Daily Archives: March 15, 2012

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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Is Schmallenberg virus a US concern?

Is Schmallenberg virus a US concern?

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Schmallenberg virus has been associated with brief mild/moderate disease (milk drop, pyrexia, diarrhea) in adult cattle and late abortion or birth defects in newborn cattle, sheep and goats, and has made an emergence in the European Union.

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One Less Pound of Weeds, One More Pound of Forage

One Less Pound of Weeds, One More Pound of Forage

 Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Remove a pound of weeds from your pasture and in most cases you’ve just added a pound of forage. That’s the best argument for doing away with pasture weeds you’ll ever hear.

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Can grass-based ranching be scaled up sustainably?

Can grass-based ranching be scaled up sustainably?

Grist

You’ve probably never heard of Frank Stronach. Sure, he’s a Canadian billionaire — yes, they have them there! — and an auto-parts cum horseracing magnate. But rather than hanging up his wrench spurs retiring, he’s decided to try his hand at turning grass-fed beef back into a mass-market product.

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EU Ends Hormone Beef Dispute With US, Canada

EU Ends Hormone Beef Dispute With US, Canada

The Epoch Times

The European Parliament on Wednesday came to an agreement to end a decades-old ban on importing beef from the United States and Canada.

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Top 7 Myths of “Pink Slime”

Top 7 Myths of “Pink Slime”

Pinkslimeisamyth. Com

The media has been spreading a lot of myths about what “pink slime” is. The image spreading on the internet is actually mechanically separated chicken, not beef.

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Consumers and Experts Agree Beef Gets Good Grades for Safety

Consumers and Experts Agree Beef Gets Good Grades for Safety

PRWEB

New consumer research presented to beef safety experts gathered for the 10th Anniversary Beef Industry Safety Summit, funded in part by the beef checkoff, shows the beef industry’s investment in assuring the safety of beef is paying off in increased consumer confidence.

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The Relationship Between Good Handling / Stunning and Meat Quality in Beef, Pork, and Lamb

The Relationship Between Good Handling / Stunning and Meat Quality in Beef, Pork, and Lamb

Keith E. Belk, John A. Scanga, Gary C. Smith and Temple Grandin, Meat Science Program, Department of Animal Sciences

Meat consumers are increasingly demanding that animals be reared, handled, transported and slaughtered using humane practices (Appleby and Hughes, 1997). Manteca (1998) says concern for animal welfare is a major consideration in meat production and is based upon the belief that animals can suffer.

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Prices, Incentives and Margins in the Beef Industry

Prices, Incentives and Margins in the Beef Industry

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

It is a fact that cattle and beef prices tend to go up and down together. It is also a fact that cattle and beef prices do not usually go up and down by the same amount and at the same time.

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Pfizer turns down Novartis offer

Pfizer turns down Novartis offer

UPI

Pfizer Inc. has turned down a preliminary offer from Swiss drug company Novartis AG to buy its animal health business, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

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