BeefCast update for August 6, 2009, Johne's Disease Integrated Program (JDIP)

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Update for August 6, 2009

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From American Farm Bureau FBlog, The Day Twitter Said #Moo:"For roughly 8 hours this past Sunday [August 3] afternoon, #moo was trending on Twitter, a popular micro-blogging website. For the non-tweeting among us, that means that the phrase "#moo" was repeated so often in people's Twitter posts that the system took notice. The term itself was intended as a show of support for America's dairy farm families while they try to survive this current cycle of prolonged and painfully low milk prices."

These efforts to utilize new media and social media are being done to help engage the general public and consumer on topics like milk prices falling, food safety improvements, and where food comes from. California dairyman Ray Prock (@RayLinDairy) believes tools like Twitter and Facebook are the tools to engage today's food consuming public.

Read more about how Ray Prock, Ohio grain/cattle farmer Mike Haley (@FarmerHaley), and Will Gilmer (@GilmerDairy) worked to increase general farm/ag awareness for a day .

What are you hearing from your customers? I would enjoy hearing your comments,

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  • MP3 fileAudio: BeefCast 0395 - Dr. Ken Olsen, Johne's Disease Integrated Program (JDIP), brings us up to speed on what we need to know about the Johne's Disease program.

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  • Link to blogBlog: Political Food for Thought: Organic Food Takes a Hit, by Dennis DiPietre. "I am sure there are some true believers really hitting the ceiling today after the release of the meta-study published this month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition entitled "Nutritional Quality of Organic Foods: A Systematic Review". This journal is certainly not "in the pocket" of major agri-business interest nor is the institute which conducted the analysis: The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

    Here is the money quote: On the basis of a systematic review of studies of satisfactory quality, there is no evidence of a difference in nutrient quality between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs. The small differences in nutrient content detected are biologically plausible and mostly relate to differences in production methods". Read more.
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  • NewUpdated seminar info from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention Weekend held March 20-22, 2009, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
    • MP3 fileAudio: School for Successful Ranching - Animal Management - Jason Banta: Heifer Development: Dr. Jason Banta, Beef Cattle Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension Service asks "Should you raise or buy your replacement females?" Explore the benefits of each practice to help you decide which approach fits your operation best and how to manage those females.
    • MP3 fileAudio: School for Successful Ranching - Animal Management - Jason Banta: Beef Production 101: Learn from Dr. Jason Banta, Beef Cattle Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, about the basics of castration: common methods, pros and cons of each method and the benefit of castrating. Everyone has a different idea of how to vaccinate, but this discussion will provide you with the basics for every operation, along with vaccine handling and administration tips. This session will also cover the benefits to the producer, as well as the industry, of properly weaned calves and some strategies to get there.

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