Daily Archives: April 7, 2010

Purdue Alum Clifford Hardin, Who Cut Subsidies at Agriculture Dept., Dies at 94

Clifford Hardin, Who Cut Subsidies at Agriculture Dept., Dies at 94

DOUGLAS MARTIN

New York Times

Mr. Hardin attended Purdue on a 4-H scholarship, earning undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. degrees there. He taught at Purdue, the University of Wisconsin and Michigan StateCollege (now Michigan State University). In 1954, at age 39, he became chancellor at Nebraska, where he helped quadruple enrollment and persuaded the state’s Legislature to raise professors’ salaries.

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Let your feet do the talking

Let your feet do the talking

Trent Loos

 High Plains Journal

. . . Another example of the efficiency of the modern food production system comes to us from Washington State University and Jude Capper, Ph.D. Her recent analysis found that buying one dozen eggs that have been transported several hundred miles to a grocery store in a tractor-trailer is a more fuel-efficient, eco-friendly option than purchasing one dozen eggs at a farmers market, which uses 4.5 times more fuel, or at a local farm, which would require 17.2 times more fuel.

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Viral Life Cycle Of Malignant Catarrhal Fever Explained

Viral Life Cycle Of Malignant Catarrhal Fever Explained

Thebeefsite.com

The mysterious life cycle of a sheep virus that causes malignant catarrhal fever (MCF)in bison and cattle has been discovered by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their university collaborators, which will help in developing a vaccine against the disease.

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Animal scientist gives breeding season preparation tips

Animal scientist gives breeding season preparation tips

AG Answers

With the start of the spring breeding season approaching for many producers, a Purdue University animal scientist said there are several aspects to ensuring a successful breeding season.

Allen Bridges said that producers should make sure cows and bulls are ready by performing breeding soundness exams, ensuring animals have proper nutrition and evaluating their breeding programs.

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Argentina Increases Cattle Slaughter Weight to Curb Beef Prices

Argentina Increases Cattle Slaughter Weight to Curb Beef Prices

Businessweek

Rodrigo Orihuela

Argentina’s government increased the minimum weight for cattle to be slaughtered for the second time in two months in a bid to halt increases in beef prices in the world’s largest red-meat eating country.

Slaughtered cattle will have to weigh at least 165 kilograms (364 pounds) starting May 1, the government’s official gazette said today. Slaughter of lighter cattle will be penalized, the gazette said, without providing specifics. The minimum slaughter weight of 143 kilograms was raised to 154 kilograms as of April 1, the first increase in two years.

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Japan says it has no plans to ease US beef restrictions

Japan says it has no plans to ease US beef restrictions

Google News

Japan said Tuesday it has no plans to ease long-standing trade restrictions on US beef imposed over mad cow disease, two days before talks in Tokyo between the two on the issue.

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was travelling to Japan Tuesday for a four-day visit in a renewed attempt to settle the long-running dispute that has created friction between the allies.

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San Mateo County ranchers feed growing demand for grass-fed beef

San Mateo County ranchers feed growing demand for grass-fed beef

Julia Scott

San Mateo County Times

It’s easy to see who really runs the ranch at Markegard Family Grass-Fed when you crest the rutted driveway and the cows in the road refuse to move out of the way.

The Markegard family’s 250 cows, steers, calves and yearlings live lives of total freedom, with nothing to do but wander around and graze hundreds of acres of lush grassland, reproduce, and take in the views of the ocean from their idyllic domain 800 feet above sea level.

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Alpharma to Offer Anaplasmosis Webinar

Alpharma to Offer Anaplasmosis Webinar

Cindy Zimmerman

World Dairy Diary

Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease that causes loss of production and abortion in beef cattle and significant decreases in milk production in dairy cattle. Each individual case of anaplasmosis is estimated to cost about $400 per animal, and the total cost to the industry is estimated to be above $300 million in the U.S.

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Cattlemen to discuss water trends

Cattlemen to discuss water trends

Vernon Morning Star

The North Okanagan Livestock Association (NOLA) is focusing on Okanagan water and drought issues and how they affect ranching at its annual education seminar.

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Kansas Counties Include Agriculture in Emergency Plans

Kansas Counties Include Agriculture in Emergency Plans

KNEB

When it comes to emergency management in the United States, agriculture has been a relative newcomer to the table. But efforts are under way to bring agriculture into emergency plans – right down to the county level.

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Bovine Trichomoniasis Update

Bovine Trichomoniasis Update

Recorder Online

The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd for Bovine Trichomoniasis.

“Testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling this infection, ” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “ Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd. ”

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Cattle research roundup set for April 15

Cattle research roundup set for April 15

RICK PLUMLEE

The Wichita Eagle

The 95th annual Beef Cattle Research Roundup will be held April 15 at Kansas State University’s Research and Extension Center in Hays.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the center’s feedlot arena. The program starts at 10:30 a.m.

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Q&A:   I am thinking of using Artificial Insemination (AI) in my cows and am wondering what rate of conception to expect if I synchronize estrus.

Q&A:   I am thinking of using Artificial Insemination (AI) in my cows and am wondering what rate of conception to expect if I synchronize estrus.

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

A:   There are a number of different estrous synchronization programs to consider. I would have you go to some information that was put together by the Beef Reproductive Task force.

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Truth in Food

Truth in Food

Kevin Murphy

Angus Beef Bulletin

Paramount Pictures’ 1979 film The Warriors told the story of a small Coney Island street gang who, along with all the other street gangs of New York City, was summoned to a meeting by a visionary warlord named Cyrus. Cyrus preached collaboration between the gangs in order to overtake and rule the city. His magnetism capturing the 20,000 assembled gangsters who, in one accord, cheer him, Cyrus raises his hands in triumph and poses the cool 1970s question, “Can you dig it? Can you dig it? Cannn youuuu diggg itttt???"

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Purdue Beef Unit to Host Showcase and Sale

Purdue Beef Unit to Host Showcase and Sale

Hoosier AG Today

  Beef producers can learn about some of the latest production tools and methods at Purdue University’s Beef Unit Showcase and Production Sale. The second annual event will be April 17 at the Purdue Animal Science Research and Education Center Beef Unit near West Lafayette. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will feature several programs highlighting recent research and tips for success in beef management.

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Lack Of Awareness of Anaplasmosis Risk

Lack Of Awareness of Anaplasmosis Risk

Thebeefsite.com

Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease that causes loss of production and abortion in beef cattle and significant decreases in milk production in dairy cattle.

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