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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Don’t blame cows for climate change

Don’t blame cows for climate change

Southwest Farm Press

Despite oft-repeated claims by sources ranging from the United Nations to music star Paul McCartney, it is simply not true that consuming less meat and dairy products will help stop climate change, says a University of California authority on farming and greenhouse gases.

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Tools for Genetic Prediction Have Exploded

Tools for Genetic Prediction Have Exploded

Wes Ishmael

Cattle Today

If you long for the good old days when a keen eye and perhaps a basic knowledge of cow families was more than enough to sort bulls, you’re not alone. Though genetic selection is more accurate than ever, it can also seem more complex than the Tax Code.

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How can farming and ranching survive?

How can farming and ranching survive?

By Shan Ingram

The Cattle Business Weekly

As a teacher, my wife’s classroom experience can often give great insight on how the average consumer perceives and understands American agriculture. One recent example illustrates an important lesson for all of us in the ag industry.

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AMI Supports Goal To Double US Exports

AMI Supports Goal To Double US Exports

Thebeefsite.com

US – The American Meat Institute (AMI), along with more than 50 other food/feed agricultural organisations is urging Congress to strongly support President Obama’s pledge to double US exports within five years as a way to create millions of new jobs in the United States.

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Survey: Public Misled by HSUS

Survey: Public Misled by HSUS

Hoosier AG Today

  In a survey commissioned by the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, researcher David Martosko found that most Americans think the Humane Society of the United States is a worthy charity. But very few Americans understand what HSUS really is. Martosko calls it, "A super-rich lobbying group that puts more money into its executive pensions than in the hands of local humane societies." As an example, in 2008 HSUS distributed less than one-half of one percent of its budget to hands-on pet shelters.

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TSCRA & Pfizer Team To Provide Animal Welfare Workshop For Cattle Producers

TSCRA & Pfizer Team To Provide Animal Welfare Workshop For Cattle Producers

Bovine Veterinarian

Fort Worth, Texas – Pfizer Animal Health, Region 14 Education Service Center, Autism Speaks and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) will team up to host a free workshop on proper animal handling and welfare for Texas cattle producers. World renowned animal behavior and handling expert, Dr. Temple Grandin, will address the group in Abilene, March 9 at 1:30 p.m. The event is designed to further educate livestock producers of the importance of proper animal care and welfare.

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Winter Hangover

Winter Hangover

Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

All parts of the Commonwealth have experienced more winter weather (snow & cold) than we are accustomed to.  The snowfall depth and persistent ground cover have provided challenges to both man and bovine in supplying and consuming winter feed.

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Ohio Gov. Denounces HSUS Ballot Plan

Ohio Gov. Denounces HSUS Ballot Plan

Bovine Veterinarian

Ohio Democratic Governor Ted Strickland and his GOP rival candidate John Kasich both declared their opposition to a ballot measure being planned by the out-of-state activist organization the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The Washington, D.C.-based animal rights organization has prepared to use paid petition gatherers to place on the November ballot a measure to overturn State Issue 2, which was approved by Ohio voters by a nearly 2-1 margin just under four months ago.

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