Monthly Archives: April 2011

An expert at branding

An expert at branding

Rikki Schierer

Interior News

When a 600-pound animal is barrelling towards you, there is no time to be scared.

So says Harold Kerr, who for 40 years has been a cattle brand inspector in the Smithers area and since 1993 he has been the area supervisor from Prince George west.

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DNA could help identify stolen cattle

DNA could help identify stolen cattle

Stuart Dyson

KOB Eyewitness News 4

Cattle rustlers are stealing cattle from ranches in remote regions of Socorro County, while law officers grow desperate for clues. The rustlers have struck at three ranches in a far flung stretch at the foot of the Ladron Mountains, between Magdalena and Bernardo along Riley Road. Ladron means "thief" in Spanish, and these mountains are proving why they still deserve the name.

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Cattle groups sue to stop water rule in Florida

Cattle groups sue to stop water rule in Florida


Two cattle groups filed suit in Florida on Thursday to overturn U.S. water pollution rules that also are challenged by Florida state officials and businesses as ruinously expensive.

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Hiding the Truth About Factory Farms- My Thoughts

Hiding the Truth About Factory Farms- My Thoughts


This editorial in the New York Times has been getting a lot of attention on Twitter today. Of course I couldn’t find a place on the website to comment on the article, so I’m doing it here. The article talks about the legislation in three states to make it a crime for an undercover video to be taken on a farm.

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Hiding the Truth About Factory Farms

Hiding the Truth About Factory Farms

New York Times

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.

Editors Note: If you read this artile, please also note to next article in response to this editorial

A supermarket shopper buying hamburger, eggs or milk has every reason, and every right, to wonder how they were produced. The answer, in industrial agriculture, is “behind closed doors,” and that’s how the industry wants to keep it. In at least three states — Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota — legislation is moving ahead that would make undercover investigations in factory farms, especially filming and photography, a crime.

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BeefTalk: The Yellow, the Green and Anthrax

BeefTalk: The Yellow, the Green and Anthrax

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Last week, we were looking for grass, and this week we got it. If you listen carefully, you can hear the grass growing, tree buds starting to burst and the anthrax spores mingling.

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Beware of the horn fly

Beware of the horn fly

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

With summer fast approaching, ranchers need to start thinking about fly control. Studies have shown the presence of flies feeding on cattle during the summer can cause an average of 4 percent reduction in weaning weights.

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