Daily Archives: March 28, 2011

Bankruptcy trustee going after funds diverted during insolvency

Bankruptcy trustee going after funds diverted during insolvency

Katie Micik

Tri State Livestock News

A former Eastern Livestock Company branch manager allegedly received and deposited $1.24 million of checks that customers made payable to the cattle broker in the days immediately following a bank’s hold on Eastern’s accounts, a lawsuit filed Tuesday, March 22, in federal bankruptcy court alleged.

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Beef cattle: Improving production efficiency and meat quality

Beef cattle: Improving production efficiency and meat quality

SHARON DURHAM

The Prairie Star

U.S. consumers love beef. We eat an average of about 63 pounds of it per person each year.

Producing enough cattle to meet that demand requires efficiency and innovation. Agricultural Research Service scientists at the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory (LARRL) in Miles City, Mont., are conducting studies designed to make cattle production more efficient and to provide better beef products for consumers.

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Clostridial diseases

Clostridial diseases

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Most bacteria that can cause disease in cattle are fairly fragile. They will be destroyed by sunshine and by hot, dry or cold weather within a few hours or days. This is very fortunate from an animal health standpoint because cattle cannot commonly contract infectious diseases from the environment for more than short periods of time. Rather, they need to have direct contact with infected cattle.

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What Does Your Farm Sign Say about YOU?

What Does Your Farm Sign Say about YOU?

Cheryl Day

Beef Today

As I travel across the countryside this week skirting on the outer edge of Chicago, I was admiring the miles of farmsteads with a diverse of operations from livestock to row crop.

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Use Nutritional Tools to Enhance Animal Health

Use Nutritional Tools to Enhance Animal Health

Steve Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Part 2

In the last issue we began a discussion of the relationships between health and nutrition, specifically minerals. Adequate or inadequate levels of any of the nutrients can have serious effects on the overall health of the cow or calf.

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From feedlot to the plate

From feedlot to the plate

Jeannine May

Bureau County Republican

I’d like to mention a segment about how beef cattle are processed into meat that was recently on the Oprah show. They went inside one of Cargill’s meat processing plants to show the public how meat is processed from feedlot to your grocery store.

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Limousin proves feed efficiency

Limousin proves feed efficiency

High Plains Journal

Feed accounts for 65 to 80 percent of total beef-production costs. With grain prices growing, finding a way to lower those costs is important to cattle producers.

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The price is (very) right

The price is (very) right

TIM UNRUH

Salina Journal

Mike Samples has been in the cattle game 40 years, and he’s never seen the market so high.

"I’m pretty chipper," Samples said while reflecting on cattle sales at Farmers and Ranchers Livestock Commission, 1500 W. Old 40 Highway.

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Watch for grass tetany this spring

Watch for grass tetany this spring

Steve Paisley

Tri State Livestock News

Grass tetany occurs in all parts of the U.S., and goes by several names: grass staggers, wheat pasture poisoning, magnesium tetany, and grass tetany all refer to low blood magnesium (hypomagnesemia).

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Humane Meat? No Such Thing

Humane Meat? No Such Thing

Sunaura Taylor

Dialogic

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

I recently debated Nicolette Hahn Niman at an art event in California. Niman is a cattle rancher and author of Righteous Porkchop. I am a 28-year-old disabled artist, writer, and vegan. The event was held in a largely inaccessible building in front of an audience that had just dined on grass-fed beef—a rather ironic scenario for a wheelchair-using animal advocate like me!

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