Training key to safety during livestock emergencies
It happened again on May 7. A truck hauling livestock down a southern California highway was involved in an accident and flipped over. Forty head of cattle were killed and others were injured, according to published reports.
When such incidents happen, said livestock handling specialist Jennifer Woods, proper training on the part of first responders to the scene can make a difference in the health and welfare of surviving animals – and humans involved in the response.
UT Southwestern researchers find mechanism that may stop E coli from developing in cattle
Southwestern Medical Center
Microbiologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center, working with the Department of Agriculture, have identified a potential target in cattle that could be exploited to help prevent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses caused by a nasty strain of Escherichia coli.
USDA Announces New Performance Standards For Salmonella And Campylobacter
Medical New Today
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) also released a compliance guide to help the poultry industry address Salmonella and Campylobacter and a compliance guide on known practices for pre-harvest management to reduce E. coli O157:H7 contamination in cattle.
AFBF reaction to USDA report: A better year for livestock producers
Following two years of tough economic times for livestock producers, 2010 is shaping up to be a much better year thanks to an improving economy and tighter supplies of beef, pork and poultry.
"Livestock producers have seen a return to profitability in the past two months after going through probably the worst economic situation anyone can remember in 2008 and 2009," said John Anderson, livestock economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. "This is certainly good news for livestock producers, because it provides a good opportunity to rebuild equity."
Grazing policies must focus on science-based solutions
Kenneth Tate and Rob Atwill
California Farm Bureau Federation
We think that this is a time for balance, solution-based science and collaboration.
Our shared challenge is to continue to identify and enact grazing practices which reduce pollution risks, enhance watershed health and sustain agricultural enterprises. All of our local communities are reeling from budget blows and decreasing revenues.
Research Before Going Into Grass-Fed Beef
Hay and Forage Grower
Don’t jump into the grass-fed beef specialty market without doing research and identifying customers, says Guillermo Scaglia, a beef researcher at the Louisiana State University AgCenter Iberia Research Station.
Experts predict that grass-fed beef could capture up to 15% of the beef market, says Scaglia. Some upscale retailers, institutional food services and consumers are demanding forage-fed beef because of the meat’s health aspects.
Another Look At Cattle Health Costs
Add this to the bevy of research documenting the cost of sick cattle vs. those that never need treatment.
Researchers uncovered $190/head net difference between cattle treated twice and those that never needed treatment, in the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) – 50,000 head of cattle fed in 18 Iowa feedlots since 2002.