BeefCast update for July 13, 2010, What is the outlook for US beef exports in the global marketplace?

This week is our local county fair. It is always a highlight of the year for me personally to see so many young people proudly displaying their months of hard work in an agriculture project. But it is also an excellent opportunity for all of us in agriculture to share our story with the public.

What more could we ask for than for hundreds if not thousands of local consumers actively seeking to learn more about what we do? So regardless of whether you have a young person involved in your local fair, take the time to go anyway just to visit with individuals and families about where their food come from.

BeefCast® Conversations Agriculture Telling its Story
  • Is There Anything Pure About Purebred? - from There's a Heifer in Your Tank blog - "You walk up to the McDonalds counter and what do you see? You see ANGUS BURGER in giant letters all over the menu. If you don't know what Angus is, you are probably thinking, 'Angus!That sounds delicious! I'll have seven!' But what is Angus beef? Your Angus burger is just beef from an Angus cow. And what you might ask, is Angus? Just a breed of cattle."
  • Factors affecting calf value - The BeefBlog shares a post from Drovers - "During the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009, Kansas State University researchers collected market data on 8,200 lots comprised of more than 84,000 feeder cattle marketed through cattle auctions in Dodge City, Kan. and Carthage, Mo. Data recorded for each transaction included lot size, sex, color, breed, condition, fill, muscle, frame size, weight uniformity, freshness, horn presence, time of sale, weight, and price."
  • Video: Risk Assessment As A Bio-security Improvement Tool - Dr. Derald Holtkamp shares a swine industry perspective on tools to identify and act on animal diseases.

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