Daily Archives: December 2, 2010

We can’t afford cheap meat anymore

We can’t afford cheap meat anymore

Dena Hoff

Asheville Citizen Times

Most Americans view cheap meat as a good thing, but they generally don’t understand who pays the high cost of the policies making it inexpensive. More than 80 percent of the beef, pork and poultry consumed in this country comes from livestock fed and processed by only three meatpacking companies: JBS-Swift, Cargill and Tyson.

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Invest Now to Save on Re-treatments Later

Invest Now to Save on Re-treatments Later

Beef Today

When trying to strengthen the bottom line and cut costs, many cattle producers often turn first to less expensive treatments. When dealing with serious challenges that contribute to bovine respiratory disease (BRD), like Mycoplasma bovis, choosing treatments that are effective to start with can prove less expensive in the long run, according to Daniel Scruggs, DVM, Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health.

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Ohio Animal Care Questions Arise

Ohio Animal Care Questions Arise

Bovine Veterinarian

Earlier this year, Ohio officials and the Humane Society of the United States hammered out an agreement that would impact animal care regulations in the state. The deal was created as an alternative to a ballot initiative.

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NCBA: Food Safety Knows No Size

NCBA: Food Safety Knows No Size


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is disappointed the US Senate voted last night to move forward with the Food Safety Modernization Act, S. 510.

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Food safety bill, just passed in Senate, in jeopardy on technical flaw

Food safety bill, just passed in Senate, in jeopardy on technical flaw


A section of the bill that authorizes fees to be assessed is considered a revenue-raising measure, which must originate in the House. Chances of the bill’s being salvaged in this Congress appear slim.

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Cattle ranchers struggle

Cattle ranchers struggle

Christopher Leonard

The Detroit News

Producers may sell sicker cows as price for products declines

In this Great Plains ranching town, cowboys still lasso steers as part of their daily routine and cattle producers like Bob Sears still take pride in the long tradition of raising American beef.

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Farming not just a job for Bob Harris of Chatham

Farming not just a job for Bob Harris of Chatham

John Crane


For Chatham cattle farmer Bob Harris, farming is more than an occupation.

“Farming’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle,” Harris, 31, said during an interview Wednesday. “It’s who you are.”

As the newly-elected chairman of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers Committee, Harris hopes to help keep young people in the agriculture industry.

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More Thoughts on Estate Tax Reform

More Thoughts on Estate Tax Reform


Representing the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was Scott Bennett, a junior at Virginia Tech University and an active participant in his family’s cattle operation in Virginia. Bennett said he wants to return to his family’s operation but the estate tax is a burden that may make his goal impossible.

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Ag Representatives Urge ‘Death Tax’ Reformation

Ag Representatives Urge ‘Death Tax’ Reformation

Catherine Merlo

Beef Today

A diverse group of U.S. agricultural interests today urged Congress and the Obama Administration to act swiftly to reform the estate tax to protect the nation’s farms, ranches and small businesses.

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Meat-Counter Tuesday?

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Meat-Counter Tuesday?

John Harrington


U.S. retailers can be happy about their performance on black Friday, the so-called official start of the holiday retail season. According to the National Retail Federation industry group, "more shoppers visited stores and websites over black Friday weekend, and they spent more."

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