Daily Archives: April 2, 2010

Video Feature: Purdue Block and Bridle Sponsors 2nd annual “Golden Girls Sale”

The Purdue University Block & Bridle Club would like to personally invite you to the second Annual Purdue Beef Unit Showcase & Production Sale! It is with great excitement that the Block & Bridle Club and the Beef Team welcome producers, Alumni and special guests to the Purdue Beef Unit on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Penn State Students Host 4th Annual Meat-In-Day

Penn State Students Host 4th Annual Meat-In-Day

AgriMarketing

In keeping with tradition, Penn State students in the College of Agricultural Sciences once again joined forces to put on a showing of their support for animal agriculture. This year marked the 4th anniversary of Meat-In Day, an event originally started by Penn State alumnus and former National Beef Ambassador Chris Molinaro (the National Beef Ambassador Team is funded in part by the beef checkoff).

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Handling System is the Heart of this Cattle Farm

Handling System is the Heart of this Cattle Farm

Boyd Kidwell

Angus Journal

Wester Farm of Louisburg, N.C., has earned a reputation for selling big, healthy calves that climb off a truck and head straight to the feedbunk. To make the farm’s preconditioning operation efficient, Len Wester designed a handling system as the heart of his cow-calf operation.

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John Harrington: DeHaven Rethinks Cattle Branding

John Harrington: DeHaven Rethinks Cattle Branding

DTN

Several weeks ago, I blogged on Dr. Ron DeHaven’s criticism of the USDA’s decision to abandon the National Animal Identification Program (see S&C for March 11, “Reopening the ID Can of Worms”).

As the chief executive officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), DeHaven makes a convincing case for the real need for mandatory animal ID for purposes of tracking and managing contagious diseases. Yet in working his argument, DeHaven took an all too broad swipe at the usefulness of branding, calling it an “ancient technology” of unimaginable use in a modern tracing system.

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Animal ID needs to move forward

Animal ID needs to move forward

 Rod Smith

Feedstuffs

Kicking off species-by-species animal identification and traceability comments, Kelli Ludlum of the American Farm Bureau Federation, representing the beef cattle industry, referred to the "12 principles" that a coalition of cattle industry organizations developed earlier this year that would be necessary for them to support animal identification (Feedstuffs, Jan. 25).

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Does My Heifer have BRD?

Does My Heifer have BRD?

Dan Goehl, DVM

Beef Today

A Reader asks:

I have a black angus heifer who is sick. She will not get up as a I approach her, she just lays there. I literally have to pick her up to get her to stand. I noticed that when she stands, she is rocking/sways as she takes some breathes. I have been giving her penicillin and treating as if she has pneumonia. Last night I noticed her eyes had some cold build up and a little drainage from her nose. One local farmer said I should expect to lose her, he said she sounds like one sick girl.

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Vilsack to urge Japan to improve beef trade

Vilsack to urge Japan to improve beef trade

Delta Farm Press

In early April, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will head to Japan in an effort to bolster and open agricultural markets. When it comes to the Japanese beef market, he will be navigating a difficult path of cultural differences and a rancorous recent history.

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Cattlemen´s Day — outlines market trends for beef industry

Cattlemen´s Day — outlines market trends for beef industry

Southwest Farm Press

With recent downsizing in the U.S. cattle industry linked to a lack of profitability, agricultural economist Glynn Tonsor encouraged beef producers to heed recent data indicating why demand has softened and how it might be improved.

"The weak U.S. economy has hurt beef demand over recent quarters," said Tonsor, who spoke March 5 at Kansas State University´s 2010 Cattlemen´s Day. Tonsor is currently on faculty at Michigan State University, but will join K-State´s faculty in April.

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Bull Clinic Scheduled

Bull Clinic Scheduled

WBIW

The Lawrence County Cattlemen’s Association and the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service with the help of the Springville Feeder Auction, will jointly sponsor a Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluation (BSE) on Monday, April 12th.

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Cornell Dining implements local beef program

Cornell Dining implements local beef program

Press Connects

On Monday, March 29, Cornell Dining began serving local beef burgers in four on campus eateries: Ivy Room in Willard Straight Hall, Bear Necessities in Robert Purcell Community Center, Trillium in Kennedy Hall and West Side Express in Hans Bethe House. The beef patties are 100 percent local in that the cattle are raised at the Cornell Research Farms in Dryden and the beef is processed at Leona Meats, in Troy, Penn.

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What to make of the Pollan/Schlosser agreement with Wendy’s?

What to make of the Pollan/Schlosser agreement with Wendy’s?

Tom Philpott

Grist.org

As a food politics commenter, I get paid to have strong opinions on the issues of the day.

But this one’s got me flummoxed. First, fast-food giant Wendy’s rolls out its new "pasture on a bun" burger, made with "100% grass-fed beef." That sort of thing always leaves me cold. Of course, I want mega-corporations like Wendy’s to make more responsible buying decisions. But what I really want to see are new food economies that retain food dollars within communities, and don’t siphon them to distant shareholders.

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Managing Bulls in Multi-sire Pastures

Managing Bulls in Multi-sire Pastures

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Extension Cattle Reproduction Specialist

Beef Today

Before the breeding season begins, a few simple management procedures involving the bulls can increase the likelihood of a high pregnancy percentage among the cows.

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Guess what I learned in computer class today

Guess what I learned in computer class today

Elisabeth Loseke

Bovine Veterinarian

Editor’s note: the following is a speech written by 8th grader Elisabeth Loseke for a 4-H presentation in response to a class assignment using inaccurate information about the beef industry.

You would think that in 8th grade computer class you would learn to type faster and with more accuracy. I had hoped to learn about hardware and software, programming and internet usage. However, as I recently discovered, someone with a major agenda is using keyboarding curriculum to send out an error filled message to over 25 thousand junior high kids about U.S. meat production and its affect on the rest of the world.

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The USDA’s Long-Awaited Organic Pasture Access Rule: Only Two Months to Go!

The USDA’s Long-Awaited Organic Pasture Access Rule: Only Two Months to Go!

Alissa Nelson

Riverfront Times

Beginning in June, cattle across America will get a breath of fresh air.

Last month the United States Department of Agriculture quietly issued a press release announcing that it had completed the five-year process of retooling the rules governing organic livestock practices.

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Meat Traceback bill introduced

Meat Traceback bill introduced

The Cattle Business Weekly

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bill last week calling for a major revamp in the USDA’s protocol for tracing contaminated meat back to the source to protect public health and hold "the right people accountable when something goes wrong."

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