Daily Archives: May 20, 2010

Video Feature: Baxter Black: Mechanical Cowboy

US Farm Report

When it comes to animal care, there’s not much Baxter Black can’t fix. But, when it comes to mechanical challenges…well, that’s another story.

Video Feature: Orion Samuelson is Running Out of Blood Pressure Meds

This Week in Agribusiness

Samuelson Sez

North Dakota Has First Confirmed Anthrax Case Of The Year

North Dakota Has First Confirmed Anthrax Case Of The Year

Bovine Veterinarian

North Dakota’s state veterinarian is urging ranchers to protect their animals against anthrax.

Susan Keller says an anthrax case has been confirmed in eastern Sioux County – the first in that area in many years. It also is the first confirmed case in the state this year.

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Shade aids in cattle growth, producer profit

Shade aids in cattle growth, producer profit

Drovers

Don’t underestimate the value of shade for beef cattle in the fescue belt according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

Management intensive grazing, where larger pastures are reduced in size for more efficient use of the forage, can leave some pastures without shade. Cole says research shows that shade for cattle is both helpful and profitable in southwest Missouri.

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Beef Quality Assurance pledges beef safety

Beef Quality Assurance pledges beef safety

The Fence Post

Since it was introduced, this nation’s beef quality assurance program has measurably improved safety, helped reduce chemical residues in beef and given producers new models for quality production.

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Joe Goggins Sells Historic Russian Auction

Joe Goggins Sells Historic Russian Auction

Laura Kennedy

MSNBC/KULR-TV

A Billings auctioneer has the distinct honor to preside over the first ever livestock auction in Russia.

Joe Goggins took his auctioneer skills all the way to Kaluga, Russia last week to sell American angus. A Russian company is looking to expand the nation’s beef industry.

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Dangerous chemicals find way into U.S. meat

Dangerous chemicals find way into U.S. meat

ARI LEVAUX

The Billings Outpost

In 2008, Mexican authorities rejected a shipment of U.S. beef because the meat exceeded Mexico’s regulatory tolerance for copper. The rejected meat was returned to the United States, where it was sold and consumed, because the United States has no regulatory threshold for copper in meat.

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Beef Exports and Inflation

Beef Exports and Inflation

Rogue Pundit

Here’s a double-edged sword…a healthier beef export market means we get to pay more at the supermarket. 

    The U.S. Meat Export Federation reports that during the first quarter of this year, beef exports were up 22 percent in volume, to 346 million pounds, from the same period last year.

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The Beef, 17 Dry to Juicy Questions with Mark Schatzker, Author of Steak

The Beef, 17 Dry to Juicy Questions with Mark Schatzker, Author of Steak

Serge the Concierge

I gathered that the search for the holy grail, a perfect steak, runs in Mark Schatzker’ s family. His father and uncle put a lot of effort into it.

For his new book Steak (‘One man’s search for the world’s tastiest piece of beef’), Mark sampled steaks the world over from tasty to chewy while digesting a lot of information on the secret to delivering flavor, texture and tenderness in our plate.

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AgriLife Extension Veterinary Camp Is Set For Eighth Year

AgriLife Extension Veterinary Camp Is Set For Eighth Year

Bovine Veterinarian

The West Texas Youth Veterinary Science Workshop, conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will be held July 11-14 at the Tom Green County 4-H Center in San Angelo.

The event is open to all Texas youth, but as enrollment is limited to 30 students, early registration is advised. The camp is sponsored by the AgriLife Extension offices in Sutton, Schleicher and Tom Green counties.

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Building Threat to U.S. Agriculture

Building Threat to U.S. Agriculture

Greg Vincent

AgWeb.com

Perhaps one of the most significant transitions taking place in Brazilian agriculture is the development of that country’s livestock infrastructure. The cattle are there, and the country is already the largest exporter of beef in the world.

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Utilizing Carcass Traits in a Breeding Program

Utilizing Carcass Traits in a Breeding Program

Rich Blair

Vale, South Dakota

Blair Brothers Angus is a multi-generational ranching operation in Western S.D. near Sturgis, which is much better known worldwide for Hogs than Angus cattle. However, by hogs I mean Harley Davidson motorcycles and the local biker bar does advertise Certified Angus Beef. Our normal annual rainfall is 14-15 inches, but normal the past few years would be welcome.

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Threshold to Profit

Threshold to Profit

Certified Angus Beef

Cattle price breakeven calculators put quality into the equation for educated decisions.

Cattle enterprises are risky business. You can invest a year’s input into one annual calf sale, or look into ownership in the growing and finishing phases. As market prices move up and down, you have to appreciate a new tool that calculates “breakeven,” the threshold to profit.

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Health Concerns over Processed Meats

Health Concerns over Processed Meats

Thebeefsite.com

In a new study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that eating processed meat, such as bacon, sausage or processed deli meats, was associated with a 42 per cent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 per cent higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

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Hinman pursues dream of cattle ranching

Hinman pursues dream of cattle ranching

Gayle Smith

The Fence Post

By the time she was a senior in high school, one Wheatland, Wyo., youth couldn’t imagine a life doing anything other than riding her horse through the pasture checking on her herd of cow/calf pairs.

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