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BLACK VULTURES HUNTING LIVESTOCK

Cattle farmers in southern Illinois are facing a threat from the skies. Vultures that swoop down and prey on young calves are raiding a growing number of farms. (Herald & Review News Service)

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LESS NUTRITIOUS

The grass fed to #beef cattle isn’t as nutritious as it used to be. So say researchers in Kansas, who report a 20% drop in the amount of crude protein in the grass, which cattle need to grow. If the nutrient problem can’t be solved, the price for grass-fed beef could go even higher. (NPR)

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GIPSA RULE DIVIDES MEAT PRODUCERS

The USDA’s announcement Tuesday that it would dismantle an Obama-era rule protecting farmers who raise poultry, cattle and hogs under contract to large meat companies is putting companies, and the farmers who grow for them, at odds. The USDA said it was withdrawing the proposal, which was set to take effect today, over “serious legal… read more

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ATYPICAL BSE FOUND IN #ALABAMA

@USDA Tuesday announced it had detected an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in an eleven-year-old cow in Alabama. Atypical BSE generally occurs rarely and spontaneously in older cattle. USDA says the animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health. (USDA Press Release)

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HERD HEALTH PLAN KEY FOR CATTLE UNDER NEW REGULATIONS

Longtime veterinarian Mike Wells always promotes the use of a herd health plan for livestock farmers. But such a plan may be even more critical with new veterinary feed directive rules in effect. Wells recommends a preventive approach. If herds are healthy, it reduces antibiotic treatments, the animals grow better and it boosts reproductive efficiency…. read more

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NATURAL BEEF

Today’s Wall Street Journal says sky-high prices for cattle and beef are breeding reluctance among some ranchers to switch to natural or organic varieties. Article highlights the difficulty that burger chains are having sourcing non-traditional beef.

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PLANT CLOSURE

Tyson Foods Inc. said it would permanently close a Denison, Iowa beef processing plant, the latest move by a major meatpacker to scale back operations because of diminished U.S. cattle herds.  The closure will not impact any Illinois plants.

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CATTLE HERD GROWING

The U.S. cow-calf industry will grow by over 3 million head in the next four to six years, according to a report released Monday by Rabobank, an agribusiness research firm that monitors and evaluates global agricultural markets.

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WALMART RULES

Walmart has announced new farm animal welfare policies, joining a long list of food companies taking steps to change the conditions of the cattle, hogs and poultry in its supply chain.

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USB REPORT

Cattle production in Illinois is down at least 25% and pork production has generally shifted to the Midwest from the periphery of the country, particularly from coastal states because of lower feed costs, according to a new United Soybean Board report on livestock feeding trends since 2000.  

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