Daily Archives: December 23, 2013

News Flash: The Four-Year Degree Isn’t What It Used To Be

News Flash: The Four-Year Degree Isn’t What It Used To Be

Jesse Bussard

Beef Producer

If you are in the millennial generation like me, you likely have been told that to find success one must go to college. You must "study hard" and get that four-year degree. Once completed, only a 9-to-5 job with healthcare, a 401k and retirement plan will do. They won’t tell you this is all bunk but if you listen to Mike Rowe’s December 13 interview with Reason TV you will understand exactly. Rowe’s interview focused on the high cost of college on both our children and society.

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Distillers grains and their effects on meat quality

Distillers grains and their effects on meat quality

Justin Johnson

Farm & Ranch Guide

Distillers grains have been discussed as an animal feed for more than a decade.

In reality, distillers grains and brewers grains have been fed for many years, as alternative feeds available near breweries and distilleries.

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Spring and Summer Rains have Reduced Hay Quality

Spring and Summer Rains have Reduced Hay Quality

Dr. James B. Neel

Cattle Today

The frequency and amount of rain experienced this past spring and summer have resulted in a large amount of forage growth. That is the good news. The bad news is that the precipitation has likely interfered with hay harvest.

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We’re feeding our cattle chicken poop — and the FDA knows it!

We’re feeding our cattle chicken poop — and the FDA knows it!

Brad Jackson

Salon

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.

Anyone who pays even scant attention to where our food comes from is likely aware that some pretty unsavory things happen between the farm and your fork (see this month’s big story in Rolling Stone, for example). But some of these farming methods are more than just unappetizing: they could be deadly. One practice in particular could allow for the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, the gruesome and fatal neurodegenerative disorder more commonly known as mad cow disease.

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Suspended drug sales focuses attention on cattle-feeding additive

Suspended drug sales focuses attention on cattle-feeding additive

Peggy Lowe

Harvest Public Media

“We feed it the last 20 days of the feeding period and when you drive by, you can actually see a physical change in the animal,” Karney said. “They’re chest floor’s wider and just, a boxier animal. It’s kinda hard to believe.”

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2014 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference focuses on profitable expansion

2014 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference focuses on profitable expansion

High Plains Journal

The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers is offering a comprehensive package of information to attendees next month. The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years.

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Drylot Beef Cow Production Systems: An Alternative to Cow Herd Liquidation

Drylot Beef Cow Production Systems: An Alternative to Cow Herd Liquidation

Jim Krantz

AG Web

Non-traditional management systems such as Drylot Beef Production may offer cattlemen an alternative to reducing stock cow numbers or total herd liquidation.

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Will Herds Expand Due To Better Prices?

Will Herds Expand Due To Better Prices?

Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan

On the production side of the beef industry, the focus has become whether the nation’s beef cow herd will begin to grow and eventually result in more beef production, said Darrell R. Mark, Adjunct Professor of Economics at South Dakota State University.

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Aberdeen beef plant defies trend, maybe wisdom

Aberdeen beef plant defies trend, maybe wisdom

Jonathan Ellis

Argus Leader

The San Francisco investment firm that probably will own a shuttered packing plant in Aberdeen is stuck with the business plan that backers nursed for years.

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10 years after mad cow strikes Valley, little has changed for how cattle are tracked

10 years after mad cow strikes Valley, little has changed for how cattle are tracked

Ross Courtney

Yakima Herald-Republic

But 10 years ago Monday, it took just one cow to send shock waves through the cattle industry of the United States, home to some 100 million cattle, slam the door on billions of dollars in exports and scare a lot of beef eaters.

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