Daily Archives: January 24, 2011

Cut Back on Hay Costs During Winter Feeding

Cut Back on Hay Costs During Winter Feeding

Hereford World

Freddie Davis, a rancher farmer in Royse City, Texas, faced a problem common to many. “I wasn’t going to have enough hay to make it through the winter. I was going to have to buy about $6,000 worth of hay to make up the shortfall,” he says.

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Algae-fed cows could make healthier beef

Algae-fed cows could make healthier beef

SUSAN SIMPSON

Don Van Pelt Smith thinks he has the perfect solution to two problems. He wants to cut down on CO2 emissions from his Oklahoma City power plant and he wants to eat healthier beef.

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When is beef not beef? Ala. law firm sues Taco Bell

When is beef not beef? Ala. law firm sues Taco Bell

JoBeth Davis

WTVM

What’s in a name? That’s the question at the heart of a class action lawsuit Montgomery, Alabama law firm Beasley Allen filed targeting fast food giant Taco Bell. The lawsuit claims the company uses "false advertising" on its menu and in its advertisements.

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Beef gone beyond organic

Beef gone beyond organic

Tonia Moxley

Roanoke Times

Alec and Sarah Bradford join a growing list of small family farms across the New River Valley that use environmentally conscious practices to raise their livestock.

His quiet voice was almost drowned by the bang-clang of cow horns against metal poles as the world’s oldest cattle breed ate from a round bale feeder.

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The big deal about the regulation or deregulation of alfalfa

The big deal about the regulation or deregulation of alfalfa

The Examiner

Alfalfa. Not the character in the Little Rascals, but the plant used for animal feed as well as human consumption. There is a rare characteristic about alfalfa: it is toxic to itself. Yes, alfalfa cannot reproduce where it already exists.

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Proposed changes in livestock marketing rules prompt fears, confusion

Proposed changes in livestock marketing rules prompt fears, confusion

Bill Jackson

The Greeley Tribune

The uproar comes against a backdrop of sharp consolidation in the beef and packing industries during the past 50 years that has left some worrying about the effects on family ranchers and small operations. They say large meat packers, including JBS USA of Greeley, have driven smaller companies out of business and wield too much power.

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Manage cattle in cold weather this winter

Manage cattle in cold weather this winter

High Plains Journal

Bitter cold temperatures and extremes in wind chills likely will continue this winter in the High Plains and upper Midwest regions of the U.S. These conditions are particularly stressful for groups of cattle that have not adequately acclimated to such conditions, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef specialist said.

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Managing calving to coincide with forage availability

Managing calving to coincide with forage availability

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Choosing the calving season is a complex and highly-individual decision for each beef cattle producer. This leads to a wide-range of calving seasons across the Northern Plains. This became evident recently as we attempted to schedule Extension meetings with 30 producers from across South Dakota.

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US scientist says false claims harmful in beef debate

US scientist says false claims harmful in beef debate

ROD SMITH

The Land

CONSUMERS are being told many things about food today, and it’s confusing and misleading, according to Dr. John Comerford, associate professor and extension specialist in the animal and dairy science department at The Pennsylvania State University.

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Leachman charged with animal cruelty

Leachman charged with animal cruelty

The Billings Gazette

The Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office on Friday filed five primary misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and five alternative counts against James H. Leachman of Billings.

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