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.
Erin Fitzgerald to lead U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance
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.
Ranchers hope that calmer cattle will “beef-up” profits
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.
As misconceptions spread, agriculture’s best PR approach is education
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.
What’s anaplasmosis? What you need to know about this costly cowherd disease
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.
BIF 2018: Efficient Red Meat Production
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.)”
Lardy named NDSU Extension interim director
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.