A big fat review

Eating meat – let’s see – it causes cancer, heart disease and chronic obesity and maybe a third eye, purple hair and an extra limb or two. Isn’t that what most “experts” say? FULL STORY »

USDA seeking feedback on animal disease reporting, response

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services wants feedback on plans to update the way it reports and responds to certain animal diseases. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Ebola: The new Mad Cow

Ten years ago, a single case of BSE stoked a major media overreaction, a wave of fear among consumers and total overreaction by government authorities. Notice any similarities to Ebola? FULL STORY »

Commentary: What’s in a label?

The marketing mavens at the supermarket chain Giant apparently believed that less is more when it comes to providing quality grades on its fresh beef products. Too bad USDA disagreed. FULL STORY »

WTO again sides with Canada, Mexico on US COOL law

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on October 20, as expected, ruled on the side of Canada and Mexico in the ongoing battle over the U.S. mandatory Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) law, saying some COOL requirements treat Canadian and Mexican livestock less favorable than U.S. livestock. FULL STORY »

Commentary: A beef with yogurt

Few food categories are hotter than yogurt is right now. But the brand marketing capitalizing on its trendiness is seriously flawed — as are most of the products themselves, unfortunately. FULL STORY »

State cattlemen’s groups to USDA: Hands off the checkoff

How do cattlemen across the country feel about U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s idea to create a second Beef Checkoff Program? A letter from 45 state cattlemen's groups tells the Secretary "hands off." FULL STORY »

Prussic acid testing in forages

Forage suspected of containing prussic acid needs to be properly tested before consumed by animals. FULL STORY »

Forage Focus: Frosted forage precautions

Several forage species can be extremely toxic soon after a frost and deadly to livestock if consumed. FULL STORY »

Open or problem cows and annual costs don't add up

Markets around the state are busy receiving calves from this past spring's calf crop and producers are reaping the benefits of a very strong market. The fall is an excellent time to evaluate your cow herd and decide which cows get to remain your "employees" and which ones need to find a new career. Notice that I referred to the cow as an employee. After all, they work for you. Yes, you have to provide them with the infrastructure to do their job including proper nutrition, health care, facilities, etc. However, if they are not being productive for you, they need to be replaced. FULL STORY »

IBCA urges USDA for less government involvement in beef checkoff

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) along with 39 other state cattlemens’ associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. IBCA President Rick Davis of Thorntown, IN says cattle producers in Indiana are highly concerned that this effort by the Secretary will harm the success of the current checkoff and erode producer support. FULL STORY »

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