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.
Debate on Beta-Agonists
Aug 09, 2013
Tyson’s announcement is predicted to tighten beef supplies, but it could also have other implications in the export markets. Several countries have refused to accept animals fed with beta-agonists. It also signals that Tyson has an ear to the ground for animal activists. Reuters has the details.
Merck has offered assistance to Tyson to identify the cause of mobility problems. A Merck spokesperson said the company’s data do not support Zilmax as being the cause of the issue, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Oklahoma Farm Report interviewed Dr. Derrell Peel before the Tyson decision was announced. Peel expressed an additional concern with beta-agonists drying up the live cash cattle market.
The Wall Street Journal has an editorial on the matter.
Markets have dropped from their quick reaction to the Tyson news, Bloomberg reports.
Farm Bill news
The big kids in Washington aren’t even there, and yet they still can’t get along, the Sun Tribune reports. The Senate appointed conferees to negotiate the farm bill, but the House says they won’t play. The root of the argument is over food stamps – leave it, take it, or cut it. We think farmers across the nation will start singing a new song. "Turn out the lights, the party’s over…"
Vilsack told reporters this week that the country’s export status is in jeopardy without a farm bill. "If our Congress ... can’t pass a farm bill, the message that sends to the rest of the world is we can be caught." The Des Moines Reporter has the details.
The Illinois Farm Bureau is making the most of the Congressional recess, urging its members to lobby for a Farm Bill while their congressmen are home.
New No. 1
The popularity of Nebraska distiller’s grains has the potential to bump Texas out of the top spot in cattle feeding, DTN reports. If the current five year trend continues, Nebraska will lead the U.S. in the number of cattle on feed.
Bloomberberg reports that a tightening corn supply has narrowed the ethanol discount to gasoline as refiners await the new corn crop.
An Idaho couple had a house guest clean up their leftover Chinese food and clean the skillet – a black bear. The wife was asleep on the couch and never had the opportunity to thank her kitchen cleaner. Perhaps he would have stayed longer if there was more beef in the dish.
Beef a la Avocado
The California Avocado Commission has begun a joint promotion with the California Beef Council and become a sponsor of the National Beef Cook-Off.