Ground beef likely cause of 6-state food poisoning outbreak, officials say – WDSU New Orleans

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  1. Ground beef likely cause of 6-state food poisoning outbreak, officials say  WDSU New Orleans
  2. Food-poisoning outbreak that has sickened over 100 people in 6 states is likely from ground beef  NBCNews.com
  3. CDC blames ground beef on mystery E. Coli outbreak that sickened dozens of people in 6 states  Washington Post
  4. E. coli mystery solved: Ground beef is source of outbreak, CDC says  CNN
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Cattle Market Wrap-up | Cull cow prices perk up – Beef Magazine

Feeder cattle receipts at the test auctions were 32,800 head, 2,000 lower than last week. However, it was 7,000 higher than last year which has been the case lately. That’s because of much better wheat pasture conditions this year which have been holding a lot more cattle. Prices were either side of steady but lighter-weight yearlings were steady to $2 per cwt higher.

Slaughter cow numbers at the test auctions increased a little on the heels of higher prices. The slaughter cow prices were steady to $4 per cwt higher with much more active bidding after the packing plants plowed through big numbers of cows from the flooded areas. Cow meat prices started to improve after being steady during the big numbers from the flooded areas and are starting to get close to last year now.

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A blind cow, camping and tours — award-winning family dairy shares its story of survival – ABC News

An award-winning dairy farm is promoting education over activism, welcoming campers to their lush property to diversify their business and raise awareness of their industry.

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Key points:

  • The dairy farm has about 450 cows on the property, and people are invited to visit and experience life on the farm
  • Jess the blind Jersey cow navigates dams, fences and trees on the property
  • The family want to educate people about where their milk comes from

“We’re not as bad as what some of these animal liberationists all think, ‘You know we’re mean and evil,’ well that’s not the case,” Shane Paulger said, as visitors watched his wife Karen bring the cows into the milking bails.

“For too long we [farmers] have taken for granted that the consumer understands us, and they do feel for us a lot of time with drought and floods and fires and so on,” he said.

About 450 cows are milked twice daily in the peak autumn season at Adadale Jersey and Holsteins, near Kenilworth, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Up to 2.5 million litres of milk are produced during the season on the 235-hectare property.

The Paulger family’s care for their animals goes the extra distance, evidenced by their care for Jess, a blind Jersey cow.

“Jess is special, she just has so much character,” farm worker Liam Kirk said.

The former city slicker, who left Brisbane to take on a job at the dairy farm, called out Jess’s name to make sure she took her place with the other pregnant cows at feeding time in the top paddock.

Blind from birth

The five-year-old cow navigates dams, fences and trees with ease, following her mates through paddocks.

“We introduced a bull from Canada through semen many years ago, unbeknownst to us that he bred a lot of blind animals across the world,” Mr Paulger said.

“We being softies with our animals, we just didn’t have the heart to put her down and believe me she survives very well.

“She’s not in any pain or anything, she’s having a great life, she’s up there munching away on her hay and feed and she just seems to wander around and enjoy life.”

Mr Paulger shared the story of how his parents, Stan and Maureen, built the Jersey and Holstein farm up from humble beginnings to an award-winning dairy that continued to win prizes at state and national shows.

“They drove 36 cows down the road from Woli Mountain and brought them into this property and developed what is one of the most picturesque and productive dairy farms in Queensland,” Mr Paulger said.

“We’re very proud of our achievements — we’ve got wonderful cows.”

Guests learn that the gestation period for a pregnant cow is about the same as for a human, and that the cows are fed a special diet of salts to build up their calcium reserves.

“My father and myself and my family have been very stringent and strict on stud and type with tremendous success in the show rings around the country, but our cows do last longer because they’re built the right way, the type — that’s mammary systems and structure and legs and feet are all structurally very sound,” Mr Paulger said.

“Our herd is actually recognised across the country as one of the best herds in Australia.”

Mr Paulger did not shy away from explaining the realities of animal management on a dairy.

At Adadale, cows are kept to an average of 12-13 years of age before they are culled from the herd.

“It’s an unfortunate process, people might say that it’s a bit rough, but we can’t afford to feed cows that aren’t producing,” Mr Paulger said.

“They’re all herd recorded and we keep data on them, and if they’ve got suspect milk that’s not the highest quality they might be culled on that.

“They might be culled on other things but it’s mainly all around productivity because, as I said, this is a very, very tough business we’re in, the margins are so skinny.”

