BeefCast update for July 23, 2009 Investigating the FDA comments on antibiotic use in animal agriculture

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Update for July 23, 2009

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Today I am traveling back home from the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, located just outside of Waterloo. While there, it was interesting to see the number of attendees that apparently were not involved in agriculture.

It seemed to me that thousands of participants were actually the general public. The consumers had come out in masses to see what agriculture and food production are all about. It was certainly first-hand evidence that consumers are increasing interested in learning more about the food value chain.

And beyond that they are beginning to take strong actions to find answers to their questions. This makes our job, as food producers, even more important to ensure the truth is being heard.

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

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  • Updated 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 - Range/Pasture Management - Dale Rollins: In Search of Camouflage Cowboy Hats. When it comes to managing one’s ranch for cattle and wildlife simultaneously, “Where’s the beef?” Rangeland-based cattle operations in Texas also provide valuable wildlife habitat. For many ranchers, hunting (e.g., white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail) can literally mean “big bucks”, which act as a valuable “complementary forage” (i.e. lease income) to a livestock operation. But there are always trade-offs. This session will highlight ways to optimize the cattle-wildlife equation..
    • MP3 fileAudio: School for Successful Ranching - Animal Management - Tom Hairgrove: Disease Control. Every time you bring a new animal onto your place there are a few things to consider. What tests should be considered? Are you trying to prevent the introduction of a disease or control it? This session will discuss biosecurity and biocontainment at the ranch level.

BeefCast® Ag Job Tools

Job lists are good leading sources of what might happen in the world. In the agricultural industry, there are several job listing sources on which to keep an eye. , , AgJobNetwork , Hansen Agri-Placement , and Ag1Source all have useful tools to search for jobs. But the real power monitoring comes from the RSS feeds (see RSS in plain English video for background). With an RSS feed you can quickly scan job listings.

Some good examples include RSS feeds from (RSS page) and Remember, these RSS information feeds only give you information about a listed position, it wouldn't get you the job... You still need to do the hard work to get it.

One interesting use of RSS feeds is monitoring competitors. Using you can filter by company, key words, or job title. Who is Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) looking for? Use this feed. What is Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) up to? Do a search!

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