Daily Archives: June 18, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Cow Committee

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Cow Committee

Once upon a time at the start of all creation

Angels sat upon a cloud.  An odd conglomeration

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A Tale of Two Food Companies

A Tale of Two Food Companies

Urban Lehner

Progressive Farmer

The big idea behind Beyond Meat’s rocketing stock price, which has quintupled since its initial public offering in late May, is plant-based meat. Impressed by the sizzle and bleeding of the new high-tech plants posing as meat, Wall Street seems to think the future is theirs. If they taste like real meat — and by most accounts they’re close — investors assume a lot of meat eaters will make the switch.

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Texas Tech University develops buoyancy method for embryo selection

Texas Tech University develops buoyancy method for embryo selection

Researchers at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, have developed a new buoyancy method and device to improve pregnancy outcomes of embryo transfer and IVF in livestock. The technology, invented by Dr. Cara Wessels, Dr. Sam Prien and Dr. Lindsay Penrose, calculates embryo buoyancy to assess the health and viability of mammalian embryos. Current embryo selection practices use a grading system based on an embryos’ visual appearance.

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Beef Industry Experts Don Close and Kent Bacus Explain Why Mandatory Labelling Isn’t So “COOL” After All

Beef Industry Experts Don Close and Kent Bacus Explain Why Mandatory Labelling Isn’t So “COOL” After All

Oklahoma Farm Report

Most of the US cattle industry agrees that the Mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (MCOOL) laws that we previously had in place against cattle coming in from Mexico and Canada, was an overall fiasco – eventually ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization. However, there are still those groups that want MCOOL brought back. Don Close, vice president for food and agribusiness animal protein at Rabo Agrifinance, commented recently that if you look closely at the impact MCOOL had on the US beef market, you can begin to understand how truly disastrous it was.

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When passing on a farm or ranch, equal division of assets is not always fair

When passing on a farm or ranch, equal division of assets is not always fair

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

News of Lynn Myers’ death came in January. A month prior we had attended the National Grazing Lands Conference, where the lifelong rancher told this writer how he’d faithfully followed doctor’s orders for medication and diet. He shared how, following a recent checkup, the doctor praised Myers’ self-discipline and offered an encouraging prognosis. Myers said he felt “pretty darn good.” Remembering his optimism made the bad news even worse.

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Food labels can be deceiving

Food labels can be deceiving

Todd Carroll

Southern Livestock

While many consumers today are showing more interest on where their food comes from there are some marketing efforts being made that sometime muddies the water a bit rather than making things more clear. Dan Hale is a professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Meat Specialist and says it’s no wonder why people get confused about where things like gluten come from.

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Fly Control for Beef Cattle

Fly Control for Beef Cattle

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

The wet spring has certainly provided favorable breeding conditions for flies. As we progress into the summer it is evident that fly pressure is and will be heavy.

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System Farming With Mother Nature

System Farming With Mother Nature

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

Seth Watkins farms about 3,000-acres near Clarinda, Iowa. He is a fourth-generation steward of his family’s heritage farm, which was founded in 1846. Until 1998, the operation focused on maximizing production to increase profit, but something didn’t feel right. In March of 1998, a nasty blizzard hit, and Watkins had a profound revelation. This wasn’t something he wanted to put his cattle through ever again. He wanted to build a production system that gave him happy cows.

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Canada’s Trudeau to meet with Pelosi, McConnell on USMCA

Canada’s Trudeau to meet with Pelosi, McConnell on USMCA

Richard Cowan, Alexandra Alper


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week is set to meet with Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, in a bid to fast-track passage of a delayed trade deal, two congressional aides said on Monday.

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Lower feed bills by stockpiling, planting small grains crops

Lower feed bills by stockpiling, planting small grains crops

AgriLife Today

Stockpiling forages and feeding small grains crops year-round can help cattle producers offset the higher costs of hay. Small grains forage crops should be planted six to eight weeks prior to the first frost of winter.

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