Daily Archives: July 27, 2010

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE UDDER SIDE

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE UDDER SIDE

Many of us use references to help us make decisions, confirm our beliefs, or for inspiration.  Books (or online versions) like the Statistical Abstract of the United States, the Merck Veterinary Manual, the Bible, the Angus Herd Sire Registry or the Congressional Directory.

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Steve Cornett: USDA-GIPSA Gets a Trip to the Woodshed

Steve Cornett: USDA-GIPSA Gets a Trip to the Woodshed

Beef Today

It sounds like Dudley Butler—that “new sheriff in town” President Obama appointed to enforce the Packers and Stockyards Act—ran into a bipartisan buzz saw last week when he showed up at the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry to defend his proposed rule to hamstring meat and poultry packers.

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Indiana Consumers Hold Farmers Responsible for Food Safety And Animal Care

Indiana Consumers Hold Farmers Responsible for Food Safety And Animal Care

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

Representatives from up and down the food chain gathered in Indianapolis on Monday for the first Indiana Food Roundtable. Sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the daylong meeting brought together farmers, food processors, consumer, and environmental groups to discuss some of the most pressing issues in the industry today, including food safety, animal care, antibiotics, and environmental sustainability.

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Reproductive Management in Beef Cattle

Reproductive Management in Beef Cattle

Dr. Patterson, Professor of Animal Science, University of Missouri


The potential for genetic improvement in beef herds in the U.S. through advances in biotechnology has never been greater. Recent improvements in our understanding of methods of inducing and synchronizing estrus and ovulation in postpartum beef cows and replacement beef heifers creates the opportunity to significantly expand the use of AI in both purebred and commercial herds.

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The most important day in the history of your U.S. cattle industry

The most important day in the history of your U.S. cattle industry

North Texas E-News

In an open letter to U.S. cattle producers and others concerned about the future of Rural America, R-CALF USA urged people to attend the one-day, joint competition workshop to be conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (Justice) beginning at 8 a.m. MDT on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

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Mini cattle may shrink the hoofprint of eating beef

Mini cattle may shrink the hoofprint of eating beef


Cows (deservedly) get a lot of grief for beef’s hefty contribution to global warming, which means we should steer clear of adding more of them to the world, right? Basically, yes.

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How Goes Peak E. coli Season?

How Goes Peak E. coli Season?

Dan Flynn

Food Safety News

Four years ago, there were almost no recalls of beef for E. coli O157:H7 contamination and later the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reported on a big drop in illnesses from the pathogen.

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Meatpackers have no reason to yell

Meatpackers have no reason to yell

John Crabtree

North Platte Bulletin

In June, USDA published a new draft rule regarding how meatpackers must deal with farmers and ranchers in the procurement of livestock and poultry. But the packers don’t like it and are pitching a fit, just as I said they would.

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Improving Profitability From Grass

Improving Profitability From Grass


Well managed grass delivers a low cost feed and can potentially deliver growth rates of 1.0 kg/day or more. A good grassland system can produce finished beef at as little as 18 months, as Charlotte Johnston, TheCattleSite junior editor recently found out.

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USDA Extends Comment Period on New GIPSA Regs

USDA Extends Comment Period on New GIPSA Regs

Western Livestock Journal

USDA has responded to calls from Congress, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and other leading agriculture organizations to extend the comment period to the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock marketing.

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Rep. Smith: Upset With Russia’s Beef With U.S. Beef

Rep. Smith: Upset With Russia’s Beef With U.S. Beef

106.5 FM

There is a beef in Russia with U-S beef patties and 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith doesn’t much care for it.   "U-S cooked beef patties are barred from entry into Russia despite the fact that under existing trade agreements, U-S companies have the right to ship American beef patties to Russia."

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Cattle herd shrinks to lowest in almost 40 years

Cattle herd shrinks to lowest in almost 40 years

Provisioner Online

The U.S. beef cattle herd has shrunk to its lowers figure since 1973, as farmers are wary of beef demand during the economic struggles. Cattle producers may make about $51.53 per cow this year, Bloomberg reports, after two years of losses from high feed costs and declining demand. The beef and dairy herd at the start of July was 100.8 million head, down 1.2 percent from 2009.

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SC Prison Farms Cut Down On Inmate Food Costs

SC Prison Farms Cut Down On Inmate Food Costs

Robert Kittle


Would you be able to feed yourself three meals for a total cost of $1.51? That’s what the South Carolina Department of Corrections spends on each inmate each day. It’s the lowest amount in the nation. The department gave members of the media a tour Monday of one of its farms to show how.

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Why the Packing Industry is Irate Over Proposed GIPSA Rule

Why the Packing Industry is Irate Over Proposed GIPSA Rule

Max Thornsberry

Beef Today

The meatpacking industry is fighting hard to delay, if not completely derail, the proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

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US Livestock Slaughter Statistics

US Livestock Slaughter Statistics


Commercial red meat production for the United States totalled 4.18 billion pounds in June, up slightly from the 4.16 billion pounds produced in June 2009, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) livestock slaughter statistics in the monthly Livestock Slaughter Report.

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