Monthly Archives: March 2010

Video Feature: Drovers TV

– Stop BVD: control strategies for this costly disease

– Storm rations: helping cattle yield better during winter storms

– Progress and new challenges: research in beef safety and quality

– Cattle come first: cattle-feeding and farming in Iowa

– Three generations of marketing cattle: adding value and attracting buyers

– Archive, the value of information: buying local, fair trade, or certified for animal-welfare standards

Calves from decades-old frozen semen born at LSU AgCenter

Calves from decades-old frozen semen born at LSU AgCenter

Thetowntalk.com

LSU AgCenter scientists have produced calves from Angus bull semen that has been frozen for more than 40 years.

Some of the calves were sired by semen collected and frozen from bulls in the late 1960s, said Robert Godke, a professor of reproductive physiology at the LSU AgCenter.

Full Story

RMFU joins calls to strengthen protections against mad cow disease

RMFU joins calls to strengthen protections against mad cow disease

Recorder Online

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) signed on to a letter from R-CALF USA to the USDA requesting that the agency respond to the latest appearance of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or “mad cow disease”) in Canadian livestock. RMFU, which represents family farmers and ranchers in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, joined Farmers Unions nationwide in co-signing the letter.

Full Story

Mike Callicrate: Break up the meatpacker-retailer cartel

Mike Callicrate: Break up the meatpacker-retailer cartel

Huffington Post

The last thirty years have been tough times for independent livestock producers.

For decades, in addition to the hard work of keeping our farm and ranch operations running each day, we have literally been in a fight for our lives and for the life of our industry. We have lost our markets. Only the illusion of a market remains. When we lose our markets, we lose our farms and ranches, and America loses its food supply.

Full Story

Solutions for ailing industry?

Solutions for ailing industry?

REMO ZACCAGNA

Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune

Keith Hodges grew up on the farm and doesn’t want to leave.

In order to support his family he took a second job, starting his own business. But a day is coming when Hodges, 45, who raises about 100 cattle near Beaverlodge, will have to decide whether to get out of the beef industry altogether.

"Why would you (stay)? You can go in the oilpatch or work for someone for $30 an hour, guaranteed wage, time off. Farming is a good life but you can’t raise a family doing it," he said.

Full Story

Prevalence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in range beef calves at weaning.

Prevalence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in range beef calves at weaning.

W. W. Laegreid, R. O. Elder, J. E. Keen

Citeulike

This study was designed to determine the prevalence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection of beef calves at weaning, prior to arrival at the feedlot or mixing with cattle from other sources.

Full Story

Where’s the beef?

Where’s the beef?

Nicholas Kohler

Macleans

For those advocating for urgent action on the climate change file, it’s been a rough few months.

From the “Climategate” email scandal at the University of East Anglia to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s now-debunked claim that Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035, advocates have been hit by a series of damaging credibility gaps.

Full Story