Burt Rutherford

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6 Trending Headlines: Antibiotics, Lawsuits and Feeding Your Soil
This week’s wintry blast may put a chill on the countryside, but the news that affects you continues to heat up. Here’s a roundup of some of the top headlines of interest to cattle producers.
USDA To Publish Proposed New Beef Promotion Order
In spite of overwhelming opposition from mainline cattle industry groups, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is moving forward with a government-dominated beef checkoff program.
5 Trending Headlines: Who’s Cool With COOL; PLUS: Ag Census Maps Make Finding Data Easy
The U.S. courts have said they’re cool with COOL. The World Trade Organization, however, is not. And that has set up the next round of debate over the U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule.
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USDA Eases Into Enforcement Of Animal Disease Traceability Rule
While education is still the emphasis, USDA is beginning to enforce enforcing its Animal Disease Traceability rule.
Get Your Cattle Feeding Program Geared Up For A Bad Winter 1
If the current forecasts for an El Niño weather pattern prove true, cattle will have cold, wet conditions to contend with this winter. Get your cattle feeding program ready to help your cowherd succeed.
5 Trending Headlines—States Oppose USDA Checkoff Plan & McDonalds Shows How Beef Patties Are Made 1
From the war on bovine TB to a war on feral pigs and a brewing controversy over the beef checkoff, there’s lots of interesting news happening in agriculture.
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This May Be The Year To Over-Winter Cull Cows
A big factor in the decision is whether the pasture or hay is available to carry cows through the winter cost-effectively.
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5 Trending Headlines: EPA Extends Comment Period On Water Rule, PLUS: Early Weaning Steers Gain Better
EPA announced it will extend the comment period for the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule from Oct. 20 to Nov. 14. Plus, information on how to prevent BVD carriers in your cowherd.
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NCBA To Oppose Ag Secretary’s Beef Checkoff Proposal 2
USDA Secretary Vilsack plans to implement a supplemental beef checkoff program to run concurrently with the existing $1-per-head checkoff.
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6 Trending Headlines: Texas Ranchers Look To Expand; Antibiotics Bill Goes Down; PLUS Winterizing Your Cow Herd
Winter is coming. For some, it’s already a reality. How you manage your cows and heifers now will be a big factor in your calving success next spring. Here’s a roundup of tips to winterize your cow herd, plus news you can use on happenings in the beef business
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Rabobank Report: World Beef Supplies Remain Tight
The global beef market is set up to keep U.S. cattle prices strong.
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5 Trending Headlines: How To Lose An Animal Welfare Argument; Packing Plant To Open; & Quiet Cattle Handling Tips
Things are happening in the cattle business. From the anticipated opening of a “new” old packing plant in Iowa to arguing about animal welfare, this week’s roundup of industry news is a must-read.
Are GMO feeds safe?
Do GMO Feeds Harm Livestock? 4
Scientific review shows no adverse effects of feeding genetically-engineered feeds to livestock.
Fall feeding
Monitor Your Pastures Now For Better Grazing Next Year
The weather is getting cooler. For some, it’s getting downright frosty. And cattle are moving from summer pasture to their fall and winter homes. Now is a good time to check pasture condition as you look ahead to next year.
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6 Trending Headlines—FBI Makes Animal Cruelty A Major Crime , PLUS: Why Wean For 45 Days?
Fall officially starts this week, but cattle producers are already well into their fall management practices. Here’s a look at the fall feeder market plus an explanation of where the “value” comes from in a 45-day value-added weaning program.

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