Winter grazing requires prudent planning
Tri Stat Livestock News
Ice on the windshield is a reminder that winter is growing closer. I wrote last time about the value of assessing pasture utilization that had resulted at the end of the growing season.
PETA Suit May Have Unintended Consequences
Hoosier AG Today
Last week I traveled to Florida. The trip was primarily to attend a family event, but my wife and I managed to slip in a little sightseeing, too. While we were based in Orlando, we avoided the manmade amusements in favor of the natural ones.
The theoretical burger
Las Cruces Sun-News
The cattle business has been my lunch ticket forever so you can imagine how horrified I was to read that Dutch scientists are working on making a lab-burger that, theoretically at least, could provide an alternative to beef. I read in a British paper that the first lab-burgers will cost 250 with what looked like an "L" in front of it.
Fallout From GIPSA Rule
In sending the livestock marketing rule to the Office of Management and Budget last week, USDA effectively did as a bi-partisan group of lawmakers demanded more than a year ago by removing controversial language.
New“Perennial peanut” is growing in popularity for Forage
Hay & FORAGE GROWER
New varieties and herbicides are available for Southern Coastal Plain forage producers who grow rhizoma perennial peanut, dubbed “the alfalfa of the South.”
USDA Says Japan May Drop U.S. Beef Ban
Last month Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced his upcoming trade visits to China and Vietnam with part of his agenda focused on increasing beef trade with both of those Asian nations.
Considerations in Genetic Selection & What About DNA?
Scott P. Greiner, Department of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech
A successful beef enterprise is contingent upon the integrated management of genetics, nutrition, health, marketing, and finances. From a genetic perspective, the industry has worked hard to identify and develop prediction tools (EPDs) for a large number of economically important traits.
Source & Age Premium Expected to Decline
Emmit L. Rawls, Professor • Department of Agricultural Economics, Coordinator • Tennessee Beef Cattle Improvement Initiative
According to an article in CattleFax “Trends,” premiums paid by packers for cattle that are age verified as being under 21 months of age will decline in 2012. Over the past several years premiums have ranged from $12 to $45 per head depending on the packer and time of the year. Premiums declined this Spring and are expected to decline even more next year.
Meat Firms Use Video to Curb Contamination
Wall Street Journal
Meat companies are turning to video surveillance cameras in an effort to reduce E. coli and other contamination inside processing plants.
The new technique allows remote auditors to watch whether plant workers follow safety protocols aimed at reducing the spread of deadly bacteria.
Distillers grains research yields know-how more quickly
A three-year initiative that created a beef cattle advisory committee to oversee a research partnership between the Nebraska Corn Board and University of Nebraska resulted in a number of important breakthroughs when it comes to feeding distillers grains to cattle.