Daily Archives: February 11, 2013

U.S. cattle numbers lowest since 1952; Indiana and Ohio not immune

U.S. cattle numbers lowest since 1952; Indiana and Ohio not immune

Ag Answers

U.S. cattle numbers have dropped to their lowest level since 1952 on the heels of record-setting drought that decimated feed supplies and forced producers to cull animals, says Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt.

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Does Vitamin A Impact Quality Grade?

Does Vitamin A Impact Quality Grade?

Dr. Jeannine Grobbel, MSU Extension Livestock Educator

Dr. Dan Buskirk, MSU Dept. of Animal Science

Michigan State University

There is a resurgence of interest in defining vitamin A requirements for growing and finishing cattle. The reason – there is growing evidence that vitamin A (retinoids) can inhibit fat synthesis.

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Virtually being there

Virtually being there

By Miranda Reiman

Corner on Quality

Cattlemen seem as likely as anybody to wish they could be two places at once sometimes. Although technology has yet to make that physically possible, the Internet has a way of making us feel like we can travel at warp speed to most of those places.

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Development of Replacement Heifers is Critical

Development of Replacement Heifers is Critical

Stephen B. Blezinger, PhD, PAS

Cattle Today

Development of replacement heifers is a critical part of every commercial cow calf operation. While not every breeder raises the replacements that go back into the herd, those replacements have to be developed somewhere.

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Beef producers weigh options on buying replacement cattle

Beef producers weigh options on buying replacement cattle

BLAIR FANNIN

Cleveland Advocate

A 32 percent decline in Texas beef cattle has many pointing to drought as the main culprit, but there are other factors that have chipped away at inventory levels over the past couple of years, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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Animal Drugs in Your Food? Probably!

Animal Drugs in Your Food? Probably!

Martha Rosenberg

The Epoch Times

Martha Rosenberg

Most people have heard of the drug companies Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and Merck. But they may not have heard of the animal-drug companies Fort Dodge, Elanco, or Intervet and the drugs they make.

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Budget cuts could force entire U.S. meat industry to shut down

Budget cuts could force entire U.S. meat industry to shut down

New York Daily News

The Obama administration warned on Friday that across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect in March may result in furloughing every U.S. meat and poultry inspector for two weeks, causing the meat industry to shut down.

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Rising meat prices illustrate economic principles

Rising meat prices illustrate economic principles

Edward Lotterman

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Beef prices are rising so sharply that it’s possible McDonalds will be forced to remove its popular McDouble from the Dollar Menu. The item’s high beef content makes the ratio of ingredient cost vs. price less favorable than for other menu items.

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Beef industry advocate tirelessly praises the product he raises

Beef industry advocate tirelessly praises the product he raises

David Hendee

Omaha World Herald

Nebraska cattleman J.D. Alexander was at a beef industry policy meeting in Denver last summer when he learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had launched a “Meatless Monday” promotion at its headquarters cafeterias in Washington, D.C.

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Cattle thefts hurting farmers

Cattle thefts hurting farmers

Springfield News Leader

Cattle theft is alive and well in southwest Missouri. This, in spite of law enforcement efforts, cattle producer night patrols, trail cameras, neighborhood watches and vigilant observations by livestock markets, says Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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