Daily Archives: February 7, 2008

Finding Sick Cattle Early

Finding Sick Cattle Early

Dee Griffin, University of Nebraska Extension Feedlot Veterinarian

Louis Perino, University of Nebraska Beef Cattle Veterinarian

Don Hudson, University of Nebraska Extension Beef Cattle Veterinarian

Barnyard Health

Pneumonia is the biggest killer of newly weaned cattle. Many factors influence the outcome of the disease, but one of the most important is finding the sick cattle and starting treatment early.Finding sick cattle early in the course of the disease can be one of the toughest jobs any of us has. The necropsies and treatment records of thousands of cattle have shown that appropriate therapy started within the first 48 hours of the onset of pneumonia will improve a sick feedlot animal’s chance of survival.


Sexed Semen: Is It Finally a Reality?

Sexed Semen: Is It Finally a Reality?

Mel DeJarnette, reproduction specialist, Select Sires

Most of us have heard the rumor that sexed semen is “just around the corner” for as long as we have been aware of A.I. Through the years, countless numbers of techniques have been investigated with little to no indication of repeatable success.


Meat Tax Will Protect the Environment Says PETA

Meat Tax Will Protect the Environment Says PETA


Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

US – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) targeted most of the presidential candidates’ major events last month. It’s message was “Stop Global Warming: Tax Meat.” Ashley Byrne, a coordinator for PETA’s campaign said that every time someone sits down to a steak dinner, they’re basically doing the equivalent environmental damage of taking a very long journey in a Hummer. “One pound of meat is equivalent to driving about 40 miles in a big SUV,” he said. PETA believes a 10-cent tax on each pound of meat could curb the massive expansion predicted in world meat and dairy production during the next few decades – a trend that would have considerable benefit to the global environment and its protection.


Feeding Food Wastes to Livestock

Feeding Food Wastes to Livestock

Robert Myer and Holly Johnson

University of Florida

Many food wastes have a high nutritional value, and recycling them for animal feed can be a viable waste disposal option.What are Food Wastes?The term “food waste” used in this fact sheet is applied to wasted food from the food service industry (i.e. restaurants) and grocery stores. These wastes include plate waste (scrapings), food leftovers, kitchen wastes, spoiled food, expired food, mislabeled food, etc. Other terms to describe these wastes include food residuals, plate waste and kitchen scraps. Two older terms, “garbage” and “swill,” are still used, but the livestock and waste management industries prefer not to use these older terms.


Five steps to winter savings

Five steps to winter savings

Jim Gerrish

Beef Magazine

Whether you’re out feeding in the cold or just looking out your window at cows eating hay at a cost of $2/cow/day, it should be a wake-up call for all of us. With out-of-control hay prices and prospects for even higher costs in 2008, getting serious about extending the grazing season has never been more important.


Processing Forage Can Increase Digestibility 30%

Processing Forage Can Increase Digestibility 30%


Feed costs are rising, and corn price projections are currently maintaining between $4.95 and $5.35 per bushel on corn futures through December 2010. This equals $.088 to $.095 per pound, or $176 to $190 per ton. Dried distillers grains and corn gluten feed are currently in this same price range, and the prices of other alternative feeds are keeping pace on an energy and protein basis, so there are no cheap supplemental feeds for cow-calf producers, stocker cattle operations, or feedlots. Therefore, forage-based operations must utilize cost effective management tools that maximize forage digestibility.


Livestock-feed maker settles mad cow lawsuit

Livestock-feed maker settles mad cow lawsuit

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Ridley Inc. agreed to pay $5.95 million to settle a lawsuit by farmers who accused the livestock-feed maker of ignoring the risks of using animal parts before a case of mad cow disease was found in Canada in 2003.