The Real Reason Steakhouses Are Disappearing
There was a time that anyone wanting a special meal would head to a steakhouse. Anniversaries, promotions, birthdays, retirements and graduations were all celebrated in true American fashion: over a giant slab of meat. But the 21st century hasn’t been kind to the steakhouse, and across the country, they’re disappearing…
Is That Tree or Shrub Poisonous? What You Don’t Want Your Cattle to Eat
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Poisonous trees and shrubs are responsible for considerable losses in livestock although producers are often somewhat familiar with their potential for harm. Wilted wild cherry tree leaves, hedge trimmings from Japanese Yew (Taxus species), acorns and buckeyes are common causes of illness and death in Kentucky cattle every year. The potential for poisoning depends on the availability, type and quantity of the toxin within the leaves, seeds and sometimes the bark of the tree or shrub.
European Court of Justice makes a bad decision on gene editing.
I’m not pulling punches here. The European Court of Justice recent ruling on gene editing technology is a mistake pure and simple. Swayed by the fear-mongering, anti-GMO crowd with little or no knowledge about how plant breeding really works, the court ruled that gene editing is a GMO.
OSU names new dean for College of Ag
A new dean is coming to the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences. The university on Tuesday named Alan Sams to lead the college, succeeding Dan Arp, who will retire at the end of August.
Investigating G x E Effects on Beef Quality
Is there a genetic component to the incidence of dark-cutting beef carcasses? U.S. Meat Animal Research Center Meat Scientist Steve Shackelford is wondering if dark-cutting beef is influenced by more than the environment.
Show-Me-Select Board Approves Genomic Testing Requirement for Natural Service Sires
A Steak in Genomics™
All bulls purchased after February 1st, 2019 for use as natural service sires in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program™ must be DNA tested to have genomic-enhanced EPDs. All bulls used as natural service sires after February 1st, 2020 must have genomic-enhanced EPDs, regardless of when they were purchased.
Taking Care of Cattle at the Feedyard
“My primary role at the feedyard is encouraging animal well-being and promoting wellness”, says Dr. Kip. “That happens in a variety of ways. One way I help achieve this goal is by encouraging our caregivers, otherwise known as pen riders, and training them with the skills they need to interact with the animals in a calm, comfortable and safe fashion.”