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by WLJ
2005 May 30
Why do we think we have to build all our interior pasture fences in a straight line? Looks good? People will think you’re a poor fence builder if they are not straight? Pride? I’m not sure why, because I also look down a new fence line just to see how straight it is. Do the animals really care if a
by WLJ
2005 May 30
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) last Tuesday announced it has restricted all feeder cattle from the Mexican state of Durango from crossing into the U.S. due to “inadequate bovine tuberculosis management” within that state. Before the announcement, Durango was divided into two sections for the purposes of exporting cattle to
by WLJ
2005 May 30
The earlier-than-normal outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in the Southwest has expanded to include a third state before the beginning of June. State and federal veterinarians have said weather conditions continue to be very conducive for an even larger outbreak that could impact several more states over the next few months. On May
by WLJ
2005 May 30
The first conservation easement for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) was recently made official in Washington. This 216-acre stretch of native prairie in South Puget Sound will remain in ranching and preserved from development due to a partnership between the family that homesteaded the property and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Members
by WLJ
2005 May 30
Prior to weaning, the presence of the cryptosporidium species that is infectious to humans is much higher in calves than after they are weaned. And, post-weaning, the presence of that crypto species is almost non-existent, according to a four-year research project that is to be completed this year. Cryptosporidium is a microscopic, disease-causing
by WLJ
2005 May 23
Jack’s Q2 earnings up Jack in the Box Inc. reported higher quarterly earnings in the second quarter, as improved sales of its chicken ciabatta sandwich and other new products offset higher beef and produce prices, sparking a 7.5 percent jump in its shares. Net income for the fiscal second quarter ended April 17 rose to
2005 May 23
As the trailer door clangs shut on a disappointment, there’s time for a final explanation: “You are a good-looking cow. Your sire is the most popular, balanced-trait bull we could find. We paid more for your momma than any other animal on the farm, and you were our son’s prize 4-H project. But it’s data that counts. With the lowest
by WLJ
2005 May 23
— Appeal of injunction going through legal process. During a visit to E.A. Miller Beef Processing, Hyrum, UT, last Tuesday USDA Secretary Mike Johanns announced his agency would host a BSE Roundtable discussion next month and that the enhanced BSE surveillance will continue through the first potential deadline date of June 1. He also
by WLJ
2005 May 23
Canadian cattle industry officials last week confirmed that the country is working toward full self-sufficiency when it comes to processing all cattle it produces. As of the week ending May 14, Canada was about 20 percent short of slaughtering its nationwide cattle production on a weekly basis, compared to being 40 percent short prior to BSE being confirmed
by WLJ
2005 May 23
The House of Representative’s Appropriation Subcommittee on Agriculture approved last Monday a spending bill that includes another delay for country-of-origin labeling for meat and meat products. At face value the language approved last week would delay both a mandatory or voluntary program from moving ahead. “There is no clarification between a mandatory or
by WLJ
2005 May 23
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided to refuse to reconsider the Feb. 28 decision regarding the Clean Water Act Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) rule. Most producer groups were pleased by this decision and agree there is both positive and negative aspects of the Environmental Protections Agency’s (EPA) current CAFO rule.
by WLJ
2005 May 23
An ivory-billed woodpecker that was once thought to be extinct has been rediscovered in the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. USDA and the Department of Interior were quick to react to the news, allocating millions of dollars for the study and recovery of this bird. The money is expected to be spent on identifying critical habitat, which will
by WLJ
2005 May 23
Currently, the only method for detecting BSE is to remove a sample from the brain and spinal cord of a euthanized animal. However, researchers are working on a new method for detecting abnormal proteins—prions—that could indicate the presence of BSE in a live animal and in younger animals. The largest benefit of this new technology is the possibility that it
by WLJ
2005 May 23
Sorghum, also known as milo, makes a good livestock feed. New research is also proving that this plant may be a good alternative to herbicides as well, and it may provide data on how to introduce weed-fighting characteristics to other plants. Agriculture Research Service (ARS) scientists in the ARS Natural Products Utilization Research
by WLJ
2005 May 23
— Industry analysts skeptical. U.S. beef exports to Mexico are a little over 90 percent of pre-BSE levels, according to USDA officials. However, industry analysts said that first quarter exports to Mexico don’t substantiate that statement. In a talk during a visit to Mexico City last week, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns said, “We have
by WLJ
2005 May 16
McDonald’s posts growth in April McDonald’s Corp. posted a moderate rise in sales at its namesake fast-food restaurants last month, lifted by improved domestic business while European demand lagged. Same-store sales at worldwide McDonald’s locations open at least a year grew 2.8 percent in April, but slowed from an increase of 10.5 percent in the
by WLJ
2005 May 16
Brazil is expected to resume exporting processed beef to the U.S. by early June after the South American country voluntarily restricted them because of U.S. concerns about health, hygiene and inspection standards at Brazilian processing plants. On May 5, Brazilian officials suspended beef exports to the U.S. from all 28 certified meat export
by WLJ
2005 May 16
National animal identification is on its way, but it will happen at a snail’s pace. Earlier this month USDA announced its plans and time line for its National Animal Identification System, and the intention is to make the plan mandatory by 2009, just four short years away. The word mandatory is certain to raise the hackles on most folks’
by WLJ
2005 May 16
Animal health officials last week told WLJ that this year marks the earliest time in recorded history that double digit cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) have been reported in the country. That news has federal and state animal health organizations urging producers to take extra precautions in an effort to prevent the disease.