Daily Archives: January 16, 2012

China buys a big hunk of U.S. beef

China buys a big hunk of U.S. beef

Dan Piller

Des Moines Register

China, a good customer of U.S. pork but seldom a factor in beef purchases, showed up as a big buyer of beef at the very end of the 2011 marketing year in the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture weekly export summary.

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Cross named department head for Texas A&M animal science

Cross named department head for Texas A&M animal science

TSCRA

Dr. H. Russell Cross has been named department head of animal science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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Exploring What Cattle Eat

Exploring What Cattle Eat

Thebeefsite.com

The beef checkoff recently launched “Cow Chow,” an online game and video series designed to answer common questions about cattle diets.

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Bill Seeks Permanent Ban on Downer Slaughter at Meat Plants

Bill Seeks Permanent Ban on Downer Slaughter at Meat Plants

Food Safety News

Congressman Gary Ackerman, D-NY, this week reintroduced a bill to permanently prohibit the slaughter at meat plants of unhealthy livestock that cannot walk because they are diseased, injured or ill, and to require that these animals be humanely euthanized.

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Optimizing beef carcass weight through understanding carcass cost of gain

Optimizing beef carcass weight through understanding carcass cost of gain

Grant Crawford

Minnesota Farm Guide

Rising prices for cattle, along with high costs-of-gain (CoG) for feeding, force producers to routinely analyze the optimum time, or end point, for selling fed cattle.

The logical end point to maximize return per animal is to feed cattle until the selling price matches the CoG for feeding.

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Ranching in Russia

Ranching in Russia

Ron Zeller

Great Falls Tribune

Darrell Stevenson knew it would take more than rugged Montana cowboys, horses and cattle to create a ranching way of life in Russia, and the Hobson-area Angus breeder figures he’s made a good start. Russian youth might help show the way.

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Where is the legal line drawn in animal rights activism?

Where is the legal line drawn in animal rights activism?

Michael Doyle

San Luis Obispo Tribune

A federal courthouse in Boston and a ranch in California’s San Joaquin Valley present competing faces of the animal rights movement.

One side is peaceful. The other, decidedly, is not. Both can feel the weight of the law and the sting of being called a terrorist.

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New Online Cattle Buying/Selling Tool

New Online Cattle Buying/Selling Tool

Beef Today

Cattle-Exchange.com, a new website connecting cattle buyers and sellers launched by Beef Today magazine, allows sellers to input free listings, or pay and post enhanced listings.

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Forage systems to reduce the winter feeding period

Forage systems to reduce the winter feeding period

Gerald W. Evers

North Texas E-News

Livestock require some form of feed every day. Growing or stored forages (grasses, legumes, forbs, and browse) are used to support livestock throughout the year.

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Getting her bred again

Getting her bred again

Tri State Livestock News

Getting every first-calf heifer to breed back is a critical step in transitioning her from an investment to a source of income for any operation.

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