Daily Archives: March 14, 2014

The United Steaks of America

The United Steaks of America

L.V. Anderson

Slate.com

If every state had an official meat, what would it be?  Americans love meat. In fact, we eat more of it per capita than almost any other country in the world. (Luxembourg has us beat by about 31 pounds per person per year. La vache!) So it’s surprising that only four states—Louisiana, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Texas—name meaty dishes among their official state foods. And Maryland doesn’t really count—its state food is the blue crab, which is more like an edible bug than a meat.

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Link may exist between disposition, reproduction

Link may exist between disposition, reproduction

RYAN STERRY

Farm Progress

EXPERIENCE tells most producers that high-strung, poorly tempered stock sometimes do not perform as well as herd mates with a more moderate disposition. Science has backed this up in the feedlot with studies showing steers with calmer dispositions outperform steers with the most excitable temperaments. Links are also being made by research between disposition and health, including response to vaccination.

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One Less Pound of Weeds, One More Pound of Forage

One Less Pound of Weeds, One More Pound of Forage

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Remove a pound of weeds from your pasture and in most cases you’ve just added a pound of forage. That’s the best argument for doing away with pasture weeds you’ll ever hear.

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Merck Animal Health offers statement on beta-agonist report

Merck Animal Health offers statement on beta-agonist report

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

News agencies this week have reported on an article appearing in the online scientific journal Plos one regarding animal health and welfare issues associated with beta agonist feed additives. In response, Merck Animal Health issued a statement on Thursday.

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US cattle deaths linked to Zilmax far exceed company reports-study

US cattle deaths linked to Zilmax far exceed company reports-study

Tom Polansek and P.J. Huffstutter

Reuters

The number of U.S. cattle deaths that may be linked to the Merck & Co Inc feed additive Zilmax are much higher than the figures reported by the drug company to the federal government, according to a research study published on Wednesday.

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BeefTalk: Big or Little Socket?

BeefTalk: Big or Little Socket?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

As calving season comes to the forefront, bull buying starts to wind down and thoughts of summer grass start to come to mind. After a long, cold winter, those spring turnout activities will be especially enjoyable.

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Who Wouldn’t Want Sustainable Beef?

Who Wouldn’t Want Sustainable Beef?

American Angus

Sustainability means different things to different people. If we’re not sustainable in what we do, we’re out of business,” said Nebraska cattleman Bill Rishel. “Many of us in the cattle business grew up thinking of sustainability as making enough money to keep ranching the next year. Of course that meant we had to care for our natural resources and manage them in a responsible way.

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Texas Tech Scientist Raises Concern of Using Beta Agonists in Beef Cattle

Texas Tech Scientist Raises Concern of Using Beta Agonists in Beef Cattle

Guy Loneragan

Newswise

A Texas Tech University veterinary epidemiologist has found that although there are significant societal benefits to the practice, an increase in death loss of cattle raises questions about welfare implications of its use.

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Market advisor: N.D. bucks U.S. trend of declining beef cows

Market advisor: N.D. bucks U.S. trend of declining beef cows

Farm Forum

North Dakota beef cow numbers increased for the second straight year, but U.S. numbers continued an eight-year decline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the much-anticipated “Cattle” report on Jan. 31.

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Ranchers Learn from the Experts About Beef Quality Management

Ranchers Learn from the Experts About Beef Quality Management

Beverly Moseley

NRCS

Along with ushering in a new year, the winter days of January can provide ranchers with additional down time to take advantage of learning opportunities offered through local meetings and events geared toward optimizing a ranch’s production potential.

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