Daily Archives: January 13, 2014

Can cattle growth efficiencies be pushed too far?

Can cattle growth efficiencies be pushed too far?

The Western Producer

The U.S. beef industry’s dependence on the muscle-building drug Zilmax began unravelling here, on a sweltering summer day, in the dusty cattle pens outside a Tyson Foods slaughterhouse in south-eastern Washington state.

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Animal Ag Group Releases Antimicrobial Use, Resistance White Paper

Animal Ag Group Releases Antimicrobial Use, Resistance White Paper

Beef Producer

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture Thursday released a "Bridging the Gap between Animal Health and Human Health" symposium white paper, highlighting the complexities between antibiotic resistance and animal and human health.

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Meat Processors Slowing Changing Animal Treatment Practices

Meat Processors Slowing Changing Animal Treatment Practices

Rich Duprey

The Motley Fool

Just because animals are purposely raised for slaughter doesn’t mean they should be kept in conditions that are brutish and miserable. While some animal rights groups have effectively pressured companies to change their practices, lately it’s marketplace forces that are creating the necessary environment that makes it unprofitable for meat processors to maintain the status quo.

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How McDonald’s Defines ‘Sustainable’ Beef Will Impact the Entire Industry

How McDonald’s Defines ‘Sustainable’ Beef Will Impact the Entire Industry

Kate Taylor

Entrepreneur

Forget "Where’s the beef?" For McDonald’s, the question is "What’s the beef?’" McDonald’s announced plans yesterday to begin purchasing "verified sustainable" beef by 2016. First, however, the burger chain needs to figure out exactly what "sustainable beef" means– a question that will impact the entire industry.

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Five household items needed during calving

Five household items needed during calving

Vicki Hyatt

The Mountaineer

During calving season, there’s at least five household items that come in handy when things go awry at the barn. We’re calving heifers this year, something Rich and I haven’t done since our days on the Beartooth Ranch in Columbus, Montana, decades ago.

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Kansas farmers share concerns about lack of farm bill

Kansas farmers share concerns about lack of farm bill

Megan Hart

Topeka Capital-Journal

Farming is always an uncertain business: temperatures and commodity fluctuate wildly, potentially turning a good year into a marginal one.

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Angus, Civic Leader, C. Whitney Grove passes in Virginia

Angus, Civic Leader, C. Whitney Grove passes in Virginia

Bedford Bulletin

Charles Whitney Grove, 93, from Groveland Farm in Forest, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 in Lynchburg General Hospital. Whitney was born in Waynesboro, on Aug. 28, 1920, the son of the late Raymond Charles Grove and Mary Glena Grove; he was the second of eight children. Whitney was manager of Old Elkton Farm and Creswell Farm from 1940-1958.

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Take precautions to help newborn calves survive bitter cold

Take precautions to help newborn calves survive bitter cold

AIMEE NIELSON

University of Kentucky

With temperatures and resulting wind chills falling lower than the Bluegrass State has seen in nearly two decades, cattle producers need to pay special attention to newborn calves.

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Part 2: Beta-agonists, the environment and cattle feed intake

Part 2: Beta-agonists, the environment and cattle feed intake

Drovers

Growing cattle that are more efficient in converting feed to muscle is a main goal in the beef industry. Many cattle producers, feedlot operators and researchers strive to use genetics and modern feedlot technologies to continuously improve that efficiency.

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