Cattle Temperament Impacts Immune Response
Calm calves appear to have a better response to vaccination at weaning than temperamental calves, says the Texas Ag Experiment Station. This better vaccination response means the calmer calves are less likely to develop sickness or die of disease.
Earlier research has shown cattle that speed out of the handling chute eat and gain less, and yield tougher steaks. The Texas A&M University (TAMU) study is one the first to look at the animal’s immune response in relation to temperament.
Eliminating antibiotics may not discourage resistance
Drovers alert from the Drovers Journal
Eliminating antibiotic drugs from food-animal production may have little positive effect on resistant bacteria that threaten health, according to the Institute of Food Technologists. The group stated that prior human exposure to antibiotics is the greatest factor for acquiring an infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Eliminating antibiotics promoting animal growth in Europe has actually resulted in increased disease among the animals and more therapeutic applications of antibiotics on resistant bacteria. It has not been shown to reduce the prevalence of some antibiotic-resistant strains affecting human medicine, but resistance increased among some pathogens.
In today’s Cattlecast, Dr. Jennifer Greiner, Indiana Board of Animal Health, explains the Indiana premise ID program. Follow the link below to watch the presentation.
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NCBA: Leadership Conference Gives Cattle Producers Total Industry Insight
DENVER (June 28, 2006) – Future cattle industry leaders recently expanded their knowledge of the cattle and beef business, as 47 young cattle producers participated in the 27th annual Young Cattlemen’s Conference tour. The program is a comprehensive, nationwide tour of various industry sectors, designed to enhance leadership skills in young cattle producers. The tour is sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), NCBA state and breed affiliates, Tyson Fresh Meats, Five Rivers Cattle Feeding and John Deere.
Most participants in the 8-day tour were nominated by their respective NCBA affiliates. Additional cattle and beef industry representatives also attended.
Cattle Tracking Programs Emerge, Draw Criticism
By Kim Souza
The Morning News (AR)
Satellites and microchips might soon be the modern equivalent of horses and cowboys in the arena of tracking cattle.
Like the OnStar global positioning systems that pinpoint exact locations of cars in a matter of seconds, Arkansas cattle farmers could use the same technology to track the age and source of their herds.
More than two years after the first case of mad cow disease was discovered in the United States, two new programs are being implemented that will change how Arkansas cattle are identified.
The Quality Systems Assessment Program (QSA) is a voluntary program sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Agricultural Marketing Services Division of the United States Department of Agriculture, said Richard Bell, Arkansas’ secretary of agriculture.
Angus Celebrates 50th Birthday in St. Joseph
KQTV-St. Joseph, MO
A national organization celebrates success locally.
The American Angus Association celebrates its 50th anniversary in St. Joseph.
Employees say many people drive by their building on Frederick and have no idea what they do inside, so they opened their doors today to community members, business leaders, and city and state government officials to find out.
Tough time ahead for US beef to regain Japan market
TOKYO, June 28 (Reuters) – U.S. beef, expected to re-enter Japan next month in line with a new bilateral accord, will have difficulty regaining the market share it once held as consumer confidence has yet to return, industry officials said.
Concerns about further U.S. violations of beef trade rules are also making Japanese firms wary of restarting purchases. Nearly 30 percent of Japan’s beef supplies came from the United States before Japan banned U.S. beef in December 2003 after the discovery of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease.