Daily Archives: September 11, 2008

Video Feature: Cattle Condition Score

Video Feature: Cattle Condition Score

Michael Fisher, Area Livestock Extension Agent, describes how to visually assess body condition score in cattle.

Audio Feature: A new career resource, effects of nutrition restriction during early gestation

Audio Feature: A new career resource, effects of nutrition restriction during early gestation

Beefcast

*  The American Feed Industry Association has launched a new career resource for those looking to fill or find a position.

    * What are the effects of nutrition restriction during early gestation on the resulting offspring?

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Carcass Ultrasound 101: Use of Ultrasound…When EPDs Are Unavailable

Carcass Ultrasound 101: Use of Ultrasound…When EPDs Are Unavailable

By Patrick Wall, Director of Communications, The National CUP Lab

American Cowman

The pile of sale catalogs glued, stapled, or wrapped in the monthly breed publications can get a bit overwhelming in the peak sale seasons, regardless of your breed preference.  However, the real confusion sets in when one puts on their bull-buying cap and tries to find “the one” that will take their herd in the right direction.  Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are still the only selection tool that truly allows a buyer to compare one sale catalog to the rest in the stack.  Unfortunately, Carcass EPDs are not always readily available as you flip the pages from one lot to the next.  So what do you do?

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Bulls and Fescue Toxicity

Bulls and Fescue Toxicity

Ed Haag

Angus Journal

It is common knowledge that under certain circumstances endophyte-infected tall fescue can have a negative effect on beef cow reproduction, but now, researchers have determined that that effect can extend to bull fertility.

For the beef industry, tall fescue is both a boon and a curse. While it remains one of the most common and productive pasture grasses in the U.S., providing forage for an estimated 8.5 million cattle, it also costs the U.S. beef industry between $500 million and $1 billion in lost revenues, most of which is attributable to reduced reproduction and growth rates.

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Troubled horse owners are abandoning their animals

Troubled horse owners are abandoning their animals

KEVIN MURPHY

The Kansas City Star

At River Bluff Rescue Ranch in Kansas City, North, director Elizabeth Hill worked with Lindee, an abandoned horse. “People can’t afford the board or hay or grain,” Hill said.

At River Bluff Rescue Ranch in Kansas City, North, director Elizabeth Hill worked with Lindee, an abandoned horse. “People can’t afford the board or hay or grain,” Hill said.

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Does Temperament Effect Carcass Quality?

Does Temperament Effect Carcass Quality?

cattlenetwork.com

Many cattlemen have suspected that disposition — the mental and emotional attitude of cattle — has an effect on how well they do in the feedlot, having an impact on gain. The nervous, flighty animal doesn’t spend as much time at the feed bunk. This suspicion has been confirmed, thanks to several studies focusing on the effects of disposition on cattle performance. Results of these studies have also shown a very measurable effect on carcass quality.

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Pay attention to teat, udder scoring

Pay attention to teat, udder scoring

Cattle Business Weekly

As fall calving begins, the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) encourages its members to score their cows’ teat sizes and udder suspensions so the data can help guide future selection decisions.

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) adopted standardized guidelines for teat and udder scoring last year. The system requires a separate score for each, both on 9-point scales. Breeders should evaluate their cows within 24 hours after calving.

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