Daily Archives: March 12, 2010

Video Feature: Trent Loss Discusses Humane Society of the United States and Yellow Tail

Video Feature:  Trent Loss Discusses Humane Society of the United States and Yellow Tail

Trent Loos discusses the controversy over Yellow Tail wine donating to the Humane Society of the United States and the ag industry’s concerns with the non-profit group.

Going the Extra Mile

Going the Extra Mile

KATRINA WATERS

The Cattleman

The economy is tough and the cattle business is no different. When every dollar counts — and you’re about to spend thousands on a bull — you want to feel confident in your selected seedstock supplier. Likewise, they want you to choose them. Not just once, but again and again, every time you’re in the market for replacement animals.

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Choosing the Right Vet

Choosing the Right Vet

Steve Weisman

American Cattlemen

Most cattle producers have experienced needing to find a new veterinarian at some point in their life. Whether you just moved to an area, your veterinarian has moved or retired, or you simply want to make a change, this decision is one that is a very important one to make.

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BeefTalk: No Sun, No Fun

BeefTalk: No Sun, No Fun

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Many functions in life depend on a clear seasonal signal through sunshine.

When the sun is out, the calves, cows and horses are happy. The rancher, farmer and family are happy.

A long period without sunny days definitely turns the tide away from happiness. Perhaps that is why the saying “a cloudy day” has so many meanings.

Sunlight impacts living things because they need sunlight to survive.

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Creating a profitable grassfed operation

Creating a profitable grassfed operation

Loretta Sorensen

Tri State Livestock News

Is demand for grassfed beef growing? How can beef producers take advantage of what could be an “exploding grassfed market?” What kind of genetics does it take to develop a profitable grassfed operation?

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Foster Calves May Cause Calf Scours Outbreak

Foster Calves May Cause Calf Scours Outbreak

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

South Dakota State University researchers examined the cause of a scours epidemic in one spring calving herd.  Results of the retrospective, record-based investigation suggested that introduction of foster calves was associated with the calf scours outbreak.

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Q&A What causes ringworm in cattle and how can I get rid of it?

Q&A What causes ringworm in cattle and how can I get rid of it?

Just Answer

Ringworm in cattle is caused by the fungus species Trichophyton. This organism is very hearty and can survive long times in the environment, especially if it is damp and dark (like barns). Grouping of cattle together speeds up the spread from one animal to another. I would say once you have it on your property, you should consider that it will always be there.

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Switching to Grass-Fed Beef

Switching to Grass-Fed Beef

TARA PARKER-POPE

New York Times

What’s the nutritional difference between beef from animals raised on grass compared with animals fattened in feedlots?

New research from California State University in Chico breaks it down, reviewing three decades of research comparing the nutritional profiles of grass-fed and grain-fed beef.

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Sen. Mike Johanns Presses Japan to Lift Restrictions on U.S. Beef

Sen. Mike Johanns Presses Japan to Lift Restrictions on U.S. Beef

1011NPW.com

Senators Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) introduced a resolution pressing Japan to lift its partial ban on U.S. beef. Sen. Johanns, a former Secretary of Agriculture, and Sen. Lincoln, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, were joined by 17 bipartisan cosponsors.

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Register now to attend Oklahoma Beef Quality Summit

Register now to attend Oklahoma Beef Quality Summit

Donald Stotts, Oklahoma State University

Southwest Farm Press

Producers, retailers, food service professionals and packers should sign up now to attend the three-day Oklahoma Beef Quality Summit taking place the week of April 5.

“The summit is a practical way to get the latest hands-on information needed to improve and maintain a high standard of beef quality throughout the many and varied aspects of Oklahoma’s multi-billion-dollar beef industry,” said Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef Council.

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Livestock Care Movement in Idaho and Missouri

Livestock Care Movement in Idaho and Missouri

Hoosier AG Today

  The Idaho Senate has approved a bill that would set up a Livestock Care Standards Board. The board would be similar to the one voted in last November in Ohio. Like Ohio, Idaho hopes to get ahead of any efforts by the Humane Society of the United States to influence animal welfare laws in the state.

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Wyoming Governor signs landmark legislation providing the option of horse processing to deal with abandoned horses

Wyoming Governor signs landmark legislation providing the option of horse processing to deal with abandoned horses

Sue Wallis

United Organizations of the Horse

Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal has signed HB 122-Disposal of livestock into law which provides the Wyoming Board of Livestock three options to deal with abandoned, estray (animals whose ownership cannot be determined), feral, or abused animals which come under their control.

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Southeastern Calf Prices Still Showing Improvement

Southeastern Calf Prices Still Showing Improvement

Cattle Today

For decades, cattle from the southeastern U.S. have sold at a discount compared to cattle from the Midwest. Data says they deserve better, according to a beef cattle specialist with Certified Angus Beef LLC. Earlier this month, Gary Fike presented on feedlot performance and carcass traits at the Southern Section meetings of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) in Orlando, Fla.

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Selenium makes a difference

Selenium makes a difference

Bill Beal

Angus Journal

Selenium (Se) is a “micromineral” required in very small quantities in the diet of beef cattle. However, if the diet of a beef cow is deficient in selenium, symptoms such as nutritional muscular dystrophy in calves (white muscle disease), infertility, abortions, stillbirths or retained placenta can occur. The proper level of supplementation of selenium depends on the geographical location of the herd, the amount of selenium provided in the feedstuffs, the selenium concentration of the mineral supplement and the daily intake of mineral.

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Life Among the ‘Yakkity Yaks’

Life Among the ‘Yakkity Yaks’

BARI WEISS

Wall Street Journal

‘Who do you think made the first stone spear?" asks Temple Grandin. "That wasn’t the yakkity yaks sitting around the campfire. It was some Asperger sitting in the back of a cave figuring out how to chip rocks into spearheads. Without some autistic traits you wouldn’t even have a recording device to record this conversation on."

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