Daily Archives: August 3, 2010

All-Natural Beef?

All-Natural Beef?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/Progressive Farmer

When my granddaddy was alive I helped him implant bull calves as they were born. When he died, we quit implanting the calves. Now I hear people talking about not implanting because of the push for all-natural beef. Should we go back to implanting or try to go all-natural?

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American Angus Association Contractural Arachnodactyly (FAWN CALF SYNDROME)

American Angus Association Contractural Arachnodactyly (FAWN CALF SYNDROME)

Bovine Veterinarian

A.I. organizations requested that the American Angus Association provide to the membership the identity of and preliminary test results for Angus bulls tested by Dr. Jon Beever of the Universityof Illinois to determine whether they were carriers or free of the mutation identified for Contractural Arachnodactyly (FORMERLY REFERRED TO BY THE NAME OF “FAWN CALF SYNDROME”).

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Field day focuses on lowering winter feed costs for beef producers

Field day focuses on lowering winter feed costs for beef producers

AG Answers

This year’s Indiana Integrated Resource Management Program field day on Aug. 31 in Greencastle will focus on helping beef producers lower winter feed costs.

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Room to Roam – or Not? Innovative Grazing Techniques in MN

Room to Roam – or Not? Innovative Grazing Techniques in MN

Public News Service

Images of cows roaming free come to mind when people think of grass-fed cattle. But giving cows too much free rein on pasture is actually not the best choice for their diet, or the land, an expert says. Howard Moechnig, grasslands specialist with Midwest Grasslands, says if left to their own devices, cattle will act like kids, "cherry-picking" their favorite plants to eat and ignoring or trampling the rest.

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Oklahoma State University Beef Cattle Manuals Available

Oklahoma State University Beef Cattle Manuals Available

cattlenetwork.com

Here is what producers say about the OSU Beef Manual: “One of the best manuals I have.” “Fantastic learning tool for anyone.” Why are producers so high on it? The manual includes 41 chapters that cover a wealth of topics from herd health to beef nutrition to marketing in an easy-to-read format. Objective, research based information is the basis for recommendations.

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History Repeated

History Repeated

Mike Callicrate

Huffington Post

Back in the 1990’s when I was suing IBP for anticompetitive practices and being shut-out of the market by the big beef packers, I asked Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman why he didn’t enforce the P&S Act of 1921.

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Federation Votes to Stick with NCBA

Federation Votes to Stick with NCBA

Western Livestock Journal

The Federation of State Beef Councils passed a resolution July 31, 2010, during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, CO, to maintain its partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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Audit Finds Problems in Cattlemen’s Spending

Audit Finds Problems in Cattlemen’s Spending

New York Times

An influential cattle industry group misused money raised from ranchers and farmers for promoting beef sales and violated federal rules by spending some of it to support lobbying activities, according to an outside financial review.

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Issues surround grass-fed beef

Issues surround grass-fed beef

ROD SMITH

Feedstuffs Foodlink

DEMAND for "grass-fed beef" — beef from cattle exclusively grazed on pastures and ranges, often qualifying as natural or organic product — is rapidly increasing, and grass-fed beef makes up 3% of the U.S. beef market, according to Kenneth H. Mathews Jr. and Rachel J. Johnson at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS).

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Cattle industry conflict threatens checkoff and leadership

Cattle industry conflict threatens checkoff and leadership

The Westerner

USDA has also given closer examination to the expenditures of the beef checkoff and the relationship between NCBA, Cattlemen’s Beef Board and state beef councils.

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Temple Grandin awarded NCBA Lifetime Achievement Award

Temple Grandin awarded NCBA Lifetime Achievement Award

KTIC

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) awarded Temple Grandin its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award on July 31, 2010, at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colo. Grandin is a world-renowned designer of livestock handling facilities; a professor of animal science at Colorado State University; and one of the world’s most functioning autistics.

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Grazing rights threatened

Grazing rights threatened

Southwest Farm Press

The agreement, between El Paso Corp., Western Watersheds Project (WWP) and Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), seeks in part to create unprecedented federal legislation to allow for the buyout and retirement of federal grazing permits – threatening ranchers’ grazing rights across vast portions of the West.

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Fly control essential for beef, dairy herd health

Fly control essential for beef, dairy herd health

Ag Answers

Whether in the pasture or the barn, fly control is an essential part of keeping healthy dairy and beef cattle herds, said Purdue entomologist Ralph Williams.

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New beef resource center wants to spread facts

New beef resource center wants to spread facts

KRVN

Beef industry leaders at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference learned about the Sustainable Beef Resource Center and its goal to provide useful, science-based information to the food chain.

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EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust

EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust

Jacqueline Sit

NEWS 9

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations.

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