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The Cattle Blog 2016

Beef export market since BSE impacts of 2003

U.S. beef exports have recovered to pre-2003 levels. In FY 2015, U.S. beef exports totaled $5.8 billion (0.8 million tons) to 112 countries.   Following the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in December 2003, U.S. beef and beef product exports fell. Since 2003,...
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FSIS reviews its humane handling enforcement policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing its intent to hold livestock owners, transporters, haulers and other persons not employed by an official establishment responsible if they commit acts involving inhumane handling of livestock in...
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Consumers sour on milk exposed to LEDs

Well you may think that this one is a stretch to put on my blog, but it does pertain to cattle - just dairy!  Nevertheless I thought many of you may have heard about this yet.  The article came out a couple of days ago in several media sources; this article is from...
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Court finds EPA wronged farmers

The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers, according to a unanimous ruling issued by the U.S.Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In late 2015, a U.S. district court dismissed the American Farm Bureau Federation and...
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FDA to target some therapeutic, in-feed antimicrobials

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Sept. 12 that it is entering the next phase of its efforts to mitigate antimicrobial resistance by focusing for the first time on medically important antimicrobials (i.e., those important for treating human disease) used in animal feed or water...
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Time to Harvest Hay

If the rain had not hampered many producers, much more hay would have already been harvested in southern Illinois but the next week's weather should be optimal to cut and bale hay.  Producers know that quality goes down as hay matures, but they also know that yield goes up with hay maturity. In...
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CattleFax will expand online resources for non-members

Beginning Feb. 1, all cattle producers will have easy access to industry updates and management information on their mobile devices or desktops. The redesigned CattleFax.com and free CattleFax mobile application will become one-stop destinations for daily weather, futures markets, industry news...
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Lighting type affects ground beef color

by Taking Stock Contributor By Samantha Kneeskern Ground beef is a very popular protein option at the grocery store. In fact, in terms of volume,64% of total beef purchased is ground beef¹. When choosing a package of ground beef from the retail case, consumers rely heavily on...
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APHIS amends labeling requirements

Requirements are designed to be simpler for end user to understand. Published on: Sep 9, 2016   USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its regulations for veterinary biologics labeling and packaging to make the requirements more consistent with current science...
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New FDA rule that revises its annual reporting requirements

The Food and Drug Administration revised its rule on annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in animals intended for human consumption or food-producing animals.  Companies are now required to provide estimates of sales broken down by major...
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It’s grass tetany season

The weather is warming, well, minus the periodic snowstorm.  Nevertheless temperatures are beginning to rise which means greening and growing pastures (or very soon) and that means cattlemen need to pay special attention to grass tentany prevention.Grass tetany is known by numerous names - grass...
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