Daily Archives: November 15, 2011

Johnes Disease & Manuring Hay Fields

Johnes Disease & Manuring Hay Fields

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

We don’t spread manure on any of our fields used for Hay production.  It’s a personal preference we’ve held since day one.  Simply due to the fact that it doesn’t seem like a healthy option.   Of course there is manure in our pastures that is deposited by the animals while they graze.

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Tuberculosis in cattle: What you need to know

Tuberculosis in cattle: What you need to know

Tri State Livestock News

The recent confirmation of bovine tuberculosis in a beef herd in Hutchinson County by the South Dakota Animal Industry Board presents an opportunity for cattle producers and others to review important aspects of this uncommon animal disease, according to South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly.

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New edition of Johne’s disease handbooks available

New edition of Johne’s disease handbooks available

TSCRA

Dairy and beef producers and their veterinarians who want to help prevent or control Johne’s disease in their herds often ask where they should start with the process. The answer: Begin by conducting an on-farm risk assessment. Then develop and follow a management plan specific to a farm or ranch.

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Billboards equate meat with cigarettes

Billboards equate meat with cigarettes

Marlys Miller

Bovine Veterinarian

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has been putting up billboards which send the message that eating certain meat products cause cancer and are equal to smoking cigarettes. The target is processed meats such as hot dogs and bacon.

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Time to get your herd ready for winter

Time to get your herd ready for winter

JANNA KINCHELOE

Great Falls Tribune

It’s weaning and shipping time in central Montana, which also means that it’s time for livestock producers to provide cows with their fall vaccinations. Most vaccination programs are based on a variety of factors including geographic location, available facilities, animal husbandry practices, and the producer’s overall management plan.

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New Paper Questions the Value of Crossbreds

New Paper Questions the Value of Crossbreds

AgriMarketing

Common sense makes it clear: simplicity rules. However, ranching profitability is a model of complexity.

"Conventional wisdom says crossbreeding equals extra pounds and more revenue at sale time, but those assumptions are often too simplistic," says animal scientist Nevil Speer.

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Packer Urges Cooperation to Please Consumer

Packer Urges Cooperation to Please Consumer

Cattle Today

If national trends are the equivalent of a beef industry report card, then ranchers and feeders are making the grade.

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Steve Cornett:  A Rustler’s Nightmare

Steve Cornett:  A Rustler’s Nightmare

Beef Today

The comment period is still open on animal traceability, and I’ve finally decided I’m for it. I’m all in. It has not been easy for me. I am distrustful of government programs. I would rather see it done by the industry. It could be. It won’t.

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Drought-Damaged Corn Dangerous as Feed

Drought-Damaged Corn Dangerous as Feed

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Producers who cut drought damaged corn as feed need to know the signs of nitrate poisoning.

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South Dakota cattle need TB tests to enter Wisconsin

South Dakota cattle need TB tests to enter Wisconsin

Cattle from South Dakota will need to meet tuberculosis testing requirements before entering Wisconsin, following a new discovery of bovine TB there, Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Ehlenfeldt announced today.

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