Daily Archives: March 12, 2015

Vilsack: Dietary Guidelines Are About Health, Not Environment

Vilsack: Dietary Guidelines Are About Health, Not Environment

Wall Street Journal

A panel of nutrition experts generated controversy last month when it pressed the federal government to consider the environment when issuing new dietary guidelines later this year. Generally speaking, that would mean asking Americans to eat less meat and more plant-based foods.

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Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise’s Navajo Beef program expands in 2015

Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise’s Navajo Beef program expands in 2015

Katherine Locke

Navajo Hopi Observer

The Navajo Beef program, which features local Navajo ranchers raising high quality beef, has generated nearly $750,000 in its second year and is one of the successes of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise, which is almost 10 years old.

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Indiana farmer uses hot tub to save baby cow

Indiana farmer uses hot tub to save baby cow

Sarah Swiss, Drew Smith

The Indy Channel

A Carroll County farmer took matters into his own hands to help save the life of a baby cow. Dean Gangwer discovered a newborn calf in a snowbank this week. The third-generation farmer said he must have missed one of his cows give birth.

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Meat of the Matter: Meatless Fridays?

Meat of the Matter: Meatless Fridays?

Dan Murphy

Drovers

In the weeks before Easter, millions of people avoid eating anything made with meat or poultry every Friday as a sacrifice during the Lenten season. That’s great — and here’s why.

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Cattle Inventory for Tennessee: Is the beef herd growing?

Cattle Inventory for Tennessee: Is the beef herd growing?

Andrew P. Griffith

AG Web

The January 1 cattle inventory report was released January 31, 2014. It was a much anticipated report since the July 1 inventory report was not released in 2013 due to budgetary issues. Most of the interest related to the report surrounded the beef heifer replacement numbers.

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First-calf beef heifers can benefit from a little TLC

First-calf beef heifers can benefit from a little TLC

Aerica Bjurstrom

University of Wisconsin

Calving season will soon be in full swing in many Wisconsin beef herds, and with that comes a list of challenges to manage. One challenge you can head off at the pass is managing your first-calf heifers.

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Beef prices are rising, but how long they will stay that way is still unclear

Beef prices are rising, but how long they will stay that way is still unclear

Hannah Dillon

Albert Lea Tribune

Beef prices are on the rise, but the factors that lead to it — unlike the cattle themselves — are anything but black and white. Area cattle producers Steve and Sue Yost, who raise about 10 to 12 cows per year, have a farm a half mile south of Emmons.

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Just how marbled is that cow’s beef? You’ll need to ultrasound it to find out

Just how marbled is that cow’s beef? You’ll need to ultrasound it to find out

Houston Chronicle

In the alchemy of cattle raising, the composition of the animal’s ribeye and its "marbling" — the saturation of fat through the carcass — commands big money.

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Effective parasite treatment and monitoring

Effective parasite treatment and monitoring

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

With spring approaching, cow-calf and stocker operators need to begin planning their control programs for internal parasites. During the recent Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, Merck Animal Health veterinarian Harold Newcomb discussed parasite-control strategies and methods to prevent development of drug resistance in parasite populations.

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R-CALF USA Helps Promote COOL to White House Domestic Policy Council

R-CALF USA Helps Promote COOL to White House Domestic Policy Council

Coalition for a Prosperous America

In a meeting today with White House Domestic Policy Council staff, R-CALF USA and other farm and consumer groups urged that President Obama direct his U.S. Trade Representative, Michael Froman, and his Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, to steadfastly defend the United States’ recently implemented country of origin labeling (COOL) law and regulations.

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