Monthly Archives: September 2008

Forage Feeding Losses Can Add Up

Forage Feeding Losses Can Add Up

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

Introduction

A lot of long hours and expense are invested into harvesting quality forages and storing them for use at a later time. As a producer, you wouldn’t dream of throwing away one-third of the forages that were intended to be fed to the cow herd. Many times, that’s what happens when livestock are allowed unlimited access to hay in a feeding situation. Livestock trample, over consume, foul on, and use for bedding 25 to 45 percent of the hay when it is fed with no restrictions or is not processed.

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Carcass Ultrasound 101: Use of Ultrasound…When EPDs Are Unavailable

Carcass Ultrasound 101: Use of Ultrasound…When EPDs Are Unavailable

Patrick Wall, Director of Communications, The National CUP Lab

American Cowman

The pile of sale catalogs glued, stapled, or wrapped in the monthly breed publications can get a bit overwhelming in the peak sale seasons, regardless of your breed preference.  However, the real confusion sets in when one puts on their bull-buying cap and tries to find “the one” that will take their herd in the right direction.  Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are still the only selection tool that truly allows a buyer to compare one sale catalog to the rest in the stack.  Unfortunately, Carcass EPDs are not always readily available as you flip the pages from one lot to the next.  So what do you do?

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USDA Changes COOL Guidelines

USDA Changes COOL Guidelines

Hoosier AG Today

  USDA has adjusted its mandatory Country of Origin Labeling guidelines. The USDA web page now says meat processors cannot label U.S.-origin meat with the broader mixed origin label on days that no mixed origin product is processed. The meat labeling program goes into effect Wednesday.

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Q&A: Are there some small publications that explain EPDs and frame size for beef cattle?

Q&A:  Are there some small publications that explain EPDs and frame size for beef cattle?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   Information about EPD can be found on the National Beeef Cattle Evaluation Consortium website.

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AVMA Puts Livestock Health Before Congress

AVMA Puts Livestock Health Before Congress

Thebeefsite.com

The American Veterinary Medical Association has (AVMA) testified before the U.S. Congress on advancements to animal health in the livestock industry, describing for lawmakers progress made improving public health and reaffirming the importance of treating food animals with antibiotic medicines.

Addressing the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry, Dr. Christine Hoang, assistant director of the AVMA’s Scientific Activities Division, explained that significant safeguards to animal and human health have emerged as a result of veterinarians’ work with livestock.

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UT Appoints Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine

UT Appoints Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine

Cattle Today

Knoxville, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has named Dr. James P. Thompson as Dean of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Dr. Thompson’s appointment is effective October 1, 2008. He will be the fifth dean of the college, which is one of only 28 such colleges in the United States.

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Remember the basics to capture every penny at marketing

Remember the basics to capture every penny at marketing

Kindra Gordon

American Cowman

In a year of sky-high costs, cattle producers know every cent counts when it comes time to market calves. How can you maximize the price your calves bring at sale time? University of Nebraska Extension beef specialist says the key is in reviewing the basics and paying attention to details.

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