Daily Archives: April 21, 2010

Seven Steps To Fewer Weeds

Seven Steps To Fewer Weeds

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Remove a pound of weeds from your pasture and in most cases you’ve just added a pound of forage. That’s the best argument for doing away with pasture weeds you’ll ever hear.

It’s simple, says Eddie Funderburg. "The No. 1 reason to control [weeds] is loss of grazing."

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Consumer Video On Salt’s Role In Meat Products

Consumer Video On Salt’s Role In Meat Products

Thecattlesite.com

The American Meat Institute (AMI) yesterday (20 April) released a new educational video on salt’s role in meat and poultry products, featuring meat scientist Betsy Booren, PhD, director of scientific affairs of the American Meat Institute Foundation.

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Fight brewing over proposed new USDA HACCP validation guidelines

Fight brewing over proposed new USDA HACCP validation guidelines

MeatPoultry.com

Bernard Shire

Fourteen years ago, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service completely revised its meat and poultry inspection requirements, mandating that meat and poultry plants use a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system to ensure its products were safe for people to eat. Since then, for the most part, the government inspection agency has dictated minor changes in the way the food safety system should be carried out.

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Selection Made Simple in the Midwest

Selection Made Simple in the Midwest

American Angus Association

Doug Rueber was 12 years old when his father first bought a few Angus cows in 1962. Back then, the Ruebers were impressed with the docile Angus breed and its ability to deliver growth, carcass and maternal results — so much so, Doug and his wife, Marcia, continue to raise Angus cattle nearly 48 years later.

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Limit Risk On Stockers

Limit Risk On Stockers

Kim Watson-Potts

From 2002 to 2006, cow–calf producers were the one profitable segment in the cattle industry, according to data from CattleFax. That trend, however, is taking a turn. Cow–calf producers no longer have an automatic advantage when marketing calves.

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Chuck Roll Cuts

Chuck Roll Cuts

Penn State Dairy and Animal Science Blog

This is a fantastic video about cutting various steaks and roasts from the beef chuck roll.  Many farmers in our area are interested in “direct marketing,” including selling beef at farmers’ markets.  Cutting beef a little bit differently may help you produce more steaks (vs. lower-value roasts and ground beef), and thus, generate a greater return to you, the beef producer.

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K-State To Host Cattle Feeders College In Two Locations

K-State To Host Cattle Feeders College In Two Locations

cattlenetwork.com

Kansas State University will host the first-ever K-State Cattle Feeders College in two locations – May 12 in Cimarron, Kan. and May 13 in Scott City, Kan.

The program at both locations will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature the same schedule. Attendance is free and a complimentary meal, sponsored by Intervet Schering Plough Animal Health and Walco International, Inc., will be provided but participants must register by May 7.

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USDA Suspends Federal Rule Requiring Cattle to be TB-tested Prior to Movement in Some Areas

USDA Suspends Federal Rule Requiring Cattle to be TB-tested Prior to Movement in Some Areas

Beef Today

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a Federal Order modifying certain elements of the bovine tuberculosis (TB) eradication program.  The changes will better allow the program to meet the circumstances and needs of today’s producers.

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Heartland Flyer to receive horsepower from cattle

Heartland Flyer to receive horsepower from cattle

David Page

The Journal Record

Texas beef cattle are helping provide the horsepower for Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer passenger train between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. A one-year test started Tuesday using a renewable biodiesel fuel blend for the Heartland Flyer’s 3,200-horsepower General Electric locomotive.

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Feeder cattle on a year-long upswing

Feeder cattle on a year-long upswing

Carl Stafford

Culpeper Star Exponent

If you sold feeder cattle one month ago when the cattle market reached a year-long peak, you are now wondering if this was the right move as the market has continued upwards since then.

Good decision at the time, don’t look back, keep moving forward to the new information ahead. Economists suggest we learn to recognize a high price when it is offered.

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Japan Suspends Beef Exports Over Foot-And-Mouth

Japan Suspends Beef Exports Over Foot-And-Mouth

Food Manufacturing

Japan suspended beef exports Tuesday after detecting suspected cases of foot-and-mouth disease in several cows in the south of the country, officials said.

Three of 16 beef cows raised at a farm in Miyazaki developed mouth ulcers — a typical early symptom of the disease — earlier this month, prompting authorities to impose a ban that will last at least three months, said Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu.

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Washington Winery Gets Into The Beef Business

Washington Winery Gets Into The Beef Business

Rigel Celeste

Luxist

The owners of the acclaimed Leonetti Cellar winery in Washington have announced plans to get into the cattle business. Although wine and beef may sound like completely opposite pursuits Chris Figgins, CEO and winemaker for Leonetti Cellar, says "The whole idea is contrary to modern beef production. We’re taking the estate winery model and applying it to beef."

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Effects of transport stress on early pregnancy in cattle

Effects of transport stress on early pregnancy in cattle

David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.

The Fence Post

How soon after breeding can one haul cows or heifers to avoid negatively impacting pregnancy rates? It is a frequent question and many times, producers have to move their animals unavoidably. Minimizing stress is standard practice when managing cattle, and it includes transport stress.

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Stop Stuffing Your Heifers

Stop Stuffing Your Heifers

Ed Haag

Angus Journal

A day doesn’t go by when we are not subjected to another news item on how calorie-restricted diets dramatically increase the longevity of laboratory mice. The relevance of this story is greatly enhanced by the tantalizing speculation that switching our intake from fries to lettuce can help us delay meeting the grim reaper by a decade or two.

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Food Vs. Fuel: Growing Grain for Food Is More Energy Efficient

Food Vs. Fuel: Growing Grain for Food Is More Energy Efficient

ScienceDaily

Using productive farmland to grow crops for food instead of fuel is more energy efficient, Michigan State University scientists concluded, after analyzing 17 years’ worth of data to help settle the food versus fuel debate.

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