Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:41

It has come to my attention that Alpha, the bull clone in the experiment, came from a crossbred steer. Alpha's genetic makeup is 86% Angus and 14% Brahman.

Burt Rutherford

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 17:41

Dr. Dale Woerner at Colorado State sent us the research paper published in the Journal of Animal Science. If anyone would like a copy of the research, please send me an email. My email address is...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:48

Dr. Matt Cherni sent me a thoughtful email and, with his permission, I'm posting it here: BR

The system to produce clones of yg1 cattle is very interesting and exciting for science, but...

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 17:58

I've learned to never say never, but I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for the industry to produce Select catle that eat like Prime. It's not out of the realm of possibility, and there are...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 09:57

Debbie Norton with Graphic Arts of Topeka is a friend I've known for a long time and now a co-worker through her involvement in BEEF Vet, a sister publication written for large animal...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 13:34

Culver's is primarily a regional chain concentrated in the upper MIdwest and Great Lakes regions, although there a few restaurants scattered in other states. There aren't any restaurants near me,...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 19:40

This has been a very interesting discussion. I appreciate everyone's thoughts and ideas.

But I have a question for all ya'll--did anybody read the original article that generated such a...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 17:42

Schedule f--I apolgize for being late to the party. Been putting in a lot of windshield time the past three days and the highway patrol frowns on posting while driving.

I agree. The term "...

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 18:21

I was surprised with the birthweight answer as well.So much so, in fact, that I wrote a commentary about it.

...

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 16:29

Good question, Charlie. However, I don't know the answer. All McDonald's has said publicly up to this point involves only beef.

Burt Rutherford

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 15:29

That's a very timely question. Earlier this week, in fact, FDA asked the very same thing when it gave manufacturers a year to prove that "antibacterial" soaps and other products actually do any...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 16:49

Rumensin (monensin) is an ionophore, so it goes into that large bucket of antibiotics that have no impact on human medicine. Bovatec (lasalocid) is another ionophore that is used in cattle...

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 11:41

Jake--I apologize for taking so long to reply. Been chasing other rabbits and it seems they can run faster than I can.

I addressed some of your questions in a blog I wrote in this morning's...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 16:26

Mr. Powell--An excellent point. However, it's one that we, meaning the United States, has little control over. We just have to deal with those multi-drug resistant pathogens that international...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 13:15

Dr. Dykers--Thanks for the correction and the clarifications. This is a very important and incredibly complex issue. However, the mothers I'm most familiar with pretty much prescribe to the "...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 13:08

Sandkicker--That 80% figure, just like my headline, is both true and false. It will take much too much space to address that here, but I will do so in Friday's BEEF Cow-Calf Weekly.In the meantime...

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 14:58

It's easy to confuse consumption with demand, but they're not the same. Yes, consumers are buying, and retailers are selling, fewer pounds of retail beef than they did previously. But that's a...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 16:46

He uses the Igenity test.

Burt Rutherford

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 13:08

Joe--You make a very good point; one that Dr. MacNeil also made and that I failed to flesh out in the article. I don't know what the magic number is in terms of herd size--perhaps you or Dr....

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 11:26

Burt Rutherford responds:
Must be spring. I saw the first rattlesnake of the year last week and now it appears the CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) are coming out as well...

Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 20:21

Excellent points, especially about the need to reform the Endangered Species Act. However, political realities are such that it's not likely to happen.

So here's the salient question: what...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 13:42

This is a really good point. And it sets up a conundrum for those who believe that MCOOL is a good thing, but oppose mandatory animal ID. I realize that mandatory animal ID, in the strictest sense...

Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 15:22

While government policy doesn't directly set beef prices, or cattle prices either, government policy has a huge effect indirectly, as we're seeing with the fallout from policies that encourage...

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 21:46

It appears the commenters above have definite opinions about the use of DNA technology in cattle selection. And that’s fine. However, as Ty Watkins points out, the technology is only one tool you...

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 13:46

According to USDA Market News reporter Ed Czerwien, there is more beef stored in boxes than the cold storage report indicates. That's because beef held in storage less than 30 days doesn't get...

Friday, August 10, 2012 - 18:12

Indeed, we all should have learned that we must be totally transparent as an industry. That transparency cannot be halfway. If we tell consumers what we do and why we do it, we will maintain and...

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 16:33

Several sources indicated that drones were used for the flyovers. If it was a Cessna, I apologize for the error. However, if it was indeed a low-flying Cessna, how is it that nobody noticed?

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 10:09

The plant that the two sources we used for the article refer to is Kochia scoparia. For more information on scoparia, go to...

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