Daily Archives: August 7, 2007

Get What You Want

Get What You Want

The use of EPDs is one tool to help breeders produce the genetics they want in their herds.

by Corinne Patterson

For a purebred breeder, there’s perhaps not a more exciting time of the year than calving season. It’s a busy time that may even make strangers out of a close family who share the same house. The spring and fall debut the future of the Hereford breed, and the study of the next generation’s genetics begins to take shape.


NAIS Fact vs. Fiction

NAIS Fact vs. Fiction

MFA Health Track Blog

Missouri seems to be the battleground chosen to fight USDA’s proposed NAIS program. This effort has spawned a lot of confusion and mis-information. The attached .pdf document is the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s attempt to clear up some of the confusion. We would be very interested in comments and questions as well.



Feeding Strategy: How Does Bunk Management Effect Feeding Behaviour and Intake?

Feeding Strategy: How Does Bunk Management Effect Feeding Behaviour and Intake?

Ropin’ the Web

The feeding behaviour of feedlot cattle and its effects on feeding strategy are not well understood. Feeding regimes may act in harmony with behaviour or they may be disruptive, however, we do not know how these factors may affect performance. For example, if disruption leads to smaller more frequent eating episodes it may minimize digestive upsets but if it promotes intermittent binge feeding it may contribute to metabolic disturbances. Ultimately, we do not know the extent to which we can manipulate or alter feeding to maximize dry matter intake. The following discussion will provide some insight into this complex topic.


Self Help

Self Help

Larry Stalcup

Beef Magazine

Marketing clubs for cattlemen have changed over the years. They’ve not only taken on a new persona, they’ve morphed into a new and totally different creature.

Back in the 1970s, such clubs usually were cattle-feeding ventures for investors needing a tax shelter — until tax-code changes eliminated such arrangements. Today’s marketing clubs have a different slant — to help producers become better marketers and boost their profit.


Pushing Quality

Pushing Quality

by Miranda Reiman

Blake Crawford’s Angus calves start out gaining more than 2.5 pounds (lb.) per day on the cow, and that’s just the beginning. They keep gaining faster on more and better feed until realizing their quality potential — typically more than 50% Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand acceptance at 12 to 14 months of age.

Blake, who farms in partnership with his dad and brother, manages the family’s cattle enterprise near Adair, Iowa. He says feeding cattle aggressively is the key to selling loads of 100% Choice with very few yield grade (YG) issues. That’s counter to the common idea that cattle need more time to grade. …


No takers on Canton Stockyard

No takers on Canton Stockyard

by John Boyle

Citizen Times

CANTON — Prospects appear slim for a cattle stockyard to re-emerge soon in Western North Carolina after the closing of the Canton yard.

That means hundreds of beef cattle producers in the mountains will have to sell their calves at markets in Shelby; Kingsport, Tenn.; or other markets. Shelby is about 75 miles from Canton, Kingsport about 70.


Water and shade are most important for animals in extreme heat

Water and shade are most important for animals in extreme heat


Marysville Register

Owning an animal, or being responsible for one means caring for it in all kinds of weather.

Keeping pets and livestock healthy in extreme heat means being observant for signs of distress, officials said.

At local fairs it was obvious many livestock owners had the weather in mind.


Cattle Health: Foot And Mouth Disease – How It Spreads

Cattle Health: Foot And Mouth Disease – How It Spreads


FMD viruses can be spread by animals, people,or materials that bring the virus into physical contact with susceptible animals. An outbreak can occur when:

–People wearing contaminated clothes or footwear or using contaminated equipment pass the virus to susceptible animals.

–Animals carrying the virus are introduced into susceptible herds.

–Contaminated facilities are used to hold susceptible animals.


Heat wave hits local cattle farmers hard

Heat wave hits local cattle farmers hard


The Daily Herald

High temperatures and drought conditions are providing a one-two punch for beef cattle, a Snow Creek Road farmer said Sunday.

With pasture lands already dry and many ponds drying up, farmers may be in for serious problems farmer Carl Harris said.

Harris, who has farmed in the Williamsport community for more than 30 years said although he’s never had cattle die from the heat, current conditions are making it a possibility.

“Cattle like to lie around water when it gets hot,” Harris said. “But there has been little rain and the ponds are drying up. The water table is way down. Watering cattle on city water can get expensive.”


Cattle: Foot-and-Mouth Disease Signs

Cattle: Foot-and-Mouth Disease Signs


Vesicles (blisters) followed by erosions in the mouth or on the feet and the resulting excessive salivating or lameness are the best known signs of the disease. Often blisters may not be observed because they easily rupture, leading to erosions. Some of these other signs may appear in affected animals during an FMD outbreak:

–Temperatures rise markedly, then usually fall in about 2 to 3 days.


Britain confirms 2nd case of foot-and-mouth disease

Britain confirms 2nd case of foot-and-mouth disease

CBC News

Tests confirm that a second herd of British cattle has foot-and-mouth disease, Britain’s environment secretary said Tuesday.

Hilary Benn said tests were carried out on about 50 cattle late Monday.    Authorities had already begun killing the animals suspected of being infected, Britain’s Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds said.


Japan to take steps to easy age limit on U.S. beef

Japan to take steps to easy age limit on U.S. beef

By Tom Wray

National Provisioner Online

TOKYO – Japan will go ahead with necessary measures to ease its age limit on U.S. beef imports, government officials said Friday.

According to the Japan Economic Newswire, Japan found no serious problems in U.S. responses to its questions during the talks, suggesting the government may accept meat from cattle aged 30 months or younger by the end of this year

Such a decision would be pending a go-ahead from Japan’s Food Safety Commission, an independent panel of scientists that assesses possible risks, the news service reported.


Surviving Without Subsidies

Surviving Without Subsidies


New York Times

OHINEWAI, New Zealand — Watching grass grow is supposed to be dull. But watching it grow with a dairy farmer like Malcolm Lumsden is anything but.

Cows turn grass into milk, and while dairy farmers in the United States and Europe rely much more on grain to feed cows, here in New Zealand grass is pretty much all they get. The richer and more abundant the grass, the richer and more abundant the milk.

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Cattle Preconditioning Forum: Management Of Pyrethroid-Resistant Horn Flies

Cattle Preconditioning Forum: Management Of Pyrethroid-Resistant Horn Flies


Field observations and laboratory studies confirmed the development of pyrethroid resistance in horn flies. The combination of very effective insecticides and widespread ear tag use by cattlemen has allowed horn fly resistance to develop. Cross-resistance to the common pyrethroids has been confirmed by field observations. Flies that have developed resistance to one of the pyrethroids will be resistant to all other pyrethroid insecticides currently labeled for use in Texas. However, the newer products may continue to provide acceptable control for several years by using more potent materials.


Alternative Control of Johnsongrass

Alternative Control of Johnsongrass

By Preston Sullivan

National; Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

Johnsongrass reproduces readily from seed, rootstock, and underground rhizomes. Stands of johnsongrass are thickened and improved by disking and other forms of tillage that cut and spread rhizomes. On the other hand, defoliation (by grazing, mowing, burning, etc.) prior to maturity reduces rhizome production, which peaks just prior to heading. Preventing seed production is also essential to controlling spread of the plant.