Daily Archives: November 8, 2018

Lead shot is still showing up in hides and skin at packing plants.

Lead shot is still showing up in hides and skin at packing plants.

Larry Stalcup

Beef Magazine

That statement is as obvious as it is ridiculous. But it’s an ongoing problem. Do some ranchers still think a load of lead shot is the best way to gather reticent cattle?

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Hay-Handling System Saves Time and Preserves Quality

Hay-Handling System Saves Time and Preserves Quality

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

he Woolfolk name may be best known in cattle circles where the Tennessee family has a reputation for high-quality registered Herefords. But, there’s more than cattle to this 153-year-old Century Farm. Most of the locals around Jackson know the Woolfolks as hay farmers. Scott Woolfolk and dad, Johnny, are OK with that. Especially after a year like this one.

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Drone Applications on the Ranch

Drone Applications on the Ranch

Jimmy Doyle

iGrow

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, have become increasingly common throughout society. Drones are not new to the agricultural world and have been employed primarily in the crop sector for several years.

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‘Meat tax’ should be brought in to save lives, say health experts

‘Meat tax’ should be brought in to save lives, say health experts

Sarah Knapton

Yahoo!

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The World Health Organisation has classified beef, lamb and pork as carcinogenic when eaten in processed form, and “probably” cancer-causing when consumed unprocessed. Red meat consumption has also been associated with increased rates of coronary heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. Together it is thought that meat accounts for more than 60,000 deaths each year.

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BIF to host genetic predication workshop

BIF to host genetic predication workshop

The Fence Post

The Beef Improvement Federation will host a Genetic Prediction Workshop in Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 5-6, 2018, at the Holiday Inn KCI Airport and KCI Expo Center, 11728 NW Ambassador Drive. The conference is designed to give academics, allied industry, breed association staff and cattle producers a forum to discuss the latest developments in beef cattle genetic evaluation strategies and plot the future course. The implementation of genomics technologies in national cattle evaluation systems will be the focus of discussion.

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Connecting the People & Science of Food & Farming

Connecting the People & Science of Food & Farming

Michele Payn

Cause Matters corp.

Why should people interested in food and farming care about social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube? It’s really quite simple. Mass influence. Facebook reached 150 million users nearly three times faster than a cell phone. If you’re not at the table, you can’t be a part of constructing the conversation about nutrition, science and agriculture – nor can you counter the misinformation campaigns around food, fuel, feed or fiber.

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FDA approves first drug for ammonia gas reduction from beef cattle manure

FDA approves first drug for ammonia gas reduction from beef cattle manure

Feedstuffs

Beef producers may soon have a new tool to reduce ammonia gas emissions from feedlot waste after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Nov. 6 the approval of Experior (lubabegron Type A medicated article), a beta-adrenergic agonist/antagonist drug that, when fed to beef cattle under specific conditions, results in less ammonia gas released as a byproduct of their waste.

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Research supports change to FDA feeding guidelines.

Research supports change to FDA feeding guidelines.

Kay Ledbetter

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Increasing levels of dietary fumonisin do not adversely affect feedlot cattle performance, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in Amarillo. After a tumultuous 2017 corn season resulting in grain price discounts due to fumonisin, Jenny Jennings conducted a controlled beef cattle feeding study to determine the dangers of the mycotoxin in feed corn.

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Zoetis and Leachman Cattle of Colorado enter agreement to advance genetic improvement in beef cattle

Zoetis and Leachman Cattle of Colorado enter agreement to advance genetic improvement in beef cattle

High Plains Journal

Genomically enhanced evaluations, in which genomic data is combined with pedigree and phenotypic records for a designated population of animals, allow for more accurate and reliable genetic selection tools. The analyses resulting from this agreement will leverage Leachman’s multi-breed database that houses over one million animal records and the latest genomic technology from Zoetis to improve profitability for customers.

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Low-stress cattle handling hot topic at Maine’s upcoming Cattlemen’s College

Low-stress cattle handling hot topic at Maine’s upcoming Cattlemen’s College

Aislinn Sarnacki

Bangor Daily News

Can cattle be handled and moved around without all the hooting and hollering that cattlemen are known for? They can, some experts say, and doing so can mean better meat. Known as low-stress stockmanship, it will be a hot topic at the second annual Cattlemen’s College is slated for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, in Charleston and Orono.

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