Monthly Archives: February 2010

Grass Fed Beef

Grass Fed Beef

Gary DiGiuseppe

American Cattlemen

They still represent a tiny share of the overall beef market, but the number of grass fed cattle producers has been steadily increasing. One of the reasons consumer demand for grass fed beef has been growing has been the nutritional component; on its web site, the American Grass fed Association boasts, “Meat, dairy products, poultry and eggs from animals fed grass diets, rather than grain-based diets, are higher in beta carotene (Vitamin A), conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and Omega-3 fatty acids.”

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SDCA Young Producers’ Council, ‘Cattlemen at the Capitol’

SDCA Young Producers’ Council, ‘Cattlemen at the Capitol’

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

According to the latest Census of Agriculture, there are twice as many farmers over the age of 65 as under the age of 35, and half of agriculture land is owned by ranchers older than 75. Although extremely outnumbered, young people in agriculture refuse to be counted out, and they are working hard to impact the future of beef production through promotion and lobbying efforts.

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Home-butchered meat is “safer”? Really?

Home-butchered meat is “safer”? Really?

Penn State University blog

The article states that this group butchers its own meat because they find it more economical (OK, I get that) and believe the meat to be safer than commercial meat (keyword: believe).  Yes, this is a church group and they say that their home-butchering practices are not related to their religious beliefs.

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Ag Groups to Educate Lawmakers on Humane Society’s Impact

Ag Groups to Educate Lawmakers on Humane Society’s Impact

Wisconsin Ag Connection

Several Wisconsin farm organizations are going on the offense against animal rights groups by meeting personally with state legislators to talk about the negative impact the Humane Society of the United States has on production agriculture.

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Yellow Tail Says No To Future HSUS Donations

Yellow Tail Says No To Future HSUS Donations

Advocates For Agriculture

The Animal Agriculture Alliance commends Casella Wines, the Australian producers of [yellow tail] on their commitment to support farmers and ranchers around the world.

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The impact of disease on carcass traits

The impact of disease on carcass traits

John Maday


Several earlier research trials have indicated that sickness in cattle can affect carcass quality and value, and a new report from the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Nebraska supports those findings.

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Moore Named IBCA Executive VP

Moore Named IBCA Executive VP

Andy Eubank

Hoosier AG Today

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association has named its permanent Executive Vice President and he is no stranger to the IBCA. Joe Moore started with the association in 2006, following 25 years in the retail meat business. Last June he went from handling marketing and consumer education to the interim replacement for Julia Wickard, now the Indiana FSA Executive Director.

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Groups Defend Drug Use In Food Animals

Groups Defend Drug Use In Food Animals

Southern Livestock Standard

  Livestock and poultry groups hosted educational briefings on Capitol Hill Tuesday to share the facts about the importance of tools like antibiotics in raising healthy food animals. 

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Are parasites becoming resistant to dewormers?

Are parasites becoming resistant to dewormers?

West Virginia University

The damaging impact of internal parasites on beef cattle productivity and beef performance is well documented. Internal parasites reduce feed intake and efficiency, decrease weight gain, and reduce the animal’s ability to ward off disease because of impaired immune function.

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Increased Retention Of Cattle Breeding Heifers May Not Translate Into Herd Expansion

Increased Retention Of Cattle Breeding Heifers May Not Translate Into Herd Expansion

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its Cattle inventory report on January 29. Changes in inventories of replacement heifers were mixed, but  were net up only 1/10th of 1 percent. Both beef and dairy replacement heifers expected to calve in 2010 were up 1 percent, but total inventories of replacement  heifers were down 2 percent for beef, while up just over 2 percent for dairy.

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Be Aware of Breeding Guarantees When Buying Bulls

Be Aware of Breeding Guarantees When Buying Bulls

Wes Ishmael

Cattle Today

Run enough bulls long enough and it’s not a matter of whether one will become unusable; it’s a matter of when and how many.

There are just too many moving parts for it to be otherwise: the vagaries of Mother Nature, disease, intrinsic bull behavior, vast geography, rotten luck.

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Getting To Know HSUS

Getting To Know HSUS

Bovine Veterinarian

Layer by layer, the facade of the Humane Society of the United States is being peeled back revealing the group’s far-reaching objectives. The world is learning that at the center is an animal rights group with much more on its agenda than saving dogs and cats.

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Assisting the Posterior Presentation (Backwards Calf)

Assisting the Posterior Presentation (Backwards Calf)

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Any cow calf producer that has spent several years in the cattle business has had the experience of assisting a cow or heifer deliver a calf that was coming backwards.  Understanding the physiology and anatomy of the calf and mother will improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.

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Indiana Moves on Livestock Care

Indiana Moves on Livestock Care

Hoosier AG Today

  Indiana could have livestock care oversight in place by mid March after the Indiana State Senate passed H.B. 1099 by a vote of 50-0. The bill earlier passed the House by a 94-0 count. It now goes to Governor Mitch Daniels for his signature. The bill gives ultimate power in deciding standards for livestock and poultry care to the already existing Board of Animal Health.

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Time for Bull Check-ups

Time for Bull Check-ups

David Burton, University of Missouri extension

Beef Today

While you may be busy with cavling season, it’s not too early to start planning for breeding season by making sure your bulls are ready. Here are some tips from Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Dr. Max Thornsberry

From the Center for Consumer Freedom: This is a great organization!!!

Despite the words “humane society” on its letterhead, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not affiliated with your local animal shelter. Despite the omnipresent dogs and cats in its fundraising materials, it’s not an organization that runs spay/neuter programs or takes in stray, neglected, and abused pets

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Indiana animal care standards may go from idea to reality in three months

Indiana animal care standards may go from idea to reality in three months

Kristy Foster

Farm and Dairy

In what some would describe as a whirlwind, the state of Indiana could have livestock care oversight established by the middle of March.

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New federal guidance will impact organic livestock producers

New federal guidance will impact organic livestock producers

Sebeka-Menahga Review Messenger

Minnesota’s organic livestock producers are expected to benefit from a new federal rule that more clearly defines pasture requirements for organic ruminant animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats.

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America’s infatuation with tainted beef

America’s infatuation with tainted beef

Daily Lobo/University of New Mexico

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

I want to eat cows. I want to eat ribs, burgers, steaks and even bottom round roast (the butt). I would love to swim in the fluffy meat pillows of steak goodness, indulging my continuously growing gluttony. But, the Man keeps screwing my meat fantasy. I can’t, in any good conscience, eat beef.

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Environmental regulations squeeze ranchers’ profits

Environmental regulations squeeze ranchers’ profits

Pat Kopecki

Wilson County News

Agricultural producers, hit hard by everything from droughts to flooding and wildfires, continue to face difficulties in meeting environmental regulations.

Those attending the 2010 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Antonio in January had an opportunity to hear more about environmental regulations and their impact on producers from Tamara Thies, chief environmental counsel of the NCBA, and others.

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