Daily Archives: September 3, 2008

Video Feature: BVD – PI

Agent Michael Fisher discusses BVD-PI in Cattle

Dealing with Respiratory Disease in High-Stress Calves

Dr. W. Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian, Cattle, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, VA Tech

High stress beef calves result when they are weaned, shipped, exposed to calves from other sources, experience weather and nutritional stress and are handled roughly, especially without prior vaccination and deworming.  These calves have a dramatically increased risk of needing to be treated for respiratory disease and dying of the same.

Current conditions suggest that there may be an increased number of high-stress calves in Virginia this fall.  For a number of years low corn prices and lots of feedlot capacity have drawn many calves into lots to become “calf feds”.  All signals suggest that many less calves will move to feedlots this fall.  Far too much expensive corn is required for a 500 pound steer to be finished to make this system economically viable.

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Cow Country Congress set Sept. 26

The Palestine Herald

Cow Country Congress is an annual multi-county event supported by the Extension Beef & Forage

Committees from Anderson, Freestone, Leon, Houston, Madison, Walker and Trinity counties.

This educational program rotates within the group of host counties each year. n addition to the traditional seven county area, beef producers from outside these counties are invited to attend this educational program. Participants in attendance will have the opportunity to visit with a variety of commercial exhibitors several times during the course of the day between presentations, demonstrations, and tours of the host property.

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Is Grass Fed Beef Safer than Grain Fed Beef?

Beyond Blueberries

Possibly not.

Bill Marler posted some research:

Grass-Fed vs Grain-Fed Beef and the Holy Grail: A Literature Review

Some highlights:

    “E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, Salmonella, and other dangerous pathogens have been repeatedly isolated from both grass and grain fed livestock.”

    “Studies by other researchers worldwide have since found little difference in acid resistant E. coli O157:H7 among grain- verses grass-fed cattle, and some even found more E. coli O157:H7 shed by grass-fed animals.”

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Farmers Partnering to Protect the Environment

Myra Lawyer

Poughkeepsie Jurnal

The Dutchess County Soil and Water Conservation District awarded a “Partnering to Protect the Environment” sign to Walbridge Farm manager, Doug Giles, at the 2008 Dutchess County Fair. These signs are awarded by the District to farms that are utilizing the Agricultural Environmental Management program and have demonstrated exemplary stewardship of our natural resources.

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Interesting Times For Cattle Economics


There is an old Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting times.” The current era in the livestock industry is about as interesting as most of us can stand. I believe we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. The cattle industry of tomorrow will almost certainly look different than it has in recent years. During 2008, many ranchers did not apply the same amount of fertilizer as they have in the past. Thus, in combination with low rainfall, forage quality and quantity this fall and winter may be lower than in the past. The price of feed has increased by 20-25 percent compared to fall 2007; therefore, feeding the current herd size though the winter may not be economically justifiable.

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‘Twilight Training’ set for Friday in Havre

The Prairie Star

Montana State University’s Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) will host a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) “Twilight Training” in Havre on Friday, Sept 5.

MSU’s BQA program and the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) will team up to present the training at 4 p.m., followed by a free dinner.

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