The Paulgers’ farm enjoyed recent rain, but drought along the eastern seaboard meant they had the added expense of sourcing feed from as far away as Western Australia.

Mr Paulger praised independent processor Maleny Dairies, which took on Adadale Jersey and Holsteins late last year, for paying a sustainable price for their rich, creamy milk.

“It’s been a godsend, Maleny Dairies and the Hopper family, we wouldn’t be here only for them now — I can say the last 12 months has been very difficult,” Mr Paulger said.

Since de-regulation, the number of Queensland dairy farms had dropped from 700 to 360.

Tours and camping

Adadale dairy tours, on selected Friday and Saturday afternoons, were part of a relatively new business venture for the farm, which had opened its river flats to campers to help pay the bills.

It is a simple, self-sufficient and pet friendly camping set up, with clean portaloos provided and campfires allowed.

Protected lungfish and platypus can be spotted from the farm’s five kilometres of frontage to the Mary River.

“I think it’s great, it’s great for them to supplement their income, it’s great for people to learn more about dairying and it’s just contributing to the local economy, I think it’s fantastic,” Barb, a visitor, said.

But it was not all plain sailing, the venture — Kenilworth Camping — is challenging Sunshine Council in court over conditions placed on their camping operation, including the need to fence an area of river on a flood-prone flat.

A council spokesperson said Kenilworth Camping was also appealing the requirement for services relating to waste, effluent disposal and toilet and shower facilities.

Karen Paulger said the farm was offering a grass-roots experience.

“It’s a world away from them, I think the parents enjoy it as much as the children to be honest,” Ms Paulger said.

Mr Paulger said he thought visitors would take a new appreciation of life on a dairy farm home to the city.

“I think agriculture in general has failed in putting our message out there about local and fresh and green and all the positives that we as farmers try to promote,” he said.

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Missing: Cow, Where: BJP Manifesto – Deccan Herald

BJP might have retained all its core issues from Ram Mandir to Article 370 and added some like Sabarimala to its manifesto but one thing that is missing is cow when one compares it with the 2009 or 2014 document.

There is just one mention of cows, that too in the form of cow shelter, in the 2019 manifesto when it said ‘Goshalas’ in the country will be linked to the promotion of organic farming.

During the past five years, the Opposition has alleged, cow-related vigilantism and violence had been on rise and put the blame on the right-wing politics practised by it.
 

There were elaborate references to promises related to cow in the previous two manifestos.

In 2014, it said in view of the contribution of cow and its progeny to agriculture, socio-economic and cultural life of our country, the Department of Animal Husbandry will be suitably strengthened and empowered for the protection and promotion of cow and its progeny.

“Necessary legal framework will be created to protect and promote cow and its progeny. A National Cattle Development board will be set up to implement a Programme for the improvement of indigenous livestock breeds,” it had said in a repeat of what it had said in 2009.

In 2009 manifesto, the BJP had referred to a Supreme Court judgement and said that keeping with the Directive Principles of State Policy, the necessary legal framework will be created to protect and promote cow and its progeny.

“In view of the contribution of cow and its progeny to agriculture, socio-economic and cultural life of our country, the Department of Animal Husbandry will be suitably strengthened and empowered for the protection and promotion of cow and its progeny. A National Cattle Development Board will be set up to implement a programme for the improvement of indigenous

livestock breeds,” the 2009 manifesto said. 

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Around the World in 105 Cows – Atlas Obscura

While Werner Lampert was living on an alpine pasture, he discovered that cows have an insatiable appetite for, among many things, poetry. Each morning, he’d clamber up a small hill to the pasture where his bovine neighbors were grazing. There, he’d read aloud the works of the German Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin. The cows would gather around him, listening attentively until he finished delivering the poem at hand. “When I stopped … they would soon scatter,” writes Lampert. “But the next morning they would be there waiting for me again.”

According to Lampert, cows and humans share a special relationship—one that goes way deeper than impromptu poetry readings. That’s why he partnered with a team of photographers to journey around the globe documenting the many breeds of cattle that populate the planet, as well as the humans who look after them, work with them, worship them, and eat them. His forthcoming book, The Cow: A Tribute, is an epic ode to the stunning diversity of cows and the many ways in which they’ve helped humans thrive over the past 10,000 years. From the skyward-pointing horns of Ethiopian Raya-Azebo cattle to the spellbinding eyes of Austrian Montafons, The Cow offers a comprehensive, striking mosaic of the global bovine body and soul. (Yes, Lampert asserts, cows have souls.)

