Daily Archives: July 24, 2006

BRSV-MoreThan Just Four Letters On A Vaccination Bottle

Fred Froderman, Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

Bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) has been recognized as a pathogen in cattle since 1970. The presence of this virus in cattle herds is recognized world wide. In the United States antibody prevalence has been reported to 65% to 81% in the cattle population.
BRSV-MoreThan Just Four Letters On A Vaccination Bottle


Horse slaughter ban could be reality

Horse slaughter ban could be reality

Western Livestock Reporter

Silent movement on bill could mean an extra 90,000 horses with undetermined futures.
Horse slaughtering could be banned permanently in the U.S. in the very near future. In just two months, thousands of unwanted horses may not be shipped to slaughtering facilities. Instead, they will be kept alive, but with equine shelters at maximum capacity, unanswered questions as to who will care for and board them persist. A hearing is to take place July 25 where lawmakers will hear from both sides regarding the permanent ban on horse slaughter. After members of the House return from break in September, a vote is expected the first week of their return.


Stockpiling perennial grasses to extend grazing into fall

Stockpiling perennial grasses to extend grazing into fall

By PAUL PETERSON, RUSS MATHISON, GREG CUOMO, AND CRAIG SHEAFFER, University of Minnesota – Department of Agronomy & Plant Genetics and North Central and West Central Research and Outreach Centers

Minnesota Farm Guide


Growing a big love for cattle; Size difference doesn’t deter veteran 4-H’er

Growing a big love for cattle; Size difference doesn’t deter veteran 4-H’er

By CAROL JOHNSON, carol@tmnews.com
Times-Mail (IN)

BEDFORD – Meg Norman has never let the size of a beef steer or the stiff competition at beef shows intimidate her.

Her steer outweighs her by about 900 pounds, but she doesn’t let that bother her.

“He got a little rowdy at the market show the other day and pushed me around the show arena, but I got him settled down,” she said. “It’s just part of it.”


It’s still grilling season

It’s still grilling season

by jstreckert, Wellfed.net

In last week’s Chicago Sun-Times, Leah Zeldes offers an extremely helpful primer on the basics of grilling steak, that extends far beyond various grilling methods and which cuts of meat are choice. The successful grilling experience is underscored by using high quality meat and these days, there is nearly an overwhelming selection of choices. In addition to the expanded variety of traditional cuts, along with their assorted grades, there is a current revival of grass-fed and dry aged beef, furthering the possibilities.


On The Farm: Keep an eye out for FMD in livestock

On The Farm: Keep an eye out for FMD in livestock

Special to the Eagle.com

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a severe, highly infectious viral disease of cloven-hooved animals. Although usually not fatal, it causes suffering and lowers the animal’s commercial value by reducing its weight and milk output.

Cattle, swine, sheep, goats and deer are highly susceptible and may exhibit signs of infection after an incubation period of only one to eight days. In sheep and goats, the incubation period may be longer and, in some cases, the disease may go undetected. FMD is not a zoonotic disease. The disease survives in lymph nodes and bone marrow at a neutral pH, but after death it is destroyed in muscle when the pH is less than six (rigor mortis). There are at least seven types and several subtypes of the FMD virus. An animal that is immune to one subtype is not immune to other types.


Preserving precious pasture

Preserving precious pasture
Drought causes Gothenburg cattle producer to consider early weaning, pregnancy checks

By Elizabeth Barrett
Gothenburg Times (NE)

Randy Burge has killed a couple of rattlers this year on pasture he owns northeast of Gothenburg.

But poisonous snakes are not on Burge’s mind today as he steers his red pickup through a gate and onto land speckled with Angus cattle.