Daily Archives: February 12, 2009

One sick calf = less profitable pen

One sick calf = less profitable pen

Certified Angus Beef

Health costs impact entire feedyard

Low mortality isn’t the only way to measure the success of your health program. Pfizer veterinarian Robin Falkner told attendees at last fall’s Feeding Quality Forums, held in North Platte, Neb., and Amarillo, Texas, to start thinking about disease management a little differently.

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Changing the Beef Checkoff a challenge

Changing the Beef Checkoff a challenge

Chris Clayton

Tri State Livestock news

A push to change the beef checkoff law is going to come down to a combination of a leap of faith and a lack of trust for a cattle industry with a long history of fights over the checkoff.

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Valuing Feed on Moisture Content

Valuing Feed on Moisture Content

Ropin’ the Web

Moisture content is an important consideration when comparing feeds. Sometimes we want to find out the adjusted weight of a crop when it is dried, or to adjust the purchase price of silage based on a certain moisture content. When moisture is removed from a sample, the weight goes down, but the nutrient content such as protein increases in the remaining sample. This calculator will enable you to determine the adjusted weight or adjusted nutrient content when moisture content of a sample changes.

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Feeding Food Wastes to Livestock

Feeding Food Wastes to Livestock

Robert Myer and Holly Johnson

University of Florida

Many food wastes have a high nutritional value, and recycling them for animal feed can be a viable waste disposal option.

What are Food Wastes?

The term “food waste” used in this fact sheet is applied to wasted food from the food service industry (i.e. restaurants) and grocery stores. These wastes include plate waste (scrapings), food leftovers, kitchen wastes, spoiled food, expired food, mislabeled food, etc. Other terms to describe these wastes include food residuals, plate waste and kitchen scraps. Two older terms, “garbage” and “swill,” are still used, but the livestock and waste management industries prefer not to use these older terms.

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Calving assets

Calving assets

Steve Suther

Most North American cowherds calve in the “spring,” very broadly defined as January to May because folks contending with wind chill don’t want to admit they calve in the winter. Spring continues for the first three weeks of June, but we tend to call that summer calving. And of course, millions of fall-born calves will soon face weaning.

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Examine Feed Formulas to insure Cost Effectiveness

Examine Feed Formulas to insure Cost Effectiveness

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

This past week a producer from Virginia called and had an interesting question. He asked “I’ve been buying this free-choice mineral and based on the tag it has a ton of stuff in it that I don’t understand. Do I really need all this?” He faxed me a copy of the tag and he was right, his mineral was extremely complex based on the ingredient list which included 51 items.

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Nutritional program vital during calving

Nutritional program vital during calving

Beef Today

Calving is a critical period for beef cattle producers, and proper nutrition is crucial to a successful outcome for the cow and calf, say Grant Dewell and Terry Engelken, Iowa State University veterinarians. Body Condition Scoring (BCS) can be used to assess the nutritional program of the beef herd.

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Understanding Beef Carcass Reports

Understanding Beef Carcass Reports

Carole Hicks, Extension Animal Scientist – Beef Specialist, University of Georgia

Many retained ownership programs offer producers the opportunity to receive a level of data from the feed-yard and packing plant that is rarely available after those animals leave the farm. One example is the Georgia Beef Challenge, which gives its participants information on cattle gain and carcass data. Table 1 shows an example of a carcass report received from the Georgia Beef Challenge.

Producers can use this information to make genetic changes in their herd to better the marketability of their calves.

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IRS Takes More Aggressive Approach to Farming Audits

IRS Takes More Aggressive Approach to Farming Audits

John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

The IRS is focusing more on audits in the farming, livestock and horse industries in which taxpayers are claiming six figures or more in tax deductions. This often pertains to taxpayers who are employed full time in a profession, and operate the farm or other activity on a part-time basis, often relying on managers and contract employees.

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Meat projections down in report

Meat projections down in report


The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates sets total U.S. meat production for 2009 lower this month based on reductions of both red meats and poultry. There will be fewer numbers of cattle fed leading to lower beef production in 2009.

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BVDV Testicular Infection In Bulls

BVDV Testicular Infection In Bulls


BVD virus can be excreted in semen due to persistent infection, acute infection, persistent testicular infection and prolonged testicular infection. Virus can be transmitted to susceptible cows via cryopreserved semen.

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Smaller U.S. cattle inventory than a year ago

Smaller U.S. cattle inventory than a year ago


The U.S. had 94.49 million head of cattle and calves as of January 1, 1.6% below a year ago, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. As expected, all categories related to the beef industry reported a year-to-year decline, but the dairy numbers were slightly higher, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center.

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A stockyard lost, Cattle farmers round up support for new auction

A stockyard lost, Cattle farmers round up support for new auction

Julia Merchant

Smoky Mountain News

How far would you drive for $100?

That’s the dilemma Haywood County cattle farmer Neal Stamey faces each time he hooks his trailer up to his pickup truck, loads up the cow or cows he’ll sell that day, and makes the 100-mile round-trip trek across the state line to a cattle auction in Newport, Tenn. There, a bidder will snap up Stamey’s animals, hopefully for a fair price. If Stamey’s brought only one cow, he’ll be lucky to make $100.

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Infectious Footrot Of Cattle

Infectious Footrot Of Cattle


Footrot is an infectious disease in cattle that is characterized by lameness, and the inflammation of soft tissues between the hooves (interdigital space). Among the several synonyms for the disease are interdigital necrobacillosis, foul foot, and necrotic pododermatitis. Footrot is caused by soilborne bacteria Fusobacterium necrophorum and Bacteroides melaninogenicus that gain entrance to the interdigital tissues after injury to the skin. The predisposing injury to the skin is usually caused by trauma from stepping on stones, straw or hardened mud, or continuously standing in a wet muddy environment, which may soften and macerate the skin. Occasionally footrot occurs when no obvious interdigital trauma can be found.

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Growth implant strategy outlined at animal science meetings

Growth implant strategy outlined at animal science meetings

Maximizing quality and efficiency calls for different implanting strategies on steers versus heifers.

A Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) seven-year study characterized the effect of trenbolone acetate (TBA) growth implants on both sexes. Gary Fike, beef cattle specialist for CAB, presented the results at the recent Southern Section meetings of the American Society of Animal Science in Atlanta, Ga.

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