Daily Archives: April 27, 2010

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE CACTUS PHOTO

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE CACTUS PHOTO

It is a photo imbedded in my memory; partly cloudy blue skies, a nearby mountain range coursing diagonally across the background, a finger shadow on the lens, and the glimpse of a startled horse’s left eye in the bottom right hand corner!

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Cap and trade bill hurts Midwestern farmers

Cap and trade bill hurts Midwestern farmers

Bill Cassidy

The Kansas City Star

The Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill passed through the House of Representatives with minimal consideration of its effects on agriculture.

In written and spoken testimony before the House Agriculture Committee, it appears cap and trade will increase food prices, decrease the amount of U.S. acreage under cultivation, decrease agricultural exports, decrease farm employment, transfer significant wealth from the U.S. to other countries, and may increase the net amount of carbon dioxide emitted worldwide.

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Lush Pastures Posing a Gassy Problem For Cattle

Lush Pastures Posing a Gassy Problem For Cattle

Thebeefsite.com

As picturesque as cattle grazing lush pastures on Kentucky rolling hills may be, a closer look reveals a problem producers are having to deal with this time of year – bloat.

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Agriculture under siege

Agriculture under siege

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

“It’s time to take back agriculture,” said Jacque Matsen, executive director of issues management at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) at the mid-year meeting for the American Agri-Women in Denver, CO on April 10, 2010.

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Put Your Deworming Dollars To Work

Put Your Deworming Dollars To Work

Thecattlesite.com

Don’t overlook deworming this spring – timely application of parasite control before turnout can help maximise producers’ deworming dollars by reducing pasture contamination and helping keep cattle productive.

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How Did Your Nutrition Program Do This Winter?

How Did Your Nutrition Program Do This Winter?

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

For spring-calving herds, calving season is starting to wind down. The greatest loss of potential calves to wean is due to cows not getting pregnant during the breeding season. Cows that don’t get pregnant during the breeding season, for spring-calving herds, is usually a result of cows being in poor body condition, as a result of the nutrient management program.

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Electronic-ID for cattle

Electronic-ID for cattle

KXMB TV Bismarck

Sarah Gustin

As technology continues to improve the ag industry is moving right along with it.

Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin explains the future of high frequency on North Dakota ranches.

The days of pencil and paper records could be over

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Fall in feedlot numbers spurs cattle price revival

Fall in feedlot numbers spurs cattle price revival

Agrimoney.com

Cattle prices rebounded back towards their highest levels since 2008 on Monday, following data showing that the number of animals on US feedlots had hit their lowest for six years.

Live cattle for April delivery touched 99.875 cents a pound in early deals in Chicago, within half a cent of an 18-month high for a spot contract touched two weeks ago.

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Chicken litter feeds cows feeds chickens feeds cows

Chicken litter feeds cows feeds chickens feeds cows

Corinna Borden

AnnArbor.com

The debate for the FDA about feeding chicken litter to cows appears to stem from their concern over Mad Cow disease, which strikes me as the tail wagging the dog. So before I talk about the dog, I will address the tail.

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Cows, other livestock do not inflict harm on environment

Cows, other livestock do not inflict harm on environment

The Daily Collegian

The April 21 article, "Professor: Eat healthy, help earth," featured nutrition professor Dorothy Blair, who commented on how your diet also has an impact on the environment. I would like to point out that she is inaccurate in her comment that cows and other animals consume many of our world’s resources and contribute a significant amount to greenhouse gases.

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Country boy’ living the cowboy life in Micanopy

Country boy’ living the cowboy life in Micanopy

Emily Fuggetta

Ocala.com

Jack Gillen is a whip-cracking, cattle-herding, horse-hauling cowboy.

"I’m just a country boy," he said. "A farm boy."

At 61, he swings himself onto his horse with refined grace. Some days, he works at the Ocala Livestock Market, where he ushers cows into pens to be sold at auction. Full Story

Launch of Silent HerdsmanTM to Improve Bovine Reproduction

Launch of Silent HerdsmanTM to Improve Bovine Reproduction

Marketwire.com

Silent  HerdsmanTM  is  centered  on  a  collar and communications infrastructure  that  automatically monitors the behavior and well being of livestock, reducing the overall on-farm operational costs of functions  traditionally carried out by stockmen.

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Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day Set for May 6 in Southeast Kansas

Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day Set for May 6 in Southeast Kansas

High Plains Journal

Kansas State University’s Southeast Agricultural Research Center will host its Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day on May 6.

The day begins with registration from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the center’s Mound Valley Unit, located two and one-half miles west of Mound Valley on U.S. Highway 160 (formerly K-96), then one-fourth mile south on Elk Road. Coffee and donuts will be served, compliments of the Parsons Livestock Market.

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Young veterinarian proves herself in the field

Young veterinarian proves herself in the field

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

Erica Koller always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Having grown up on a ranch near Edgemont, SD, Koller has deep roots and a passion for the agriculture industry. It’s that passion that fueled her fire to aspire to become a veterinarian, despite the naysayers.

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R-CALF USA Likes Wall Street Reform Bill

R-CALF USA Likes Wall Street Reform Bill

KNEB

R-CALF USA Marketing Committee Chair Dennis Thornsberry called the Wall Street reform bill – a significant step in the right direction to restore the principal purpose of the commodities futures market, which is to provide price discovery and reduce price risk for physical hedgers.

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