BeefCast update for October 1, 2009, Can we eradicate Bovine Respitory Disease?

One the road today, traveling from Madison, Wisconsin, after spending a few days at the World Dairy Expo, the premier event for the dairy industry. In spite of continued low milk price and another PETA video+demonstrations at the event, there appears to be some optimism among producers. As dairy producers put the worst behind them and begin to focus on a brighter future, hopefully for beef producers this may mean fewer culled dairy cows hitting the markets.

Another great benefit from the event will some excellent conversations on improving management and communications. Be sure to take a look at some of dairy producers responses to industry attacks via our conversation with Polly Ligon O’Grady.   


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  • BeefCast 0411 MP3 fileHow to utilize peer-to-peer communication to tell your story. Polly Ligon O'Grady, Vice President of Weber Shandwick, shares how to utilize peer-to-peer communication to tell agriculture's story, reinforce and build its positive image, and counter inaccurate or uninformed online commentary about modern production practices.
  • BeefCast 0410 MP3 fileCurrent North-South cattle price differentials. Looking into the current cattle price differential in the North vs. the South, as well as changes in consumer demand for competing protein sources. Dr. Darrell Mark, Livestock Economist at the University of Nebraska, expains.
  • BeefCast 0409 MP3 fileEradicating BRD. Preventing and hopefully eradicating BRD, Bovine Respiratory Disease, is the topic of a recent presentation by Dr. Dan Thompson, Kansas State University.

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