Daily Archives: July 5, 2011

Livestock producers face industry-changing rule

Livestock producers face industry-changing rule

Beef Journal

Livestock producers are facing a giant hurdle, one that could drastically change the beef industry: A new rule proposed by the United State Department of Agricultural (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

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Baxter Black, DVM:  THE MAD COW ESCAPE

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE MAD COW ESCAPE

It’s 6 ½ hours from Sierraville to Modesto and the packing house.  Karl had put together a load of cull cows

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Creating Nolan Ryan’s Guaranteed Tender Beef

Creating Nolan Ryan’s Guaranteed Tender Beef

Cassie Payne  

Progressive Cattleman

Beefmaster Cattlemen introduced a product that created a niche. Their brand, Nolan Ryan’s Guaranteed Tender Beef, debuted in 2000 as a value-added select product and was designed to unite a supply of Brahman-influenced cattle with a demand for a lean and tender eating experience.

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Observing breeding bulls

Observing breeding bulls

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

I think June will go down as the wettest June in our area, and we didn’t receive the heavy rains some of you did. As a result, the grass is green, the nights are cool, and every day on my way to work I see bulls covering cows in the pastures.

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Fewer Cows, More Money

Fewer Cows, More Money

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

After nearly 35 years of intensive ranch management, Jim Theeck realized a few years back he either had to go cheaper or get out of the business.

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Cattle grazing prevents forest fires

Cattle grazing prevents forest fires

The Modesto Bee

Imagine the forest at ground level. It is tender made up of two-year-old decaying undergrowth to give a fire a quick start.

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Where’s the beef? Michigan State aims to find out

Where’s the beef? Michigan State aims to find out

Seattle Post Intelligencer

A small herd of cattle from Michigan State University was recently slaughtered with two goals: boosting the amount of locally produced food on campus and creating a system of tracking beef from the farm to the plate.

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You can’t make this up

You can’t make this up

Alan Guebert

The Hawkeye

Serendipity does not describe the rise of America’s biggest cattle killer, Brazilian firm JBS.

Ten years ago, JBS was a $1-billion-in-sales, Brazil-only meatpacker. Today, with the help of more than $4 billion in loans from Brazil’s national development bank, BNDES, "25 percent of the worldwide trade in beef comes from JBS," the firm’s boss told the Washington Post in mid-April.

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Incorporating alternative feedstuffs into beef feedlot rations

Incorporating alternative feedstuffs into beef feedlot rations

Grant Crawford

Farm & Ranch Guide

Even with increased use of distillers’ grains in beef feedlot rations; most rations still contain at least 50 percent corn on a dry-matter (DM) basis. This makes it easy to understand why profitability in the feedlot industry is tied so tightly to feed, and in particular, corn prices.

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Butchers leave nothing to waste

Butchers leave nothing to waste

Michael R. Bell

Carroll County Times

Several articles ago, I discussed grades and cuts of meat from various traditionally farm-raised species – beef cattle, hogs, sheep. Today’s article will go one step further, looking at the area of "whole animal" use as it pertains to the beef steer in particular and food animals in general. To be very blunt, nothing is wasted.

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