Daily Archives: April 19, 2011

Cattlemen Won’t Get a Dime Out of Eastern Bankruptcy

Cattlemen Won’t Get a Dime Out of Eastern Bankruptcy

Katie Micik

DTN

A stuffed longhorn bull, sporting a faded blue Eastern Livestock Company baseball cap, overlooks a wood boardroom table in the troubled cattle brokerage’s headquarters. One of three lawyers at the table jokingly asks bankruptcy trustee Jim Knauer if he’ll get to take the bull home with him when the company is dissolved. Another lays claim to the hat.

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Minerals for beef cows 101

Minerals for beef cows 101

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Many mineral elements and vitamins are essential nutrients with very specific functions. Mineral elements and vitamins are required in small amounts, but a mineral element or vitamin deficiency could potentially result in reductions in growth and reproduction in otherwise adequately nourished beef cows and calves.

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Brazilian company JBS dominates world beef industry from farm to fork

Brazilian company JBS dominates world beef industry from farm to fork

Juan Forero

Washington Post

The founder, who began by slaughtering one or two head a day in 1953, raises calves far in the countryside. Six of his children are in JBS’s management. And ranchers such as Edson Crochiquia, who is 69 but rounds up cattle on horseback near here, spare no detail to provide the company with healthy, 1,000-pound animals.

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Beef is lean and ‘green’

Beef is lean and ‘green’

Osceola Sentinel Tribune

There is no doubt the green movement has gained momentum in the last decade. While many companies may just be starting sustainable practices to meet consumer demand for more planet-friendly products, cattlemen have been raising environmentally sustainable, nutritionally efficient food for generations and continue to look for ways to improve.

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USDA Proposes “Test and Hold” Procedures For Meat

USDA Proposes "Test and Hold" Procedures For Meat

McKinney Harris

WHSV

What would you think if you heard that meat can be shipped out to stores before companies know whether or not it’s contaminated?

That currently happens and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing a change.

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Growth-promoting implants affect food supply

Growth-promoting implants affect food supply

High Plains Journal

According to Paul Beck, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, growth-promoting implants are used to increase the growth rate and feed efficiency of growing and finishing cattle by about 3 percent to 5 percent.

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Quality always wins

Quality always wins

Steve Suther

The Fence Post

The commodity markets were up and up, and mostly up as spring arrived. History says there is a kind of gravity that will bring prices at least partway back down. That’d be fine if input costs would fall back in tandem, but history also says we may not be that lucky.

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What’s Lurking in Your Meat and Poultry? Probably Staph

What’s Lurking in Your Meat and Poultry? Probably Staph

Alice Park

TIME

It’s a kitchen credo that you should wash your hands and utensils thoroughly, especially after they’ve touched raw meat or poultry, which may contain a host of bacteria — salmonella, listeria, E. coli — that can make you sick. Now add a new pathogen to the list.

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UNL Gets Cattle Feed Efficiency Research Grant

UNL Gets Cattle Feed Efficiency Research Grant

KRVN

Animal scientists from several universities, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will collaborate on research aimed at improving beef cattle feed efficiency. More than 970,000 farms in the United States raise beef cattle, with a $71 billion retail value.

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Cattle ran amok as early Union Colonists established life in West

Cattle ran amok as early Union Colonists established life in West

Bill Jackson

Greeley Tribune

As Weld County and Greeley celebrate 150 and 125 years, respectively, it’s interesting to look back at agriculture at its start. And, with the help of Jim Reeman of Eaton, who brought in a book given to his family back in the 1930s, it really gets interesting.

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