Daily Archives: December 21, 2010

Baxter Black, DVM:  COWS IN THE MANGER

Baxter Black, DVM:  COWS IN THE MANGER

Have you given any thought to whether there were any cows in the barn on Christmas Eve that night two thousand and ten years ago?  All Luke says is there was a manger.

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The 10 Most Tender Beef Muscles

The 10 Most Tender Beef Muscles

Chris Raines, Penn State University

Twice in the last 24 hours I have encountered some misunderstanding about the relative tenderness ranking of beef muscles. In one case, someone asked about the teres major (petite tender, and thank you for asking!) and in another, I found an article about prime rib (a very poor article about prime rib) stating that the the only muscle more tender than the longissimus (more specifially, longissimus thoracis = ribeye and longissimus lumborum = loin eye) is the psoas major (tenderloin). Not so fast.

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Fish oil supplement can be fed to grass-fed cattle to increase Omega 3 in meat

Fish oil supplement can be fed to grass-fed cattle to increase Omega 3 in meat

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

Grazing cattle can be fed a fish oil-based feed additive to increase the Omega 3 oils in their meat, according to a University of Wyoming study released Dec. 2, during the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) Livestock Field Day in Lingle, WY.

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Calif. plant adds pricey cow washer to fight germs

Calif. plant adds pricey cow washer to fight germs

The News Tribune

The new apparatus at the 60-acre Cargill factory in Fresno uses spinning bristles and high-pressure nozzles filled with anti-microbial solution to remove dirt and debris from cow carcasses before the hides are removed, The Fresno Bee reported. Most beef processors wash the animal’s carcass only after the hide is gone.

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2011 Mid-South Stocker Conference to be at Bowling Green

2011 Mid-South Stocker Conference to be at Bowling Green

The Leaf Chronicle

The sixth annual Mid-South Stocker Conference is set for Feb. 21-22 at the Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, Ky.

This year’s conference promises to offer new and exciting additions.

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It’s hard to say whether grass-fed or corn-fed cows are better for the Earth

It’s hard to say whether grass-fed or corn-fed cows are better for the Earth

Brian Palmer

Washington Post

Grass-fed beef is all the rage these days. Everyone says it tastes better and the technique is more humane for the cattle. But what about the environment? Is pasturing Earth-friendly or just cow-friendly?

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Developing heifers in the winter

Developing heifers in the winter

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

For spring-calving herds, proper development of heifers through the winter months from weaning to breeding is essential to ensure a high percentage become pregnant early in the breeding season.

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