Daily Archives: November 16, 2011

USDA says it will abandon portions of Congress’s antitrust rule for meat companies

USDA says it will abandon portions of Congress’s antitrust rule for meat companies

Lubbock Avalanche Journal


The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it will abandon portions of a sweeping antitrust rule proposed for meat companies if Congress does not provide money for enforcement.


FDA Denies Pleas To Ban Antibiotic Use

FDA Denies Pleas To Ban Antibiotic Use


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a pair of long-pending petitions from consumer and other groups to limit the use of several antibiotics in farm animals, saying a voluntary approach the agency proposed last year will lead to more ‘judicious use’ of the drugs in agriculture.


Symposium Explores Industry Game Changers

Symposium Explores Industry Game Changers

Patti Wilson,

Calf News

Plenty of enthusiasm rang through the halls of the Lexington, Ky., Convention Center in mid-May as Alltech Corporation presented its 27th Annual Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium entitled “The Game Changers.” An impressive crowd of about 2,400 people from 60 countries converged to hear about the latest technologies in animal agriculture.


What’s in a diagnostic test

What’s in a diagnostic test

Kenny Barrett Jr., DVM, MS

Tri State Livestock News

Veterinarians always seem eager to sample some sort of biological stuff. From stomach foam to fetal membranes, it seems we can’t wait to test any number of different things. We need tests.


I told my son he didn’t want me to read that book

I told my son he didn’t want me to read that book

K.E. Norcross

Gaston Gazette

My son had given me a book he’d read in his AP English class, “Eating Animals,” by Jonathan Safran Foer. “Here,” he said. “I think you’d like this book.”

For two weeks, I left it on our loveseat. “You haven’t read it yet?” he’d ask whenever he passed by the book beside me.

“You don’t want me to read this book,” I warned him more than once.


Cleaning cows from inside out

Cleaning cows from inside out

Eureka Alert

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their collaborators have conducted a series of studies that explore non-antibiotic methods to reduce foodborne pathogens that are found in the gut of food animals.


Higher cattle prices spur hustlers and rustlers

Higher cattle prices spur hustlers and rustlers

CBC News

"It’s almost the same situation as if you go to the bank and you borrow money against a car or truck, make a couple of token payments, then sell it to someone without paying the bank back," he says.


A $50 hay test can save producers money

A $50 hay test can save producers money


Land & Livestock Post

An inexpensive hay test can offer the best guidance as to how much supplemental feed is required for a beef cattle herd and, at the same time, save ranchers money, according to a Texas AgriLife Research scientist.


Bull Hill Ranch Honored with Grid Master Award

Bull Hill Ranch Honored with Grid Master Award

Cattle Today

Bull Hill Ranch of Gray Court. S. C., won the prestigious Grid Master Award for raising and feeding Red Angus cattle that meet and exceed strict carcass quality specifications.


It’s Buyer Beware When Ordering Feed

It’s Buyer Beware When Ordering Feed

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

You don’t always get what you bargain for, and that may be a serious issue for cattle producers this year as they struggle to make it through the winter in drought areas.