Daily Archives: November 21, 2011

Sen. Moran Voices Concern Over Upcoming USDA Forum

In a video posted on YouTube, Sen. Jerry Moran from Kansas soundly criticizes the USDA Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) for its plans to involve the Humane Society of the United States in planning an animal welfare scientific forum to the exclusion of agricultural organizations.

Beware of winter lice populations

Beware of winter lice populations

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

I can’t believe how rapidly the fall weather is turning into winter. Most of the calves are worked and many are already sold. The market has been great and buyer demand remains high. Now is the time to prepare cows for winter.

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Occupy Thanksgiving

Occupy Thanksgiving

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

The centerpiece of Occupy Thanksgiving is the PETA organization, People Eating Turkey Again. This group insists that the turkey must be eaten at Thanksgiving.

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Big government hijacks Clean Water Act

Big government hijacks Clean Water Act

AG Professional

What you can’t legislate, regulate. Such has been the case time and again with the overzealous regulators in the current administration. Fortunately for farmers, ranchers and private property holders nationwide, the U.S. Congress is on the verge of blocking the administration from moving forward with an overreaching, potentially devastating expansion of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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High feed prices eat up profits for ranchers

High feed prices eat up profits for ranchers

Phil Ferolito

Yakima Herald-Republic

Cattlemen say skyrocketing feed and fuel costs are eating into profits and retailers are apprehensive about passing all price increases on to consumers during a still struggling economy.

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WTO Rules Against US Meat Labeling Policy

WTO Rules Against US Meat Labeling Policy


A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel on Friday said US labeling rules that require the disclosure of meat imports’ country of origin are discriminatory, prompting Washington to threaten an appeal.

The WTO dispute-settlement panel agreed with Canada and Mexico that US labeling requirements treat their livestock less favorably than domestic beef and pork products.

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Improving your percent calf crop

Improving your percent calf crop

Greg Bowman

Calhoun Times

Today, I am going to put on my animal science hat and discuss a very important topic for the beef industry. For cow/calf operations it is very important to have a high percent calf crop. You do not have to be an economics major to figure out the more live calves born on the farm will mean more calves to sale down the road.

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NCBA Supports Ag Appropriations Language to Provide Certainty to Cattlemen

NCBA Supports Ag Appropriations Language to Provide Certainty to Cattlemen

Congress voted today, Nov. 17, 2011, on a $19.8 billion 2012 agricultural spending bill that includes language blocking the U.S. Department of Agriculture from implementing controversial reforms to livestock and poultry marketing. The so-called GIPSA rule, proposed last year by the USDA’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyard’s Administration, would have wreaked havoc on the U.S. cattle industry causing livestock producers to lose an estimated $169 million, according to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall.

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It’s a beef bubble that will burst soon enough

It’s a beef bubble that will burst soon enough


Lincoln Journal Star

Drought in the southern plains wiped out winter grazing areas and pushed up placements in cattle feedlots in Nebraska by 15 percent in October.

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Modern-day cattle rustlers strike, make off with ‘pets’

Modern-day cattle rustlers strike, make off with ‘pets’

Peter Franceschina

Palm Beach Sun Sentinel

The thieves struck early on a Sunday morning, when it’s quiet in the agricultural pockets — no joggers from nearby upscale developments; no feed trucks rumbling down the dusty roads.

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