You should probably make this ridiculously stunning Grauvieh picture the background of whatever device you’re reading this article on.
You should probably make this ridiculously stunning Grauvieh picture the background of whatever device you’re reading this article on. © Werner Lampert GmbH, Photo Ramona Waldner

With the help of cows, writes Lampert, humans have been able to successfully inhabit even the most extreme environments. In parts of northeast Siberia, temperatures can dip as low as -90 degrees Fahrenheit. But, with thick, white hair covering its compact body and udder, the gritty Sakha Ynaga can still produce plenty of milk. The Sakha people rely on this high-fat beverage for nourishment and medicinal purposes, and use the Sakha Ynaga’s dung as insulation to keep their homes warm throughout the harsh winter.

The book itself.
The book itself. © The Cow: A Tribute by Werner Lampert, published by teNeues, $ 75.

Lampert celebrates not only the resilience, strength, and utility of these age-old beasts of burden, but also the way they’ve shaped human communities, culture, and religion for thousands of years. Cows are spiritually revered within many religious communities, and have been since ancient times. “Sacrificial cattle were the link between man and the gods, a channel for sacred communication between them,” writes Lampert. “Cows were possibly the first sacred animals in human history.”

It’s with a similar tone of reverence that Lampert describes each breed of cow he profiles. He readily admits that an image of Tiroler Grauvieh, the silvery-grey, graceful cows that roam about the eastern Alps, currently features as the background image on his phone. “Of course!” he writes, “so I am reminded of their sheer beauty every day.”

According to Lampert, the Hariana cow (Haryana, India) is a lie detector of a cow, and will “go quite crazy” if someone lies in its presence.
According to Lampert, the Hariana cow (Haryana, India) is a lie detector of a cow, and will “go quite crazy” if someone lies in its presence. Werner Lampert GmbH, Photo Judith Benedikt

The Ankole, found in Uganda, as well as parts of the Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, is characterized by its majestic gait and giant, twisting horns. Warm to the touch, the powerful, bony structures are believed to be crucial tools for keeping cool. Filled with supportive tissue, the horns usher in warm, circulating blood, which cools as it flows to the tip of the horn.

Lauded for its striking beauty, the Ankole is also integral to community structure and affairs. According to Lampert, these cows are never sold, but rather included in dowries, offered up as appeasement if someone has broken community rules, or gifted to those who have suffered some kind of misfortune. “Ankoles help maintain equilibrium between people,” writes Lampert.

But while some communities have embraced cattle and bolstered populations, others have essentially destroyed them. This is the history of the North American bison, which once numbered more than 30 million by some estimates, stretching in vast herds across the Great Plains. European colonization and decades of habitat destruction, reckless hunting, and mass killing of the creatures (intended to deprive Native American communities of a food supply), shrunk that number to nearly 1,000 by 1890.

A beautiful, fuzzy bison behind a bush (left) and two Ankoles and their iconic horns (right).
A beautiful, fuzzy bison behind a bush (left) and two Ankoles and their iconic horns (right). © Werner Lampert GmbH, Photo Ramona Waldner

In a way, Lampert’s tribute to the diversity of the world’s cows is also a eulogy. He searches desperately for the Kouprey, a beautiful, elusive, endangered ox believed to be living in the Cambodian jungle. But the team couldn’t find a single one. According to Lampert, they’ve likely fallen victim to poaching and habitat destruction. This is part of a larger trend, he says. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, of about 1,408 breeds of cattle, 184 are listed as extinct and 490 as at risk.

There was, perhaps, a time when these utterly mystifying ungulates were more than just cash cows to most of us. But, Lampert points out, something in this special human-bovine bond has been broken. We’ve begun to take without giving—or even really appreciating—our bovine companions. We view them as products, not as the fascinating, resourceful, stunning creatures they are.

Luckily, there might just be a fix. Don’t simply eat cow meat; meet a cow. Pick up a poetry book and take it to the pasture. Gaze into the mesmerizing eyes of a Montafon, or set the background image on your phone to a particularly glamorous Grauvieh.

“Cows have a hold over us,” writes Lampert, “and once you develop a passion for them, it will never leave you.”

