Monthly Archives: March 2012

Tabloid Journalism – ABC News Slimes Lean Beef

Tabloid Journalism – ABC News Slimes Lean Beef

Rick Frank

Beef Today

Reaching new lows in broadcast television journalism, ABC News several weeks ago ran an investigative report unfairly and inaccurately disparaging a safe and wholesome lean beef product by repeatedly referring to it as "pink slime."

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Comer praises team effort in Eastern Livestock case; victims will recover losses

Comer praises team effort in Eastern Livestock case; victims will recover losses

KDA

Upon learning that the four former executives involved in the now-infamous Eastern Livestock scam would plead guilty, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer expressed relief that the plea agreement included restitution for Kentucky farmers who were swindled out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Aim for avoiding body condition loss

Aim for avoiding body condition loss

Glenn Selk

FarmTalk

The winter of 2011-2012 has brought challenges in the form of very high feed prices, and in some instances, short hay supplies. Cows in many Midwestern herds are calving in marginal body condition. Unfortunately, this is a season where maintaining or gaining body condition on spring calving cows is really quite difficult.

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Misguided regulatory attack on family farms must end

Misguided regulatory attack on family farms must end

TSCRA

This week during The Ag Minute, House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas discusses the latest regulatory attack on family farms and rural America. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a regulation that would make it difficult, if not impossible, for young people to access comprehensive on-farm education and employment opportunities.

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Changing Dynamics of Food Animal Production

Changing Dynamics of Food Animal Production

Thebeefsite.com

At the recent 2012 Annual Conference of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), veterinarians, veterinary medical educators, and representatives of the food animal production industry discussed the rapidly changing nature of animal agriculture and how veterinary medical education and veterinary practice can respond.

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Preparing bulls for the breeding season

Preparing bulls for the breeding season

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Good reproductive efficiency occurs when a high percentage of cows become pregnant in a controlled 60-day (or slightly longer) breeding season and almost all the cows become pregnant early in the breeding season. In order to accomplish this goal, bulls must be able to find cows in heat and to deliver fertile semen to the female reproductive tract.

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Weaning Management

Weaning Management

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Weaning is one of the most stressful times in a calf’s life. Mark Alley, DVM, MBA, North Carolina State University, says the stress is believed to be the result of a combination of the severance of mother-young bond (Weary, 2008) and the loss of milk supply (Ungerfeld, 2009).

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Spring Rains, Warmth Boost Insect Numbers

Spring Rains, Warmth Boost Insect Numbers

Keri Collins Lewis

Cattle TOday

Mississippi State – Many Mississippians wonder whether the mild winter will increase the insect pest populations in their gardens and fields this year. However, spring weather could be the more significant factor, said Mississippi State University experts.

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BeefTalk: Drought and Stocking Rates Are Two Key Terms

BeefTalk: Drought and Stocking Rates Are Two Key Terms

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The wonderful fall of 2011 and enjoyable winter of 2012 are over. Not unlike purchases that are put on a credit for payment later, good fall and winter seasons generally require payment.

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Young male cattle have increased risk of respiratory disease during transport

Young male cattle have increased risk of respiratory disease during transport

American Society of Animal Science

According to a study by researchers at Kansas State University, excessive travel can have detrimental effects on the respiratory health and overall performance of cattle.

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Livestock execs plead guilty to theft in Kentucky

Livestock execs plead guilty to theft in Kentucky

BRYAN COHEN

Legal Newsline

The pleas were made by former executives of the New Albany, Ind.-based Eastern Livestock LLC, which is now defunct. Thomas "Tommy" Gibson, the company’s former CEO, and Steve McDonald, the company’s former chief financial officer, pled guilty to all counts against them.

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Lack of fertility in cows linked to mysterious male DNA

Lack of fertility in cows linked to mysterious male DNA

American Society of Animal Science

The genomes of cows that have difficulty reproducing often contain fragments of the male Y chromosome, according to a new study in press in the Journal of Animal Science. The researchers say this finding could help cattle producers identify subfertile females before investing time and resources on breeding attempts.

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ABBA to Host BIF Events in Houston

ABBA to Host BIF Events in Houston

Cattle Today

The 44th Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and annual meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston on April 18 – 20, 2012.

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Take the Cattle Handling Challenge

Take the Cattle Handling Challenge

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Geni Wren Are you an expert in feedlot cattle handling or wish you knew more?

Last week feedlot owner Anne Burkholder, Cozad, Neb., offered up a cattle handling challenge test on her Feedyard Foodie website so you can test your knowledge.

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Serving Up a Forage Buffet

Serving Up a Forage Buffet

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

Cliff Schuette’s cows dine "cafeteria-style" for much of the year, thanks to the diversity of forage crops he provides on his Breese, Ill., farm.

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OSU’s Derrell Peel Talks Mexican Cattle Conditions

OSU’s Derrell Peel Talks Mexican Cattle Conditions

Oklahoma Farm Report

OSU’s Derrell Peel Talks Mexican Cattle Conditions Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel was in Mexico earlier this month- and says that he was able to see for himself the drought conditions that Mexican cattle producers continue to face in the northern part of that country.

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“Pink slime”: Safe, nutritious – and icky

“Pink slime”: Safe, nutritious – and icky

Caroline Scott-Thomas

Nutraingredients

An overwhelming chorus of “eww, that sounds gross!” alongside some scary junk science about ammonium hydroxide, has led to a safe, nutritious product being pulled from stores – but there is an important lesson here for industry.

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Pfizer Animal Health And American Brahman Breeders Association Introduce Tenderness GE-EPD

Pfizer Animal Health And American Brahman Breeders Association Introduce Tenderness GE-EPD

BEEF

Improved accuracy in genomic-enhanced tenderness EPD can help Brahman breeders increase marketability.

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Politicians fight back against ‘pink slime’ outrage

Politicians fight back against ‘pink slime’ outrage

99.3 The Fox

A coalition of U.S. governors and state leaders is urging grocery stores and consumers to rethink their opposition to ‘pink slime’ saying it is safe and healthy.

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What the end of ‘pink slime’ means to you

What the end of ‘pink slime’ means to you

Dan Piller

USA Today

The social media-driven frenzy that caused supermarket chains and fast-food purveyors to quit using so-called pink slime beef additives will most likely drive up hamburger prices further, cattle traders and a supermarket spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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