Daily Archives: October 10, 2019

Rules of thumb when pricing cattle

Rules of thumb when pricing cattle

Alberta Farmer

“Rules of thumb can help evaluate the best option when time is limited,” the organization says in the fact sheet. “However, the cattle market has undergone significant changes in recent years and some of these rules of thumb need to be revisited and updated.”

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The latest flip-flop on red meat uses best science in place of best guesses

The latest flip-flop on red meat uses best science in place of best guesses

Nina Teicholz

Los Angles Times

Eggs are bad; eggs are good. Fat is bad; fat is good. Meat is bad; meat is… OK? That last food flip-flop made big headlines last week. It was a “remarkable turnabout,” “jarring,” “stunning.” How, it was asked, could seemingly bedrock nutrition advice turn on a dime?

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Weaning Calves on Cover Crops

Weaning Calves on Cover Crops

Warren Rusche

South Dakota State University

What do we do if it is time to wean calves, but the pen isn’t ready? That can be a real concern during wet fall seasons, such as 2019. Putting calves into muddy pen conditions is far from desirable, but holding calves on the cows deep into fall increases the risk of adverse winter weather and tends to pull body condition off the cows.

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Senators request review of JBS

Senators request review of JBS

Julia Leite and David McLaughlin

Prairie Farmer

JBS SA, the Brazilian meatpacking giant that spent much of the past few years battling fallout from a corruption scandal could see fresh troubles after two U.S. senators requested a review of deals made by the conglomerate.

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‘Not One Drop Of Blood’: Cattle Mysteriously Mutilated In Oregon

‘Not One Drop Of Blood’: Cattle Mysteriously Mutilated In Oregon

Anna King

National Public Radio

In the early morning light, dust from hooves creates a fog at Silvies Valley Ranch in remote eastern Oregon. Cowboys whistle and talk low to their eager herding dogs. They’re moving the cattle from one vast, sage-studded range to another. Five young purebred bulls mysteriously showed up dead on the ranch this past summer, drained of blood and with body parts precisely removed.

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Thought about sticking to Meatless Monday to reduce your carbon foot print?

Thought about sticking to Meatless Monday to reduce your carbon foot print?

Alicia Halbritter

University of Florida

The EPA states that for every 1 gallon of gasoline used, 20 lbs of C02 equivalent are produced. Therefore, a year’s worth of beef consumption is only equivalent to 36.15 gallons of gas! (723 lb CO2 from beef / 20 lb CO2 from gas = 36.15 gallons of gas) If the average vehicles get 20 miles per gallon, you only have to drive 723 miles to produce the same amount of CO2 as a year’s worth of eating beef!

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What is Prussic Acid and How Does Poisoning Occur?

What is Prussic Acid and How Does Poisoning Occur?

Warren Rusche

South Dakota State University

Prussic acid, also known as hydrocyanic acid or cyanide, is a rapidly acting, lethal toxin. Prussic acid inhibits oxygen utilization by the animal at the cellular level resulting in suffocation. Ruminants are more susceptible because the rumen microbes have enzymes that release the prussic acid in the digestive tract. Death often occurs within minutes of exposure. Some plants, particularly sorghums and sudangrass, accumulate cyanogenic (prussic acid producing) glucosides in the outer tissue layers of the plant. The enzymes that would trigger the prussic acid production and located in other plant tissues, specifically the leaf.

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