Daily Archives: March 30, 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


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


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


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


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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