Daily Archives: February 4, 2008

Hereford Breeder John Wesley Rakestraw Passes

Hereford Breeder John Wesley Rakestraw Passes


John Wesley Rakestraw, age 50, of Rockmart, GA, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2008. He was born on August 8, 1957, in Atlanta, GA, and was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine “Trink” Rakestraw.

Mr. Rakestraw is the owner of Raker Construction Co. of Dallas, GA. Mr. Rakestraw was also the director of Georgian Bank and owner of JWR Land and Cattle Co., Rockmart GA. He was a member of Bartlett Lodge #139 F&AM; Scottish Rite Valley of Atlanta; Yaarab Shrine Temple, Atlanta; Paulding County Nobility Club; Polled Hereford Association; First Baptist Church, Dallas, GA.


Heritability and Its Use in Animal Breeding

Heritability and Its Use in Animal Breeding

John W. Massey and Dale W. Vogt, Department of Animal Sciences

How much advantage for a particular trait do superior animals transmit to their offspring? Heritability estimates help us answer this important question. This publication explains the meaning of heritability estimates, how they are calculated and their influence in changing livestock performance.


The Man Who Would Be President

The Man Who Would Be President

Burt Rutherford, Beef Magazine

Paul Hitch had set his mind to become the next president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). It was his dream, his goal, the culmination of service by a man who gave unselfishly of himself, knowing that working for the beef industry’s greater good is not just a noble and honest quest, but a vitally necessary one, as well.


Swath grazing annual forages can be viable alternative to rangeSwath grazing annual forages can be viable alternative to range

Swath grazing annual forages can be viable alternative to range


Minnesota Farm Guide

Swath grazing is one option livestock producers can use to winter beef cows in this region, research at the North Dakota State University Central Grasslands Research Center shows.

Kevin Sedivec, NDSU animal scientists, said this type of grazing can be an economical choice for producers as it eliminates some harvesting costs.

The costs of swathing, baling, stacking, storing, and feeding baled hay can be reduced by allowing livestock to “swath graze” windrows. Swath grazing is the process of cutting hay, leaving it in windrows, and allowing livestock to graze these windrows in the winter.


A cattle disease is declared wiped out

A cattle disease is declared wiped out

A liberal dose

After a 50-year battle, Texas beef and dairy cattle were declared free of brucellosis Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

‘Texas was the last state to achieve the ‘free’ status,’ said Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas’ state veterinarian and head of the Texas Animal Health Commission, the state’s livestock- and poultry-health regulatory agency. Some states have been rid of the disease for more than 25 years.

‘We have more herds and more cattle than any other state — 14 million at last count,’ Hillman said in a statement. ‘We also had more brucellosis infection to fight. In 1959, when Texas officially joined the national eradication program, we had more than 20,000 of the country’s 100,000 infected herds.’


Are Your Cattle Handling Facilities In Good Shape?

Are Your Cattle Handling Facilities In Good Shape?


How safe are your cattle handling facilities? Are they in the state of repair that will allow the cattle to be worked easily and with reduced potential risk of injury to both you and your cattle?

Producers working cattle should be aware that there is the possibility of personal injury, especially if the facilities are not in a good state of repair. Most cattle are normally calm but, when brought into an unfamiliar environment and frightened, they are capable of causing injury to the workers and themselves.


Prevention plan gets cattle started on the right foot

Prevention plan gets cattle started on the right foot

The Prairie Star

Adapting to changing weather is hard on cattle, especially in the spring when Mother Nature, it seems, can’t make up her mind. Warm days followed by a bout of cold rain, or even a spring blizzard, can throw off the health of even weaned, heavy calves.

 “Spring is an important season to carefully monitor health status in all sizes of cattle,” says Dr. Bruce Nosky, manager of Merial Veterinary Professional Services. “Fluctuating weather can stress newborn calves, freshly weaned fall-born stockers, replacement heifers, cattle in feedyards – everything. Producers need to take a disease prevention approach.”