Daily Archives: December 18, 2013

Whole-Herd AI Program Scores 80% to 90% Conception Rates

Whole-Herd AI Program Scores 80% to 90% Conception Rates

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Ronald Richardson paid his way into the full-time cattle business with 20 years at a Louisiana paper mill. Those days, cattle were more a hobby for the Calhoun producer. Today, they are a full-time business built on Richardson’s belief that you set yourself up to succeed, and you always keep looking forward.

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The Triple Whopper Environmental Impact of Global Meat Production

The Triple Whopper Environmental Impact of Global Meat Production

Bryan Walsh

TIME

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

You may think you live on a planet, but really you live on a gigantic farm, one occasionally broken up by cities, forests and the oceans. Some 40% of the world’s land surface is used for the purposes of keeping all 7 billion of us fed — albeit some of us, of course, more than others.

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Industry At A Glance: Middle Meats Vs. End Meats

Industry At A Glance: Middle Meats Vs. End Meats

Nevil Speer   

BEEF

Despite the economic downturn, the beef industry has managed to sustain stronger retail prices thanks largely to the chuck and the round.

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Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It’s Not So Simple

Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It’s Not So Simple

Eliza Barclay

KQED

To feed all 7 billion of us, address climate change and live longer, we all need to eat less meat. From Al Gore to the Meatless Monday movement to Harvard epidemiologists, that’s been the resounding advice offered to consumers lately.

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UNL’s Mobile Cattle Tracker app offers data collection system

UNL’s Mobile Cattle Tracker app offers data collection system

Drovers

A new app from EdMedia at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln allows the cow/calf producer to enter events electronically as they happen.

Cow/calf records need to be collected at specific times during the year, such as at weaning, pregnancy checks and at calving. However, they can be difficult to keep up with, said Richard Randle, a beef cow/calf production management veterinarian in the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Cattle Producers Encouraged to Participate in Cattlemen’s College

Cattle Producers Encouraged to Participate in Cattlemen’s College

KTIC

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Cattlemen’s College has established a reputation as one of the most thorough cattle producer education programs in the nation. The 2014 program – which will be held February 3rd through the 4th in Nashville, Tennessee – will offer a range of informative, hands-on educational workshops designed for cattle operations of every size and sector.

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Learn what’s new in beef online resources

Learn what’s new in beef online resources

Minnesota Farm Guide

The University of Minnesota Beef Team is offering an online, self-paced Beef Home Study Course titled “Navigating Electronic Resources for Beef Cattle Management.”

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ABC News seeks to have $1.2 bln ‘pink slime’ U.S. defamation suit dismissed

ABC News seeks to have $1.2 bln ‘pink slime’ U.S. defamation suit dismissed

Reuters

Lawyers for ABC News asked a South Dakota circuit court judge on Tuesday to dismiss a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against it over coverage of a beef product dubbed by critics as "pink slime," as the news outlet stood by its reports and cited free speech protections.

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Milk: The Double-edged Sword of the Beef Cowherd

Milk: The Double-edged Sword of the Beef Cowherd

Jay Jenkins

University of Nebraska

Milk is clearly a good thing in the beef cowherd. Heavier milking cows produce heavier calves.

But at what cost?  High milk cows pay a biological penalty relative to cows with lower milking ability

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K-State’s ranch management series heads to NW Kansas

K-State’s ranch management series heads to NW Kansas

Hays Post

A two-way verbal exchange between Kansas’ cattle producers and extension specialists is the new approach to K-State’s 2014 Winter Ranch Management Seminar Series, set to kick-off in January and conclude mid-February.

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