Daily Archives: June 22, 2018

BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited – Global Competitiveness

BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited – Global Competitiveness

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension

The expression “the world is your oyster” aptly applies to beef production. If one only sits in a shell and never looks out, one would miss the fast-paced comingling of the continents. Who would have thought a calf born on a lonely day in the far back pasture could be walking off an airplane cargo deck halfway around the world a year later? Additionally, a beef carcass processed in an inspected harvesting facility can go worldwide. Any product, once marketed, is released to the world.

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Erin Fitzgerald to lead U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance

Erin Fitzgerald to lead U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance

Ag Daily

In its ongoing mission to earn consumer trust in American agriculture, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance has selected Erin Fitzgerald to lead the organization as its next chief executive officer. Fitzgerald formerly served as Senior Vice President, Global Sustainability for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, a part of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which is a forum for the dairy community to address the needs and expectations of consumers.

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Ranchers hope that calmer cattle will “beef-up” profits

Ranchers hope that calmer cattle will “beef-up” profits

Russell Nemetz


Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state-implemented program that provides information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.

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As misconceptions spread, agriculture’s best PR approach is education

As misconceptions spread, agriculture’s best PR approach is education

Nicole Jennings

Ag Daily

As the number of people involved with agriculture is decreasing and as social media allows for misconceptions to spread like wildfire, we now have the responsibility of providing education as well as food. The USDA states that more than 90 percent of the population is not involved with ag production. This disconnect leads to misconceptions that can spread easily throughout social outlets and even the news.

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What’s anaplasmosis? What you need to know about this costly cowherd disease

What’s anaplasmosis? What you need to know about this costly cowherd disease

A.J. Tarpoff

Beef Magazine

Of the many diseases that cattle producers must confront and overcome, one is becoming far too familiar. It’s anaplasmosis, a bacteria that infects the red blood cells. And once you get it in your herd, it’s impossible to get rid of.

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BIF 2018: Efficient Red Meat Production

BIF 2018: Efficient Red Meat Production

Michael Genho

A Steak in Genomics™

From the business dictionary, efficiency is “the comparison of what is actually produced or performed with what can be acheived with the same consumption of resources (money, time, labor, etc.)”

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Lardy named NDSU Extension interim director

Lardy named NDSU Extension interim director

Ag Week

Greg Lardy will serve as North Dakota State University Extension’s interim director. Ken Grafton, vice president for Agricultural Affairs; North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station director; and College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources dean, made the announcement June 20.

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Water and shade reduce impact of heat stress on cattle

Water and shade reduce impact of heat stress on cattle

Peter Vitti


Breeding cattle can suffer from heat stress in the summer, too. It is well accepted by most local beef producers that air temperatures will often exceed 30 C during most of our summers. Add in the days of high humidity, not a whisper of breeze and the expected onslaught of horn and face files, it might be a wonder that cows can get rebred at all. Fortunately, there are a couple of things that we can do in order to reduce heat stress in breeding cattle.

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Future bright for genetic progress in beef industry

Future bright for genetic progress in beef industry

The Fence Post

As beef industry leaders got a glimpse of the future of genetic improvement in cattle, what they saw was more opportunity on the horizon. Several speakers outlined emerging technology that will speed beef improvement during the Neogen International Genomics Symposium at the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation annual conference.

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Does cattle sector have Trump’s ear on NAFTA?

Does cattle sector have Trump’s ear on NAFTA?

Robert Arnason

Western Producer

The leaders of America’s agricultural groups are perplexed. U.S. organizations that represent corn growers, wheat growers, pork producers and other farm groups are strong supporters of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Their leaders have said, forcefully and repeatedly, that American farmers benefit from free trade with Mexico and Canada, but they might as well be shouting at a hurricane because no one in U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is listening.

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