Daily Archives: January 11, 2008

Feedlot Bloat – Prevention and Treatment

Feedlot Bloat – Prevention and Treatment

Ed Duren, Extension Animal Scientist, University of Idaho, Cecil R. Miller, Technical Services Veterinarian, Smith Kline Beecham

Iowa Beef Center

Bloat is a form of indigestion marked by an abnormal distention of the rumen caused by accumulated gas. Gases produced in the normal rumen fermentation process are normally eructated or “belched up.” When bloating occurs, these gases cannot escape. They continue to build up and cause severe distention of the abdomen, compression of the heart and lungs, and eventually death.

Contributing causes of bloat include, an inherited tendency for bloat, certain proteins in forage, the amount and rate of roughage intake, the coarseness of the roughage, the rumen microbial population, and enlargement of the lymph nodes between the lungs that compress the esophagus or interfere with the function of the vagus nerves after respiratory infection. Diagnosis can only be confirmed on necropsy.


Methods of Determining Age of Cattle

Methods of Determining Age of Cattle

Ron Torell, Dr. Ben Bruce, Dr. Bill Kvasnicka, Ken Conley, Gund Research and Demonstration Ranch Manager


The beef cow has a relatively short life span. After their peak productive age, breeding market value usually declines as the animal gets older. Year branding or ear tag numbering are good methods of permanently identifying the age of cattle. These practices usually add value when selling bred cows. Buyers can bid with confidence on the age of cow they are purchasing. However, many cattle ranchers are unable to accurately identify the ages of their cattle.


The Evolution of Carcass Ultrasound in Beef Cattle Operations

The Evolution of Carcass Ultrasound in Beef Cattle Operations

Patrick Wall, Director of Communications, The National CUP Lab

Chianina Journal

The term “evolution” must be used loosely, since the history of Centralized Ultrasound Processing only dates back about a decade. However, drastic changes have occurred in how cattle producers in all aspects of the beef cattle industry use carcass ultrasound data. This short history lesson will not only explain the trends, but also define why guidelines and rules were established for breeding programs.

In 1998, much of the initial research that garnered carcass ultrasound as we know it today was already completed. Diving into the research behind ultrasound could take another issue of Carcass Ultrasound 101 in itself. Nevertheless, a set of guidelines were established between the American Angus Association and The Centralized Ultrasound Processing (CUP) Lab at Iowa State University


Gifts that keep on giving

Gifts that keep on giving

Miranda Reiman

Black Ink

For farm and ranch folks, Santa often leaves leather gloves, shiny new pocketknives or something like the latest grease gun. Husbands opened new toolsets and wives unwrapped wool socks and coveralls during the recent holiday season.

Most recipients think these are fine, practical gifts. It’s always fun to get a standard piece of equipment with innovative improvements. With all the fresh gadgets and gizmos you have going into this new year, it might be time to evaluate tools you’re not using that could improve your cowherd.

It would be no surprise to find some of last year’s gifts still in their packaging under the shop bench, but some of the most significant unused tools are less tangible.


Ready your herd for breeding season

Ready your herd for breeding season

by Rick Rasby, Extension beef specialist, University of Nebraska

Angus Journal

The spring calving season hasn’t even started yet, and you already need to start thinking about the next breeding season. That’s correct. During late gestation, how cows are managed from a nutritional standpoint to achieve optimal body condition prior to calving will have a substantial effect on how well cows will cycle and breed during the next breeding season.


Genome Mapping Yields Clues About Cattle DIsease

Genome Mapping Yields Clues About Cattle DIsease

by: Patti Drapala

Cattle Today

Mississippi State — Mississippi State University researchers are developing a biological map of how three tiny pathogens cause big losses for cattle producers each year.

Faculty members Mark Lawrence, Shane Burgess and Bindu Nanduri of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Susan Bridges of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering are studying the genes and proteins of Mannheimia haemolytica, Histophilus somni and Pasteurella multocida. The research team is using state-of-the-art genome science and computer modeling to detect, confirm and locate harmful genes that cause bovine respiratory disease.


Small acreage landowner webcourses available in 2008

Small acreage landowner webcourses available in 2008

By Roger Skipper, Fannin County Extension agent

North Texas e-News

The small acreage landowner is a growing segment in Texas agriculture. Per Ag Census statistics, 33% of all farms and ranches in Texas are ranked under 50 acres in size. The small acreage farm or ranch owner may have purchased their small acreage operation for many reasons – retirement, a source of alternate income, or to impart a life-style change.

