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Ag Notebook: Beef-anatomy app, and backyard-chicken software and 100-year-old farmers

NUBeef-anatomy app educates across professions

A new app from NUBeef takes the user inside the carcasses of beef cattle.

NUBeef-Anatomy allows users to navigate through the anatomy of beef cattle and learn more about bones and muscles found in the carcass.

The app functions as a digital beef anatomy textbook, said Steven Jones, professor of animal science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who developed the media with EdMedia’s instructional multimedia designer Vishal Singh.

The information offered in the app could be used by animal science and veterinary students, 4-H and FFA members, meat processors, chefs, consumers and others.

As a user views each cross-section, they can view a picture of a selected muscle and learn about the anatomical and physical features of each muscle.

The NUBeef-Anatomy app is available in the Apple iTunes app store for iPhone and iPad for $4.99.

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— University of Nebraska-Lincoln Beefwatch

Faulkner elected to DFA board

Mike Faulkner of Greeley, Colo., has been formally seated on Dairy Farmers of America’s Board of Directors. He will serve a one-year term.

In partnership with his son and another partner, Faulkner milks 3,000 cows and grows corn for silage and alfalfa hay on 1,000 acres. Faulkner has served on DFA’s Mountain Area Council since its formation and on the board of one of DFA’s predecessor cooperatives.

Faulkner serves as first vice chairman of the Mountain Area Council, co-chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County’s Agriculture Committee and is active on Colorado’s Political Action Committee. He recently retired from the Western Dairy Association board.

DFA leaders are elected by members from each of DFA’s seven regional areas for positions at the local district level, on area councils and for the national 51-member dairy producer board.

These elected leaders are responsible for guiding management and establishing the policies and business direction of the cooperative. — Dairy Farmers of America news release

Global event hatches backyard-poultry software

Coming one day to a smartphone or tablet computer near you: An application that helps backyard poultry farmers protect their birds from disease. It might even help make them profitable, if you want.

That’s the plan after a team of Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service officials announced the winner of NASA’s 2013 International Space Apps Challenge.

Billed as “the largest hackathon ever” to solving a range of problems in space — and here on Earth — the April event drew more than 9,000 people in 83 cities across 44 countries and all seven continents.

The inaugural APHIS challenge, for its part, drew about 25 new software possibilities in the global demonstration of mass collaboration.

The winner – ChicksBook – came from Sofia, Bulgaria.

Officials said ChicksBook was chosen because it met all the tasks outlined in the challenge statement – such as egg production tracking, weather and other environmental variables, egg handling and education data to keep one’s birds healthy.

— U.S. Department of Agriculture

Age is Just a Number for 100-Year-old Farmer

Annie Faye Woodson has been directly involved in farming and ranching in Texas for the last 76 years.

It is no surprise that Woodson, 100, has seen many changes throughout her life on the farm.

“I rode in a wagon, buggy and tractor,” said Woodson. “Technology is the biggest change I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

Woodson grew up in a small community in Gober, Texas, where her parents farmed 40 acres of land.

Woodson remembers long hours of picking and hoeing cotton when she was growing up so naturally the greatest invention for her was the cotton stripper.

Woodson taught school for six years before marrying her now deceased husband, J.T. “Red” Woodson in 1937.

After Woodson’s husband passed away, their grandson Tommy took over as farm manager.

The family raises wheat, oats, hay and cattle on 1,000 acres.

While Tommy is responsible for most of the day-to-day operations, Woodson is quick to point out that she is still “the boss.” Woodson worked cattle and plowed and planted the fields up into her 90s, but now she relies on Tommy.

— Texas Farm Service Agency news release

Vilsack ‘pleased’ by U.S. BSE risk status

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement this week about notification received from the World Organization for Animal Health, upgrading the United States’ risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy to negligible risk:

“I am very pleased with OIE’s decision to grant the United States negligible risk status for BSE. This is a significant achievement that has been many years in the making for the United States, American beef producers and businesses, and federal and state partners who work together to maintain a system of interlocking safeguards against BSE that protect our public and animal health. This decision demonstrates OIE’s belief that both our surveillance for, and safeguards against, BSE are strong. U.S. beef and beef products are of the highest quality, wholesome and produced to the highest safety standards in the world.

“Last year, exports of U.S.-origin beef and beef products totaled $5.5 billion. With our negligible risk classification from the OIE, we have a strong foundation in place to continue increasing exports of U.S.-origin beef and beef products.”

— USDA news release ❖

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