ASSESS MINERAL STATUS OF HERD TO PREVENT PROBLEMS
by: Stephen B. Blezinger
Over the past few years we have discussed, at length, many of the factors related to mineral supplementation in beef cattle. We’ve looked at a variety of sources, discussed the differences between forms and mused over the contribution the forage base makes to providing for the animal’s overall requirements.
Barnyard baby sitters
ISU students discuss duties taking care of large animals who can make large messes
By Paul Nemeth / Iowa State Daily Staff Writer
Adrienne Hermiston finds satisfaction performing a job that might make the average city-slicker cringe.
Hermiston, senior in animal science, is one of several animal caretakers for the department of animal science who feeds, breeds and keeps the animals at the ISU farms healthy.
Cleaning up cow manure and grooming cattle are things Hermiston said she has grown to love.
Texas A&M Researchers Tout Medical Breakthrough
4:12 PM Mar 22, 2006
KBTX-TV Bryan/College Station, TX
Texas A&M University Press Release
COLLEGE STATION, March 22, 2006 – Researchers at Texas A&M University have successfully “knocked down” the expression of possible disease-causing genes in a cloned goat fetus, perhaps paving the way for breeding disease resistance in other animals, even those genes that might cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as Mad Cow Disease.
Agricultural History Project seeks cattle industry stories
Register-Pajaronian, Watsonville, CA
BY AMANDA SCHOENBERG
In the early Mission days of Santa Cruz County, the cattle industry was king. The missions traded in tallow and hide, letting the animals out to pasture throughout the Pajaro Valley, as well as Monterey, San Benito and parts of Santa Clara counties.
Kansas meatpacker sparks industry fight over testing for mad cow
By LIBBY QUAID, AP Food and Farm Writer
WASHINGTON – A Kansas meatpacker has sparked an industry fight by proposing testing all the company’s cattle for mad cow disease.
Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to look for the disease in every animal it processes. The Agriculture Department has said no. Creekstone says it intends to sue the department.
Calculating calf losses is a question buried in snow
BY ART HOVEY / Lincoln Journal Star
Cows and new calves are the foundation of the Custer County economy. When they’re threatened, cattle people respond.
Broken Bow veterinarian and cow-calf producer Scott Reynolds were among those answering the call as two feet of snow fell from Saturday through early Tuesday.
No bum steer
Western Grasslands’ pasture-raised beef stampedes to fast sales growth
Sacramento Business Journal – March 17, 2006
by Robyn Rominger
Mack Graves hopes to rustle up new business for Western Grasslands Inc. by showing potential customers that its grass-fed beef is nutritionally superior to beef raised on feed lots.
As CEO of the 4-year-old firm, Graves has already lured plenty of people willing to pay a premium price for the pasture-raised beef.
Hot Topics in Beef Industry Subject of Symposium
University of Wyoming
March 22, 2006 — Beef producers can learn about priority issues facing their industry during the Wyoming Beef Cattle Improvement Association’s state beef symposium Friday, March 31, at the Riverton National Guard Armory.
Information will be offered about animal identification, source and age verification, feed byproducts and animal vaccines.
“The symposium will give producers an opportunity to look at some of the hot topics facing the industry,” says Ron Cunningham, Fremont County University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) educator who helped plan the meeting.
Winter Storm Increases Calving Problems In Nebraska
KANSAS CITY (Dow Jones)–The winter storm that swept across Nebraska Monday and dumped as much as 25 inches of snow in central portions of the state was welcomed by nearly all farmers in the state, but has increased calving problems for cattle producers, said state Department of Agriculture Assistant Director Jamie Karl on Tuesday.
The spring calving season is at its height currently, he said.