Indiana Enacts Animal Care Standards
Southern Livestock Standard
In what some would describe as a whirlwind, the state of Indiana could have livestock care oversight established by the middle of March. This is a positive move for ag in this state and other states are taking up the same measures to keep outside influences from setting the care standards.
Sustainability has become the new buzzword for environmental activists, but Steve Kay, editor of Cattle Buyers’ Weekly, says cattlemen have been practicing sustainability on their ranches for more than 100 years. Kay urged cattlemen to take back the term and show the public they are the true stewards of the land in his presentation at the BEEF seminar at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif. Kay also discussed how the U.S. government’s strategy for negotiating greater access to the Japanese markets has cost U.S. producers $44 per head in recent years.
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Lawmaker opposes livestock ID plan
The head of the U.S. House panel that sets agricultural spending said Wednesday she won’t support a government plan to create a livestock identification system that may result in customized provisions for each state.
"I don’t believe it is going to work," Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., told Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at a congressional hearing. Trying to create a national system among 50 states and tribal nations is likely to fail and may be "a waste of money," she said.
General Partnership Agreements Offer Producers Most Flexibility
At one point or another, most cattle operations form a partnership with another person or entity. Perhaps it is a partnership on a single head of cattle (e.g., a flush cow, a bull in a stud, a show heifer) or perhaps it is a more long-term partnership where profits and losses will be shared among family members or cattle operations.
California introduces animal abuse registry bill
The Cattle Business Weekly
State Senate majority leader Dean Florez introduced a bill this week in California that would require animal abusers in the state to list themselves in a registry, as is currently done with sex offenders and arsonists.
Manage Calving Season For Optimal Results
Southern Livestock Standard
Providing sound management during the calving season can mean more live calves. Excessive losses can mean the difference between a year’s profit or loss for a beef producer.
Don Curlee: Study evaluates local agricultural production
Producing food near population centers is the dream of locavores, but now it’s also the subject of a serious study by a Ph.D. agricultural resources student at the University of California, Berkeley.
The study concludes that the benefits of such a massive shift in such production and distribution methods are not likely to be as substantial as has been asserted. Furthermore, it suggests that the benefits are dwarfed by the costs of less-efficient production and reduced access to nutritious food.