Daily Archives: April 9, 2014

Cattle producers gain more access to genetic tools

Cattle producers gain more access to genetic tools

Barry Amundson

Tri State Neighbor

Genetic tools are becoming increasingly available for cattle producers to improve their herds, according to Joe Cassady, head of the South Dakota State University animal science department.

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If You’re a Beef Producer, Learn About Third-Party Audits

If You’re a Beef Producer, Learn About Third-Party Audits

Beef Producer

Assessments and audits are becoming a part of doing business in beef cattle production. More beef producers are implementing third-party audits, says Rob Eirich, director of beef quality assurance in Nebraska.

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Use Genomics to Maximize Dairy-Beef Crossbreeding

Use Genomics to Maximize Dairy-Beef Crossbreeding

Jared Decker

A Steak in Genomics

In the March-April 2014 issue of Best of the West, there is an article about producing beef cattle by breeding dairy cows to beef bulls. At the Midwest American Society of Animal Science meetings in Des Moines, Iowa, Kent Anderson of Zoetis discussed this practice and how genomics plays a part in selecting the animals used in these crosses.

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Scientists seek climate-friendly cow of the future

Scientists seek climate-friendly cow of the future

Barney Jopson

Financial Times

A White House climate initiative has boosted a quixotic search for the “cow of the future”, a next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks.

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Learning the Ropes–Spotlight on the Connors State College Beef Show Team

Learning the Ropes–Spotlight on the Connors State College Beef Show Team

Courtney Wesner

Simmental Register

The first thing most college students do at the beginning of a new semester is head over to the bookstore and buy their textbooks. Most of us know books as a primary tool to gain knowledge; but for the average college student, a new hardback means a clean slate, new classes, and serves as hope for straight A’s.

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Court of Appeals will review COOL

Court of Appeals will review COOL

Cattle Trader Center

North American Meat Association was pleased to learn this morning that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will review en banc the case declaring USDA’s Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) Rule unconstitutional. The previous decision by the court has been vacated.

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Seminar to discuss quality forages, quality meat for producers

Seminar to discuss quality forages, quality meat for producers

Jennifer Piotrowski

Ag Answers

Forage and livestock producers who want to learn about the role forage quality plays in meat quality can attend the Indiana Forage Council seminar. This year’s seminar, Quality Forage-Quality Meat, will be held in conjunction with the Indiana Forage Council annual meeting April 24 at The Beef House Restaurant, 16501 Indiana 63, Covington.

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