Daily Archives: July 14, 2008

Video Feature: Cattle Behavior and Handling

Temple Grandin lectures on how distractions, lighting and shadows can cause livestock to balk and refuse to move through races, cattle chutes, and corrals.

Video Feature: Estrous Detection

Dr. Allen Bridges details methods for detection of estrus in beef cattle, part of an efficient breeding program.

Baxter Black: THE DUMP TRUCK

Have you seen the movie, The Phoenix? A group of adventurers crashed a big twin-engine airplane in the Sahara Desert. Over a period of weeks they rigged together a single engine plane out of the pieces and flew off to a happy ending. That movie crossed my mind as I shouted down to Mel, “Follow me, I’ll get it rolling and coast to the truck stop!”

It all began Monday afternoon the day before. We had hauled dirt for four hours until the F750 dump truck that Mel had rebuilt and Elmo was driving, stalled while trying to unload. Mel popped the hood and Elmo climbed up beside him. Mel is a windmill man, well driller, mule man, machinist and tinkerer of heavy equipment. Elmo grew up in Mexico and can make anything run if he has enough rebar and duct tape!

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Q&A: Can you plant a mix of timothy and perrenial grass in late summer/fall?

Dr. Jerry Volesky, Associate Professor of Agronomy, West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, North Platte, NE

A:  Late summer to early fall is a good time to plant cool-season grasses such as the timothy, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass mix. There are generally fewer weed problems with fall planting compared to spring plantings.

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2008 Across-Breed EPD Table Released

Beef Magazine

The table of adjustment factors to be used to estimate across-breed expected progeny differences (AB-EPDs) for 16 breeds was presented at the Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting in Calgary, Alberta last week.

Across-breed adjustment factors have been calculated for growth traits and maternal milk since 1993. This year, adjustment factors for carcass traits have been calculated for eight of the 16 breeds for the first time. In order to be included, breeds had to have carcass data in the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) database and report their carcass EPDs on an actual carcass basis using an age-adjusted endpoint.

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Think Like A Cow

Want to make cattle handling simpler and safer? These pros do it every day.

Progressive Farmer

Remember the last time you had to get your cattle up twice in one week? More than likely the cows didn’t enjoy it the first time, and they made darn sure you didn’t enjoy it the second time.

Take pity on Doug and Mary Ellen Hicks. Doug, head of the beef unit at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC), and Mary Ellen, veterinarian and animal science professor, have to get the school herd up as many as four times a week for student labs.

And getting chute-savvy cows corralled repeatedly isn’t their only challenge. The husband-and-wife team is also responsible for the safety of their student helpers, most of whom are straight from the city.

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Foot-and-Mouth Disease Threat Cannot Be Underestimated

Sen. Mike Enzi

The Hill’s Congress Blog

In protecting our nation’s beef supply, there is a continued need for vigilance when it comes to animal health threats.  That’s why Senator Johnson, D-S.D., and I have introduced the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Prevention Act of 2008.  A wide range of veterinary professionals and livestock producers recognize the threat that foot-and-mouth disease poses to the U.S. livestock industry. If the United States is to continue producing and selling the highest quality meat products in the world, our country must be free of the most dangerous ailments that affect the livestock which enter the market.

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