Daily Archives: July 18, 2008

Vintage Video Feature: The Cattle Feeders part 1

This film profiles three cattle feeders who show a great disparity in their facilities and methods for handling cattle.


Plum Island

Angus Journal

Crystal Albers

For years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has carefully conducted its most dangerous, sometimes secretive, animal disease research on a secluded strip of land off the New York and Connecticut coastline. Known as the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), the aging and outdated laboratory facilities, now more than 50 years old, darken against the promise of a new state-of-the-art facility funded through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Looking to expand animal disease operations and research capabilities, DHS is exploring six potential sites for the new National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). In addition to Plum Island, the department is considering five other locations for NBAF, all of which are exclusively mainland — Manhattan, Kan.; Athens, Ga.; Flora, Miss.; Butner, N.C.; and San Antonio, Texas.


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The Nose Knows

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

There are several good ways to wean your calves. Chasing them down the middle of a highway isn’t one of them.

Yet, through no fault of his own, that’s the situation that Vance Uden, owner of TC Ranch at Franklin, NE, found himself in four or five years ago. For many years, Uden weaned his calves in pens, the traditional way. But a few years ago, something — bobcats, maybe a cougar — got in with his heifers, and even the stout, well-built pens couldn’t hold them back.


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BeefTalk: Cow Size – Effects of Cow Size on Pasture Management

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

It never hurts to have more food for thought for supper. It never hurts to have more food for thought for supper.

How cattle perform given individual production scenarios will vary, but one thing is for sure, do not assume what you see fits.

The effect of cow size and expected production from pasture management directly impacts expected outcomes that translate into income. This relationship was discussed in recent BeefTalk articles.

A drought, at least in western North Dakota, initiated the discussion. The Dickinson Research Extension Center established two different groups of cattle based on body weight, calculating inputs and potential outcomes.


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Montana Farm Bureau, Stockgrowers present brucellosis management plan

The Prairie Star

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) have begun to work with producers to develop a “hot spot” management pilot project as a solution to the brucellosis problem in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA). Montana, Wyoming and Idaho have all had domestic livestock infected from the wildlife brucellosis pool centered in Yellowstone National Park (YNP). Brucellosis not only affects livestock producers financially, as it causes abortions in cattle and causes the state to lose their brucellosis-free status, but the disease threatens wildlife welfare, because it also causes abortions in elk and bison.


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Nebraska grazing conference Aug. 12-13 in Kearney

North Platte Bulletin

The 2008 Nebraska Grazing Conference on Aug. 12-13 at the Kearney Holiday Inn will provide an in-depth look at grazing, from animal behavior to grassland monitoring.

Two dozen speakers from four states as well as NU’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty will give farmers, ranchers, wildlife managers and advisers the opportunity to learn more about obtaining economic success through grazing, enhancing wildlife habitat and conservation.


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Vance Publishing Acquires Two Cattle Sites: CattleNetwork, CattleStore

Joseph Weisenthal


Vance Publishing, a B2B publisher home to various niche titles, has acquired two online cattle resources: CattleNetwork.com and CattleStore.com, both of which were bought owned by Integrated Management Information. Deal terms were not disclosed. CattleNetwork is basically an online news service for industry players, while CattleStore is a site for agricultural supplies.


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