Daily Archives: March 28, 2006

Cattle on Feed Terms and Definitions

Cattle on Feed Terms and Definitions


Backgrounded cattle: Cattle that are fed a warm up or conditioning ration that are normally fed to approximately 700 pounds and then sold as feeders or shipped to another feedlot to be finished for the slaughter market.

Calf: Any animal less than 1 year old. Calves by NASS survey classification are animals that weigh less than 500 pounds.


vCJD transmission ‘risk for all’

vCJD transmission ‘risk for all’

BBC News

One gene type has accounted for virtually all vCJD cases

Everyone could be susceptible to vCJD infection via blood transfusions but their genes could determine how it will affect them, a study suggests.

So far, virtually all cases of vCJD in humans have been in people with one particular genetic profile.


When a Disease Loses Its Most Potent Ally, Fear

When a Disease Loses Its Most Potent Ally, Fear

Published: March 26, 2006
New York Times

THE obituary for mad cow disease was written earlier this month. Maybe you didn’t notice.

The disease isn’t really dead. But its power to terrify seems to be.

On March 13, the government said that a cow in Alabama was the third in the country to have the disease. The New York Times ran its article on Page 25, and other papers did roughly the same.


South St. Paul a cow town no more

South St. Paul a cow town no more

Historic stockyards are being sold for business park expansion
St. Paul Pioneer Press / Cow/Calf Weekly

In “cow town,” the hogs and cattle are finally moving on.

South St. Paul’s historic stockyards along the Mississippi River are being sold to a real estate developer.


Japan Okays Eight Canada Beef Plants for Export

Japan Okays Eight Canada Beef Plants for Export

Cow/Calf Weekly

All but one of eight Canadian meat processing plants that export to Japan were given a clean bill of health by Japanese inspectors. The one Alberta faciltity failing to gain export approval during the March 12-19 inspections was due to inadequate information provided by the Canadian government, the Japanese Health and Agriculture ministries said in a joint statement.


Manage Young Bulls For "A Lifetime of Success"

Manage Young Bulls For “A Lifetime of Success”


Post-test Management of Yearling Bulls: The yearling bull deserves some special attention as he begins his breeding career in order to assure that he will settle as many females as promptly as possible during his first working summer. You probably should not immediately turn him out with the cows.


Herefords Introduce Non-Certificate AI Bull Program

Herefords Introduce Non-Certificate AI Bull Program

Cow/Calf Weekly

In an effort to increase the use of artificial insemination (AI), and underscore the Hereford breed’s resolve about genetic change and providing a more consistent and predictable product, the American Hereford Association (AHA) has approved the Non-Certificate AI Bull Program. The program will allow any AI sire to be entered in the program and its calves registered without an AI certificate.


U.S., Japanese officials meet for beef talks

U.S., Japanese officials meet for beef talks

By CARL FREIRE Associated Press Writer

(AP) – TOKYO-A U.S. technical team on Tuesday began two days of meetings with Japanese government officials to discuss Japan’s concerns over the safety of U.S. beef and press for the reopening of the market.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture team of specialists led by Chuck Lambert, under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, is meeting with Japanese foreign affairs, health and agriculture ministry officials in Tokyo on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Ag secretary says beef trade must resume before reduction in mad cow tests

Ag secretary says beef trade must resume before reduction in mad cow tests

By LibBy Quaid
Associated Press writer

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Monday he wants to persuade Japan to resume U.S. beef shipments before deciding whether to scale back tests for mad cow disease.


Commentary: Government is in the way of BSE tests

Commentary: Government is in the way of BSE tests

Lincoln NE Journal Star

You’d think that if a company wanted to provide more than the government minimum testing to assure consumers that its beef was safe, it would have the right.

You’d be wrong.


Got grazing questions? ‘Stick’ with it for answers

Got grazing questions? ‘Stick’ with it for answers

Steve Leer
Purdue University
Rushville Republican

West Lafayette – Indiana livestock producers who are unsure how many animals their pastures and paddocks can support need to get on the stick. A grazing stick, that is.

Through support from the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, the Indiana Forage Council is producing 1,500 grazing sticks for livestock farmers and agribusinesses. The sticks can be purchased through Keith Johnson, Purdue University Extension forage specialist and forage council secretary-treasurer.