Daily Archives: March 5, 2010

Video Feature: Baxter Black: A Vegetarian Cookbook for Cowboys

Baxter Black is a man with unique tastes – especially in the kitchen. That’s why he came up with a vegetarian cookbook for cowboys. From US Farm Report.

Management tools improve herd fertility

Management tools improve herd fertility

Tim Hearden

Capital Press

Small steps can add up, physiologist tells ranchers

A few simple management tools can help ranchers maximize the fertility of their bull and cow herds, experts advise.

For instance, removing a calf from its mother for a couple of days has been shown to be effective at helping her begin estrus, said Les Anderson, a beef cattle specialist from the University of Kentucky.

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Wet winter means better feed for livestock

Wet winter means better feed for livestock

John Holland

Modesto Bee

Beef cattle can expect to chow down on plenty of grass this year, thanks to the rainy storms of winter.

The free feed will allow ranchers to use less purchased hay than in the past three years of drought.

"It’s beautiful now," said Tom Gookin, who raises cattle in the La Grange and Knights Ferry areas. "I fed hay up until Christmas last year at La Grange."

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Economy Keeps Cull-Cow Prices Steaming

Economy Keeps Cull-Cow Prices Steaming

BEEF Magazine

Cull-cow prices typically rise 10-15% from the lows in November into March and then maintain those higher price levels through the spring and early summer. But the price rally this year has been much stronger, says Dillon Feuz, Utah State University economics professor.

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BeefTalk: Ear Tags Have It

BeefTalk: Ear Tags Have It

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

There is enough money being offered for the purchase of age- and sourced-verified calves that heads slowly are starting to turn.

Lately, the subject of ear tags has been a major discussion topic. Perhaps, with more interest and demand for age- and source-verified calves, the reality that today’s producer not only markets a calf, but also markets the information about that calf, is hitting home.

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Vet blows whistle on slaughterhouses

Vet blows whistle on slaughterhouses

Roanoke Times

Some interesting testimony was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. today before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Domestic Policy. According to a news release from the Government Accountability Project, a non-profit whistleblower protection organization, a supervisory veterinarian with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service named Dean Wyatt will detail a long list of problems he claims to have observed at two different U.S. slaughterhouses.

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What is “Meat Science”?

What is “Meat Science”?

Christopher R. Raines, Penn State University

I recently attended the 2009 Reciprocal Meat Conference, an annual professional meeting geared toward the interests of all those — academics and businesspeople — who are tied to the meat trade.  This event is hosted by the American Meat Science Association and its members.

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