Daily Archives: April 19, 2010

Video Feature: Baxter Black: A Traveling Salesman Tale

Video Feature:  Baxter Black: A Traveling Salesman Tale

Baxter Black shares an interesting tale involving a traveling salesman. From US Farm Report.

Do you feel validated? (HACCP validation)

Do you feel validated? (HACCP validation)

Chris Raines

Penn State Meat is Neat Blog

There’s a lot of chatter about the draft compliance guidelines for HACCP validation circulating.  Here’s what’s up (at least at this juncture) with validation in, what I hope, is an understandable dialogue.  There are technical aspects that I won’t touch upon, but just want to outline the major theme before you get to parts of a note sent out by Dr. Jay Wenther, Executive Director of the American Meat Processors (AAMP).

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Did your nutrition program ‘get ’er done?’

Did your nutrition program ‘get ’er done?’

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

For spring-calving herds, calving season is starting to wind down. The greatest loss of potential calves to wean is due to cows not getting pregnant during the breeding season. Cows not getting pregnant during the breeding season, for spring-calving herds, is usually a result of cows being in poor body condition as a result of the nutrient management program.

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Start Planning Pinkeye Prevention Program Now

Start Planning Pinkeye Prevention Program Now

AG Weekly

As pinkeye season approaches, it’s time for dairy producers to take preventive steps to control this contagious, costly disease. Pinkeye can harm the production and overall health of dairy animals. Norm Stewart, a veterinarian and manager of dairy technical services for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, offers best-management practices for preventing pinkeye.

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Rotational Grazing May Reduce Populations of Nuisance Starlings

Rotational Grazing May Reduce Populations of Nuisance Starlings

University of Missouri

European starlings are the bane of U.S. cattle producers and dairy operators. These fast-breeding birds often flock near farmsteads and feedlots, eating and contaminating livestock feed. They also damage property and equipment; create health and safety hazards; and put stress on livestock, which lowers milk production and raises veterinary costs.

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Bingaman: Changes will help livestock producers

Bingaman: Changes will help livestock producers


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making it easier for livestock producers not affected by bovine tuberculosis to move their animals across state lines.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., says the changes are expected to result in savings in cost and time required to test cattle for bovine TB.

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New meat industry rules awaited

New meat industry rules awaited

The Modesto Bee

Christopher Leonard

Federal regulators are set to release the most sweeping antitrust rules covering the meat industry in decades, potentially altering the balance of power between meat companies and the farmers who raise their animals.

Activists, farmers and meat industry officials have been anxiously awaiting the new rules, which will be released this spring for public comment and are set to take effect this summer.

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Texas, Korea partnership extended for beef studies

Texas, Korea partnership extended for beef studies

High Plains Journal

Texas AgriLife Research and the Republic of Korea National Institute of Animal Science have signed an agreement to extend a joint exchange in beef-production research, specifically examining the healthful traits of oleic acid found in Hanwoo cattle. 

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Cattle Ranching A Green Profession

Cattle Ranching A Green Profession


When your office is the great outdoors and your commute is on horseback, preserving and protecting the Earth is part of the job description. This Earth Day, America’s 1 million cattle farmers and ranchers are being recognised as having one of the greenest jobs.

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Advantages of composite cattle

Advantages of composite cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri State Livestock News

Composites are gaining in popularity today because they simplify the breeding program for a producer who wants the advantages of several breed traits. Instead of having to work at an elaborate crossbreeding program he/she can simply select the composite that most closely provides those traits; the animals are already mixed in a desired combination.

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Beef gets big boost from feds

Beef gets big boost from feds


Julie Buntjer, Worthington Daily Globe

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday issued a federal order that will allow beef producers in modified bovine tuberculosis zones to transport their breeding animals across state lines without undergoing costly TB testing.

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Rocky Mountain Junior Beef Expo

Rocky Mountain Junior Beef Expo

High Plains Journal

The 2010 Rocky Mountain Junior Beef Expo is scheduled for May 29 and 30 at Island Grove Park in Greeley, Colo. This open to the World Steer and Heifer Show is for all young people ages 8 through 20 on the day of the show.

Prizes for the Supreme Champion Heifer and Steer will be $1000, with $500 for second place, $250 for third place, and $100 for fourth place. Breed Champions will receive trophy belt buckles and reserves will receive gear bags. Cash prizes will be awarded in the individual classes.

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Protecting the environment, one cattle farm at a time

Protecting the environment, one cattle farm at a time

Osceola Sentinel-Tribune

Cattle ranchers and farmers are considered to be one of the greenest professions from a diverse list of jobs, according to a recent survey. Cattle ranchers were selected as the third greenest profession from a diverse list of jobs, with park rangers topping the list. In fact, 86 percent of those surveyed think that cattle farmers and ranchers are committed to environmental preservation.

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Iceland’s Farmers Try to Save Herds From Toxic Ash

Iceland’s Farmers Try to Save Herds From Toxic Ash

New York TImes

In Europe, the volcanic ash danger travels at high altitudes, but for Iceland’s farmers the problem is very much on the ground.

Farmers across the region where the volcano erupted this week under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier have been scrambling to protect their herds from inhaling or ingesting the ash, which can cause internal bleeding, long-term bone damage and teeth loss.

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How Many Heifers to Keep??

How Many Heifers to Keep??

Glenn Selk, OSU Extension Animal Reproduction Specialist

Matching the number of cattle to the grass and feed resources on the ranch is a constant challenge for any cow-calf producer.  Also producers strive to maintain cow numbers to match their marketing plans for the long term changes in the cattle cycle.  Therefore it is a constant struggle to evaluate the number of replacement heifers that must be developed or purchased to bring into the herd each year.

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