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2011-02-02 13:29:45

Catnip, the plant that attracts domestic cats like an irresistible force, has proven 99 percent effective in repelling the blood-sucking flies that attack horses and cows, causing $2 billion in annual loses to the cattle industry. That's the word from a report published in ACS' biweekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Junwei Zhu and colleagues note that stable flies not only inflict painful bites, but also transmit multiple diseases. Cattle harried by these bloodsuckers may...

2010-12-08 21:30:27

Catnip, the plant that attracts domestic cats like an irresistible force, has proven 99 percent effective in repelling the blood-sucking flies that attack horses and cows, causing $2 billion in annual loses to the cattle industry. That's the word from a report published in ACS' biweekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Junwei Zhu and colleagues note that stable flies not only inflict painful bites, but also transmit multiple diseases. Cattle harried by these bloodsuckers may...

2010-11-15 08:00:00

WICHITA, Kan., Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill today announced encouraging preliminary results from its 2010 E.coli O157:H7 vaccine trial involving 85,000 head of beef cattle. Initial results are based upon sampling both cattle at feedlots and meat at the company's Fort Morgan, Colo., beef processing facility where vaccinated cattle were harvested from May through August. Addressing the food and feed safety committee of the United States Animal Health Association in...

2010-11-01 11:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- After decades of sitting, begging and playing dead; extensive lobbying efforts within the canine community have finally been rewarded - the quality meat people eat is finally available in a pet food. With the introduction of the Original Pet Food Company's complete line of dog and cat meals made from organic, grass-fed beef, the days of pets relying upon table scraps is over. "With the sustainable, organic, grass-fed beef revolution well...

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2010-10-19 09:35:00

As consumer demand for naturally raised beef continues to increase, researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered that naturally raised beef can be produced effectively for this niche market as long as a substantial premium is offered to cover additional production and transportation costs. Naturally raised beef is produced without hormones or antibiotics, whereas traditional systems take advantage of technologies the industry offers such as ionophores like...

2010-03-05 12:39:09

A multi-disciplinary team of Oklahoma State University scientists and practitioners is riding herd on one of the most challenging concerns of Oklahoma's $4.6 billion cattle industry: Bovine Respiratory Disease. BRD is the most common disease among feedlot cattle in the United States, accounting for approximately 75 percent of feedlot morbidity and 50 percent to 70 percent of all feedlot deaths. BRD causes between $800 million to $900 million annually in economic losses from death, reduced...

2009-11-10 11:04:00

GREAT FALLS, Mont., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The North American Camelina Trade Association (NACTA) today announced the achievement of another milestone in its efforts to build camelina production and marketing opportunities for growers. The industry received approval from the Center for Veterinary Medicine, a department of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, for the use of camelina meal in the diets of feedlot beef cattle up to 10 percent of the weight of the total ration. Camelina...

2008-09-18 03:00:12

By Anonymous A typical 1,000-head beef feedlot produces up to 254 metric tons (280 tons) of manure in just one week. That's a lot of manure-and for hundreds of U.S. cattle feedlots, disposal is an important management issue. Fortunately, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in the Environmental Management Research Unit at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) at Clay Center, Neb., have developed and tested a new method of runoff control. In the United States, feedlot...

2008-09-12 03:00:17

By Anderson, David Anderson, John D; Sawyer, Jason Increased demand for corn for ethanol production has helped push grain prices to record levels. This has increased livestock production costs, and producers have responded with changes to production systems. This paper explores the degree to which costs can be mitigated with alternative feeds, the effect this might have on physical performance, and the impact of alternative feeds on the competitive position of different species. Key Words:...

2008-09-09 21:00:15

By Peter Langley The Slow Food Movement held a four-day event in San Francisco during Labor Day weekend. Thousands of people paid the $65 admission to the Slow Food Nation's Taste Pavilions at Fort Mason. These featured items such as homemade jams, fair-trade coffee, artisan chocolate and biodynamic wine. Visitors also strolled through a Victory Garden at the Civic Center, a quarter-acre area where Slow-Food volunteers had planted vegetables and herbs grown worldwide. A farmers market was...


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