Beef industry innovators are looking at DNA technology as another selection tool for decisions that give them a marketing advantage. The most important thing for producers to consider is the cost of the DNA technology and what they will get out of it. Like expected progeny differences (EPDs)
Back in 1986, no one was talking about natural beef. Whole Foods Market, the national chain of natural food stores, was still a nuts and berries shop in Austin, TX. And the nowadays everpresent buzzword sustainability was on the lips of exactly nobody.
You might remember seeing the television commercials with actor James Garner touting beef as Real Food for Real People back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, or Robert Mitchum kicking off the Beef. It's What's for Dinner campaign in May of 1992..
Although Corn Belt farmers scarcely face the consequences of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) up close, Klamath Basin farmers in Oregon and California say the agriculture industry in other parts of the country should take notice and get organized before a crisis occurs.
In a recent memo to executive branch units, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said requests for discretionary appropriations for FY 2013, which begins Oct. 1, 2012, should be at least 5 percent below what departments and agencies received for FY 2011 unless they have been given specific direction otherwise.
Ranchers across the country are struggling to find enough feed to keep cattle alive. With no rain and hot weather, large areas of the country are facing a tough decision: sell the herd or go into debt.
Reports of rabid animals are on the increase in Texas this year. By mid August, 51 positive rabid animals, approximately 82 percent skunks, had been reported in the Panhandle and south Plains surpassing the number of cases reported in 2010 in the same area.
National Beef Packing Company of Dodge City, KS, has recalled 60,424 pounds of ground beef, according to USDA. The recall includes ground chuck, ground beef patties, and meatballs and meat loaf, with a sell by date ranging from July 25 through Aug. 12.
As such, there is not one specific set of production practices that can be recommended for all cattle producers to implement. Personal experience, training, and professional judgment are key factors in providing proper animal care. The consumer wants assurance.
Todays cattle producer is increasingly mobile traveling to sales or conferences and never out of the cattle industry loop with the help of a smart phone. And, the same can be said for many of todays herds. Due to the increasingly mobile cattle population, diseases that may not have been a problem for closed herds of the past may be a concern.
Just a t u m b l eweeds roll away from Californias geographical c e n t e r , rancher Clay D a u l t o n drives by pieces of the ranch in Madera County first settled by his great-greatgrandfather, an original California Gold Rush fortyniner.
USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a directive with new instructions to its inspectors that will better ensure the humane treatment and slaughter of livestock presented for processing at FSIS-inspected facilities.
In todays economy, its more important than ever for cattle producers to implement innovative practices that will return more profit on their calf crop. On Sept. 14, producers will glean information from top industry experts on adding value to their natural resources, labor and calf crop at the Commercial Cattlemens Symposium.
A University of California- Davis (UC Davis) research team has been awarded $2.6 million by USDA to carry out integrated research, education and Cooperative Extension outreach aimed at reducing the incidence of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), or pneumonia, the leading cause of death in beef and dairy cattle.