Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

Every show parent has to begin somewhere.

Every show parent has to begin somewhere.

Christy Couch Lee

Hereford World

My husband, Craig, and I had talked and dreamed about this moment for years — long before our three children even entered the picture: the moment we became “show parents.”

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Brazil’s Second Reported BSE Case Raises Food Safety Concerns

Brazil’s Second Reported BSE Case Raises Food Safety Concerns

Nebraska Ag Connection

On Monday, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) provided notice that Brazil confirmed its second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), this time in a 12-year-old Brazilian cow.

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Learn how to add grazing days to your operation

Learn how to add grazing days to your operation

Kevin Gould

Michigan State University

Give or take, spring is “Green-up” time for grazing operations. The day the gate opens from the winter drylot is the most enjoyable day for many grazers. This begins the season when the livestock work for the producer instead of the other way around.

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Watch out for ‘hardware disease’

Watch out for ‘hardware disease’

Mary Hightower

FarmTalk

Livestock owners need to scan their pastures for storm debris that could prove fatal to their cattle, goats and horses, said Tom Troxel, associate head, animal science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Chinese Market Access Holds Enormous Potential for US Producers

Chinese Market Access Holds Enormous Potential for US Producers

Oklahoma Farm Report

The lack of access into the Peoples’ Republic of China has been a major frustration to the U.S. cattle industry since the 2004 mad cow disease scare. There have been attempts by Washington over the years to bring the barriers down, but, so far, without success.

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Low-Cost Production More Profitable Than No-Cost Production

Low-Cost Production More Profitable Than No-Cost Production

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

I  admit I harp about low-cost production and the fact it’s one of the keys to profit. I make no apologies for that. We’re in business to make a profit. Over the long haul, it is the most critical factor in true sustainability.

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Livestock profitability up in South Dakota in 2013

Livestock profitability up in South Dakota in 2013

Washington Times

South Dakota livestock producers last year had a much better financial year than in 2012, thanks to better weather and higher market prices, according to data from the Farm and Ranch Business Management Program at Mitchell Technical Institute.

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Mexico removes import restrictions on U.S. beef

Mexico removes import restrictions on U.S. beef

National Provisioner

The Mexican government is in the process of making regulatory changes that allow for import of U.S. beef and beef products derived from cattle of any age. This important development lifts the 30-month cattle age limit for U.S. beef and effectively removes the last of Mexico’s BSE-related restrictions.

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Don’t Count On Cold To Kill Parasites

Don’t Count On Cold To Kill Parasites

AgriMarketing

Record-breaking snowfall and extremely cold temperatures have cow/calf producers excited for spring and all things that go with it: lush, green pastures; growing calves; and healthy cows. While winter may have taken its toll on many things, resilient parasites have proven to survive even the coldest of winters.

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Cargill, Branhaven, license patents and genomics tools to BeefTek

Cargill, Branhaven, license patents and genomics tools to BeefTek

Feedstuffs

Cargill, Inc. and Branhaven LLC, announced a non-exclusive agreement to license BeefTek, Inc., their patented BeefGen genomics (DNA) tools that are intended to help beef and dairy cattle producers analyze bovine genetics to improve meat and milk production.  Specific terms of the license agreement were not disclosed.

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