Grazing the Net
Greg Henderson and Friends
Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining.
Antibiotics in the News
Jun 26, 2013
Antibiotic resistance is in the news again, but this time it’s in the ag media. A survey of records at the K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab shows an increase in drug resistance of Mannheimia haemolytica in not just one, but almost all antibiotics used to treat pneumonia in cattle. Despite our industry’s best scientific efforts, BRD continues to be a huge hurdle for cattlemen.
In an effort to be good stewards of animal antibiotics, producers are encouraged to use medically important antibiotics judiciously. The FDA is implementing a voluntary strategy for such, and more information on that strategy can be found here.
Veto of Ag Appropriations on the Horizon
On the heels of the farm bill defeat, the Obama administration notified lawmakers it strongly opposes the ag appropriations bill. No money for the FDA? No money for WIC and the school lunch program? Agri-Pulse has the details.
Fox News Latino reports that Canada has approved eight Mexican slaughterhouses for beef exports. The article is not clear if the latest Country of Origin Labeling ruling has anything to do with the new approvals, but it’s a clear sign that Canada plans to import Mexican beef.
A Steak by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet
How many times have you ordered a ribeye and had to specify "a BEEF ribeye" for your plate? That may be the new norm as the new-fangled names for meat cuts take hold in the marketplace. Beef Magazine’s Amanda Radke takes a look at the possible confusion the new "consumer friendly" names could provide.
Ever Wondered About Raising Beef in China?
The Herald Online has an interesting report about China’s beef industry.
Some Things We Find Online Just "Make You Go Hmm..."
The Grist’s review on an article in The Atlantic magazine is one of those "hmmm...." stories. It talks about fast food, Big Macs and obesity. Throw in a mention of Michael Pollan and an argument for healthier fast food, and you might have some entertaining Wednesday night reading.