Daily Archives: August 13, 2008

Video Feature: Handling Cattle Quietly in Pens

Temple Grandin explains behavior methods of low stress cattle handling methods for moving groups of cattle through gates.

Preparing young people for the beef industry

Jason K. Ahola, University of Idaho

Beef Magazine

It’s almost back-to-school time, and what a great occasion to look at the education of our nation’s youth, particularly those hoping to work in the beef industry. With significant opportunities for the U.S. beef industry on the horizon, this is a great chance for young people to prepare themselves starting at an early age.

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Mark Keaton: Hay management to prevent storage loss

Baxter Bulletin

With the high cost of putting up hay, producers need to do a good job of reducing hay storage losses.

Once the hay is cut and baled, hay storage becomes very important to reduce losses. Under the worst conditions, hay losses due to poor storage conditions may approach 50 percent.

There are five factors that affect how much rainwater penetrates a large, round bale.

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Distillers Grains Don’t All Feed Alike

Hay & Forage Grower

To successfully incorporate distillers grains into High Plains beef cattle finishing rations, nutritionists must know what types of grain the ethanol byproducts were produced from.

Jim MacDonald, a Texas AgriLife Research beef nutritionist at Amarillo, studied the dramatically different animal performance responses in distillers grains research done in the Northern Plains and Southern Plains. He found he wasn’t comparing apples to apples, but Northern distillers made from corn to Southern-based distillers derived from sorghum. Northern Plains researchers also tended to use dry-rolled corn while Southern Plains colleagues utilized steam-flaked corn.

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USDA Clarifies Livestock Producer Compliance with New COOL Interim Final Rule


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued some livestock producer clarifications regarding the use of affidavits in the implementation of the agency’s new Interim Final Rule on country-of-origin labeling (COOL).

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Protecting The Ogallala

Don Comis

Angus Journal

When Nolan Clark started with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) 37 years ago, people predicted there would be no more water in the Ogallala Aquifer by the year 2000.

“We’ve proven that wrong — since we’re not out of water,” Clark says. “But we need to develop new science and technology to make sure we can say that again in 2050. We’re now in a worldwide water crisis, not just local crises.”

Clark, an agricultural engineer, is director of the ARS Conservation and Production Research Laboratory in Bushland, Texas, and now oversees the Ogallala Aquifer Program, an ARS state university consortium focused on large-scale regional problems and their research solutions.

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Test To Protect Food Chain From Human Form Of Mad Cow Disease


Scientists are reporting development of the first test for instantly detecting beef that has been contaminated with tissue from a cow’s brain or spinal cord during slaughter — an advance in protecting against possible spread of the human form of Mad Cow Disease.

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