Daily Archives: September 10, 2008

Silage Pit Management

Silage Pit Management

Michael Fisher, Area Livestock Extension Agent, discusses how to better utilize the investment you have in the contents of your silage pit.

Audio Feature: 2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference: Animal Handling Issues, Joint Beef & Dairy Symposium part 3

Audio Feature:  2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference: Animal Handling Issues, Joint Beef & Dairy Symposium part 3


The focus shifts to animal care as David Pelzer, DMI, leads the discussion of current animal handling issues in our industry. And Dan Hale, Texas A&M, highlights the recent industry audit.

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Sound Nutrition Program Important for Show Cattle

Sound Nutrition Program Important for Show Cattle

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Part 1

About this time of the year, thousands of families start countless cattle on feed in hopes of achieving show ring stardom! The cattle show circuit is a significant component of the beef cattle industry in the United States. Not that it drives the marketing or value of beef in the United States. It is often detached from the “real world” of beef cattle production in that what is selected in the show ring and what is desirable in the industry are a considerable distance apart. But, few, if any, segments of the cattle business extract the excitement and passion as that found in the show ring. Part of this is due to the fact that a large portion of it is related to our kids and their 4-H and FFA projects.

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PA Agriculture Secretary Announces Appointment of New State Veterinarian

PA Agriculture Secretary Announces Appointment of New State Veterinarian

PR Newswire

Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff today welcomed Dr. Craig Shultz, a Pennsylvania native and experienced large animal veterinarian, as state veterinarian and director of the Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services.

    Dr. Shultz will assume his new duties on Sept. 29. In his position as bureau director, he will also serve as executive director of the Pennsylvania Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission.

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Praising the Corriente: Rancher touts historic breed

Praising the Corriente: Rancher touts historic breed


Country World

Back in 1988, Craig Dorrance made a decision that would still impact his life 20 years later.

After talking to a fraternity friend and team roper, Dorrance decided he wanted to try his hand in the sport. That decision soon lead to producing the breed of cattle that is primarily used as sport cattle in such events as team roping and bulldogging – the Corriente.

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Calf Finishing Vs. Background & Yearling Finishing Systems

Calf Finishing Vs. Background & Yearling Finishing Systems


As corn prices have more than doubled in the last two years, cattle producers increasingly look for alternatives to finishing calves exclusively in feedlots on high concentrate rations.  Historically, Nebraska feeders have always placed a high proportion of fall-weaned calves on feed in October and November and sold them as fed cattle in May before the seasonal summer price decline.  However, as feeding cost of gain has increased from about $50/cwt to nearly $100/cwt in the past two years, livestock operators have more incentive to background calves during the winter and following summer on forages and delay placing the cattle on feed until they are long yearlings at the end of the summer grazing season.

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Cattle Industry Adopts Mandatory Labeling Affidavit

Cattle Industry Adopts Mandatory Labeling Affidavit

Darryal Ray

Alabama Farm Bureau

An industry-wide coalition of livestock organizations has announced the adoption of a standardized affidavit to help producers comply with the mandatory country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) law that takes effect Sept. 30.

“Our goal was to create a simple, efficient and effective means of declaring livestock origin from conception to consumer, and we believe this affidavit does exactly that,” says Andy Groseta, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). “Producers can fill in info specific to their cattle and assert the origin of any animal being sold. Livestock marketers further along the ownership chain can use individual affidavits to create a single, combined affidavit for a group of animals.”

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