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Investigator: Cattle in very poor condition at extremely sloppy Exeter feedlot – KSNB Local 4

EXETER, Neb. (KSNB) A state investigator said cattle in an Exeter feedlot were subjected to extremely wet and sloppy conditions and an excessive build-up of manure.

Local and state officials this week removed about 200 surviving head of cattle from the feedlot about three miles northwest of Exeter. Another 200 head of cattle were dead when investigators arrived on the scene Wednesday.

Criminal Investigator CJ Fell of the Nebraska Brand Committee confirmed to Local4 that they were investigating feedlot operator Aaron Ogren, 30. According to recent court documents, Ogren’s address is 1817 Road C, Exeter, NE, the same address as the feedlot in question.

Fell said that investigators were “working with” Ogren, that Ogren was communicating with them and that he was cooperating with the investigation.

Fell said the Committee, and investigators from the Fillmore County Sheriff’s office and the State Patrol were involved in what he called an ongoing investigation of theft allegations and animal neglect.

Fell said the feedlot had an extremely sloppy build-up of manure and it was extremely wet. When asked if the feedlot conditions could have been related to recent poor weather conditions, Fell said that could have been a factor, but not to the extent he found at the feedlot this week.

Fell said he was investigating whether the animals were neglected or abused, but declined to comment on whether they were properly fed. He said the cattle which were removed from the feedlot Wednesday and Thursday were in very poor condition.

Fell confirmed that some of the cattle in the feedlot were owned by a concern in Colorado and that he’s investigating theft allegations.

The Fillmore County Sheriff said people whose cattle were at the feedlot reported concerns about the living conditions and state of their animals.

“We’ve been investigating this feedlot for a couple weeks, and developed enough information to have a search warrant,” said William Burgess, Fillmore County Sheriff. Investigators served the search warrant at the property and then discovered the dead and neglected livestock.

Fell said that the results of the investigation would be turned over the Fillmore County Sheriff’s office. As of late Saturday morning, no court documents related to this investigation had been filed in Fillmore county.

Authorities removed more than 200 cattle, either in poor or questionable condition, from the feedlot and placed the animals at a nearby ranch to be monitored and receive care.

The Nebraska Brand Committee was created by the Legislature in 1941 to inspect livestock and investigate missing and/or stolen cattle. It is a self-supporting cash fund agency. Its operating funds come solely from fees collected for brand recordings, brand inspections and registered feedlots and dairies.

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In The Cattle Markets: No April Fools Here – Cull Cow Prices are Up – Drovers Magazine

By: David P. Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Cull cow prices are sharing in the Spring cattle price rally.  Normally, cull cow prices increase from the Fall into late Spring, and that increase is well underway.  Cow prices are climbing along with fed cattle prices. 

Cow prices in the Southern Plains have increased about $13 per cwt, or 32 percent, from about $40 per cwt in January to $53 at the end of March.  The meat market indicates higher values for the meat from cull cows.  Ninety percent lean beef prices have climbed 10 percent to $218 per cwt since January.  Over the same period the cow-beef cutout value is up 7.7 percent. 

Cow Slaughter Historically Large 

The rally in cow prices has come in the face of historically large slaughter.  Dairy cow slaughter has exceeded 70,000 per week for that last 5 weeks.  The 72,700 head sent to market the first week of March was the largest weekly dairy cow slaughter since 1986.  Some readers might remember the Dairy Herd Buyout program that contributed to large dairy cow slaughter in 1986.  Beef cow slaughter dropped below last year’s levels by mid-March, 53,000 head compared to 56,000 head this time last year.  Total beef and dairy cow slaughter is the most since drought forced movement in 2012-2013. 

Some significantly higher cow prices than those in the Southern Plains have been reported in Northern markets.  One of the results of the 2010-2012 Southern Plains drought has been a loss in regional cow packing capacity.  New capacity in the Northwest has added value to cull cows further North. 

Presumably, dairy cow marketings will decline later in the year as increased culling has an effect on milk production and prices.  Some milk market recovery should lead to higher milk prices and slower culling rates.  The slowing rate of growth of the beef cow herd should slow beef cow marketings.  The combination of slowing culling, limiting the growth in supplies, should provide some price support.

The Markets

Sunshine and warmer weather in Texas has boosted local calf market prices over the last couple weeks.  The Choice beef cutout declined a little late in the week, but largely continued the higher trend of the last 6 weeks.  The Choice-Select spread ended the week at $7.15 per cwt, a little lower than the week before.  The spread typically increases into June.   

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