Daily Archives: February 15, 2010

Harvard Hometown Plans Coercive Taxes, Veganism to Stop Climate ‘Emergency’

Harvard Hometown Plans Coercive Taxes, Veganism to Stop Climate ‘Emergency’

Joshua Rhett Miller


Congestion pricing to reduce car travel. Elimination of curbside parking. A carbon tax "of some kind," not to mention taxes on plastic and paper bags. Advocating vegetarianism and veganism, complete with "Meatless or Vegan Mondays." Those are just some of the proposals put forth by the Cambridge Climate Congress, an entity created in May 2009 to respond to the "climate emergency" plaguing the Massachusetts city.

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Tofu can harm environment more than meat, finds WWF study

Tofu can harm environment more than meat, finds WWF study

Times Online

Becoming a vegetarian can do more harm to the environment than continuing to eat red meat, according to a study of the impacts of meat substitutes such as tofu.

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Herd health focus of San Juan Basin Extension symposium

Herd health focus of San Juan Basin Extension symposium

High Plains Journal

The 27th annual San Juan Basin Extension Beef Cattle Symposium will be March 2 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., Durango, Colo.

The event is co-sponsored by New Mexico State University’s San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service office and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service offices in La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma and Dolores counties.

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As for antibiotics, more isn’t better

As for antibiotics, more isn’t better

Capital AG Press

The raging debate over the use — and potential overuse — of antibiotics in humans and livestock has forced the medical and veterinary professions to take a close look how those potent medicines are used, and why.

At the heart of the debate is how much excessive use of antibiotics contributes to drug resistance in infections. Critics, including the Union of Concerned Scientists, argue that subtherapeutic doses of antibiotics in animal and poultry feed reach the human food chain and contribute to the likelihood of drug-resistant infections in people.

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Three-day grazing school to address increased challenges in beef production

Three-day grazing school to address increased challenges in beef production

Robert Burns

North Texas E-News

Too little rain, too much rain, high fertilizer prices and a volatile cattle market – both inexperienced and the veteran beef producers will learn strategies to deal with all these scenarios at the Pasture and Livestock Management Workshop set March 30 – April 1, said a Texas AgriLife Research scientist.

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Rancher talks experiences with fixed-time artificial insemination

Rancher talks experiences with fixed-time artificial insemination


The Prairie Star

“All estrus synchronization systems work, but none has worked as well for us as fixed-time artificial insemination (AI). In terms of the cost, the results and my time input, it offers us the best solution,” said Mike Kasten, 4M Ranch, Millersville, Mo. He shared his experience with synchronization and AI at the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle symposium Jan. 29.

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Calving season tips

Calving season tips

Richard Snell

The Fence Post

Calving season is here for a vast majority of beef cattle producers. A lot of cow-calf producers still calve from late January to late February. A lot of management is required when this time arrives.

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Cost issue holds up vaccine for cattle

Cost issue holds up vaccine for cattle


How much are people willing to pay for a hamburger?

With a new vaccine for cattle, the beef industry could dramatically cut the risk that a potentially deadly bacteria finds its way to dinner plates. Yet it’s unclear how, or if, that cost might be passed to the consumer.

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Senate Jobs Bill Would Benefit Agriculture

Senate Jobs Bill Would Benefit Agriculture

Hoosier AG Today

  A 52-billion dollar bipartisan jobs bill that includes disaster assistance to farmers has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Senate Ag Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln says the disaster assistance included in the HIRE jobs bill is based on legislation she and Senator Thad Cochran introduced in November. Direct payments would bridge the gap until 2009 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program, payments are issued next fall.

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The trickery of animal welfare groups

The trickery of animal welfare groups

Jean Barton

We arrived in San Antonio on Monday, and like many other cattlemen and women, we paid our respects to The Alamo on a sunny warm afternoon. Docents did a great job telling the story of the brave men, both inside and out doors.

I attended the American National CattleWomen Animal Welfare Committee and very glad I did. When I returned home I was shocked to see ads on our local Redding TV station for HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) where "for only $ 19 a month you can help save the animals."

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Animal Agriculture and Responsible Antibiotic Use

Animal Agriculture and Responsible Antibiotic Use

Online PR News

My lifetime of experience in animal agriculture makes their report seem to me biased and misleading. My parents who migrated from family farms in Oregon raised us in a small Southern California community with chickens and rabbits for meat and eggs. I worked my way through high school and college on farms and fruit orchards, a 12,000 head beef feedlot, and a university owned dairy and milk processing plant. Professionally I have worked for 36 years with dairies, feedlots, cattle and sheep ranchers in 12 states in the U.S. and in Mexico.

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NCBA urges Congress to examine the science in the discussion of antibiotics

NCBA urges Congress to examine the science in the discussion of antibiotics

High Plains Journal

Kansas State University’s Michael Apley, a veterinary clinical pharmacologist, traveled to Capitol Hill recently with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to educate lawmakers and their staff about the use of antibiotics in the beef industry. Dr. Apley and NCBA met with Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) to discuss H.R. 1549, Slaughter’s bill to ban the use of some antibiotics in livestock.

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Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic planned Feb. 16-21

Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic planned Feb. 16-21

Gayle Smith

The Fence Post

The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic is a premier livestock event attracting cattlemen across the Midwest, as well as throughout the United States, during its six-day run at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, Neb.

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Grass Tetany Can Effect Cow on Wheat Pasture

Grass Tetany Can Effect Cow on Wheat Pasture

Western Livestock Journal

Grass tetany, caused by magnesium deficiency does not seem to be a major problem in Oklahoma although occasional cases are reported. It typically occurs in beef cows during early lactation and is more prevalent in older cows. The reason is thought to be that older cows are less able to mobilize magnesium reserves from the bones than are younger cows.

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Cattlemen Seek Greener Pastures in Niche Market

Cattlemen Seek Greener Pastures in Niche Market

Boyd Kidwell

Angus Journal

Steve McPherson is one of many Angus breeders cashing in on

a growing consumer appetite for grass-fed beef. McPherson and his partner, Sam Kiser, manage 200 Angus cows at Triple Tree Farm near Snow Camp, N.C. For many years, McPherson has been successfully marketing registered Angus bulls to commercial cattle producers, but he’s recently found that Angus calves are perfect for the lucrative grass-fed beef market.

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