online, and a control group will receive no instruction.


Route for White Pine, Musketawa trails extension upsets cattle farmer

Route for White Pine, Musketawa trails extension upsets cattle farmer

Monica Scott

The Grand Rapids Press

For 80 years, John Triick’s family has raised beef cattle, but he fears that legacy will end if state insists on connecting the White Pine and Musketawa trails with a route that runs through his farm.


Humane Society wants bureau help on docking

Humane Society wants bureau help on docking


Will Minnesota become a battleground between the animal agriculture industry and the Humane Society of the United States?

One speaker at a Strategic Animal Agriculture Conference in Willmar, Minn., thinks so. He thinks the state soon will be in the crosshairs of the Humane Society of the United States.

Chad Gregory, senior vice president of United Egg Producers, says a recent overture from the HSUS to meet with the Minnesota Farm Bureau is a pattern that will end in compromises by the state’s animal agriculture industry.


Shock & Awe Named Supreme Hereford; Champions Selected at 2010 National Western Hereford Show

Shock & Awe Named Supreme Hereford; Champions Selected at 2010 National Western Hereford Show

Hereford excitement abounded from the Yards to the Hill at the National Western Stock Show Jan. 13-16 in Denver. A total of 647 head were exhibited throughout the four-day event. There were 342 head in the open show, 89 in the junior show, 34 pens of bulls, 18 heifer pens and six carloads.


Safety Around Livestock Is Imperative

Safety Around Livestock Is Imperative

Bovine Veterinarian

Kansas State University animal scientist Chris Reinhardt has a saying: “The good ol´ days never were.”

“What I mean is, when we start to get a little more salt than pepper in our hair, we start to reminisce about how good things used to be,”

said Reinhardt, who is the feedlot Extension specialist with K-State Research and Extension. “The problem is we almost always put on rose- colored glasses in that process.”


Color of Fresh Meat: The Basics

Color of Fresh Meat: The Basics

Pennsylvanian State University

The color of fresh meat is considered one of the most influential factors related to fresh meat purchasing decisions.  To many consumers, it can be a troubling thing, to go to the self-serve retail meat case and see one steak that is a bright, cherry-red color (packaged on a tray and wrapped in film) and right beside it is a dull, purple appearing steak (packaged in vacuum).  Why the color difference? Even if those two steaks were cut from the same loin, they can appear very different.


Is There a Tax Advantage in Selling Home-Raised Cows?

Is There a Tax Advantage in Selling Home-Raised Cows?

Andy Biebl


Is there any tax advantage in selling cows that you have raised and calved out over the years versus buying heifers and keeping them as cows? If we go this second route of purchasing our heifers, we have more culls that we sell after two years.


Watch for Molds and Mycotoxins

Watch for Molds and Mycotoxins

Ki Fanning

Beef Today

The 2009 harvest season has proven to be one of the most difficult in recent memory and we will have to deal with the results for the next 12 months. The wet corn left in the fields would seem to be a good feed source.


Perfect Storm Forming For Global Food, Agriculture

Perfect Storm Forming For Global Food, Agriculture


Numerous factors are converging to create ‘the perfect storm’ for global food and agriculture, conclude the authors of CAST’s newest Issue Paper, Agricultural Productivity Strategies for the Future: Addressing U.S. and Global Challenges. Prepared as an update of CAST’s first publication written in 1973 by Dr Norman E. Borlaug (Agricultural Science and the Public, CAST Paper No. 1), the newly released paper is dedicated to Dr Borlaug and features a Preface written by him shortly before his death in September 2009. Dr Borlaug, credited with saving more lives than any other person who has ever lived through his development of high-yielding grains, was a lifelong promoter and advocate for CAST.


The Fight Over COOL

The Fight Over COOL


It is no secret that producers and governments in Canada and Mexico oppose the U.S. country-of-origin labeling requirements. They believe it discriminates against their products and therefore violates the U.S. agreement under the World Trade Organization. Both countries have begun a case against the program and the long, complicated process of WTO reviews is now under way.


Beef production seminar rescheduled

Beef production seminar rescheduled

Argus Leader

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service has rescheduled a beef production seminar for Feb. 19 in Redfield.

The seminar takes place from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Leo’s Good Food restaurant, 602 N. Main St., Redfield. Listen to WNAX AM 570 for weather-related cancellations. Poor weather forced a new date for the event that was originally set for Friday


Nutrition for the beef cow before calving

Nutrition for the beef cow before calving

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri State Livestock News

Dr. Dick Fredrickson, a veterinarian at Simplot ranches and feedlots of Grandview, ID, says protein deficiency in cows can be a big factor in whether or not their calves do well. If cows don’t have adequate protein, they cannot produce adequate colostrum. “This is the key to a healthy calf, all the way through,” says Fredrickson. “This is assuming cows have adequate forage, to supply enough energy. They can utilize low quality forage for energy, if they have enough protein to supplement it, so they can digest it.”