From Grass-Fed to Lab-Grown: How Meat Is Evolving
Matt McDonald and Jason Bellini
Wall Street Journal
Israeli-based Aleph Farms says it’s figured out how to create the structure of real beef from animal cells in a petri dish — so that it actually feels like you’re biting into a piece of meat, rather than just tasting it. WSJ’s Jason Bellini visited the company’s headquarters in a technology park on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, for a taste of what Aleph Farms says is the first lab-grown steak in the world.
Tear Up the Farm Bill and Start Over
Alison Acosta Winters & Caroline Kitchens
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.
As usual, things are behind schedule in Washington. After months of wrangling, Congress is trying to push a compromise farm bill over the finish line at the eleventh hour by larding it up with goodies and killing any semblance of reform. For example, despite efforts to close a loophole that allows family members of farmers to receive subsidies even if they do not live or work on a farm, the final version of the bill expands that loophole to allow distant relatives such as cousins, nieces, and nephews to qualify for subsidies.
Manage Stockpiled Forages Efficiently
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
I’m not really sure where this year went. At least for me, it seems like it should still be October, but the weather outside indicates a different message. Grazing activity for a lot of producers starts slowing down this time of year. If you are still grazing, and I hope you are, then you are probably grazing stockpiled forage, fall-planted annuals, or crop residue or a combination of all three.
Cull Cow Strategies
While a cattle producer’s primary focus might be on annual calf sales, failure to develop a marketing plan for cull cows can be costly. That’s because the sale of cull cows accounts for 15% to 30% of the yearly gross revenue of cow-calf operations.
Learning to anticipate the unintended consequences of animal health management
Brian Vander Ley
I think some of the most difficult problems encountered in cattle production are captured in a story. The details in the following story are made up, but the story can be very real for many cattle producers.
Balanced approach to vaccine safety, efficacy.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
You want a cattle vaccine that’s both safe and effective, but sometimes you have to choose which of those ideals gets the upper hand. That’s according to Paul Walz, the Auburn University veterinarian who spoke at the Feeding Quality Forum late this summer in Sioux City, Iowa.
Vaccination programs must be true to the label protocols, yet individualized for each farm or ranch and the level of risk they can accept.
3 reasons to put weight on your cows this winter
Research has shown that body condition is directly related to reproductive performance and thus profitability in cow calf operations. Now that the calves are weaned, winter is the perfect time to focus on putting weight back on those cows for little investment.