Daily Archives: March 16, 2006

New publication gives tips on grazing warm-season grasses

New publication gives tips on grazing warm-season grasses

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 1:24 PM CST
Tri-State Neighbor

BROOKINGS, S.D. – A new publication from South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension offers tips about grazing warm-season grasses.

SDSU Extension Fact Sheet 931, “Grazing Management for Warm-Season Grasses in Eastern South Dakota,” is available online at this link: http://agbiopubs.sdstate.edu/ articles/FS931.pdf. Or ask for it at your county Extension office.


Vet’s Corner: Treatment for Mycoplasm bovis requires patience and persistence

Vet’s Corner: Treatment for Mycoplasm bovis requires patience and persistence

By David Barz, D.V.M., Northwest Vet Supply
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 1:24 PM CST

Over the last several years, we have seen an increase in Mycoplasm infections in cattle from this area. Not only has it been seen in feedlots, but it has moved into many beef breeding herds.


Senate Ag Committee calls for changes at GIPSA

Senate Ag Committee calls for changes at GIPSA

Successful Farming
3/14/2006, 10:23 AM CST

A bipartisan group U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee members is charging USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration has failed to enforce anti-competition laws over the past decade. In a hearing late last week, they said GIPSA has demonstrated “a long history of incompetence” with its investigations and ignored auditors’ recommendations for improvements in the oversight of the Packers and Stockyards Act, which is supposed to ensure fair trade practices and competitive marketing conditions in livestock, meat and poultry markets.





By U.S. Senator Conrad Burns
March 15, 2006

Each year at this time, we as a nation take a moment to pause and reflect on the contributions made by those who produce the food and fiber this nation relies upon. National Agriculture Week is an opportunity to celebrate the value of agriculture in America. Spring is here and with it comes the hope of a plentiful year that will keep our farms and ranches operational.


No big deal

No big deal

By Mark Harrison
The Times-Journal, Fort Payne, Alabama

Published March 15, 2006

The owner of a local stockyard said Tuesday he doesn’t believe the discovery of mad cow disease at a small cattle operation in Alabama will have a negative influence on the state’s cattle market.

On Monday, a case of mad cow disease was confirmed at a small cattle farm in Alabama, but state agriculture and health officials stressed that the infected cow posed no threat to humans or other animals.


GG Genetics continues to breed for carcass traits

GG Genetics continues to breed for carcass traits

By Miranda Reiman, Freelance Writer
Tri State Neighbor
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 1:24 PM CST

Mason Fleenor learned early in his cattle career that raising quality beef pays.

“We have been breeding for carcass traits for a long time,” said the Ida Grove, Iowa, producer and owner of GG Genetics.

As early as 1986, he was using Angus genetics and paying attention to traits like marbling and ribeye area.


Extra! Mad Cow Disease-A general explanation of BSE aimed at students

Extra! Mad Cow Disease

Wednesday, March 15, 2006; Posted: 5:47 p.m. EST (22:47 GMT)

(CNN Student News) — Use this explainer to help students understand mad cow disease, a topic relevant to today’s news.

(CNN Student News) — Use this explainer to help students understand mad cow disease, a topic relevant to today’s news.

What is it? “Mad cow” is the common name of a disease that affects cattle. It is known to the scientific community as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The disease attacks the cow’s nervous system. The animal’s resulting behavior gives the disease its common name: mad cow.


Dog packs pose threat to livestock operators

Dog packs pose threat to livestock operators

Special to The Monett Times

Published March 15, 2006 4:00 PM CST

Extension Service says action against wild dogs may be necessary by ranchers


Ronnie Schad, Purdy, takes a few moments to check on a calf, injured Sunday, March 5, by dogs, in the days following the attack. Four of his dairy calves were killed in the early morning attack and two others were badly injured. While Schad administers antibiotics to the injured animals, he is as yet unsure whether the calf will recover. Inset: This calf’s injured leg is swollen to four times its normal size, causing the animal to hobble gingerly around its pen. The animals are part of the heifer replacement program Schad and his son maintain in their dairy operation. The loss of four calves earlier this month will continue to have financial repercussions far into the future.
[Times Photos by Melonie Roberts]

rought, flooding, herd illnesses, feed prices and market prices are all concerns that must be considered when undertaking the responsibilities that come with raising livestock, but for some producers in southwest Missouri, there is an added threat to their livelihoods: dog packs mauling or killing their cattle.

Purdy livestock producer and dairy farmer Ronnie Schad knows the consequences first-hand, having lost six calves in less than 18 months to dogs that have mauled and killed the young, penned bucket-fed animals on his farm.


With lush spring grass comes the potential for grass tetany

With lush spring grass comes the potential for grass tetany

By Donna Farris, Special Sections Editor,
Tri-State Neighbor
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 1:23 PM CST

Nothing could be more attractive to cattle than the lush, green grass of early spring. But that diet can also be threatening or even deadly because of the magnesium deficiency it can cause.

Grass tetany is the name given to the condition caused by the deficiency, also known as grass staggers. In Southern areas, it might be known as wheat pasture poisoning, said Cody Wright, South Dakota State University Extension beef specialist.


Investigators Will Dig Up Infected Cow

Investigators Will Dig Up Infected Cow

By LIBBY QUAID, The Associated Press
Mar 15, 2006 5:50 PM (3 hrs ago)

WASHINGTON – The Alabama cow infected with mad cow disease will be exhumed so investigators can get a better idea of its age, the government said Wednesday.

Investigators are also trying to determine where the cow came from. The infected animal had spent less than a year on the Alabama farm, which has not been identified.