Daily Archives: March 29, 2010

Video Feature: 2010 Food Safety Education Conference

Video Feature: 2010 Food Safety Education Conference

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack video remarks to 2010 Food Safety Education Conference, March 24, 2010, Atlanta, GA.

Nicholas Wehrmann, 84, retired Ithaca CEO, Prominent Angus Breeder, dies

Nicholas Wehrmann, 84, retired Ithaca CEO, Prominent Angus Breeder, dies

Wilkes Patriot Journal

Nicholas Wehrmann Sr., 84, of Green Way Lane, Wilkesboro, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Mr. Wehrmann was owner of Wehrmann-Angus, New Market, Va., with cattle partner and farm manager Richard McClung. He served in the Navy during World War II and became a United States citizen as a result of that service. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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Cattle Nutrition

Cattle Nutrition

Ki Fanning

Beef Today

The 2009 harvest season has proven to be one of the most difficult in recent memory and we will have to deal with the results for the next 12 months. The wet corn left in the fields would seem to be a good feed source. However, much of the corn that has been harvested, including corn ear silage or high-moisture corn has had mold growth.

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Oregon cowboys face a tough new adversary: unemployment

Oregon cowboys face a tough new adversary: unemployment

Richard Cockle

The Oregonian

Buck Matthews was crossing northeast Oregon’s Big Sheep Creek on his quarter horse, Rose, two winters ago when they suddenly crashed through the ice.

Matthews, a 29-year-old cowboy, swam for his life while dodging the mare’s flailing hooves. Man and horse reached the riverbank, then trekked four miles back to Matthews’ pickup and trailer to avoid freezing to death in subzero temperatures

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Preserving Livestock Breeds

Preserving Livestock Breeds

Krissa Smith

Hobby Farms

A USDA program aims to protect rare livestock breeds and other animals by saving genetic material.

While animal genetic material can’t raise the dead, it can help preserve, protect and even improve some rare livestock breeds, as well as revive animal lines that have died out.

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Cattlemen support Japan beef initiative

Cattlemen support Japan beef initiative

KRVN

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) encourages members of the House to sign on to a resolution by Reps. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) calling for increased market access for U.S. beef to Japan. H. Res. 1196 states that Japan should immediately expand market access for U.S. beef products, and urges the Obama Administration to insist on increased market access from Japan.

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Grandin and Cargill’s Siemens to Speak at May 19-21 Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium

Grandin and Cargill’s Siemens to Speak at May 19-21 Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium

The Cattle Business Weekly

When it comes to auditing animal welfare, Temple Grandin says any system designed to get the job done has to be simple and measureable. The livestock behavior specialist is known internationally for her work in developing animal handling systems and audit guidelines for meat packing plants, transport companies and other livestock-related enterprises.

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International Brangus Breeders Association Announces the Re-launch of the Commercial Website

International Brangus Breeders Association Announces the Re-launch of the Commercial Website

PR.com

The IBBA has re-launched the commercial aspect of the association’s website. This new site contains helpful and important information for both the commercial and registered producer. It is a user friendly format that is more navigable and will help better introduce cattlemen and women to the Brangus breed.

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Food could be target of terrorists

Food could be target of terrorists

Bob Stuart

The News Virginian

Steve Kazmierczak was an unlikely domestic terrorist.

An honors graduate from Northern Illinois University, Kazmierczak, 27, two years ago entered a building at his alma mater, wielding a shotgun and two handguns. He killed five students and then himself.

FBI agent Shawn VanSlyke said Tuesday that Kazmierczak’s case is part of a more complex profiling of why someone becomes a terrorist.

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Meat-Eating Vs. Driving: Another Climate Change Error?

Meat-Eating Vs. Driving: Another Climate Change Error?

Lisa Abend

TIME

Here we go again. On March 22, a scientist at the University of California at Davis pointed out a flaw in "Livestock’s Long Shadow," a 2006 report by the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that attributes 18% of the world’s carbon emissions to animal agriculture. It didn’t take long for the bashing to begin again. "Eat Less Meat, Reduce Global Warming — or Not" ran a headline on the FoxNews website. "Meat Avoidance Cures Flat Feet and Other Lies," mocked another on a the Cattleman’s Blog. London’s Telegraph put it succinctly, "Now It’s Cowgate."

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Give cattle magnesium supplements to help prevent tetany

Give cattle magnesium supplements to help prevent tetany

High Plains Journal

The risk of grass or winter tetany is lessening as spring approaches, but it is not totally out of the picture for beef cows according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Packers Effect On Pricing Not Big

Packers Effect On Pricing Not Big

BEEF Magazine

Stephen Koontz probably didn’t make any new friends, but he sure may have influenced a few people.

Koontz, an agricultural economist at Colorado State University, teamed with Clem Ward, a counterpart at Oklahoma State University, to study the impact of consolidation in the meatpacking industry and its effect on cattle pricing. For years, there have been those who would swear on their deathbed that the big meatpackers are responsible for keeping cattle prices down.

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Crossbreds Add Vigor to Herd

Crossbreds Add Vigor to Herd

Sara Brown

Selling crossbred heifers can be a difficult business venture—everyone wants something different and a quality guarantee besides. Southern Missouri farmer Archie Ladd has spent 30 years crossbreeding the best heifers he can. They just might not be the kind of heifers you’re used to hearing about.

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Food Inc. Movie to be Broadcast on PBS and the Web

Food Inc. Movie to be Broadcast on PBS and the Web

AgriMarketing

Whether you’re a foodie or just a food lover … Whether your tastes lean towards comfort food or haute cuisine, the POV (Point of View) series invites you to get your pots, pans, televisions, computers and friends ready for the special broadcast of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc., on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 9 p.m. on PBS, in celebration of Earth Day. (Check local listings.)

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Higher Quality Grades Here to Stay, Grading Chief Says

Higher Quality Grades Here to Stay, Grading Chief Says

American Angus

Better genetics and increased use of marbling EPDs have helped contribute to higher quality grades, experts say.

The nation’s beef quality has continued its rise in recent weeks, with nearly 65% of federally graded cattle grading Choice — an increase compared to 60.1% reported July 2009, according to Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB).

The numbers add to a trend ending a 30-year decline — a trend that’s likely to continue, said Larry Meadows, chief of USDA’s meat grading and certification branch.

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