BeefTalk: Cow Contentment is a Good Thing
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Although the feel of spring actually is not in the air, the ending of winter is starting to be noticed. The air occasionally has some warmth, and those springlike snows are popping up here and there.
MARC guilty until proven innocent?
Apparently all it takes these days to get some in Congress energized is a story in the New York Times and the political support of the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Why else would four House members and six members of the Senate hold press conferences, shove press releases into the ether and introduce legislation over a completely unsubstantiated set of allegations against a federal research lab?
USDA may change animal traceability regs
The Cattle Business Weekly
As part of the country’s Animal Disease Traceability efforts, the UDSA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently released a proposal to amend certain regulations for facilities that receive livestock moved via interstate commerce. It also proposed several amendments to the conditions under which livestock may move to such facilities without proper identification documentation.
Is the New York Times naïve about MARC or intentionally misleading?
The New York Times article on the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center underscores how a naïve media can affect public opinion and how animal rights groups take advantage of this naïveté.
Canadian cow confirmed to have BSE disease
A case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, has been confirmed in a beef cow in the Canadian province of Alberta, news website iPolitics said late on Thursday. It would be Canada’s first case of BSE since 2011, the report said.
Crowdsourcing Comes to Agriculture
We are all familiar with crowdfunding campaigns, however in the past they have mainly been found in the techie world. That is no longer the case. Now projects related to livestock, irrigation system or anything on the farm might be made possible thanks to newly launched Harvest Funders.
Jim Danekas, Western Angus Innovator, Leader Passses
James A. Danekas, age 67, Wilton, CA, formerly of Raymond, died peacefully in the Sutter Memorial Hospital late Monday night, February 9, 2015 in Sacramento from complications due to heart surgery. Jim was well known in the Angus cattle business in the Western United States for many years. JDA, Inc. is a multifaceted company that caters to the beef industry. Specializing in marketing and promotion JDA, Inc. has over 40 years of experience. JDA, Inc. is a two generation family firm that has dedicated itself to both the beef industry and its community.
Huffhines Pursues New Opportunity; Hereford Leadership in Transition
Craig Huffhines, American Hereford Association (AHA) executive vice president, has announced his resignation after 18 years at the helm of AHA. Huffhines has accepted the position of executive vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association with offices located in Amarillo, Texas.
Confinement cow-calf systems the answer?
Current beef prices are an incentive for expanding cow-calf herds. The U.S. cow herd must, in fact, grow if the industry is going to preserve existing infrastructure and regain lost market share, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory group.
Webinar: New Tools in Bull Selection Understanding and Using Selection Indexes
The seedstock cattle business has experienced an information explosion in the past decade thanks to new technologies for genetic prediction and selection. As a commercial cattleman heading to bull sales this spring, how do you best utilize these new selection tools to move your breeding program in the right direction? Sign up today for the free NCBA webinar which will help make better sense of newer selection tools.