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The Food and Drug Administration announced Jan. 4 it will prohibit certain uses of the antibiotic cephalosporin in food-producing cattle, swine and poultry. The order banned “extralabel” or unapproved use of the antibiotic based on the label instructions.

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Shaw Cattle Company announces its acquisition of the entire cow herd of Oklahoma’s Turner Brothers registered Hereford cattle. Shaw Cattle Co. is excited to obtain the JET line of Turner Brothers’ cattle and believe they will complement their existing herd well.

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) -- Salina-area advocates for agriculture are making an extra effort to teach young students about farming and ranching, saying that too many of today's youngsters don't know enough about how their food is produced.

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0212pc_cooper_economy_1Sparked by a wave of cuts in state budgets across the country, cattle producers are watching heavy changes at one of their most identifiable public support systems – the land grant university extension office.

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With funding from the beef checkoff, the industry has been tracking beef tenderness for 20 years with the first benchmarking survey conducted in 1990. In more recent surveys, foodservice cuts were added and a consumer sensory panel was substituted for previously used trained sensory panels because the consumer’s perception of tenderness is the ultimate determinant of a cut’s success.

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A wider price gap between Select grade boxed beef and Choice or better—the Choice/Select spread—always comes back to supply and demand. Consumers vote with their dollars, and recent shifts in merchandising put much more high-quality beef on the ballot, just as those supplies began to fall off.

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