Daily Archives: June 18, 2012

USDA fines National Beef $32,500 civil penalty

USDA fines National Beef $32,500 civil penalty


Federal regulators have fined National Beef Packing Co. a $32,500 civil penalty as part of a consent agreement stemming from the company’s practices with livestock sellers.

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Hard to define, easy to taste

Hard to define, easy to taste

Certified Angus Beef

Eating satisfaction rules when it comes to making beef lovers happy.

That was clear in early results from the 2011 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA), but defining that satisfaction seemed harder to pinpoint.

“If producers get the right signal, and they are pretty good managers, they can hit the target,” said Keith Belk, Colorado State University meat scientist. “But they have to have the right signal.”

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Sorting out beef production data

Sorting out beef production data

Derrell S. Peel


Cattle producers and market analysts alike are trying to sort out seemingly conflicted data on beef production to understand what to expect in the coming weeks. Year to date cattle slaughter is down 4.8 percent but feedlot marketings this year are down only slightly.

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Fescue Toxicosis in Cattle

Fescue Toxicosis in Cattle

Dr. Susan Muller Esneault


Tall fescue (Festuca elatior or F. arundinace) is among the most common cool season pasture grasses grown in North America and in other countries having a temperate climate. Almost all of the pasture planted before 1980 is infected with Neotyphodium coenophialum, a microscopic fungus or endophyte.

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Don’t move the gate

Don’t move the gate

The Cattle Business Weekly

If you found yourself exhausted, frustrated and contemplating changing your livestock facilities after working cattle this branding season Dr. Tom Noffsinger has a few ideas to throw your way.

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EPA Proposes Dust Standard

EPA Proposes Dust Standard

Beef Today

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed its long awaited dust standard that sparked controversy within the agricultural community.

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Can wheat straw be used in beef cattle rations?

Can wheat straw be used in beef cattle rations?


Yes. Wheat straw is greatly underutilized as a feedstuff, particularly in beef cow rations. It can be used as the primary forage in dry cow rations and at low levels in lactating rations. For example, wheat straw can make up two-thirds of the ration when combined with a high-quality forage such as alfalfa hay for dry cows. It can constitute as much as one-third of the ration with quality hay for lactating cows.

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