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    I just spoke at the "Principle & Practices of Adaptive Grazing" pasture walk hosted by The Pasture Project in Creal Springs. Dr. Allen Williams spoke about grazing practices and principles to improve soil health then we toured the pasture. Regardless of the pasture talk I attend, I learn something new.

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    I was out of the office yesterday and noticed that many corn and soybean fields are turning brown. One field of beans was actually out!  Many producers have poorer than normal pastures due to overgrazing last fall, this spring, and this fall. It is what it is!
    Nevertheless there are still a couple of opportunities out there. Corn residue can provide you with extra gazing days without delving into your hay reserves.
    Corn residues normally are best utilized within 60 days of harvest and also allocated out in portions to reduce waste.
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    Merck Animal Health has introduced Banamine Transdermal (flunixin transdermal solution).   Banamine Transdermal is the only US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved product for the control of pain associated with foot rot and fever associated with bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in a food-producing animal.  It is applied as a pour-on thus obviating intravenous (IV) administration.

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    Approximately one-third of Americans support a ban on slaughterhouses, according to the most recent Oklahoma State University (OSU) "Food Demand Survey" (FooDS). FooDS, a monthly online survey with a sample size of at least 1,000 individuals, tracks consumer preferences and sentiment on the safety, quality and price of food consumed at home and away from home, with a particular focus on meat demand.
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    R-CALF USA and the Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) allege that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is mislabeling hundreds of millions of pounds of imported beef as "Products of the USA." The groups claim that the Tariff Act of 1930 requires imported beef to bear a label denoting the foreign country of origin of the beef all the way to the consumer, unless the beef undergoes a substantial transformation in the U.S.
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    Production increases in the U.S. beef, pork and broiler industries expected in 2018 will likely lead to record quantities of red meat and poultry available to U.S. consumers, USDA forecast in its latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report.

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    This article was on the following website.


    The verdict is in. Grazing toxic fescue to the ground is dangerous to pastured livestock. Findings released by the University of Missouri indicate that the highest levels of toxic alkaloids are held in the bottom 2 inches of infected grass.

    Sarah Kenyon, an MU extension agronomist based in West Plains, Mo., documented these findings in her Ph.D. dissertation.

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    This article was from this link.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced this week that it is updating the voluntary U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef.

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    I saw this article on the Feedstuffs website. 

    The value of bulls in commercial herds goes beyond the "relative" value typically ascribed to them in market pricing, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock specialist Dr. Joe Paschal said.

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    As you may know I like to read from various (and numerous) outlets. Let's just say the news lately has been rather interesting.  Here's a synopsis of what is out there - which may have a huge impact on beef production in the US.
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    By Tom Johnston on 5/24/2017

    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced that the agency is revising the live animal specification used for all Angus certified programs to reflect evolving cattle genetics and marketing.

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    By Meatingplace Editors

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is calling for the federal government to establish more specific guidelines and increase data collection on the use of medically important antibiotics in food animals.

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    Does anyone remember the pink slime issue that occurred around 2011-2012?  I had completely forgotten about it.  However, I just read that the suit brought against American Broadcasting Companies Inc. (ABC) by Beef Products Inc. (BPI) will proceed to trial. 
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    Every year a revised listing of the nutritional composition of feedstuffs is made available.  The new table is now available on-line at the Beef website.
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    I find this to be an interesting concept for the protein based companies.  I originally found the article on MeatingPlace.

    Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Foods announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Brynwood Partners VI L.P. to acquire Lightlife Foods, a leading manufacturer and brand of refrigerated plant-based protein foods in the United States, for $140 million (U.S. dollars) and related costs.

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    With all the information out there and lack of key data, especially from the USDA, makes forecasting the cattle industry very daunting.  The USDA released its comprehensive Cattle report, which includes survey-based estimates of the all cattle and calves inventory, the calf crop, beef and dairy cow inventories, and a variety of other inventory estimates. James Minert, Purdue Extension, has used the data to prognosticate the future of our industry.
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    As we all know there are a myriad of rules out there; local, state, and federal.  I think I heard somewhere that every American breaks multiple laws each day because they are simply not aware of them! 

    Several groups in IL - IL Beef Association, IL Farm Bureau, IL Milk Producers Assoc, and IL Pork Producers - came together to sponsor the Beef Resource Guide for cattlemen.  The purpose of this guide is to explain how some of Illinois' environmental regulations apply to beef producers.
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    This is an interesting twist on the COOL situation.  As most people know COOL was deemed "illegal" (for the lack of a better term at the moment) by the World Trade Organization.  I read these on the MeatingPlace website.

    State to consider country-of-origin labeling 2/1/2017

    A group of South Dakota state congressmen has introduced a bill that would require retail beef products sold in the state to bear a country-of-origin label.

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    All right before someone throws the gauntlet at me for reporting a pork article, one just needs to read to the end.  The lack of knowledge about food production is rampant in our society - too few are actually involved in agriculture now.  Also unfortunately, some of those lacking basic ag knowledge may become those in "power" at the local, state, and federal levels of government.  Ag needs to showcase what it does better and sooner rather than later.  Just thinking of Illinois politics and those in Springfield, ag has lost many "friends" due to redistricting and/or retirement. 
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    Wintertime is high time for lice infestations. If you see evidence of scratching or rubbing, the time to act is now.

    Livestock producers at one time or another have had a lice infestation in the herd.  When lice populations are heavy enough to cause cattle to be visibly scratching, it is apparent that cattle are not performing optimally.  Managing lice in purebred herds is important from a cosmetic sense - loss of hair can affect price at the purebred sales.