Small scale farmers/ranchers many times have arrived in the enterprise with the need for education concerning enterprise choices, basic production guidelines, as well as advice on marketing strategies and agricultural legalities. One characteristic also typical of small scale farmers/ranchers is that they have hurried schedules in many cases but are considered very technically astute.


Feedlot Owner Talks about Market

Feedlot Owner Talks about Market

KXMBTV Bismarck

To most of us, all cattle look basically alike. But Shawn Arndorfer sees the differences.

He ought to…Shawn runs the Arndorfer Cattle Company Feedlot near Hettinger.

There, he oversees the feeding and selling of some 12-to-13-thousand cattle. He shared some of his expertise with producers attending a cattlemen’s workshop at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot. Arndorfer says one of the most important things he looks for is pre-conditioning…


New year brings about change on the ranch

New year brings about change on the ranch

Record Courier

This afternoon, only the second day of the new year, the feed truck broke-down in the middle of the lane and the new bull got into the field with the neighbor’s horse. The cows had to be moved up to the pole barn before dark and the three newborn calves that have been born two months early were jumping through the fences as if they were invisible. Some days ranching just doesn’t get any better than that.


Farmers lose buildings, livestock to storm

Farmers lose buildings, livestock to storm

By David Catanese,

KY3 News

The cleanup continues from Monday’s tornado outbreak. In Phelps County, one cattle farmer lost much more than his home. A good amount of farmers in the Ozarks got hit pretty hard by these storms. One we spoke to in Jerome wasn’t home went the twister came rumbling through, but once he did get home in the middle of the night, the lightning showed him all he needed to see. Dave Laughlin says the storm storm destroyed his catle barn, his hay barn, left his home in pieces, and killed 3 horses and 12 beef cattle.


Communication Could Help Solve Industry Problems

Communication Could Help Solve Industry Problems

Cattle Today

Communication could help solve many challenges in the beef industry today. That’s what Tom Brink, senior vice president of Five Rivers Cattle Feeders, told producers at two seminars in November.

The Feeding Quality Forums in Garden City, Kansas, and South Sioux City, Neb., were cosponsored by Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB)

 “A lot of cattle out there are just genetically designed wrong,” Brink said. “Very simply, they’re not put together in a way that’s going to do what people need on through the production chain, or fit what the consumer needs.”


Beef Checkoff Program May Change

Beef Checkoff Program May Change

KXMBTV Bismarck

We all feel the effects of inflation, just in different ways.

Sarah Gustin gives us a closer look into how inflation is affecting cattlemen.

Ranchers receive money each time they sell an animal, but not before they pay

For each animal a rancher sells, he pays one dollar to the Beef Checkoff

That may soon change

Producers are looking at doubling the cost


Rancher develops cattle breed with tender, high yielding genetics

Rancher develops cattle breed with tender, high yielding genetics


The Prairie Star

GRASS RANGE, Mont. – Reared in a family that has raised Herefords for three generations, Pat Descheemaeker was looking for a new endeavor, something that could challenge him as a cattle breeder.

The Grass Range, Mont., rancher found it by developing a line of cattle with superior genetics, currently referred to as Tendermax.


Boucher wants to focus on helping farmers transition from tobacco production

Boucher wants to focus on helping farmers transition from tobacco production

Debra McCown


Two weeks after Congress approved cash payments to aid drought-stricken farmers, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher said Southwest Virginia is rife with opportunities in agriculture.

“Today, we only have half the tobacco farming in our region than we had in the years prior to the [tobacco subsidy program] buyout,” said Boucher, D-Va.

“In order to maintain agriculture as a vital part of the economy in this region, we’re focusing in our office about educating farmers about some new directions in agriculture that can enhance their profitability and provide for them added income.”


For Cattle Farmers, A Hard, Dry Season

For Cattle Farmers, A Hard, Dry Season


Wall Street Journal

WETUMPKA, Ala. — Isaac “Nealy” Barrett cringed when he sold about 200 cattle for slaughter in July, downsizing his herd by half. Like many cattle farmers coping with the worst-recorded drought in the Southeast, Mr. Barrett could no longer afford to feed them.

“I’m hoping not to sell anymore,” says the 77-year-old Mr. Barrett, who has been raising cows for 56 years. “I’m just hoping it will rain enough, even if it’s just enough to get us through the winter.”