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  • Monsanto Bias

    claims that feeding beef cattle corn is causing major health problems for citizens of the United States. These claims are the effect of propaganda on high school students. Food Inc. makes statements that vilify the use corn to feed beef cattle and connects it to E. coli O157:H7, which is dangerous to humans. According to this excerpt by Purdue University, Food Inc. is making a generalization that is not fully backed up. “E. coli O157:H7 is a bacterium that is associated with cattle. A few popular books have made the claim that E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks are the result of modern beef production practices where cattle are fed diets containing higher amounts of corn or other starches (as opposed to grass or other forage). The roots of these claims are traced back to a few studies that showed that feeding higher amounts of grain to cattle can lower the pH (more acidic) of the cow’s intestinal tract. This could then favor the growth of acid-tolerant bacteria like some E. coli. While not the conclusion of the study, some folks have interpreted this to mean that feeding grain over grass has resulted in the emergence of E. coli O157:H7. Studies looking at actual E. coli O157:H7 carriage rates in cattle fed high starch (e.g., corn) vs. high forage (e.g., grass), however, have been inconsistent. Some studies have shown that E. coli O157:H7 carriage rates are not related to pH levels and others have shown that E. coli O157:H7 carriage rates can actually be higher in cattle fed…

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  • Is Milk A Health Food? By Arthur Knopf

    with these issues, the calcium and protein that are provided by these cows are essential for life, or are they? Recently, dairy products have come under speculation as a true health food. In the essay, “Is Milk a Health Food?”, written by a student, Arthur Knopf, he explains the negative characteristics of dairy and the cattle industry on our…

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  • The Importance Of Welfare In The Cattle Industry

    Temple Grandin states you can only manage what you can measure to identify problems and achieve improved states of welfare (Lyles, Calvo-Lorenzo 5335). Welfare in cattle has been a major topic and question of many many years due to the numerous practices. Societal acceptance is a big concern in the welfare because what ties into it is the views of treatment and living conditions of these animals. In the cattle industry outsiders and the people known as the consumers need to understand how…

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  • Cattle Industry Analysis

    two centuries the beef industry has undergone many changes. From the coming of refrigerated train cars to Government regulations. As the population of the earth has grown, cattlemen have had to change their operations in order to feed the world. But as we try to feed more cattle in a smaller area, sickness spreads like wildfire if not treated with antibiotics. Cattle were first brought to the America’s in 1493 on Columbus’s second voyage. (Bravodelux, 2013)Spanish and Portuguese trading ships…

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  • Effect Of Thymol And Carvacrol On Nutrient Digestibility In

    the effect of thymol and carvacrol on nutrient digestibility was studied in sheep fed with high (70%) or low (52%) concentrate diets, using incomplete Latin Square designs. The essential oils were mixed with the concentrate portion of the diet at the rate of 0.0, 0.3, or 0.6 g per kg dry matter (DM) diet. Supplementation of thymol had no significant effect on digestibility of dry matter (DM), organic matter (OM), crude protein (CP) and acid detergent fiber (ADF). The main effect of thymol on…

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  • Raising Livestock For Slaughter Essay

    Pasture feeding has beneficial effects on n-3 fatty acids, notably eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5n-3) and docasahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6n-3)” (Webb & Erasmus 2013). Unlike Martz, they go into detail about nutritional benefits of pasture raised beef, owing the difference in flavor that can sometimes occur to an increased presence of fatty acids. They also explain the reason for slower growth, stating grass fed livestock are typically not given growth hormones or concentrate feed, leaving…

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  • Kowalcyk Argumentative Essay

    and easiest way for them to produce and manufacture their products. One example of this is shown in the food that the food companies supply their cattle with. Cows are herbivores, which means that they only eat grass and other plants, but in order to fatten up the cows faster, the food companies fed the cattle corn. The cattle spend their time eating corn, which is a food that their bodies cannot properly digest, and spend their time standing ankle deep in their own feces. The cattle are cramped…

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  • Clinical Mastitis Essay

    of cows with days in milk, may increase the incidence of environmental Streptococcal intramammary infection (IMI) in a herd. The US National Mastitis Council (NMC) stated that the rate of IMI was higher during the dry period than during lactation, and during the first 75 days postpartum the rate of infection was higher than that occurring during the remainder of lactation (Council, 1999). The last 7-10 days before calving or early lactation is the time of greatest susceptibility to new…

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  • Food Industry: Where Is Our Food Coming From?

    animal production system that large amounts of animals are kept together in close quarters to each other, stuffed into cages, and tethered to walls and ceilings. Large animals like cattle are kept on dry feedlots and fed corn and other grains before being taken to slaughter. Small animals such as chickens never see daylight and are held inside in the dark and have to endure unhealthy living conditions. Everything about is almost completely automated, the human interaction with the animals or the…

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  • Analysis Of The Sheep And Beef Farm

    maximum of 5 weeks. Calving is aimed to be finished by the 1st of December, though during the time of placement, there were still two heifers remaining which had yet to calve. The farm carried 1000 more ewes than the neighbouring farm. This was to maximise usage of the pasture available. Lamb sales were nearing 3300 this year and weighed an average of 16.5 kg per lamb. This is on the smaller side of prime lamb sales in the North Island (which average at approximately 17.5 kg per lamb) but they…

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