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October 29, 2014
Livestock and Ag Credit News

Cattle Thefts Underscore the Importance of Branding, Tattooing

Beef Producer, 10/27/14—Like a tale out of some mid–century Western film, cattle rustlers are still on the prowl more than 60 years later. With lower feed prices and higher demand, cattle prices are up across the country, leading thieves to look for profitable ventures in taking animals in the middle of the night and transporting them across state borders to neighboring sale barns.

"Our family's been in this business for 75 years," Leon Langford, an Oklahoma cattle rancher, told NPR. "Taking care of cattle, all day every day." Langford last year had 19 head of purebred Herefords stolen. They were worth an estimated $100,000. The perpetrator sold 10 of the registered purebreds at a stockyard, according to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He was sentenced to two years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for the thefts.

GIPSA NEWS: 10/24/14

Livestock and Ag Credit News

6 Tips to Fight PEDv This Fall

By Angela Bowman, Pork Network, 10/10/21/14—"Producers should recheck all their biosecurity measures, both on and off the farm." That's what Dr. Lisa Becton, the Pork Checkoff swine health and information director, explained to Mike King in an article featured in the fall publication of the "Pork Checkoff Report." With Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) poised to make a return last this season, Becton advises producers to keep their guards up.

"After what we've experienced in terms of PEDv's ability to spread and survive," Becton adds. "It's critical to maintain heightened vigilance and implement strict biosecurity as we enter the fall." In particular, Becton points to six steps pork producers can take now:

  • Communicate with everyone involved in handling manure.
  • Establish a Line of Separation for transport.
  • Maintain stringent cleaning of barns, trucks and trailers.
  • Have a biosecurity plan in place for all non–farm personnel.
  • Know your farm's PEDv state at all times and report positive cases.
  • Stay informed.

National Pork Board Announces New Welfare, Food–Safety Audit

Meat & Poultry, 10/27/14—Pork producers, packers and processors have a new common swine industry auditing tool, the National Pork Board (NPB) announced. The industry's audit platform is now certified by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). PAACO builds on the existing Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) program and expands it to serve as a single common audit platform.

"As a pork producer, I am excited because this announcement of a common platform sets a clear vision that challenges the status quo and meets domestic and international consumer needs," said Dale Norton, NPB president. "It's the right tool at the right time to ensure we provide high–quality pork from well–cared for pigs."

Scientists Researching Salmonella in the Lymph Nodes of Cattle

Drovers CattleNetwork, 10/27/14—Although Salmonella is generally associated with poultry, it can also contaminate beef. Scientists have been studying lymph nodes as a "significant source of Salmonella in cattle," Lydia Zuraw reproted for Food Safety News. Some researchers think lymph nodes could cause contaiminated beef, especially ground beef, which has been an issue a couple of times in the last two or three years. Generally, lymph nodes are not removed before grinding meat, which means that, if the lymph nodes are contaminated with Salmonella, the ground beef will also be contaminated.

Breeding a Healthier Livestock Industry

Future Food 2050, 10/23/14—Animal scientist Temple Grandin is renowned for both her autism activism and her work to protect animal welfare in the livestock industry. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, she has authored or coauthored more than 30 books and has also spoken widely about how her own autism gives her insights into how animals think and feel. Grandin's innovations have reshaped the design of slaughterhouses and other animal handling facilities in North America, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and other countries. "We need more research into [livestock] breeding for optimal production instead of maximum production," says Grandin.

Wyoming Livestock Producers Seeking Balance in Predator Management

Casper Star Tribune, 10/27/14—Albert Sommers and his fellow ranchers of the Upper Green River Cattlemen's Association ranch in one of the toughest ranges in the United States. In the corners of Teton, Fremont and Sublette counties, the grizzly bear and wolf run the range.

Sommers, a Wyoming state legislator and president of the Upper Green River Cattlemen's Association, turned 294 head of Angus and Hereford cows out on the group's grazing allotment in the area this spring. More than 30 came back without a calf. The loss could cost him more than $36,000 in the current cattle market. The association has reported more than 70 confirmed livestock kills resulting from grizzly bear and wolf attacks this year. Wyoming's predator managers are working to balance the well–being of protected predator species and the viability of ranching in the state.

