Daily Archives: January 15, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer maladies that may not be covered by health insurance

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer maladies that may not be covered by health insurance

#10. Cardiac events related to USDA crop reports.

#9. Injuries suffered from throwing a wrench at a well-inflated tire.

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What to Expect from a Breeding Soundness Examination

What to Expect from a Breeding Soundness Examination

Heather Smith Thomas

Carolina Cattle Connection

Many factors play a role in the fertility and breeding ability of bulls, including semen quality, conformation, soundness, and a desire to breed cows. It is recommended every bull pass a breeding soundness examination before being put out with cows.

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Lone Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Restrict Checkoff Funds, Contracting

Lone Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Restrict Checkoff Funds, Contracting

Chris Clayton

DTN

A Nevada congresswoman introduced legislation that would create more oversight for USDA checkoff programs, drawing cheers from checkoff critics and pushback from a cattlemen’s organization.

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New genetic test targets bovine congestive heart failure

New genetic test targets bovine congestive heart failure

Feedstuffs

A team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Neb., and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have identified two major genes associated with bovine congestive heart failure (BCHF) in beef feedlot cattle. This study is the first to confirm genetic risk factors associated with BCHF.

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McDonalds And Beef Sustainability

McDonalds And Beef Sustainability

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

Some of the most iconic menu items at McDonald’s are their 100% beef hamburgers. They don’t own farms or rear animals directly, so the company is one of the world’s biggest buyers of beef.  They’re involved in helping move the industry toward more sustainable production practices by working with farmers, environmental groups and governments.

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Beef Quality Assurance campaign seeks greater understanding of industry efforts.

Beef Quality Assurance campaign seeks greater understanding of industry efforts.

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

About 85% of U.S. beef today comes from Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified farmers or ranchers. Do American consumers know that? Just as importantly, do they know what BQA is and what it stands for? Those are the kinds of questions a new Beef Checkoff-funded campaign from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a Beef Checkoff contractor, is addressing. Its goal is to bridge the gap between what the industry is doing to produce high-quality beef in a humane, environmentally friendly way, and what consumers know about those efforts.

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Diversifying with stocker cattle

Diversifying with stocker cattle

The Hermann Advertiser-Courier

One way to improve a farmer’s chances of remaining in the business includes diversifying the operation with livestock. In 2020, due to financial stresses grain farmers are feeling from continued low market prices, adding livestock could help.

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