Daily Archives: May 25, 2006

Pinkeye Video Available now

With pinkeye season fast approaching, Dr. Ron Lemenager discusses the disease in this short narrated Powerpoint. Click button below to view the presentation.

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Cost-Effective Rangeland And Pasture Weed Control

Cost-Effective Rangeland And Pasture Weed Control

Mar 20, 2006 11:13 AM
Hayandforage.com

As rangeland and pastures green up, check the following tips on pasture weed control, courtesy of Dow AgroSciences range and pasture scientists.

  1. Identify what’s reducing your stands. Lack of rain, poor fertility, overstocking or other factors can contribute to overgrazing. And that can open previously healthy grass stands to broadleaf weeds and other undesirable plants. For long-term restoration, start by adjusting your grazing management plan to match available forage.

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USDA FUNDS RESEARCH ON PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF E. COLI O157:H7

USDA FUNDS RESEARCH ON PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF E. COLI O157:H7

KNEB Ag-Radio

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2006 – Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced today that USDA has awarded $1.2 million to a collaborative research effort to identify sources and risk factors of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in fresh produce. The funds will also be used to inform growers about strategies to prevent pre-harvest contamination.

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Relaxed cattle management has benefits

Relaxed cattle management has benefits

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 1:57 PM CDT
Tri State Neighbor

Style matters, even when managing livestock, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists who have found that proper management of cattle helps to develop a calm herd – and leads to other benefits as well.

Recently retired animal scientist John Stuedemann and other researchers before him at ARS’ J. Phil Campbell Sr. Natural Resource Conservation Center in Watkinsville, Ga., have conducted forage research with their resident herd of Angus cattle that was first established in the 1950s.

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Novel Antimicrobials Protect Against Mastitis-Causing Bacteria

Novel Antimicrobials Protect Against Mastitis-Causing Bacteria

By Rosalie Marion Bliss
USDA Animal Research Service
May 24, 2006

An Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-led team has combined specific DNA segments from two different sources to produce a novel antimicrobial protein. The resulting “fusion” antimicrobial protein degrades the cell walls of several bacterial pathogens in a solution of whey extracted from cow’s milk.

Agriculturally, the technology provides a key step to developing dairy cows that have a natural, built-in defense against mastitis—a disease that costs U.S. dairy producers up to $2 billion annually.

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Cal Poly starts high-tech cattle trend

Cal Poly starts high-tech cattle trend

Wednesday, May 24, 2006
By: Rob Carlmark
KSBY-TV

The U.S. cattle industry almost came to a screeching halt when Mad Cow was discovered in 2003, now there is technology to keep herds disease-free.

Cal Poly was one of the first universities in the state to begin research on Radio Frequency Identification Tags four years ago, and is now working to help others get up to speed.

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Manure-control rules win agency’s backing

Manure-control rules win agency’s backing

By LEE BERGQUIST
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Posted: May 24, 2006

Elkhart Lake – In action that state officials hope will guard against future fish kills and polluted wells, the Natural Resources Board approved regulations Wednesday that would clamp down on manure spreading at up to 165 of Wisconsin’s largest farms.
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The changes would affect less than 1% of all 30,000 livestock operations in the state. However, officials from the Department of Natural Resources said that the biggest farms produce 10% of all manure.

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Foot-and-mouth spreads in Vietnam

Foot-and-mouth spreads in Vietnam

Peoples’s Daily online

Foot-and-mouth disease has stricken two more Vietnamese provinces, raising the number of its affected localities to 38, according to a local animal health agency on Thursday.

The new outbreaks with some 80 infected pigs were found in the southern provinces of An Giang and Kien Giang several days ago, said the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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South Dakota Junior Angus will host regional show

South Dakota Junior Angus will host regional show

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 1:59 PM CDT
Tri-State neighbor

The 2006 North Central Regional Preview Junior Angus Show is set for June 15-17 in Sioux Falls, S.D., hosted by the South Dakota Junior Angus (SDJAA) and South Dakota Angus associations. More than 260 head of Angus cattle are entered in the show by 125 youth from 12 states.

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School Comes to Farm

School Comes to Farm

By Pat Arnold
For the Siskiyou Daily News

YREKA — 350 fourth grade students from 13 county schools were at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds Thursday for the annual Ag in the Classroom event put on by the Siskiyou County CattleWomen.

The event featured a display of farm animals and farm equipment with an eye toward teaching young students that food does not only come from the grocery store, but starts with agriculture.

Students from as far away as Happy Camp and Seaid Valley made the trip to Yreka to take part in this once a year learning experience organized each year by the Siskiyou County CattleWomen.

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