Daily Archives: August 28, 2007

Real-Time Ultrasound: Possible Uses in Genetic Prediction

Real-Time Ultrasound: Possible Uses in Genetic Prediction

Ultrasound found its first applications in livestock research in the 1950s.

By William Herring, Department of Animal Science, University of Missouri Extension.


Since that time, the great strides that have been made in ultrasound research have benefited both human medicine and the livestock industry. Most people probably associate ultrasound with human fetal examination. In human medicine, it is most commonly used in routine pregnancy exams and sex determination. This same technology, including identical equipment, is used in the beef cattle industry to evaluate reproductive and carcass characteristics (Figures 1 and 2). However, this publication concentrates on the use of ultrasound to predict carcass merit, specifically genetic prediction for seedstock producers.


A Cowboy Knew How To Choose His Enemies

A Cowboy Knew How To Choose His Enemies

Beef Magazine

Troy Marshall

If you’re like me, you love to read a good western novel. Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, and even Elmer Kelton didn’t write the kind of books that require a whole lot of thought on the reader’s part. Rarely did they even have plots that would have been considered surprising.

But while the western novel may not be considered classic literature, I’ve always enjoyed them because they usually had a cowboy hero, a battle between good and evil, and the like.

One thing I always admired about the heroes in these novels is that, while they rarely ran away from a fight, they rarely went looking for one, either. These heroes almost always avoided making enemies and, just as importantly, showed impeccable judgment when selecting their enemies.


BeefTalk: Animal Identification Slowly Is Becoming a Maze That Goes Nowhere

BeefTalk: Animal Identification Slowly Is Becoming a Maze That Goes Nowhere

Animal Identification – A maze with no end Animal Identification – A maze with no end

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Little did those who established the principle of heterosis and promoted the development of crossbreeding programs realize just how badly they upset the applecart.

At one time, the process of tracking cattle was simple. Cattle did not move far and any transactions that involved swapping cattle were recorded to memory. In fact, prior to the concept of crossbreeding, cattle were moved only between the same types. This was a concept that was put in place by English animal breeder Robert Bakewell during the 18th century.

Of course, there were cattle that were rogues, feral in nature, but these were considered inferior to well-bred cattle. Prominent societies were established to track cattle and record offspring and transfer title as needed.


Livestock industry alive and kicking

Livestock industry alive and kicking

By Dana Herra

Daily Chronicle

After a 30-year decline, the livestock industry in Illinois is starting to bounce back, according to a recent report from the University of Illinois.

Over the last five years, the industry has stabilized, and in some cases it is on the upswing, researchers said.

Both swine and beef herds are expanding, and after years of shrinking, dairy herds also are poised to expand. The report cites an increased ability to meet consumer needs and growing consumption of protein as driving forces behind the growth.


MCA writes in support of COOL

MCA writes in support of COOL

Prairie Star

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Montana Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supporting the proposed rule that requires mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef, lamb, pork, perishable agricultural commodities, and peanuts.  MCA’s comments were submitted as part of USDA’s formal rulemaking process.


Claremore rancher takes reins of Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association

Claremore rancher takes reins of Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association

By Mark Parker

Sapulpa Daily Herald

CLAREMORE, Okla. — The man who will ride herd on the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association for the next year has found that involvement in his industry pays dividends.

 “I originally joined OCA because there were a lot of cattlemen I respected who were members,” said Claremore Limousin breeder Ray Heldermon. “Every time I went to an OCA convention, I learned something that was important to my operation back home. Pretty soon, I found out that the more involved I was, the more I learned and the more I benefitted.”

Heldermon was elected president of OCA at the organization’s recent convention. A member since 1979, he previously served two terms as president-elect. He has the perspective of a lifetime in the beef business.


Family ranchers fight to survive

Family ranchers fight to survive


Great  Falls Tribune

MOVILLE, Iowa — Eric Nelson, a fourth-generation rancher and farmer who operates a feedlot here, isn’t looking for more government cash like many farmers are. But he’s still hoping for a little help when the Senate debates a farm bill this fall.

Nelson and many other family ranchers in the Midwest and West are hoping Congress can help them fight the gradual consolidation of the meat industry, which they say is hurting their business. A handful of large meatpacking companies slaughtered 80 percent of steers and heifers in 2005, up 30 percent from 20 years ago.