Daily Archives: July 8, 2010

Video Feature: Baxter Black: Alpacas and Chickens

Video Feature:  Baxter Black: Alpacas and Chickens

U.S. Farm Report

As a veterinarian, Baxter understands all too well the strong relationship that can develop between man and animal. As you might guess, he has a story to prove his point.

Top Twelve Summer Pasture Questions

Top Twelve Summer Pasture Questions Answered

North Carolina State University

    * My pasture grass is short and thin, and weeds have almost taken over. Will eating Johnsongrass or broadleaf weeds hurt my grazing animals?

    * Can I cut it for hay?

    * What else can I do to protect my animals?

    * How do I submit a forage sample?

    * Why are my pastures thinning?

    * What can I do about broadleaf weeds?

    * What is a good stand?

    * I want to reseed my pasture. How much seed will I need?

    * When is the best time to reseed?

    * Why bother with a soil test?

    * What kind of lime and what does it do?

    * When should I fertilize my fescue pasture and hayfields?

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A systems approach to beef improvement

A systems approach to beef improvement

Troy Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

Maybe it’s time to consider a different approach to beef improvement. That was the suggestion offered by Barry Dunn, South Dakota State University’s dean of the College of Animal and Biological Sciences, during the opening session of the 2010 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium. Themed "Gateway to Profit," the 2010 BIF Annual Research Symposium and Meeting was held June 28-July 1 in Columbia, Missouri.

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This Is A Big Deal

This Is A Big Deal

Bovine Veterinarian

“There is concern at FDA regarding antibiotic use in livestock,” William Flynn told AgriTalk radio. Flynn is the Sr. advisor for science policy at the FDA center for veterinary medicine. “The broader public concern is about antimicrobial resistance, in general terms drugs becoming less effective because bacteria become resistant to them.”

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FDA vs. antibiotics for animal growth

FDA vs. antibiotics for animal growth


Courier Post

The Food and Drug Administration issued a document last Monday stating that antibiotics important for human health shouldn’t be used to help animals grow faster. Officials say it’s the beginning of a process to halt their use in meat production. But critics say the agency has made similar statements before, yet nothing came of it.

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Is it time to re-consider our forage base? Part I

Is it time to re-consider our forage base? Part I

The Liberty County Vindicator

Input costs associated with owning grazing livestock, whether cattle, sheep, or goats, have increased significantly over the past several years, so much so that many livestock producers are currently asking themselves “How much longer can I remain in the business?”

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AABP/AVC Respond to FDA on Guidance

AABP/AVC Respond to FDA on Guidance

Bovine Veterinarian

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the FDA-CVM on the principles identified in the draft guidance titled “The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food-Producing Animals.” The issues of drug availability for maintaining good animal health, as well as veterinary oversight/consultation for such uses have been priorities for AABP and AVC members for many years.

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Is seeing an animal killed and butchered for the table something all meat-eaters should witness?

Is seeing an animal killed and butchered for the table something all meat-eaters should witness?

The Guardian (UK)

Afterwards, which is when I really began thinking about it, what was most striking was not that I had witnessed the death of a large animal, but that I had never seen such a thing before.

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Dakota Beef suing former CEO

Dakota Beef suing former CEO


Redwood times

A South Dakota organic beef company has sued its former chief executive, accusing him of profiting from side ventures, running up more than $67,000 in personal charges on a company credit card and forming a competing company.

Howard Venture LLC, doing business as Dakota Beef, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court last week against Scott D. Lively and his Lively Foods LLC.

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The Holistic Approach at Long Meadow Ranch in Napa Valley

The Holistic Approach at Long Meadow Ranch in Napa Valley

Ray Isle

Food & Wine

Last year, for the Napa Valley wine auction, the Bugatti automotive company shipped over a Veyron. At a cost of $1.7 million, it represented a kind of over-the-top luxury not unheard of in Napa Valley. That car was on my mind when I stopped by a Napa Valley farm stand and purchased a gorgeous organic tomato for about $2. A luxury item, too, but a lot less ostentatious.

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NCBA Gears Up For Summer Conference

NCBA Gears Up For Summer Conference

Food Manufacturing

Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the largest organization dedicated solely to representing the interests of U.S. beef producers, are gearing up for their Summer Conference in Denver, Colo., July 28 through Aug. 1, 2010. According to NCBA President and Illinois cattle producer Steve Foglesong, the Summer Conference is “where the rubber meets the road” regarding industry priorities.

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Where’s the wagyu beef? Closer than you think

Where’s the wagyu beef? Closer than you think

Alice Levitt

Seven Days

To most of us, a steak is just a steak. To Dr. Sheila Patinkin, it’s a genetic experiment, a sociological study and, most importantly, a tasty commodity.

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U.S. soldier puts knowledge to test with ag-related projects in and around Baghdad

U.S. soldier puts knowledge to test with ag-related projects in and around Baghdad

Larisa Brass


When Army Lt. Col. Stanley Fugate got his degree in agriculture at the University of Tennessee in 1986, he scarcely envisioned that, more than two decades later, he would be applying his knowledge half a world away.

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Determining air quality in beef barns

Determining air quality in beef barns

The Cattle Business Weekly

There is increasing pressure on the agriculture industry to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Several new studies have been funded to help in this area and one will be conducted here in the region.

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Food safety a top issue for agriculture candidates

Food safety a top issue for agriculture candidates

Steve Visser

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Agriculture and its related industries and businesses — much of which are regulated by the commissioner — have a $65 billion impact on the state’s $786 billion economy, according to the University of Georgia’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.

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