Monthly archives: November, 2012

NOBULL: Sec. Vilsack appoints owner of certified natural beef brand to checkoff board

Sec. Vilsack appoints owner of certified natural beef brand to checkoff board Tom Parks DVM added to 103-member Cattlemen’s Beef Board by Sustainable Food News November 29, 2012 A Colorado farm animal veterinarian and producer of certified grass-fed beef under the Sun Prairie Natural beef brand has been appointed to a three-year term on the



NOBULL: Danes to Limit the Feeding of Antibiotics to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance

Dear Mike: The Danes are taking the world lead on reducing cross-the-board antibiotic usage in their swine herds. This explains it very well, clearly and concisely. Regards, Gary Burkholder



NOBULL: GIPSA Opens Sheep Market Investigation

Hello All, I visited with the Denver GIPSA office today and they confirmed that GIPSA has opened an investigation into price manipulation in the sheep market. Below is an excerpt of the Member Alert we will be publishing in our December Newsletter. Given that the investigation is now open, this information should be shared as



NOBULL: Growing the Economy to Generate More Income for All, By Jacek Popiel

Growing the Economy to Generate More Income for All BY: Jacek Popiel Written on: November 26, 2012 We’ll figure out a way to fly on the way down. The “fiscal cliff” idea stems from one simple fact: the U.S. economy is too weak to support the revenue needs of the government, leading to ever increasing



NOBULL: RE: Ranchers seek alternatives to expensive winter hay — Heaven help us if feed prices go back to where they were 5 years ago.

Mike, the first evening I met you, probably around 1998, we discussed the impact of grain subsidies on agriculture as a whole; about how artificially cheap commodities distort costs of production between the three main meats, beef, pork and poultry. We discussed how artificially cheap feedgrains caused production far past the point of optimum industry



NOBULL: Exclusive video: Poultry leaders talk about animal activists and business practices

Too bad the integrators don’t treat their growers as "humanely" as they purport to treat their chickens. Bill Exclusive video: Poultry leaders talk about animal activists and business practices Source: meatingplace.com By Rita Jane Gabbett on 11/26/2012 Just over a week ago the animal activist group Mercy for Animals released a video alleging abusive handling



NOBULL: RE: Ranchers seek alternatives to expensive winter hay — You can’t feed a drought.

Mike, Freight is such a big factor in forage costs. 3cent or 60/ton hay here would cost 100/ton to move 1000 miles. Too bad Kansas is 1500 miles. The cost per ton would be 150 plus the 60, is 210/ton Close to the gouge thy neighbor prices . Sell the cows or move them to



NOBULL: Ranchers seek alternatives to expensive winter hay

Posted on Sat, Nov. 24, 2012 12:56 PM Ranchers seek alternatives to expensive winter hay By ROXANA HEGEMAN The Associated Press Orlin Wagner Debbie Blythe fed cattle this week on her farm near White City, Kan. Blythe is among thousands of farmers looking for alternative ways to feed their animals this winter after one of



NOBULL: USDA FSA is not responsive to family farmers

Hi Mike, I came out of the shadows and decide to speak up about our local USDA office which has been intransigent about helping the small farmers. I received an email which invited, which I read was to be private comments to submit. Alas! They published it on the Sec of Ag’s Blog! Here is



NOBULL: Mississippi churning, By Alan Guebert — Checkoff corruption hates daylight.

FARM FILE, A COLUMN BY ALAN GUEBERT Mississippi churning © 2012 The News-Sentinel. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The News-Sentinel Saturday, November 24, 2012 – 12:01 am To hear Fred Stokes tell it, he got carried away “a mite” in a Kansas City news conference Aug. 10