Daily Archives: April 9, 2007

Cow Calf: Realistic Expectations From Estrous Synchronization

Cow Calf: Realistic Expectations From Estrous Synchronization


 Producers that are wanting to improve the genetic makeup of their beef herds very often turn to artificial insemination (AI) as a tool to accomplish that goal.  Many times, these producers have very high expectations as they begin the first season of artificial breeding.  Perhaps they have heard other producers tell of situations where “near-perfect” pregnancy rates resulted from THEIR artificial insemination program.  Everyone wants to get every cow or heifer bred as they start the labor and expense of an AI program.  However, the rules of biology do not often allow for 100% pregnancy rates in most situations.


Salt useful to control cattle’s intake levels

Salt useful to control cattle’s intake levels

 Springfield News Leader (MO)

 Salt, which is made up of sodium and chlorine, plays an important nutritional role in the diet of cattle, said Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

 But intake levels can vary, just like the methods of getting salt in the cattle.

 “Cattle like salt just like some people like salt. But in a herd of cattle, you’ll likely find extremes on intake. Some eat a lot while others may seldom touch it,” said Cole.


School attracts the novices and experienced ranchers alike

School attracts the novices and experienced ranchers alike

 By Robert Burns
Texas A&M
North Texas E-news

Libby Stephens said that she told her husband that when their kids were grown and out on their own, she wanted to live her dream.

That dream, she admits unabashedly, was to be “a cowgirl in training.”

Stephens was one of 47 students, whose combined land ownership totaled more than 10,000 acres, attending this year’s Grazing School for Novices at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Overton. Stephens, who retired as a substitute school teacher and stay-at-home mom just a couple of years ago, bought 100 acres near Mabank. She grew up in Dallas, but always wanted to be in the ranching business, she said.


With few tests done, how will USDA know BSE levels?

With few tests done, how will USDA know BSE levels?

 Yankton Press & Dakotan

 A ruling by a federal judge last week would seem to bring some needed discussion back to the matter of testing for bovine spongiform encephalapathy, aka mad cow disease.

The judge sided with a Kansas meatpacker that wanted to test its livestock for BSE. The U.S. Department of Agriculture had resisted, wishing to reserve exclusivity on testing.

USDA officials fear that false positive tests done privately might create panic and harm the cattle industry.


Beef Improvement Federation To Gather June 6-9

Beef Improvement Federation To Gather June 6-9

 Beef Magazine

 The 2007 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Research Symposium and Meeting is June 6-9 at the Hilton Fort Collins in Fort Collins, CO.

BIF was founded 40 years ago as a means to standardize programs and methodology — and to create greater awareness, acceptance and usage — of beef cattle performance concepts. This year’s meeting features opportunities for producer input on guiding the future of genetic evaluation and genetic improvement of the U.S. beef herd, as well as becoming informed about the field’s latest research findings and progress.


The newest cash crop: Ethanol

The newest cash crop: Ethanol

Colorado farmers plan to plant more acreage in corn than any year since the ’30s to take advantage of the alternative-fuel boom

 By Steve Raabe

Denver Post


Yuma County farmer Byron Weathers anticipates an unusual event this year: making money on his corn crop.

Like many of his corn-growing colleagues who have suffered through lean years, Weathers plans to plant more of the grain this spring to take advantage of historically high prices.

Colorado farmers will increase their corn acreage this year by a projected 25 percent to 1.25 million acres, the second-highest total since the 1930s, agriculture officials reported last week.


Select Sires Introduces HealthMark™

Select Sires Introduces HealthMark™

A New Tool to Breed Healthier Cows

 Through advances in DNA technology and a synergistic partnership with IGENITY®, a business unit of Merial, Select Sires is proud to become the first A.I. organization to designate a category of sires, called HealthMark™, which combines predicted transmitting ability (PTA) data for health and fertility traits with genetic marker information.