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The State Agriculture Department has started a quality systems assessment program for the state’s livestock producers. Arkansas will be the second state in the US to have the program. The voluntary program will identify the source and age of cattle. The identies are verified by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. International customers want beef from cattle younger than 20 months of age because of fear about mad-cow disease in older animals. Many countries banned U. S. beef after bovine spongiform encephalopathy was discovered in the US in 2003. “If we don’t have this program in place, we’re looking at a discount instead of a premium for cattle in our state,” Bell said. This quality systems assessment program will allow ranchers to sell beef at higher prices overseas to such countries as Japan. “We have got to track our cattle on age and source if we’re going to play in the international market,” Bell said. The program is voluntary, but participants will be subject to audits. Arkansas provides the beef industry with feeder cattle that are finished in other states feedyards. The state has about 1. 9 million head of cattle. Beef that can be verified by age and source is in demand internationally and also in supermarkets on the East and West coasts, said Claude “Tubby” Smith, executive director of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association in Little Rock. The age and source verification will be a market boon “for all producers, both large and small,” he said. The cattle program will be administered by the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. ...more

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The replacement heifer is the foundation of a productive cowherd, and it is important to give her the best chance at having a long and productive life in the herd.
THE BRAHMAN F1 WORKS WELL FOR SOUTHERN PRODUCERS
Across the United States, the makeup of commercial cow herds varies to fit various environments. In the South, increased heat and humidity require cattle that are able to perform in these conditions.
IT'S THE PITTS -- LITTLE CHUCK
Chipoltle wants their pork to come from free-rooting hogs who eat non GMO rations and sleep in deeply bedded barns and Panera Bread came out with a No-No list of things they want no part of, including artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors.
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND JUNIOR BRAHMAN SHOW
Don't miss the largest family event in the Brahman breed July 6-11, 2015, at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS CAN INCREASE HOOF ISSUES
It has only been recently that much of the cattleman's concerns focused on drought and widespread lack of moisture needed to grow pastures and forages. These conditions remain in many parts of the country. However, other areas including widespread parts of the southern US have “enjoyed” substantial if not excessive rainfalls over recent weeks and months. While this greatly improves forage growing conditions in these areas, a host of other problems develop with the high, sustained moisture levels.
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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- P.R. AND OTHER HORRORS
Anyone who knows G.W. understands that he would rather use a toothbrush to scrub the inside of a squeeze chute—in subzero weather—than have anyone entertain the possibility that he's not taking care of business.
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IT'S THE PITTS -- NOW WHAT DO I DO?
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PRECONDITION FOR PERFORMANCE, QUALITY AND CASH
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