Daily Archives: October 30, 2006

Preconditioning topic of today’s of Beefcast

Preconditioning topic of today’s of Beefcast

Today Dr. Ron Lemenager continues his five part series on weaning. Today’s topic is “Preconditioning.” View this presentation by CLICKING HERE.

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Tomorrow, Ron concludes this series with a presentation on vaccinations.

Process Verification Program Implemented At ABS Global

Process Verification Program Implemented At ABS Global


DEFOREST, WISCONSIN – October 27, 2006 – ABS Global is pleased to announce that it has received USDA approval of its Process Verification Program (PVP) for age and source verification.

“ABS is the largest supplier of quality beef genetics in the U.S. and around the globe. Our customers generally have top-notch cattle that meet the quality demands of many beef programs-foreign and domestic. A growing number of these programs require that cattle be officially verified for age and source. By combining quality genetics with a USDA-approved Process Verification Program, we aim to help premium cattle feeders find the cattle they need while helping our cow-calf customers gain access to premium markets,” stated Dr. Darrell Wilkes, U.S. Beef Supply Manager for ABS Global.


Avoid Nitrate Toxicity in the First Snow/Ice Storm

Avoid Nitrate Toxicity in the First Snow/Ice Storm


Almost as predictable as the coming of the winter season, will be the quickly spread horror story of the death of several cows from a herd that was fed “the good hay” for the first time after snow storm. Ranchers that have harvested and stored potentially high nitrate forages such as forage sorghums, millets, sudangrass hybrids, and/or Johnsongrass, need to be aware of the increased possibility of nitrate toxicity. Nitrate toxicity is most likely if the cows are fed this hay for the first time after a severe winter storm. Cattle can adapt (to a limited amount) to nitrate intake over time. However, cattlemen often wait and feed the higher quality forage sorghum type hays during a stressful cold wet winter storm. Cows may be especially hungry, because they have not gone out in the pasture grazing during the storm. When fed the hay, the cows eat a larger than normal meal. They may be stressed and slightly weakened by the cold, wet conditions. This combination of events make them even more vulnerable to nitrate toxicity.


Selenium is Important in Animal and Human Diets

Selenium is Important in Animal and Human Diets

by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS


In the past we have discussed a number of nutrients and how they contribute to the cow’s dietary needs. This article will deviate from this format somewhat because it will not only address a nutritional issue related to the bovine but also to humans as well. Sometimes, as cattlemen we forget that we are actually in the food business. Ultimately the product we are producing is destined for the food market whether it is in the local grocery store, in a high dollar steakhouse or in a fast-food restaurant. As beef producers we have discussed at length our ability to deliver a product that is desirable and in demand. As a nutrient source for the consumer, beef is an excellent source of protein, B-Vitamins and minerals such as Zinc and Iron. Research that is currently emerging is also showing beef to be an excellent source of the trace mineral Selenium. We talked about selenium before and how important it is in the animal’s diet and the effects it can have on health and reproduction. This research is showing us how important it is in our diets from these same perspectives. The data on health effects is truly staggering in its implications. If you have ever read one of these articles before I strongly recommend to take the time to read this one carefully. It will get a little technical and involved but it has information that could change all of our lives.


Nebraska’s cows kept identified

Nebraska‘s cows kept identified

BY ART HOVEY / Lincoln Journal Star

Ask Dennis Hughes why Nebraska needs to give its livestock operations identification numbers, and he immediately mounts his soapbox.

Nebraska’s state veterinarian points to 2001 and to an outbreak of swine pseudorabies. A highly contagious calamity struck the pork industry four years after the state thought it had the disease under control.

“There was a major outbreak in northeast Nebraska that took us 10 months to clean up,” said Hughes, who was a field veterinarian for the state Department of Agriculture at the time.

Had the state had a system commonly described as premise ID in place, it would have been much easier to monitor livestock movements, and to track down and contain the problem.


Eating acorns can hurt cattle

Eating acorns can hurt cattle

Springfield News-Leader (MO)

Leaves also can lead to livestock suffering from oak poisoning.

Despite a dry year, it has been a good season for acorn production.

“An abundant acorn crop is good for wildlife but it can cause health problems for cattle who consume large amounts,” said Eldon Cole, University of Missouri extension livestock specialist.

Oak poisoning is not solely related to the cattle eating the acorns. Poisoning also occurs when cattle eat large amounts of leaves.

“The toxic component in the oak (tannins) can be found in all parts of the plant,” Cole said.

Cole said cattle almost seem to become addicted to eating acorns. However, eating acorns does not necessarily mean they will suffer toxic symptoms.

“A lot depends on the amount of other feeds that are available. Since pastures are short this fall, it is a good idea to keep a close eye on animals for symptoms,” Cole said.

The classic symptoms are constipation, then scouring, weight loss and ultimately death. Animals that survive may have permanent kidney damage and will be subject to chronic problems. Other notable symptoms include dark, tarry manure, blood-tinged urine and straining when defecating.


Grant program to help livestock producers overcome drought

Grant program to help livestock producers overcome drought

Texarkana Gazette

Livestock producers in Miller, Little River and Sevier counties have been included in the 39 counties eligible to receive drought assistance in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is receiving $2 million as a block grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help partially offset forage losses sustained by livestock producers as a result of the drought, said Little River County Agent Joe Paul Stuart.

The deadline to file for the financial assistance is Nov. 15.

Hay fields in Arkansas during the last two years average 25 percent below previous years.

“Hay is Arkansas’ fourth leading crop with an annual crop value in 2004 of $170 million,” said Stuart. “Pasture conditions also have suffered. In spite of recent rains, the USDA rates nearly half of the Arkansas pastures to be in poor or very poor condition.”