Daily Archives: October 8, 2007

Video Feature: How to use a grazing stick in more dense forage

 Dr. Keith Johnson Shows how to use a grazing stick in denser forage. (Part 2 of 2)

The grazing sticks are $5 each for orders of nine or fewer and $4 each for orders of 10 or more, plus Indiana sales tax and shipping and handling. To order, visit the Purdue Forage Information Web site at http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/forages/. Or contact Johnson at 765-494-4800 or johnsonk@purdue.edu.

Cattle Tracking System Still Languishing Four Years Later

Cattle Tracking System Still Languishing Four Years Later


WASHINGTON — Days after the United States recorded its first case of mad cow disease, then-Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman promised to speed development of a system for tracking the nation’s livestock.

The idea was to enable investigators to trace the whereabouts and history of any animal within 48 hours of a disease outbreak.

Nearly four years later, that system is still on paper.

And the revised plan the Bush administration is due to release soon seems to bear less resemblance to the system about which Veneman was talking.

The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said he has given up on the program until a new administration is sworn into power in 2009.


BeefTalk: Replacement Heifer Roundup

BeefTalk: Replacement Heifer Roundup

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Only the Best Fertile Heifers Need to Stay Only the Best Fertile Heifers Need to Stay

There is something universal about replacement heifers for all cattle producers.

The annual fall replacement heifer roundup is always notable. It is much like a college student’s first trip back home.

There is a feeling of closure once all the kids are safe and settled in for the night. A parent then can drift off into a restful sleep, at least as restful as one can have when children are under your care.

This fall, many children have made their first formal trip to seek residence somewhere else. As they left, the sadness was heartfelt, but one soon realizes that the nights actually can be a little longer and more restful as the need to wait up slowly diminishes. Although always present, the worrying subsides about their coming home at night.


Stakes too high in flight against Cattle Fever Tick; Pest could Spread from Coast to Coast

Stakes too high in flight against Cattle Fever Tick; Pest could Spread from Coast to Coast

Cattle Today

Livestock health officials say it could cost upwards of $13 million and take as long as two years to stop an incursion of fever ticks into the formerly fever tick free areas of five counties along the Texas-Mexico border. The fever tick, less than a 1/8-inch long, is capable of carrying and transmitting ‘babesia,’ a blood parasite deadly to cattle.

“For most of the country, the fever tick has been pushed out of sight, out of mind, since the 1940s. This tick, however, is capable of transmitting a foreign animal disease and it’s sitting in our backyard,” said Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas’ state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory agency.

“If we do not stop it, the fever tick could spread from coast to coast, except the arid lands of New Mexico and Arizona, and as far north as Washington D.C.,” stressed Dr. Hillman. “As the tick spreads, so will the need for personnel and resources. Win the battle along the Rio Grande in Texas, and other states won’t have to fight the war.”


Preg Check Your Cows……Please!

Preg Check Your Cows……Please!


When feed supplies are short, producers must seriously consider getting the pregnancy status of their cows determined. Basically, this is the perfect year to “correct” your mistakes; sell those cows that fail to conceive and those that keep calving late in the calving season. Pregnancy evaluation in cattle is an important and valuable management tool. Checking the pregnancy status of your cow herd allows you to make timely culling decisions and focus your resources on the sound, reliable breeders in the herd.

I hope “preg checking” is an annual ritual for your herd. If you have not incorporated this management practice in the past, the dry conditions this year and the need to get rid of a few cows may force you to do so. When it comes time to cull cows from your herd, pregnancy status is one of the first criteria that will determine whether a cow stays in the country or goes to town.


Calving difficulty program quickly approaching

Calving difficulty program quickly approaching

By RANDY REEVES, County Extension Agent

Marshall News Messenger

Just a reminder that the 2007 Harrison County Calving Difficulty Program will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, starting at 6 p.m., in the Extension Office meeting room. Those that would like to attend, should call at 903 935-8413 and RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 18!

Our special guest speaker will be Dr. Buddy Faries, Extension Program Leader for Veterinary Science at Texas A&M University. The Harrison County Cattlemen’s Association will be sponsoring the program, along with Texas Cooperative Extension. The Cattlemen’s Association will also be serving a great meal, hence the RSVP, for the meal count. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a great beef cattle program, as well as a great meal. Dr. Faries will also touch on Foreign Animal Disease issues, as we need to be aware of this constant threat and keep abreast of the ever changing world scope of animal health issues around us.


Taylor named Auburn Distinguished Alumnus

Taylor named Auburn Distinguished Alumnus

Cattle Today

MISSISSIPPI STATE — A founding faculty member of Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine received a 2007 distinguished alumnus award from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumnus Award honors Dr. Clyde Taylor’s contributions to animal welfare, his community and the veterinary profession. Taylor and fellow recipients Drs. Annelda Baetz of San Antonio and Wayne Roberts of Enterprise, Ala., accepted the awards during the college’s commencement ceremony.

 “He has had an outstanding career of service to the state of Mississippi, the region and the nation,” said Dr. Timothy Boosinger, Auburn veterinary dean. “He played a vital role in the formation of Mississippi State’s veterinary college.”