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Grazing the Net

RSS By: Greg Henderson and Friends, Beef Today

Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining. 

Will Cheaper Corn Mean Feedyard Profits?

Apr 22, 2013

Will cheaper corn mean feedlot profits?
This piece, predicting a turnaround for cattle feeder profitability, was written before last Friday's Cattle on Feed report and the weekend floods that postponed planting in much of the Corn Belt.

But the cattle on feed report provided some evidence of the Catch 22. Cattle feeders anticipating lower corn prices are putting more cattle on feed.

Feeders' big problem isn't so much high corn prices as low cattle numbers. There is too much space competing for too few available feeder calves. Cheaper corn won't fix that in the short term.

Tennessee’s ag gag law passed, but...
But, overall, you have to rate press coverage of the ag gagging movement as, uh, less than positive.
Vegetarian singer Carrie Underwood, for instance:

Savaging Savory
One of Slate's anti-meat crusaders attacks Allan Savory's theories.

Food poison culprits: Seafood and poultry
An unscientific survey of the coverage of last week's CDE report on food safety progress indicates the headline writers chose (for a change) to emphasize the risks associated with stuff like raw oysters.

How to make news
The Environmental Working group stirred up a bit of a media storm last week by repackaging a ho-hum government report on antibiotics and meat. (Especially chicken meat)

Our view:  A tongue-lashing would have sufficed
Grazing the Net does NOT condone physical violence associated with overdone steaks. On the other hand, neither do we condone overcooked steaks.

Undercover inspector 
This dude got himself hired as an FSIS inspector (causing one to wonder why applicants aren't, you know, screened) and apparently found not much to justify his preformed judgments. "On Meeting Our Meat"

It's a tough job, but somebody wants to do it
Check out the picture of this rancher carrying what looks to be a darned big calf through a darned heavy snow storm.

How to cook a steak. (If you're in New York City)
Since they've got no mesquite in the big Apple, this system looked ok to us until he sacrileged it with the sauce junk

Two views on guest workers
Slate has a piece on the proposed immigration bill that strikes us as spot on. Limiting guest workers makes no sense.

On the other hand, folks like Phyllis Schafly says let the immigrants eat cake.

The running iron fails again
Another cow thief story; another example of why brands work.

NAMA likes BQA    
In case you haven't followed it, the Beef Quality Audit is back in the news, and, in fact, took a big award from the agrimarketers.

Feeling the pain
A Colorado rancher deals with high costs and no rain

More drought stories

NCBA joins the legal challenge to the EPA's greenhouse gas power grab

The Swedes are checking out a new e. Coli O157 vaccine

A hopeful report on how some ranchers are cashing in on prairie chickens.

More CAFO hate from Iowa

China's bird flu problem

Germans like red meat more than Americans do

Oklahoma State University's new steak

Here's a report from a would be vegan

Does illegal use of clenbuterol result in false positive drug tests for athletes?

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