Daily Archives: December 26, 2011

FDA Won’t Act Against Ag Antibiotic Use

FDA Won’t Act Against Ag Antibiotic Use

Maryn McKenna

Wired

With no notice other than a holiday-eve posting in the Federal Register, the US Food and Drug Administration has reneged on its long-stated intention to compel large-scale agriculture to curb over-use of agricultural antibiotics, which it had planned to do by reversing its approval for putting penicillin and tetracyclines in feed.

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Good nutrition boosts performance, increases profits from breeding bulls

Good nutrition boosts performance, increases profits from breeding bulls

Dan Yates

Producer.com

It may seem obvious, but it’s a message that’s worth repeating: close monitoring of bulls can help cattle producers maximize profits.

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Federal lab’s move to Kansas draws fire

Federal lab’s move to Kansas draws fire

RANK ELTMAN

Wichita Eagle

A New York congressman wants to take the “For Sale” sign off Plum Island. In a letter this week, Rep. Timothy Bishop argues it is ludicrous for the federal government to be spending as much as $1billion to construct a new laboratory in Manhattan, Kan., to study animal diseases that could devastate the country’s livestock industry when a “perfectly good” facility already exists off the tip of eastern Long Island.

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Night Time versus Day Time Feeding Influences Time of Calving

Night Time versus Day Time Feeding Influences Time of Calving

Robert Bourne

Durant Daily Democrat

The spring calving season is rapidly approaching and adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf death. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the use of larger beef breeds and cattle with larger birth weights.

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Raymond Ansotegui and the art of artificially inseminating cattle

Raymond Ansotegui and the art of artificially inseminating cattle

Seonaid B. Campbell

High Country News

Ansotegui, whose Basque name is pronounced an-SOH´-tuh-ghee, has been artificially inseminating cattle (AIing) for almost 45 years. An expert on bovines, he has a Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition and a minor in reproductive physiology.

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Experts praise Walmart, other stores’ move to sell higher-grade meat

Experts praise Walmart, other stores’ move to sell higher-grade meat

Eric Brown,

Tri State Livestock News

The world’s largest retailer – with more than half of its $260 billion in U.S. sales last year coming from groceries – confirmed last month that it’s now selling Choice-grade beef at all of its 3,800 U.S. locations after it started ramping up its selections this summer.

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NCBA: Cattle producers need to continue to help grow beef demand

NCBA: Cattle producers need to continue to help grow beef demand

 Jennifer Carrico

High Plains Journal

Protecting and growing the domestic beef demand, growing U.S. beef exports and building a favorable beef business climate are the main focuses of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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Larger cows need better management

Larger cows need better management

Gayle Smith

The Fence Post

Although the United States cow herd has decreased from nearly 45 million head in 1974 to 31 million head in 2011, the total pounds of beef produced annually has been maintained at nearly 50 billion pounds over that same time frame.

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Using co-products in beef cattle rations

Using co-products in beef cattle rations

DALE HILDEBRANT

Farm & Ranch Guide

As more ag processing is done in the region, a whole new array of livestock feed is becoming available for producers in the region.

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Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference to focus on efficiency

Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference to focus on efficiency

AgriView

The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) will be held Jan. 21 in Ottumwa. The conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for 40 years, and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist Byron Leu said this year’s conference will continue its successful traditions.

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