Daily Archives: May 26, 2010

Video Feature: Livestock Emergency Response

Jennifer Woods Discusses how to prepare to handle a livestock emergency.

Meat avoidance cures flat feet, and other lies

Meat avoidance cures flat feet, and other lies

Greg Henderson


You can forget what your mother told you about lying when you were a child. You know — once you tell a lie you have to tell a bigger lie to cover the first lie. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way, and the anti-meat crowd provides a case-in-point.

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Here’s your chance to win the “Get ready for grilling” package.

Here’s your chance to win the "Get ready for grilling” package.

Answer a few easy questions about your beef checkoff investment and you’re automatically entered to win a grilling package including a stadium blanket, grilling utensils, cooler, potholder, Chef Richard Chamberlain’s spice rub, beef checkoff cap and instant read thermometer.

Take the beef checkoff trivia challenge.

Park County cattle rancher found to be an ‘unfit owner’

Park County cattle rancher found to be an ‘unfit owner’

Vail Daily

A Park County judge declared Vernon E. Wagner, of Park County, to be unfit to own livestock seized by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

On May 14, 2010, staff from CDA’s Animal Industry Division, Bureau of Animal Protection, assisted by the Park County Sheriff’s Office, gathered nearly 400 cattle based on the discovery of at least 140 dead cows and many emaciated cattle. Vernon E. Wagner of Park County owns a number of the cattle and is under contract to care for the additional livestock.

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USDA to issue rule on fair play in livestock sales

USDA to issue rule on fair play in livestock sales

Charles Abbott


The U.S. government will soon propose rules to bar meatpackers from unfairly favoring big cattle feedlots and to give poultry producers more leverage, two small-farm groups said on Tuesday.

The proposal would modify Agriculture Department guidelines on fair play in livestock and poultry sales. Activists say farmers are out-muscled by big packers who dominate meat processing. The 2008 farm law required action on the issue.

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CSU to host Beef University for ranchers

CSU to host Beef University for ranchers

Northern Colorado Business Report

Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences will host Beef University June 3 and 4 to educate cattle producers on the latest production practices.

The day-and-a-half workshop will be held at CSU’s Agricultural Research Development and Educational Center, 4482 E. County Road 56 in Fort Collins.

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Cattlemen’s group meets with competition group           

Cattlemen’s group meets with competition group           

North Platte Bulletin

On Thursday, the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska will host a dinner meeting with Organization for Competitive Markets at the Cherry County Fairgrounds in Valentine.

The topic of discussion will be the ongoing market concentration taking place in the cattle and beef industry.

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Neighborly practices reduce farm vs. non-farm conflicts

Neighborly practices reduce farm vs. non-farm conflicts

AG Answers

Warmer spring and summer weather means increased farm activities and nonfarm families spending more time outside where farm odors are present–a recipe for potential conflict, said Nicole Olynk, Purdue University agricultural economist.

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Lush Pasture May Cause Grass Tetany

Lush Pasture May Cause Grass Tetany

Hay and Forage Grower

Watch for grass tetany in North Dakota cattle this spring, warns Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist.

Cool temperatures and average-to-better-than-average rainfall have given North Dakota pastures good forage growth and warmer temps may mean more rapid growth to follow.

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New Webinar Explains Anaplasmosis Risks, Management Strategies

New Webinar Explains Anaplasmosis Risks, Management Strategies

Bovine Veterinarian

Alpharma Animal Health has launched an online webinar that discusses the current status of anaplasmosis in cattle in the U.S. The webinar is based on an expert panel that convened in late 2009 featuring Dr. Hans Coetzee and Dr. Denny Hausmann, experts with extensive experience managing the disease and incorporating new strategies for diagnosis and control.

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Civil Enforcement Actions Taken against Beef Feedlots

Civil Enforcement Actions Taken against Beef Feedlots


EPA Region 7 has taken a series of civil enforcement actions against six beef feedlot operations in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska for violations of the Clean Water Act, as part of an increased emphasis aimed at ending harmful discharges of pollutants from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) into the region’s rivers and streams.

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Science, Practicality Enhance Animal Welfare Improvement

Science, Practicality Enhance Animal Welfare Improvement

BEEF Magazine

 “Animal wellbeing is the foundation for the performance, health and profitability of cattle raised for beef, and, as an industry, we take great pride in our responsibility to properly care for animals,” says Dan Thomson, associate professor and director of the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University (KSU).

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Gulf Oil Spill May Bring Higher Beef Prices

Gulf Oil Spill May Bring Higher Beef Prices

Linda H. Smith


Analysts agree it’s too soon to know how deep the losses will be on the seafood industry form the Gulf oil spill. But it will be deep for the shrimpers, consumers and it may even impact the red meat markets as well.

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Cattle killer claims two

Cattle killer claims two

Diane Turbyfill

The Star

A Lincoln County farmer has found two shooting victim in his fields in two months.

The fatal shots took the lives of two cows, according to an incident report with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

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Wanted: Mendocino County slaughterhouse

Wanted: Mendocino County slaughterhouse



On the Magruder family’s expansive Potter Valley ranch, grass-fed cattle spend their entire lives grazing on hillsides and pastures.

Until it’s time to sell them to customers seeking natural, healthy, humane and local food sources.

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