Daily Archives: September 3, 2010

How Do We Care for Animals Caught In Disasters?

How Do We Care for Animals Caught In Disasters?

Bovine Veterinarian

When a fire or flood overwhelms a community, the first instinct is to grab the loved ones and head to safety. Many Californians couldn’t even imagine leaving their animals behind, but haven’t included the necessary precautions in their own emergency plans. A huge push for a better understanding of animal needs during emergencies took place this August in San Diego and Davis.

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Dealing Dollars from Data

Dealing Dollars from Data

Laura Nelson

Angus Journal

Like many of his peers in the South, Larry

Skeets loved Brahman cattle.He started in the cattle business 20 years ago with a registered herd, some show stock and commercial crossbreds. But by the late 1990s, he knew it just wasn’t going to work.

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Corn Byproducts Use In Beef Cattle Enterprise

Corn Byproducts Use In Beef Cattle Enterprise

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

Corn byproducts can be used as either a protein or energy supplement for backgrounding or replacement heifer/cow diets. The energy value of distillers grains is greater than that of corn.

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Winter feed needs

Winter feed needs

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

Feed is the highest expense in our cow herds. Several years ago we believed the average cost to maintain a cow was about one dollar per day. Unless you are a serious low-cost operator, I don’t believe you are getting by for $400 per year per cow. Many of my high-cost operators are spending $650-plus for yearly cow

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Vet thrives in lab, lecture hall

Vet thrives in lab, lecture hall

TIM HEARDEN

Beef expert develops tools to accurately identify diseases while in the field

Surrounded by students, farmers and ranchers on a recent warm summer evening, John Maas maintained a firm grip on their attention.

The beef extension veterinarian at the University of California-Davis mixed humor with down-to-earth language as he taught producers how to spot high fever or respiratory problems in their cattle.

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NCBA Questions R_CALF Affiliation with Extremist Animal Rights Groups

NCBA Questions R_CALF Affiliation with Extremist Animal Rights Groups

Western Livestock Journal

Representatives of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) question the affiliation of R-CALF with the animal rights and environmental activist group Food and Water Watch. According to separate news releases issued by the two groups, R-CALF and Food and Water Watch are joining forces on the campaign to support USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration’s (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock marketing.

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Grazing can help improve profits

Grazing can help improve profits

Carl C. Stafford

Culpeper Star Exponent

No matter if you read online or on the couch, farm publications are now discussing the cost of beef production across the United States from Texas to Arkansas and Virginia. The common theme I see is about how to improve a slim margin cow-calf business. Keeping input costs low through using less winter feed and less equipment are the suggested routes.

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CAFOS, and the dead animal on your table

CAFOS, and the dead animal on your table

Christa Turnell

Examiner.com

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The problem with beef is that it is a complex amalgam of federal government subsidies, antibiotics, growth hormones, rendered animal by-products, and poor land use planning.

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Where’s The Beef? One Man’s Search For ‘Steak’

Where’s The Beef? One Man’s Search For ‘Steak’

David Sax

National Public Radio

Each year, on his birthday, my mother asks my father where he wants to eat. "The Chan," my father usually replies, the smile already spreading across his face. He’s referring to House of Chan, a red-lantern Chinese restaurant turned high-end steakhouse in Toronto, famous for thick cuts of tender beef, broiled, buttered and brought to the table already sliced.

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NMSU collaboration focuses on hypertension in cattle

NMSU collaboration focuses on hypertension in cattle

Jane Moorman

Southwest Farm Press

The nation’s highest altitude beef cattle research facility managed by New Mexico State University at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico is determining if DNA markers exist that will identify if cattle are genetically predisposed to develop hypertension while at high elevations.

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