Click on “Calving Management” in the opening page menu for in-depth studies on calving assistance (11 papers), calving difficulty (12 papers), diseases (seven papers) and 11 papers on general calving topics.

The site, launched in January 2003, consists of links to 2,000 research papers and fact sheets developed by the top animal science institutions in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, you'll find links to all the top animal science programs in North America, all breed associations, the Beef Improvement Federation and the industry's most complete listing of beef marketing alliances.

Bookmark as your first stop in efficient informational gathering on cow-calf production and management. More than 11,000 users visited the site in December.

One in three Americans view bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the U.S. as a major problem or crisis. One in six has cut back on meat consumption in light of the U.S. discovery of BSE.

That's according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey released in January. The telephone survey of 1,029 adults, ages 18 and older, was conducted Jan. 2-5 — after the discovery of the BSE case but before DNA testing determined the animal was born in Canada.

The poll found that 6% of respondents think the BSE situation is a “crisis,” and 28% call it a “major problem.” Meanwhile, 65% deem it a “minor problem” or “not a problem.” One in six of those surveyed said they worry that they or their families might become victims of the disease.

An interesting contrast pointed out by Gallup is that more Americans indicated they would cut back on eating meat during the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in the United Kingdom three years ago than after this recent U.S. BSE case. In March 2001, 24% of Americans said they'd cut their meat consumption due to BSE and FMD concerns in Europe, while just 17% in the current poll said they had cut back on beef consumption due to the discovery of BSE in the U.S.

The survey also found women were generally more likely than men to deem BSE a major problem or express worry about becoming a victim. And, women were slightly more likely to cut back on eating meat. View the CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey results at:

Merge Interactive's CattleLog tracking system gains USDA process-verified program (PVP) status. The Sebastian, FL-based firm says its system is the first animal-tracking system to receive the certification.

CattleLog provides individual animal data-collection and reporting tools to cattle producers, meat packers and retailers. eMerge says its system is also capable of tracking the nation's cattle supply, which “may prove helpful in providing source and custody information for animal health emergencies, including FMD and BSE.”

The PVP designation is designed to provide livestock and meat producers an opportunity to assure customers of their ability to provide consistent, quality products by having their written manufacturing processes confirmed through independent, third-party audits, says Dave Warren, eMerge CEO. For more info visit

Review all the doings from December's Range Beef Cow Symposium. If you missed the Scottsbluff, NE, meeting you can review the proceedings at The Web site includes synopses of all the talks, plus photos and audio, PDF format and Power Point downloads.

The Range Beef Cow Symposium, held every other year, is a collaborative effort between the Extension and animal science departments of the University of Nebraska, University of Wyoming, South Dakota State University and Colorado State University.

“Farmland Security: Ensuring Our Future” is the theme for the 2004 annual meeting of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture. Set for April 4-8 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT, the gathering will include 15 seminars addressing a variety of animal agriculture issues.

The opening general session will include presentations on border protection, food security, emerging threats to U.S. animal agriculture and applications of a national animal identification system.

For more info visit, or call 270/782-9798.

Top consumer food-related health concerns

Ranked on a scale from 0-10, with 10 being most concerned:

  1. Food-borne bacteria — 8.6
  2. Food poisoning — 8.5
  3. Mad cow disease — 7.8
  4. Irradiated meats — 7.1
  5. Cloned animals — 6.9
  6. Meats/vegetables/fruits from foreign countries — 6.9
  7. Genetically modified organisms — 6.7

National survey of 766 adults conducted Jan. 5-8, 2004.

Source: Commissioned by Food Marketing Institute, conducted by Wilson Research Strategies.