Daily Archives: March 24, 2008

CSU researchers study whether ethanol byproducts are dangerous

CSU researchers study whether ethanol byproducts are dangerous

High Plains Journal

Colorado State University researchers, following up on a study in Kansas, are trying to determine whether ethanol byproducts are too dangerous to be used as cattle feed.

The Coloradoan reported that a Kansas State University study found that distillers grains, the leftovers from producing corn ethanol, are linked to a 50 percent increase in E. coli when fed to cattle.

Researchers and cattle ranchers maintain the product, a byproduct of converting starch from corn into ethanol and carbon dioxide, can be a good source of nutrients when blended with other cattle feeds.

The CSU research is going on at the university’s research feedlot in Lamar.


Cattle benefit from both hi tech, low stress

Cattle benefit from both hi tech, low stress



Technology. Stress levels. These are words you would normally associate with the business world. However, lately we in the cattle business find ourselves immersed in technology and exploring the ideas behind low-stress livestock handling.

Here is a short synopsis of recent educational programs. I hope you can join us for some upcoming classes.


House Ag Committee hears testimony on promoting USA beef

House Ag Committee hears testimony on promoting USA beef

High Plains Journal

In middle March, Kansas Cattlemen’s Association testified before the Kansas House Agriculture Committee supporting a resolution to urge the United States Congress to enact revisions to the Federal Beef Promotion and Research Act to allow for a minimum of 50 percent of those assessments to be used for the promotion of USA born, raised, and processed beef.


National eXtension website brings expertise from across U.S. together

National eXtension website brings expertise from across U.S. together

High Plains Journal

A groundbreaking new website, eXtension.org, offers a gateway into some of the nation’s leading expertise on just about any topic one can imagine.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is a leader of the national effort, with Nebraska extension faculty providing their expertise in several content areas. Also, the national director of eXtension is based at UNL.

“University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has long been proud of its development and delivery of educational programs to Nebraskans,” said Elbert Dickey, dean and director of UNL Extension. “This new partnership with extension colleagues nationwide brings together the best of the best in the land-grant university system.


College of Ag receives major grant to study cattle’s Johne’s Disease

College of Ag receives major grant to study cattle’s Johne’s Disease

Penn State Live

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded a four-year, $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service to support phase two of a major international effort aimed at promoting animal biosecurity and mitigating losses from Johne’s disease in livestock.

The Johne’s Disease Integrated Program (JDIP) — a consortium of 170 scientists from more than 50 leading academic institutions, government agencies and industry organizations around the world — is led by Vivek Kapur, head of Penn State’s Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.


Welcome to the bovine maternity ward

Welcome to the bovine maternity ward

by Andrew Travers

Aspen Daily News

The rancher kneels in hay-strewn manure, his cold blue eyes and straight jaw shaded by his cowboy hat. He holds a lassoed day-old calf in his arms as its mother cow sniffs at him, its breath visible in the bitter March cold. A constant chorus of moos rings from the surrounding herd.

He pushes a plunger of pink liquid into the calf’s mouth as it wriggles. He holds its snout shut for a moment to make sure it swallows, then lets it go. It lays stunned for a moment before he pats it on its backside and it springs up, walking in a daze back to its mother’s side.

The pink liquid is Pepto-Bismol.

“She’s got some diarrhea,” says the rancher, hopping up, his red-checked flannel shirt and leather chaps smeared faintly in pink. Lasso in hand, he moves to the next newborn calf.


JBS Swift & Co. executive tells governor company will keep growing

JBS Swift & Co. executive tells governor company will keep growing

Bill Jackson

Greeley Tribune

JBS Swift & Co. has been a part of Greeley for less than a year, but the company’s CEO said Friday it intends to keep growing.

Wesley Batista joined Gov. Bill Ritter for the first Greeley Chamber of Commerce CEO Forum at the Greeley Country Club and told a sold-out crowd that the company will have 300 employed for its new transportation division by the end of the year and may eventually have as many as 500 trucks based out of Greeley.