Daily Archives: December 22, 2010

Ranching No Man’s Land

Ranching No Man’s Land

David F. Crosby

The Cattleman

Mexico has belatedly discovered that its criminal syndicates have become so powerful that they directly threaten the state. In fact, Mexico hovers on the brink of becoming a narco-state. Its criminal syndicates control the Mexican side of the Texas/Mexico border and the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants into Texas. Their influence and reach have crossed the Rio Grande River in ways that many politicians and media prefer to not acknowledge.

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Eastern Livestock Owes Superior $19 Million

Eastern Livestock Owes Superior $19 Million

Katie Micik


Superior Livestock’s general manager said the company is lucky that it’s going to be able to withstand the more than $19 million shortfall it faces due to Eastern Livestock Company’s collapse.

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Replacement Development Critical Improving Herd

Replacement Development Critical Improving Herd

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

As we wrap up 2010 and prepare for 2011 the beef cattle industry faces a wide variety of challenges. These find form in economic issues, regulatory, animal rights and a long subsequent list.

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Flat Iron Steaks with a Side Order of Confusion

Flat Iron Steaks with a Side Order of Confusion

Chris Raines,  Penn State University

A few weeks ago I was perusing the meat case of a “big-box” retailer, and their “Flat Iron” steaks caught my eye.  Not because there was anything particularly dazzling about these steaks, but because they were wrongly labeled!

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Dillon Feuz: U.S. beef around the world

Dillon Feuz: U.S. beef around the world

Tri State Livestock News

Exports of U.S. beef have been very strong this year. Through the end of October, total exports have been up 22 percent compared to 2009. While we are not quite yet back to the record export level set in 2003, we are getting much closer to that level.

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Proactive Handling

Proactive Handling

Angus Journal

The Beef Marketing Group (BMG) hosted a training seminar with Tyson Fresh Meats to educate transportation companies and feedlot personnel on BMG policies related to cattle transport; current outside industry pressures; accountability; transport regulations; low-stress handling; and emergency action plans.

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JBS hits snag in buyout talks with Sara Lee

JBS hits snag in buyout talks with Sara Lee

Gail MarksJarvis

The interest in acquiring Sara Lee by JBS, one of the world’s largest meat processors, speaks volumes about how the world is changing.

JBS is based in Brazil, an emerging economy growing at 7.5 percent annually, according to JPMorgan, compared with less than 3 percent for the U.S. Brazilian companies have taken over U.S. food giants such as Burger King.

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Is grass-fed beef better for the environment?

Is grass-fed beef better for the environment?

Brian Palmer


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

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Incentives Increasing to Rebuild Cattle Herd

Incentives Increasing to Rebuild Cattle Herd

Hoosier AG Today

  Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says, because of near record levels of feeder cattle prices at the end of 2010, market incentives to rebuild critically low U.S. cattle numbers are increasing.

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Ask the Vet: Early Puberty

Ask the Vet:  Early Puberty

Dr. Ken McMillan


Heavier weights and optimal Body Condition Scores, crossbreeding, bulls with larger scrotal circumferences, heifers sired by bulls with larger scrotal circumferences and/or high milk production

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