Daily Archives: June 10, 2010

Ten Tips To Prepare For EPA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Inspections

Ten Tips To Prepare For EPA Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Inspections

Bovine Veterinarian

If you own a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO), you have probably heard about EPA’s inspection and enforcement activities in Region 7. These activities are part of an increased national emphasis aimed at ending harmful discharges of pollutants from CAFOs into rivers and streams.

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Amish Farming Draws Rare Government Scrutiny

Amish Farming Draws Rare Government Scrutiny

New York Times

With simplicity as their credo, Amish farmers consume so little that some might consider them model environmental citizens.

“We are supposed to be stewards of the land,” said Matthew Stoltzfus, a 34-year-old dairy farmer and father of seven whose family, like many other Amish, shuns cars in favor of horse and buggy and lives without electricity. “It is our Christian duty.”

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The beef about what cows eat

The beef about what cows eat

Jennifer Sygo

The National Post

Do cows get enough respect? In our increasingly eco- and health-conscious world, beef and dairy products make an easy target. After all, raising cattle requires a great deal of energy and water inputs, and yields a heavy output of methane, a greenhouse gas that is thought to contribute to climate change.

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A New Composite Breed For The South

A New Composite Breed For The South

Jennifer Sharpe

Southern Livestock Standard

The Southern Balancer™ is a Gelbvieh-heat tolerant composite specifically targeted to Southern beef producers and recognized by the American Gelbvieh Association.

The American Gelbvieh Association is officially launching the Southern Balancer™ hybrid and will begin offering registration certificates and performance data in the fall of 2010.

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Vilsack: Ag Needs to Come Together and Speak in a Single Voice

Vilsack: Ag Needs to Come Together and Speak in a Single Voice

Chris Clayton

DTN

Reflecting the need to get their message across, a group supporting local meat processing hauled a reconfigured semi-trailer more than 500 miles just to show it to some USDA officials at Thursday’s Rural Summit.

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Country Natural Beef co-op works on sustaining Oregon cattle ranchers

Country Natural Beef co-op works on sustaining Oregon cattle ranchers

Steve Duin

The Oregonian

How curious, then, that a drive Wednesday morning to the Holiday Inn Airport has me believing again.

Waiting for me there were Doc and Connie Hatfield, founders of Country Natural Beef, an extraordinary ranching co-op that — in the words of Burgerville’s Alison Dennis — "has done more to close the rural/urban divide" than any entity in this state.

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Farming in Culpeper isn’t for the faint of heart

Farming in Culpeper isn’t for the faint of heart

Gary Barr

Culpeper Times

At 2,000 acres, Dennis Brown has one of the largest farm operations in Culpeper County. He has one full-time employee assisting. Bill Chase’s Mt. View Farm is a somewhat modest operation, but Chase’s impact on Culpeper farming has been substantial. Both farms are a few miles from Stevensburg.

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Three Beef Feedlots in Iowa Face Civil Enforcement Actions as EPA Continues Emphasis on Compliance with Clean Water Act

Three Beef Feedlots in Iowa Face Civil Enforcement Actions as EPA Continues Emphasis on Compliance with Clean Water Act

AgriMarketing

EPA Region 7 has taken a series of civil enforcement actions against three beef feedlot operations in Iowa for violations of the Clean Water Act, as part of a continuing enforcement 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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In Search of Steak Glory

In Search of Steak Glory

The Atlantic

This post is the first in a series in which Mark Schatzker will reveal where to find some of the world’s best steak, why flavor isn’t necessarily related to fat content, and more.

In the winter of 1994, I ate the most culturally out-of-context steak of my life. It was a rib-eye from Argentina served to me at a Peruvian chain restaurant in a suburban mall in Santiago, Chile. It was also one of the best steaks I have eaten.

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Q&A: How does a bull break his penis?

Q&A: How does a bull break his penis?

Just Answer

It depends on how aggressive the other bull is if he will break down the fence. This may or may not happen.

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Making Beef Cattle Welfare Decisions: Us or Them On American Rancher on RFD

Making Beef Cattle Welfare Decisions: Us or Them On American Rancher on RFD

The American Rancher visits with Dr. Dan Thomson, Director of the Beef Cattle Institute and Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Dr. Thomson will present a discussion on the topic of "Making Beef Cattle Welfare Decisions: Us or Them."

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One little test for big savings

One little test for big savings

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

It’s that time of year again to move cow-calf pairs to pasture. Before they are loaded up, first, fences need to be mended after the abuse of winter, calves need their shots and fly tags and cows need to be de-wormed and given their pre-breeding vaccinations

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What will happen if a Foreign Animal Disease is identified on my premise?

What will happen if a Foreign Animal Disease is identified on my premise?

Extension.org

If a foreign animal disease such as Foot and Mouth disease is identified on your property, you will receive prompt and thorough instructions from state and federal animal health regulatory agencies about what to do. These instructions will govern movement of people, animals and vehicles both onto and off the premise.

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Camp Cooley And Elgin Breeding Service Expand Relationship

Camp Cooley And Elgin Breeding Service Expand Relationship

Southern Livestock Standard

Camp Cooley Genetics and Elgin  Breeding Service have had a close working  relationship for years.  We are proud to announce the expansion of  that relationship.  Effective immediately EBS will be responsible  for the semen collection from all of our bulls.

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Do injection site swellings and lesions indicate decrease in vaccine response?

Do injection site swellings and lesions indicate decrease in vaccine response?

 Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

University of Arkansas beef specialists conducted an experiment to compare the clostridial antibody response of 8 month-old heifers that do develop OR do not develop visible injection-site lesions and swelling.  Blood samples were collected on day 0, 28, 56, 84, and 112 after injection with a 7-way clostridial subcutaneous vaccination.

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