Daily Archives: July 10, 2015

BeefTalk: Pounds, Efficiency, Quality

BeefTalk: Pounds, Efficiency, Quality

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The subject of pounds is a continual discussion within the beef business. Efficiency is another subject of continual discussion within the beef business. Quality also is an issue of a continual discussion within the beef business.

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The Flawed “WOTUS” Rule Explained

The Flawed “WOTUS” Rule Explained

Bill Greene


In March 2014, the Obama administration announced a proposed rule that would unilaterally expand the federal government’s authority over waters in a way never before contemplated – all of which could have serious consequences for our economy, threatening jobs, inviting costly litigation, and significantly restricting the ability of landowners to make decisions about their property and the rights of state and local governments to plan for their own development.

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What’s New with BQA and DACQA

What’s New with BQA and DACQA

Heidi Carroll


Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Dairy Animal Care and Quality Assurance (DACQA) focus on best management practices that look at the day to day husbandry practices used in caring for cattle that provide beef for family’s tables across the United States and abroad.

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Stock Show Confidential:  What judges really want to tell you

Stock Show Confidential:  What judges really want to tell you

Uptown Farms

        Accept your place – getting mad and giving me the dirty look doesn’t do much for you. 

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Haylage in a day?

Haylage in a day?

The Ohio State University

Given our recent weather pattern, the topic of haymaking is almost certain to come up in any conversation with farmers.  Last week while bemoaning the havoc our rainy weather is inflicting upon harvest schedules and hay quality, a member of my program advisory committee brought up the topic of haylage in a day. 

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Injection sites and synchronization protocols

Injection sites and synchronization protocols

Rachel Endecott

Cow Sense Chronicle

The Beef Quality Assurance program has done a remarkable job of educating producers and consumers about best management practices, including proper injection sites. A Colorado State University study found that the incidence of injection site lesions in top sirloin butts decreased from 11.4% in 1995 to 2.1% in 2000, showcasing the impacts of BQA programming in changing producer practices.

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Here are practical answers to your VFD questions

Here are practical answers to your VFD questions

Alan Newport


Practical examples can sometimes be the best way to understand complex rules like those contained in the Food and Drug Administration’s Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD).

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Extension publication delves into how public views animal agriculture

Extension publication delves into how public views animal agriculture

Aspen Deno

Purdue University

The authors of Views on Animal Agriculture in Rural Versus Urban Indiana Counties explain the viewpoints that influence food purchasing decisions and evaluate how residents in rural, urban and "mixed" counties – those where there is a combination of both urban and rural living – get their information on animal welfare and form their opinions on livestock operations.

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U.S. cattle industry has beef with decision to allow Argentine imports

U.S. cattle industry has beef with decision to allow Argentine imports

Tal Trachtman Alroy


The United States banned the product after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease plagued the South American country in 2001. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said that it was amending its previous regulations to allow the importation of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from northern Argentina and 14 states in Brazil.

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