Daily Archives: June 23, 2014

The food industry’s hiding something: How to expose America’s most secretive industr

The food industry’s hiding something: How to expose America’s most secretive industry


Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Enter Will Potter, an investigative journalist and 2014 TED Fellow who’s dedicated his career to animal rights and environmental issues — and to exposing the way people dedicated to such causes are treated as domestic terrorists by a government primarily interested in promoting corporate interests.

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The Price of Cheap Food

The Price of Cheap Food

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

According to the USDA, in the month of May, the average retail price of pork increased to an all time high of $4.09 per lb.  That is up 54.6 cents from a year ago and up 14.9 cents from the old record set the month before. This is just the beginning of what will be a long stretch of sticker shock for consumers in the pork section of the meat case.

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Cost-effective heifer development

Cost-effective heifer development

Bovine Vererinarian

Genetic improvement is great, but changes in management can significantly improve profitability with existing genetics in cow-calf herds. That was one message from University of Nebraska animal scientist Rick Funston, PhD, to the genetics-oriented crowd during the opening day of the 2014 Beef Improvement Federation conference this week in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Wireless individual animal health monitoring now available

Wireless individual animal health monitoring now available

Dale Hildebrant

Farm and Ranch Guide

Most beef and dairy cattle operations today rely on visual inspection to monitor animal health and well-being management. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest report, approximately four million animals die in the U.S.in beef and dairy operations and many more get sick.

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FDA regulations give producers access to better livestock drugs

FDA regulations give producers access to better livestock drugs

Gayle Smith


When the FDA announced restrictions that would be placed on animal antibiotics, some cattle producers were discouraged by what they could lose through this ruling. However, Dee Griffin, feedlot veterinarian and professor with the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center in Clay Center, Nebraska, feels cattlemen may gain more from these regulations than they will lose.

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Outside-the-Box Marketing

Outside-the-Box Marketing

Joann Pipkin

Angus Journal

Larry McDonald doesn’t like to put all of his eggs in one basket, so when the opportunity arose for him to try a different way of marketing cattle through his local livestock market, he didn’t hesitate to give it a try.

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Is There a Mycotoxin Risk for Beef Cattle?

Is There a Mycotoxin Risk for Beef Cattle?

Max F. Hawkins


As we enter the dog days of summer, the remnants of 2013’s stored crop continue to affect calf and feeder health and performance. While it is well-known that ruminants have the ability to breakdown mycotoxins in the rumen, the level of mycotoxins that can be broken down is limited.

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Is the next generation ranchers or managers?

Is the next generation ranchers or managers?

Tri State Livestock News

Many of our past generation were hard workers from sunup to sundown. They experienced many years of hardship both economically and mentally, from forest and range fires to droughts to crop and livestock diseases. Many of these difficulties were the same we deal with today. The difference is that we have more tools available to help us overcome some of these issues

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Round Bale Silage a Great Alternative to Rained-on Hay

Round Bale Silage a Great Alternative to Rained-on Hay

David Burton

University of Missouri

Every year, hay producers are faced with a dilemma that puts the practice of harvesting quality forage in jeopardy. The frequency of rain-fall events in the Midwest during the season’s optimum hay harvest time-frame can turn disastrous when harvesting alfalfa, red clover, rye grass, orchardgrass or tall fescue.

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Watch Your Step – Recognizing Common Bovine Hoof Diseases

Watch Your Step – Recognizing Common Bovine Hoof Diseases

Shelby Alyssa Mettlen

Kansas State University

Warmer weather and wet conditions can create the perfect environment for lameness-inducing bacterial infections in cattle. Gregg Hanzlicek, veterinarian with Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shares his tips for preventing, identifying and treating two hoof diseases.

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