Daily Archives: August 19, 2008

Video Feature: The impact of feeding ethanol distillers grains on beef quality

Dr. Chris Calkins, meat scientist from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln discusses the latest laboratory and taste panel research results on the effects of feeding ethanol co-products on beef quality and consumer preference. Recorded at the 2007 Beef Quality Summit, November 2007, Omaha, NE.

Indiana Angus Field Day Set for Aug. 23

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The Indiana Angus Association will conduct its annual field day Saturday, Aug. 23, at Willer Timber Ridge Farm near Greencastle, Ind. The event begins with sign in at 10 a.m.

This year’s field day will include cattle judging, lunch, a presentation on the use of distillers’ grains for feed, and a tour of the nearby ethanol plant.

Both registered and commercial cattle producers are invited to attend. Please confirm your planned attendance by contacting Ted and Kathy Willer at wtrangus@wtrangus.com or by calling them at 765-653-2364. A map to the farm is easily accessible from their web site, www.wtrangus.com.

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Cattle Identification: Status Report – NAIS

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As part of its ongoing efforts to safeguard U.S. animal health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture initiated the implementation of the National Animal Identification System in 2004. According to USDA, NAIS is designed to standardize and expand animal identification programs for all livestock species and poultry. The long-term goal of NAIS is to provide animal health officials with the capability to identify all livestock and premises that have had direct contact with a disease of concern within 48 hours after discovery.

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Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association Launches Vet Shortage Initiative

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    HERSHEY, Pa., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) has launched "Project Pennsylvania," a legislative and educational initiative designed to combat the growing shortage of veterinarians in certain geographic regions and practice areas in the Commonwealth.

    The initiative would increase the number of veterinary students who go into and stay in underserved areas of the veterinary profession through the establishment of a targeted loan forgiveness program, targeted recruitment of students interested in these areas, and on-the-job mentoring for new graduates.

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Anthrax found in South Dakota Herds

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Anthrax has been detected in three South Dakota cattle herds.  State Veterinarian Sam Holland says the disease has shown up in Douglas and Hutchinson counties.

The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University is closely tracking the outbreak.  South Dakota is in an anthrax belt that has soil contaminated with spores of the bacteria.

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Figures Reveal How Livestock Benefits From Ethanol

Thebeefsite.com

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture came out with corn production numbers Tuesday that were revised upward to a bountiful 12.3 billion bushels, two areas of corn demand also saw an increase – the amount projected for ethanol use was increased by 150 million bushels to 4.1 billion bushels, and the corn for livestock feed was boosted 100 million bushels to 5.3 billion.

Although the USDA estimates that more corn will go into livestock feed than any other use, these figures leave out another important statistic, according the National Corn Growers Association – the amount of livestock feed that will be producedfrom the same corn that goes into ethanol.

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Management at Weaning is Critical to Calves Efficiency

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Besides calving, the most stressful period in the life of a calf is at weaning. This time period is vital to the cow-calf producer also. Weaning is the end of the production process for most operators and represents the majority of annual income. Given the challenging economic times we are currently in, it is critically important to focus intently on those periods and those procedures that have significant, direct effects on performance and profitability. Minimizing the stress the calf faces helps ensure that the year’s work was not wasted and the calf continues through the production process to a consumer’s plate.

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