The U.S. cattle industry received some very positive news this week when Hong Kong announced it would fully reopen to U.S. beef. For more on the export front , as well as a roundup of more news that made headlines this week, check out BEEF’s Top Headlines.
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1. Hong Kong Reopens For U.S. Beef
2. Effect Of Listing Sage Grouse As Endangered
The greater sage-grouse is a candidate for listing as an endangered species. Proposed proactive policies and conservation measures to protect the species could potentially alter grazing policies on federal lands to include reductions in allowed grazing levels and with adjustments in seasonal grazing use of federal permits - particularly during spring and fall.
To discover the possible effects of listing the sage-grouse as endangered, a consortium of universities modeled various federal lands ranches. <b><a href="http://www.wyomingextension.org/agpubs/pubs/B1258.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to read the research report from the University of Wyoming.</a></b>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/14012304248/in/photolist-81iUiZ-7T... target="_blank">Photo: USDA NRCS photo</a>
3. Donor Alert Issued For HSUS
A donor advisory was issued against the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) by third-party charity rating service Charity Navigator, reports HumaneWatch.org. The advisory was issued in response to HSUS’s involvement in a $15.75 million federal racketeering lawsuit brought by circus owner Feld Entertainment, which brought to a close nearly 14 years of litigation a federal judge ruled was “frivolous,” “vexatious,” and “groundless and unreasonable from its inception.”
<b><a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3848#... target="_blank">The full donor advisory is available here.</a></b><br><br>
<b><a href="http://www.HumaneWatch.org" target="_blank">For more information from HumaneWatch, click here.</a></b>
4. Reduce Calf Stress with Fenceline Weaning
The less stress you can put on a calf at weaning time, the better off the calf is going to be, along with your bottom line. That's according to Glenn Selk, emeritus Extension animal scientist at Oklahoma State University.
"One of the real advantages I think to fall calving is to have the option of leaving the calves with the cows until they are nine, maybe even close to 10 months of age," Selk told the Oklahoma Farm Report. "That way they are older and heavier at weaning time and we can market a heavier calf."
<b><a href=" http://oklahomafarmreport.com/wire/news/2014/06/07386_FencelineWeaning06... target="_blank">Click here for more on Selk’s thoughts on fenceline weaning.</a></b>
5. Patch-Burning Promotes More Sustainable Grazing Lands
Patch-burning is a range management practice that focuses grazing animals on a particular parcel of recently burned land. This allows continuity in the level of cattle performance, while preserving natural habitats, according to the journal Rangelands.
The journal reports on a study that looked at the effects of patch burning vs. traditional grazing on cattle body condition. The data show that there was no statistical difference between the BCS of the patch-burned grazing cattle compared with the traditional cattle. <br><br><b><a href="http://www.srmjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.2111/Rangelands-D-13-00079.1" target="_blank">Click here for more information.</a> </b>
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/6551566795/in/photolist-aYWvTg-aYW... target="_blank>Photo: USDA; By Lance Cheung</a>
6. Consumers Willing to Pay More For Most Proteins
Oklahoma State University’s monthly food demand survey showed an uptick in consumers’ willingness to pay more for all proteins, including steak, compared with last month, according to the Oklahoma Farm Report. The largest absolute monthly increase was for steak ($1.17 increase), and the largest monthly percentage increase was for chicken wings at an almost 36% increase. Consumers say they are willing to spend $7.52 a pound for steak, up from $6.35 just one month ago. <b><a href="http://www.oklahomafarmreport.com/wire/news/2014/06/07426_OSUFoodDemandS... target="_blank">Click here to read a summary of this study.</a></b><br><br> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/13065042035/in/photolist-kUvKPr-cM... target="_blank">Photo: USDA, By Lance Cheung</a>
7. ATV Hazards A Major Health Problem
An estimated 100,000 people each year seek medical care for injuries sustained in accidents with all-terrain vehicles in the U.S., with a notably high death rate among agricultural ATV riders, according to a Colorado State University expert.
“We have a major public health problem with ATVs,” said David Gilkey, a CSU associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences. “These vehicles are fun, but they have many risks associated with operations. Users should be outfitted, prepared and trained by the ATV Safety Institute before using their vehicles.”
<b><a href="http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/7335" target="_blank">Click here for Gilkey’s tips on ATV safety. </a>
A variety of other resources on ATV safety is available from <a href="http://nasdonline.org/document/993/d000976/atv-safety-packet.html" target="_blank">the National Ag Safety Database here.</a></b>
8. Trending Gallery: 180+ Photos of Ranch Dogs
For a lot of ranchers, the rule of thumb is that wheresoever they go, so go their dogs. Trusty, loyal and helpful, these four-legged, furry friends are an integral part of ranching families and the ranching tradition. Whether it’s a cattle dog, sheep dog, hunting dog or just a family pet, dogs are truly “man’s best friend."
<br><br>This reader-submitted gallery features 180+ photos that honor a rancher's best friend -- his or her dog. <a href="http://beefmagazine.com/people/180-photos-featuring-mans-best-friend?int... the photos here. </b></a>