Daily Archives: May 21, 2009

PETA: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know

PETA: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know

Chad Golladay

CattleGrower.com

I was debating on whether or not to post this information so quickly behind the post on 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Humane Society.

Primarily because CattleGrower.com’s primary purpose is to promote fellowship and networking opportunities for livestock producers rather than to become a political forum.

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High-nitrogen spring forage could pose cattle health problems

High-nitrogen spring forage could pose cattle health problems

The Cattle Business Weekly

Early moisture has resulted in abundant grass in many Wyoming pastures.

This early lush grass is high in nitrogen and may be low in certain minerals such as magnesium; both can lead to cattle health problems, said a University of Wyoming livestock nutrition expert.

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Understanding the horse slaughter controversy

Understanding the horse slaughter controversy

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri State Livestock News

Selling horses for meat has been a controversial issue and a growing movement against this practice has spawned legislation to prohibit horse slaughter in the United States. Many of the people arguing against slaughter are motivated by “love of the horse,” or rationalizing that since Americans don’t eat horsemeat we should not have our faithful companions end up on European tables.

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Cattlemen renew fight for estate tax reform

Cattlemen renew fight for estate tax reform

Tim Hearden

Capital Press

A cattleman’s group has vowed to continue to fight for estate tax reform after U.S. lawmakers stripped a measure from the federal budget bill that called for higher exemptions and lower rates.

NCBA says long-term goal is to repeal ‘death tax’

An amendment sponsored by Sens. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., would have raised the exemption to $5 million for an individual and $10 million for a couple, indexed for inflation. The amendment would also have cut the maximum estate tax rate to 35 percent.

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Disease Backgrounder: Bluetongue

Disease Backgrounder: Bluetongue

AVMA

Causative agent

Bluetongue (BT) is caused by an orbivirus member of the Reoviridae family. Reoviridae are 60 to 80 nanometers (nm) in diameter, unenveloped, double-stranded RNA viruses.

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Q&A What would help keep the cows out of the pond in the summer?

Q&A   What would help keep the cows out of the pond in the summer?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   There are sure reasons not to allow cattle full access to water in a pond. If the weather is hot, many times cattle will use the pond not only as a place to get a drink, but will stand in the pond to cool themselves. In these situations, cattle will also defecate and urinate in the water that they also drink.

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Livestock Marketing Fairness Act Introduced

Livestock Marketing Fairness Act Introduced

Hoosier AG Today

  Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi says there is a continued need to restore transparency and competitiveness in all our markets, including the sale barn. Packers who own herds shouldn’t be able to manipulate prices and now is the time for Congress to rein in anti-competitive meat packers and give ranchers an honest chance to make a living. And with that statement the Livestock Marketing Fairness Act was introduced into the U.S. Senate.

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