Daily Archives: March 11, 2009

Video Feature: Lemmon Angus

Video Feature: Lemmon Angus

Lemmon Angus is a leading source of Angus genetics, focusing on cattle that both the purebred and commercial cattlemen can utilize. Both bulls and heifers for sale.

Baxter Black, DVM: CONTINUING SAGA OF ABANDONED HORSES

Baxter Black, DVM:  CONTINUING SAGA OF ABANDONED HORSES

I had a visit with the president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently about the abandoned horse issue. My question to him was ‘Since the problem is a direct result of the banning of equine slaughter plants, for which his group led the charge, what are they willing to do to help those of us who have inherited the responsibility for the mess they have made.’

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Beef Industry leader Bill House Passes

Beef Industry leader Bill House Passes

 

Bill House

Bill House

Swain William (Bill) House, 93, Arkansas City and Cedar Vale, died Sunday, March 8, 2009, at his Arkansas City home. After practicing law briefly, his father-in-law became ill and Bill decided to take over the ranch after his death. He changed from a steers to a cow-calf operation, expanding and building what is known as House Hereford Ranch. Bill was an active participant on behalf of the beef industry. A few of his past ventures include: president of the American Hereford Association in 1963-1964, president of the Kansas Livestock Association 1964-1965 and a two-term president of the American Nation Cattlemen’s Association in 1968 and 1969. He was the first Kansan to head that organization. Mr. House had a strong influence in many state and national legislative endeavors concerning the entire beef cattle business. As a leader of the ANCA, he worked on committees that were successful in establishing import quotas on beef from Australia and New Zealand. These quotas have been advantageous in maintaining the stability of the beef industry in the United States.

 

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Phosphorus supplementation for cattle

Phosphorus supplementation for cattle

Ivan Rush

Cost of mineral supplements has increased considerably this past year which has caused some to question how much is actually needed without sacrificing performance. The majority of the price increase was due to the increased price of the sources of phosphorus.

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Commingling and Marketing Value-Added Cattle

Commingling and Marketing Value-Added Cattle             

Jon Biermacher and John Blanton and Ryan Reuter and Job Springer

Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

It is well understood that marketing a uniform group of steers or heifers that have a well-characterized health management history has the potential to increase the animals’ value and producer profitability.

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Breeding Soundness Evaluations for Bulls Inexpensive Insurance

Breeding Soundness Evaluations for Bulls Inexpensive Insurance

Indiana Ag Connection

Producers are encouraged to bring their bulls one of seven southern Indiana locations during March and April for a breeding soundness evaluation.

“It’s more important this year than most for producers to bring their bulls in for a breeding soundness evaluation,” said Brad Shelton, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service educator in Washington County. “With inputs still high and calf prices lower than they have been, it’s crucial that you don’t throw money down the drain and this is one area where it pays to check.”

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Plastic Pollution and Mutant Cows in Texas

Plastic Pollution and Mutant Cows in Texas

Thebeefsite.com

Cattle downwind from industrial facilities in Texas suffer genetic damage, according to new research.

For 200 years, Randy Mumme’s family has raised cattle on the same plot of southeast Texas land. Then, about 10 years ago, something began to change, reports Scientific American. His steers were losing weight. Cows were miscarrying; one gave birth to a calf with three legs. Many calves were stillborn.

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Colostrum management important during calving season

Colostrum management important during calving season

Greg Lardy

Tri State Livestock News

Calving season is in full swing for most of you who are reading this. In fact, I might be willing to wager that many of you are reading this issue of Tri-State Livestock News in a calving barn or from a cot in an office area where you are catching a few winks in between checking cows or heifers. In this week’s column, I’ll give you a few tips regarding colostrum as you prepare for calving season.

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More Than a Helping Hand

More Than a Helping Hand

Ed Haag

Angus Journal

Members of the agricultural community have always taken pride in their willingness to lend a helping hand to fellow farmers and ranchers in their neighborhood. Now, thanks to Heifer Project International (HPI), that hand and that neighborhood extend around the world.

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Cattle Feeders Hall Of Fame Established To Honor Industry Leaders

Cattle Feeders Hall Of Fame Established To Honor Industry Leaders

cattlenetwork.com

Over the years, America’s cattle feeders have played a key role in making the United States the world’s most efficient producer of safe, quality beef. The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame has been established to honor the exceptional visionary men and women who have made lasting contributions to the cattle-feeding industry.

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Know the Rules for Handling Animal Losses

Know the Rules for Handling Animal Losses

Thebeefsite.com

A new U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule could impact the disposal of dead farm animals.

The rule, scheduled to go into effect in April, would prevent the use of brains and spinal cords of older cattle for animal food. The new rule covers all cows 30 months and older and is aimed at preventing the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease.

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Prepare For Calving Season

Prepare For Calving Season

Dr. David Smith, Professor of Veterinary Science, Veterinary and Bilogical Sciences, University of Nebraska

Cattle producers can anticipate the most likely and most costly hazards to their cows and calves at calving time, and can use this knowledge to plan for their prevention. Minimizing the risk of these hazards requires long- and near-term planning. Calving problems may occur because of factors of the calf or the dam. Planning ahead for calving problems and close monitoring of the herd during calving can minimize the likelihood and/or cost of dystocia.

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Foreign visitors spend big on cattle DNA

Foreign visitors spend big on cattle DNA

CAROLYN FEIBEL

Houston Chronicle

The most serious shoppers at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are not looking for fancy boots or new hats. They walk right by the glittering stalls of rhinestone purses and silver jewelry.

These consumers are shopping for DNA. They are seeking bull semen, frozen embryos and best-of-breed bovines to pump up their herds in Nicaragua, Mexico, and 80 other countries.

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Reducing Cattle Intensity to Manage Feed Areas

Reducing Cattle Intensity to Manage Feed Areas

Thebeefsite.com

By reducing the intensity of the cattle in one area, producers can mitigate problems.

Winter cattle feeding areas are a recipe for mud. These high-traffic areas show the impact of cattle hooves that loosen the topsoil and compact the soil below.

When water and manure are added to the loose soil, a mudhole forms. These areas eventually become terrible places to feed cattle.

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Use of Natural Service Sires with Synchronized Estrus

Use of Natural Service Sires with Synchronized Estrus

Sandy Johnson and Peter Chenoweth*, K-State Research and Extension, Colby, KS; *Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga NSW

Typically producers that synchronize estrus do so to facilitate an AI program. However, there are some instances where application of an AI program is not feasible but advantages from synchronization of estrus are still desirable.

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