Daily Archives: October 21, 2010

Video Feature: Jersey butchers warn against wearing a Lady Gaga meat dress for Halloween

Lady Gaga made waves wearing raw steak to the MTV Video Music Awards last month. Her dress, shoes and purse were all made with meat, as she served up her usual dose of shock appeal. Her fans are scouring Halloween stores for bloody red dresses but the carnivorous look debuted too late for manufacturers to create a costume. Some diehards are planning to wear real meat but New Jersey butchers caution against it. (Video by Lisa Rose / The Star-Ledger)

Breeding Problem Diagnosis

Breeding Problem Diagnosis

Bill Beal

Angus Journal

Objective analysis of breeding procedures and results can uncover the cause(s) of a disappointing artificial-insemination (AI) or natural-service breeding season. The analysis needs to extend beyond the obvious targets for breeding failure because the causes are often indirect effects of other management decisions.

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Anti-quality Factors in Beef Cattle Diets

Anti-quality Factors in Beef Cattle Diets

Mississippi State University

Under certain conditions, beef cattle may be exposed to forages and feeds containing toxic or harmful compounds. When consumed, these anti-quality factors can result in reduced cattle growth, depressed reproductive performance, poor health, and even death.

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Animal Welfare is Basis of Sound Animal Husbandry

Animal Welfare is Basis of Sound Animal Husbandry

Jane Parish

Cattle Today

Animal welfare is the basis of sound animal husbandry. Beef cattle ranchers should consider themselves stewards of a valuable resource that provides high quality protein products to many people throughout the world.

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Exercise caution when grazing cattle in cold weather

Exercise caution when grazing cattle in cold weather

Ag Answers

As frost begins to cover fields, cattle producers should protect grazing livestock against prussic acid poisoning and bloat, a Purdue University Extension beef specialist says.

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Vital link to farmers to be restructured

Vital link to farmers to be restructured

Rebecca Martinez

Staunton News Leader

This month, Alan Grant, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, announced a plan to restructure the extension program to cope with budget cuts totaling $10.3 million since 2007.

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Vilsack ignores effort to help cattle industry: NCBA

Vilsack ignores effort to help cattle industry: NCBA


US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack ignored requests for a comprehensive economic analysis of the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing under the Packers and Stockyards Act, in responding to calls from 115 members of the US House of Representatives and several US Senators, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association charges.

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Animal Ag, Global Warming & Climate Change

Animal Ag, Global Warming & Climate Change

Troy Marshall


 “The impact of animal agriculture on global warming and climate change” is the title of a 28-page report created by the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS). I’m sure most of you don’t need to read the report to guess most of its conclusions as it relates to animal agriculture.

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Checkoff encourages producers to be proactive in BQA

Checkoff encourages producers to be proactive in BQA


The beef checkoff continues to encourage beef and dairy producers to be proactive when it comes to Beef Quality Assurance (BQA): learning about best practices and how to utilize them to help produce safe, wholesome beef for consumers.

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Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

Defined as an animal that is unable to stand or walk unassisted, downer cattle have become a major animal welfare issue facing the livestock industry. Video footage of these animals being dragged or treated inhumanely has created a zero tolerance attitude among the public — and several states are considering or implementing legislation that makes such actions illegal.

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