Daily Archives: April 10, 2014

Successes and challenges in genetic technologies

Successes and challenges in genetic technologies

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Last week’s National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) annual conference in Omaha focused on the “Precautionary Principle,” examining how a bias toward extreme caution can hamper development of tools to improve agriculture and food production. Mark Allen, PhD, director of marketing and genomics with TransOva Genetics described how assisted reproduction tools (ARTs), coupled with genomics, can accelerate the rate of genetic progress by two to eight times.

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New FDA regulations on spent grain hurting farmers, brewers

New FDA regulations on spent grain hurting farmers, brewers

Devin Neeley

KOB Eyewitness News 4

At feeding time at the El Dorado Cattle Company in Durango, Colorado, Justin Werts shovels the damp grain out of buckets in the back of his truck onto the field at his ranch. “We run about 37 head of momma cows with about 36 head of yearlings and about 30 head of calves,” said Werts. He feeds brewers grain to his cattle.

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Nevada rancher in tense standoff with federal government over cattle on rural public lands

Nevada rancher in tense standoff with federal government over cattle on rural public lands

New York Daily News

About 900 of Cliven Bundy’s cattle are being rounded up on a rural stretch of Nevada land as part of a two-decade-long dispute over grazing fees. The public lands will be closed for the roundup until May 12, causing outrage among many who call the actions an overreach by the federal government.

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Oklahoma-Texas border dispute has ranchers worried

Oklahoma-Texas border dispute has ranchers worried

RFD-TV

Most people think the border between Texas and Oklahoma is the Red River. Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than that, especially along the part of the river where Tommy Henderson and his family ranch. The Bureau of Land Management [BLM] took 140 acres of his property and didn’t pay him one cent. Now, they want to use his case as precedent to seize land along a 116-mile stretch of the river.

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Dressing’ for Success

Dressing’ for Success

Miranda Reiman

Beef Today

Producers used to think of dressing percentage as a packer calculation, but as more cattlemen move to selling on a grid, it figures into the pricing formula.

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Beef herd expansion threatened in the coming weeks

Beef herd expansion threatened in the coming weeks

Derrell S. Peel

Drovers

  From a cattle perspective, conditions fall into three categories at the current time.  Moisture conditions are adequate to abundant in most of the eastern half of the country.  Marginal drought conditions are the norm in the middle of the country with persistent severe drought conditions in much of the West.

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Media Spotlight on New, Heart-Healthy Cattle Feed Supplement

Media Spotlight on New, Heart-Healthy Cattle Feed Supplement

Digital Journal

A visionary cattleman and former energy executive is gaining positive attention in the media, thanks to a bold venture that he and his team hope will lead the "evolution" of the American diet: beef.

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High Plains feedlot disaster prevention project in full swing

High Plains feedlot disaster prevention project in full swing

Lauren Purdy

Cattle Trader Center

The question is no longer, “Where’s the beef?” for High Plains producers, the more important task at hand is how can we protect this industry? With 90 percent of Texas hogs and 70 percent of their fed beef on the High Plains producers have to wonder, what if?

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New USDA pact will let small Indiana meat processors ship out of state

New USDA pact will let small Indiana meat processors ship out of state

Chris Sikich

Indianapolis Star

For years, Jeremy Wagoner of Pierce­ton Foods has wanted to ship the company’s popular breaded pork fritters and breaded cheeseburgers to customers in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. But there’s been a large roadblock. Federal regulations have prohibited small, state-inspected facilities such as Pierceton Foods from shipping meat and poultry products across state lines. To allow that, USDA inspectors needed to inspect the products personally.

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Why Australia missed the invite to a ‘cattle price party’

Why Australia missed the invite to a ‘cattle price party’

ABC (AU)

The world is after more beef, and global cattle prices have been reflecting this, except in Australia. Aussie cattle producers are getting nowhere near the price hikes being enjoyed by other major beef producing nations like the US and Brazil.

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