Daily Archives: April 26, 2010

Temple Grandin #32 in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

Temple Grandin #32 in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

American Meat Institute

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., professor of animal science at Colorado State University and author of AMI’s recently released Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide, 2010 Edition, has been voted #32 in Time Magazine’s 2010 list of 100 leaders, artists, innovators and icons who are the most influential people in the world.

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Who defines ‘humane treatment’?

Who defines ‘humane treatment’?

Cathy Rosenthal

San Antonio News Express

. . . The legislation would prohibit the government from purchasing animal products that are not "humanely" produced for school lunch and other federal programs — a step in the right direction for farm animals.

Barrett poses the question, "So who defines ‘humane?" He is worried it will be animal rights groups.

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Dressing Percentage of Slaughter Cattle

Dressing Percentage of Slaughter Cattle


Dressing percentage is one of many factors affecting the value of an slaughter animal. A basic knowledge of dressing percentage is important in understanding slaughter cattle pricing system and pricing variability. This module explains why dressing percentage is important and discusses factors affecting it.

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A cavalcade of calves at North Dakota farm: 50 sets of twins

A cavalcade of calves at North Dakota farm: 50 sets of twins

Jon Knutson

Echo Press

Chris Johnson has seen double before during spring calving.

But never like this.

Of the 300 cows that have given birth so far this spring on his family’s ranch, 50 — or roughly 16 percent — have had twins.

Yes, you’re reading that correctly.

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Terror threat comes from within: cows

Terror threat comes from within: cows

Mike Harden

Columbus Dispatch


Many Columbus folks are wondering what caused a pair of bovines headed for a pedicure to go "mad cow" on their handlers at Ohio State University’s Veterinary Medical Center on Wednesday.

Some say they might have been unloaded from their trailer downwind from a McDonald’s and caught a portent of the future on the breeze.

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Cows on the run entertaining, but injuries from livestock no laughing matter

Cows on the run entertaining, but injuries from livestock no laughing matter

Candace Pollock

North Texas e-News

Stay calm. When you’ve got a 1,000-pound cow running around loose in a public place, that’s the best advice that Ohio State University Extension ag safety professional Kent McGuire can offer.

“The more calm you are, the more calm you can keep the animal simply because it’s in an environment it’s not used to,” said McGuire, Ohio AgrAbility Program coordinator of OSU Extension’s Agricultural Safety and Health.

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Kansas Livestock Association receives industry advancement grant

Kansas Livestock Association receives industry advancement grant

High Plains Journal

Kansas Livestock Association was one of six state cattle associations to receive assistance to support advocacy and ongoing industry education efforts thanks to a grant from Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health.

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Cow power could provide 6% of world’s power

Cow power could provide 6% of world’s power

Halfway to Concord


Cows get a lot of bad press these days. They are blamed for methane buildup worldwide as overweight Americans starve the rest of the world by demanding beef instead of grubs for protein. But scientists have discovered a new and exciting role for our bovine friends, and it ain’t the cheese.

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The Problem with Factory Farms

The Problem with Factory Farms

Claire Suddath


Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

If you eat meat, the odds are high that you’ve enjoyed a meal made from an animal raised on a factory farm (also known as a CAFO). According to the USDA, 2% of U.S. livestock facilities raise an estimated 40% of all farm animals. This means that pigs, chickens and cows are concentrated in a small number of very large farms.

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Texas Ranchers Celebrate Earth Day Fort Worth

Texas Ranchers Celebrate Earth Day Fort Worth

East Texas News

As Texans across the state prepare for Earth Day, Texas ranchers will celebrate the many different ways raising cattle helps pro-tect and preserve the environ-ment. "For starters, the steps we ranchers take to protect the environment aren’t new. They’ve been around and we’ve been practicing them for generations," said Dave Scott, rancher and president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA).

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Livestock waste is polluting the Sierra’s water

Livestock waste is polluting the Sierra’s water

Tom Knudson

The Sacramento Bee

As director of the emergency room at the University of California Davis Medical Center, Robert Derlet always wondered what made people sick.

Each summer, on hiking trips into the high Sierra, he brought that curiosity along, asking himself: Where do you get infections in the wilderness? The most obvious possibility, he thought, was the water.

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Fly Control Can be Environmentally Friendly

Fly Control Can be Environmentally Friendly

Heather Thomas

Cattle Today

The battle against flies is constant, but there are ways to reduce these costly and irritating pests—without toxic chemicals. There are several types of pest flies, with different habits and behavior, so a combination of tactics is usually most effective when trying to eliminate or reduce flies.

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Local beef farmer calls past few years ‘challenge’

Local beef farmer calls past few years ‘challenge’


Telegraph Herald

Earning numbers might be strong overall in the agriculture industry, but Paul Vaassen said his income has not been keeping up with costs in recent years.

It’s a struggle he is seeing other farmers deal with across the region.

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Beef Up Your Portfolio With The Livestock Market

Beef Up Your Portfolio With The Livestock Market

Tony Daltorio

Investment U Research

Being a bit of a contrarian investor, I tend to shun the sectors that the Wall Street herd enjoys stampeding towards with such passion… and little reasoning.

It just so happens that the best investments often lie somewhere off the beaten path anyway.

Take livestock, for instance, an oft forgotten area of the commodities market. Despite little outside attention, it has far and away outperformed its fellow placeholders on the S&P GSCI commodities index this year.

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AgriLabs agrees to market American Animal Health vaccines

AgriLabs agrees to market American Animal Health vaccines

Kansas City Business Journal

AgriLabs, an animal health sales and marketing company based in St. Joseph, said Friday that it has reached an agreement to market American Animal Health vaccines for cattle.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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