Grass Fed Beef News

As more and more consumers become increasingly informed of where their food is sourced they also want to know more about how it is raised.Grassfed has represented a niche market that has grown immensely over the last few years. What began as an inclination of consumers toward healthier and safer foods now represents a larger group who not only wants the perceived health benefits but comes to grassfed because of the management model. Some consumers come because they care intensely…
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In a an interview last year with Cattle Network I was asked about my background and my ranching business.I thought to share the answer here. I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (1981) where I had earlier received a BS in Animal Science.  I was in private practice for 10 years in Florida (my husband’s home state) before our move to Missouri. We own and family-operate a 4,000 acre farm in southern Missouri.We proudly…
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A reporter recently asked that I clarify a position I had taken concerning the USDA 2006 grass fed proposal. REPORTER: The Associated Press quoted your concerns about the USDA's recent proposal to broaden the term grass fed. They're suggesting that only 99 percent, rather than 100 percent, of a cow's diet come from grass forage and by defining forage more broadly to include things like leftover corn stalks from harvest and silage, which are fermented grasses and legumes.  You seem…
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REPORTER: Speaking for the American Grassfed Association, you said,We feel very strongly that any grassfed standard must address the issue of confinement as an integral part of that standard: otherwise the label will lose its integrity.We have two issues at play - the feeding regimen and confinement.  Why do you see them as integral to your definition of grassfed? DR. WHISNANT: The USDA has chosen to address only the feeding regimen in its proposed standard.  Yet, I do believe that…
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN GRASS FED ASSOCIATION Grazing America 2006 in Colorado Springs was a great success.It truly was an Education and Celebration of Real Farm Food as it facilitated the building of a bridge from the farm to the consumer.  While relaying important information to the producer,the event opened dialogue and forged relationships between producers and end users.  The tours,the Grassfed Tasting, the seminars,the banquet with Eric Schlosser, the face-to-face meeting with Marty O Connor (USDA) and…
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August 8, 2006 Martin E.O.Conner Chief,Standardization Branch, Livestockand Seed Program, AMS,USDA Room 2607-S 1400 Independence Avenue,SW Washington, DC 20250-0254 RE:Docket No. LS-05-09 The American Grassfed Association (AGA) would like to commend the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service for publishing a proposed voluntary claim and standards for grassfed (forage) marketing.  The proposed voluntary regulation should provide a good measure of assurance for protecting the integrity of any label claim using the term grassfed. We strongly support this standard as it refers to…
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By MARIAN BURROS Published: July 26, 2006 THE Agriculture Department has proposed allowing animals to be labeled grass-fed even if they never saw a pasture and were fed antibiotics and hormones. When Martin E.O.Connor, chief of the standardization branch of the department’s livestock and feed program, explained the proposed rule at a conference of the American Grassfed Association in Colorado Springs,Colo., on Friday, members were angry. Producers of grass-fed animals have waited for years for the department to develop certification…
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