Less Carbs, More Fat

Men's Journal, 10/20/14—For more than half a century, the conventional wisdom among nutritionists and public health officials was that fat is dietary enemy number one – the leading cause of obesity and heart disease.It appears the wisdom was off. And not just off. Almost entirely backward.

According to a new study from the National Institutes of Health, a diet that reduces carbohydrates in favor of fat – including the saturated fat in meat and butter – improves nearly every health measurement, from reducing our waistlines to keeping our arteries clear, more than the low–fat diets that have been recommended for generations. "The medical establishment got it wrong," says cardiologist Dennis Goodman, director of Integrative Medicine at New York Medical Associates. "The belief system didn't pan out."

Agriculture Students Converge in Lubbock to Prepare 30,000 Meals to Feed Hungry

By Josie Musico, Lubbock Avalanche–Journal, 10/26/14—Block and Bridle participants made quite a few meals Saturday morning.But then again, quite a few of the world's hungry can use them. College student volunteers in town for the 95th annual Block and Bridle Convention prepared 30,000 dry meals for Kids Against Hunger at the Texas Tech Student Union Building. The nonprofit will send the food to partner agencies such as schools and orphanages in Haiti and the Honduras, where they will be cooked as casseroles.

Global Livestock News

Canadian Meat Body Claims Any Future Trade with Russia Will Be Cautious

By Oli Haenlein, Global Meat News, 10/27/14—With the Russian meat ban disrupting the meat sectors in the US, Canada and countries in the EU, the president of Canada Pork told GlobalMeatNews that exporting nations may tread carefully when dealing with Russia in the future.

Brazil Poised for Beef Boost

Matthew Cawood, The Land, AU, 10/27/14—The world is suddenly short of beef, and Brazil could respond by more than doubling its lotfeeding capacity. Less than 10 per cent of Brazil's current beef production comes from lotfeeding, but there is considerable room for productivity improvement underpinned by one of the world's largest cropping industries.

These factors point to the potential for Brazil to more than quadruple the lotfeeding capacity of Australia, a new Rabobank briefing note suggests, and consequently lift the consistency and quality of Brazil's beef exports. In its Beefing up Brazil note, Rabobank analysts forecast that the world's second largest beef exporter could double feedlot capacity to 4.5 million in the next decade.

Global Livestock News

USDA Proposes Inclusion of New, Innovative Products in the BioPreferred Program

USDA News Release, 10/27/14—As part of the continued rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced proposed new actions to include new forest products in the BioPreferred® program. The proposal also includes other traditional biobased products and other mature market products, which have been produced in innovative ways. USDA seeks public comment for 60 days on the proposed rules published in today's Federal Register.

"Today, small businesses and global companies alike have harnessed the power of America's farms and forests to create new and innovative biobased products that are used all around the world," said Vilsack. "The expanding bioeconomy means more than just additional consumer choices, it also means new jobs."

The proposed action responds to new requirements in the 2014 Farm Bill for USDA to promote biobased products, including forest products, that apply an innovative approach to growing, harvesting, sourcing, procuring, processing, manufacturing, or application of biobased products regardless of the date of entry into the marketplace.

COOL Appeal Likely in 2015: Backlog at WTO May Mean a U.S. Appeal Won't Come Until January

By Chris Clayton, Progressive Farmer, 10/27/14—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told DTN on Monday that the Obama administration likely won't appeal the World Trade Organization ruling against U.S. meat labeling until sometime in January. The U.S. Trade Representative's office will make the call on whether to appeal last week's adverse ruling on country–of–origin labeling. Vilsack said he knows the USTR is in the process of considering an appeal, but the U.S. also has been asked to take its time, he said.

"We've received indications from the WTO that we probably should wait until January to make that decision because they are not capable of processing any additional appeals, based on the level of work at the WTO that is currently in the queue," Vilsack said in an interview. "So we have some time in which to make that decision."

A WTO panel ruled that the U.S. can have a country–of–origin label for meat products, but the current USDA rule forces packers to discriminate against Canadian and Mexican cattle, thus affecting the ability of producers from those countries to market their cattle in the U.S. The label rule requires heavy segregation of non–native livestock, which effectively discriminates against foreign–born animals.

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