Monthly Archives: November 2007

Pain management in cattle

Pain management in cattle

By Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian

“I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.”

“The relief of animal suffering.” That concept has gained more importance to society and animal health professionals worldwide. One just has to look at the European situation to get a sense for where the puck might be heading regarding pain management of cattle, says Hans Coetzee BVSc, Cert CHP, PhD, DACVCP, Kansas State University.


Keynote Speakers Announced for International Livestock Congress

Keynote Speakers Announced for International Livestock Congress

Cattle Today

Global consumer demands are placing new perspectives, requirements and procedures on U.S. beef producers. These challenges are the focus of the International Livestock Congress 2008, which is set for Jan. 15 in Denver. The event will feature eight industry leaders recognized for their knowledge, experience and vision of the global beef industry.


Farmers face dilemma: Animals as meat or pets?

Farmers face dilemma: Animals as meat or pets?

By Morgan Jarema

The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Farmers who raise animals for food have a real image problem.

Children have cribs filled with stuffed animals. Adults refer to their pets as children, spending millions annually on surgeries and cancer treatments, and donating to animal-welfare charities.

And, as evidenced by the billions of pounds of beef, cattle, livestock and dairy products consumed every year in the U.S., most of them can’t get enough chicken nuggets, T-bone steaks and Thanksgiving turkey.


Manage feed for best result

Manage feed for best result


Glasgow  Daily Times

GLASGOW — Monday night, Oct. 29, we met to discuss winter feeding issues and a large group of our local producers were able to attend. Dr. Roy Burris and Kevin Laurant, beef cattle specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, were our guest speakers.

A news story was later released about Dr. Burris’ comments, which were presented the next morning in Bowling Green at the State Grazing Conference.

After reading this piece, I decided to include this news release, by UK Agricultural Communications Specialist Laura Skillman, in this week’s article.


Considerations When Repairing & Replacing Fences

Considerations When Repairing & Replacing Fences

Priority should be placed on repairing perimeter fences and fences along roads. The decision then becomes the most efficient way to proceed. It may be best in certain situations to build a temporary electric fence inside the fallen tree line. Electric fence is the fastest and most economical way to contain cattle and is a good option for many producers. Advantages of electric fencing include cost-effectiveness compared to other fencing options, ease of installation and repair versus barbed wire fencing, and the ability to have longer wire runs between posts requiring fewer posts. Electric fence can be installed using poly wire, poly tape, or high-tensile wire. A minimum of three strands of electric wire should be used on perimeter fences, and two strands can be used on cross fences. Solid corner posts and gate posts are very important. High tensile fencing tends to place more pressure on the posts. Be sure that H braces are built sturdily.


No Bull: Cattle Breeding for Investors

No Bull: Cattle Breeding for Investors

Written by: Beth Anderson

The growth of artificial insemination (AI) as a tool for improving the genetics of cattle herds has opened up new opportunities for agricultural investors.

There are many ways investors could profit from the AI industry, including starting an entire cattle operation. But the purchase of genetically superior bulls or genetically superior heifers or cows—heifers are female cattle who have not produced offspring while cows are female cattle who have—to sell their wares, whether semen or embryos, to interested herd owners is a particularly interesting, though risky, strategy.

Cattle farmers have been using AI to assist in producing the best calves for dairy and beef production since the 1930s. While AI was originally out of reach for most cattle operations, improvements in technology allowed herd owners to breed their cows using the cream of the cattle crop.


Cattlemen seek additional feed sources

Cattlemen seek additional feed sources

by Tom Steever

A scarcity of feed in some parts of the country has cattle feeders clamoring for new resources to sustain their cattle through the winter. Cattlemen 160 strong crammed a Springfield, Illinois extension center Wednesday to hear nutrition specialists talk about the value of feeding co-products from the processing of corn and soybeans into renewable fuels, sweeteners and beverages.

Early frost and a dry season exacted a high cost to cattlemen in lost forage, according to Dave Seibert, animal systems educator at the University of Illinois.

“Many of them had to feed either all or part of their hay this summer just to get the cows through, so they’re out looking for other sources of feed to really assist with getting their cows through the winter,” Seibert told Brownfield during a break in the day-long program, “and especially if they calve in the winter, that means that they’re nutritional demands are that much higher.”