Daily Archives: January 17, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 differences between good farm dogs and bad farm dogs

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 differences between good farm dogs and bad farm dogs

FarmTalk

  1. A good dog barks at suspicious strangers — a bad one pins Aunt Sally on the hood of her car.

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Leucadia considering sale of stake in National Beef

Leucadia considering sale of stake in National Beef

Meat and Poultry

The majority stakeholder in Kansas City, Missouri-based National Beef Packing Co. is reportedly considering selling a portion or all its interest in the beef-processing giant. According to a Jan. 8 report published by The Wall Street Journal, Leucadia National Corp., which purchased a 79 percent stake in the company in 2011 for approximately $868 million, is consulting with advisers on options for its share of National Beef. The report cites its information from “people familiar with the matter.”

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Genetic Testing Is Changing Cattle of All Stripes

Genetic Testing Is Changing Cattle of All Stripes

Gene Johnston

Successful Farming

To understand where the beef industry is going, take a look at where the dairy industry has been. That’s what the Beef Improvement Federation, a group that advances the science of beef genetics, did when it invited Tom Lawlor, a genomics expert for Holstein USA, to share his industry’s experience with DNA testing.

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Caring for Cattle on the Pasture

Caring for Cattle on the Pasture

Kansas Beef Council

Have you ever wondered how cattle that are grazing on pastures are given antibiotics when they’re sick? There’s so much out there on the internet and social media that it can get, well, rather confusing. We decided to follow a rancher for a day as he checked on the cattle grazing the pastures of the Flint Hills.

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Extra Effort Needed to Keep Herds Warm, Dry, Fed

Extra Effort Needed to Keep Herds Warm, Dry, Fed

Russ Quinn

DTN

Mike Berdo spent most of his Thursday cleaning cattle pens and putting new bedding down to keep the cattle dry and warm. The Washington, Iowa, cattleman/farmer, who has both a cow/calf herd as well as feedlot cattle, keeps busy in the winter trying to keep his cattle as comfortable as possible during adverse weather conditions.

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What Do Feeders Want? It’s Not All About Hide Color

What Do Feeders Want? It’s Not All About Hide Color

Brandi Buzzard Frobose, Gary Fike

Red Angus Association of America

Ask any number of feedyard owners what they value in incoming cattle and you’re likely to get a host of answers as broad and varied as the seven seas. Some like them weaned for 45 days, others insist upon nothing less than 60 days. A few have very specific guidelines for vaccinations and preconditioning, while others will vaccinate and deworm upon arrival. But one thing that many agree on is that hide color isn’t the top priority. Sage advice for sure.

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New Beef Cuts Trending in 2018

New Beef Cuts Trending in 2018

Progressive Grocer

“If you like brisket, you might want to try a Tri-Tip Roast. Or, if you’re in the mood for strip steak, you will probably enjoy the Coulotte,” explains Chef Laura Hagen, senior culinary director for Denver-based NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. “It’s exciting to see innovative cuts gain popularity across the country. Diners and home cooks shouldn’t let a name they don’t recognize keep them from trying something new.”

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Cows exude lots of methane, but taxing beef won’t cut emissions

Cows exude lots of methane, but taxing beef won’t cut emissions

Michael Von Massow And John Cranfield

Phys.org

. . .We would need to implement huge taxes to achieve a small decrease in consumption. As an example, the study in the Nature Climate Change journal suggests a 40 per cent tax on beef would only reduce beef consumption by 15 per cent.

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Cattlemen Kick Off Campaign to Prevent Farms, Ranches From Being Regulated Like Toxic Superfund Sites

Cattlemen Kick Off Campaign to Prevent Farms, Ranches From Being Regulated Like Toxic Superfund Sites

Beef USA

he National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today kicked off a media campaign aimed at spotlighting and correcting a recent court decision that will require livestock producers to comply with laws that are only meant to apply to highly toxic Superfund sites.

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Workshop helps identify livestock predators

Workshop helps identify livestock predators

Katy Nesbitt

Capital Press

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Pat Matthews, left, uses shears on the carcass of a Sept. 29 wolf depredation on private land at Marr Flat, southeast of Joseph, Ore. The calf and land belong to Wallowa County commissioner and rancher Todd Nash. Cowboys Wyatt Warnock, center, and Clancy Warnock, right, who work for Nash, look on. Law enforcement officials and ranchers recently met to learn how to learn how to identify which predators killed livestock.

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