Daily Archives: May 24, 2013

BeefTalk: May Calving Brings May Flowers

BeefTalk: May Calving Brings May Flowers

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Change is good. Three things have happened at the Dickinson Research Extension Center besides a good rain. The work environment is more relaxed, cows and calves are doing well and costs seem to be going down.

What changed? The center delayed bull turnout to Aug. 1 for a May 10 calving start date. This is not a new statement, but the impact keeps coming up, as do more thoughts.

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Creating a River of Cattle

Creating a River of Cattle

Karl Wolfshohl

Progressive Farmer

Texas ranchers Emry Birdwell and Deborah Clark are pushing the limits when it comes to stocking capacity for their native rangeland. But the payoff is hard to question. Not only are they producing more pounds of beef per acre, but when weather cooperates, they are also covering bare spots in rangeland with grass.

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Production calculations related to nutrition

Production calculations related to nutrition

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

It’s not news to many of you that your nutrition program in the cow-calf enterprise affects reproduction in your cow herd, or that feed costs can account for 60% or more of annual cow costs.

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Timing of New COOL Rule is ‘Nonsense’

Timing of New COOL Rule is ‘Nonsense’

Liz Webber   

The American Meat Institute opposes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new country-of-origin labeling rule and the speedy finalization of the rule is “nonsense,” AMI’s general counsel said in a media call today.

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Basics of raising beef cattle allow for production variations

Basics of raising beef cattle allow for production variations

Wisconsin State Farmer

Most dairy cattle eventually enter the beef market with cull cows being the primary source of the ground beef that’s advertised as 90 percent lean (10 percent fat), University of Wisconsin-Madison department of animal science chairman Dan Schaefer said.

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Cow-Calf Efficiency Symposium Agenda Is Finalized

Cow-Calf Efficiency Symposium Agenda Is Finalized

Joe Roybal


“Alternative methods of improving cow-efficiency in times of stress” is the theme of the first annual Dr. Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation Research Symposium this fall.

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USDA Releases Country of Origin Labeling Rule

USDA Releases Country of Origin Labeling Rule

Journal of Commerce

The final rule requires the origin destinations of muscle cut covered commodities to include information about where each of the production steps, such as where an animal was born, raised and slaughtered, occurred, and also removes the allowance for commingling of muscle cuts

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The Sam Kane Story

The Sam Kane Story


It all begins with a commodity that no meat packer can do without — beef cattle. They come here from about a 350 mile radius. Their numbers have been dwindling here in Texas because of the severe drought, and yes, it has put additional pressure on plants like this one.

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New rules for labeling meat go into effect in US

New rules for labeling meat go into effect in US

M.L. Johnson


The rules require labels on steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. Earlier U.S. Department of Agriculture rules only required that countries of origin to be noted, so a package might say "Produce of U.S. and Canada." Now, the label will specify "Born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States."

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Canada threatens ‘retaliatory measures’ over new US meat labeling regulations

Canada threatens ‘retaliatory measures’ over new US meat labeling regulations

Daily Journal

Canada said Thursday that it is considering retaliatory measures against the United States in a dispute over meat-labeling rules that Ottawa and the World Trade Organization consider discriminatory.

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