Daily Archives: February 2, 2010

A Q&A with Gregg Doud, Chief Economist for NCBA

A Q&A with Gregg Doud, Chief Economist for NCBA

Angus.org

With cattle producers converging on San Antonio, Texas, for the Cattle Industry Annual Convention this week, most will be wondering about the economic outlook for 2010.

Many of them will be looking to Gregg Doud for answers.

Angus.org recently asked him to share his thoughts on the current status of the beef industry, and why he believes there are reasons to be optimistic.

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How Cold Stress Affects Newborn Calves

How Cold Stress Affects Newborn Calves

Heather Smith Thomas

Charolais Journal

Calves that are chilled at birth, without immediate assistance to warm/dry them and make sure they ingest colostrum in a timely manner, have poor survival rates. If a calf ’s mouth gets cold before he suckles, he may not be able to get the teat in his mouth and suck, and therefore does not obtain crucial energy (for keeping warm) and the antibodies he needs—to protect him against disease.

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Baxter Black, DVM:  COUNTY FAIRS, WHY?

Baxter Black, DVM:  COUNTY FAIRS, WHY?

 “Most people just don’t get it,” said Ron, bemoaning the urban politicians that continue to whittle away at funding for county fairs and the ag extension service. “It’s all about the kids learning real life.”

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Utah farmers fear cow tax

Utah farmers fear cow tax

Randall Jeppesen

KSL

A group of Utah’s farmers is voicing concern that new regulations on greenhouse gases could end up becoming a cow tax that could put farmers out of business.

Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed fees for business operations that emit more than 100 tons of carbon dioxide annually. The problem for Utah’s farmers, according to Utah Farm Bureau CEO Randy Parker, is that cows and pigs produce a lot of CO2 through natural processes.

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Grayson Co. Commissioners approve resolution supporting cattle ranchers

Grayson Co. Commissioners approve resolution supporting cattle ranchers

KXII

A proposed cap and trade bill and anti-animal antibiotics bill before Congress could mean trouble for local cattle ranchers in Grayson County.

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History of Cedar Rapids meatpacking plant recalled as demolition nears

History of Cedar Rapids meatpacking plant recalled as demolition nears

Cindy Hadish

Gazetteonline.com

Listen to a group of Farmstead Foods retirees tell their stories, and life at the former meatpacking plant sounds rather spirited.

There was the time a cow escaped to the Cedar River and was finally caught near the Shack Tavern. Another cow made it to the roof, where it was shot and lifted off with a crane.

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Video Feature: Biopic of Animal Whisperer Temple Grandin Screens This Weekend

Finding a pop-culture analogue to animal scientist Temple Grandin seems kind of like starting a stock without onions, carrots and celery. Won’t happen.

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