Daily Archives: September 19, 2008

Curly Calf Syndrome of concern to Angus breeders

Update: Curly Calf Syndrome of concern to Angus breeders

September 22, 2008 · Comments Off


Curly Calf Syndrome of concern to Angus breeders


From Angus.org


Important Update on the Status of Curly Calf Syndrome (Bovine Hereditary Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita)




On September 5, 2008, the American Angus Association posted a notice on its website (www.angus.org) in which it requested the assistance of its members and users of Angus genetics in obtaining reports of any abnormal calves believed to fit the accompanying description of what is currently described as “Curly Calf Syndrome”.


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The following link is NOT from Angus.org


Photos of calves afflicted with BHAMC


Response From Mark Gardiner PDF


Oklahoma Farm Report Article


University of Georgia Vet School page

BeefTalk: Market Cows and Bulls Are Not Culls

BeefTalk: Market Cows and Bulls Are Not Culls

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Marketable Product Typical ND Beef Cattle Improvement Herd Marketable Product Typical ND Beef Cattle Improvement Herd

The sale of market cows and bulls is no small piece of change because it accounts for more than 35 percent of the production units’ marketable product.

Fall is here and the cattle inventory is being scrutinized critically. Feed, labor and desire will be some of the criteria as next year’s production herd is selected.

An overlooked impact is the value of market cows and bulls on cow/calf operations as cattle inventories are adjusted to bring in younger cows. Most people would refer to these animals as culls.

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Protect Livestock from Prussic Acid

Protect Livestock from Prussic Acid

Michael Fisher, Area Extension Agent (Livestock), Colorado State University Extension, Golden Plains Area

As feed prices have risen, many livestock producers have turned to alternative means for providing feedstuffs for their livestock. One popular option has been to follow wheat harvest with a planting of sorghum. While a sorghum crop can be a valuable resource for feeding, it can also pose some hazards. When talking about toxins in a sorghum or sorghum cross plant, most commonly we are concerned with nitrate poisoning; especially during times of drought. However, there is another hazard that fewer people are aware of. It is prussic acid.

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Energy needs impacting cattle production

Energy needs impacting cattle production

Codi Vallery

Cattle Business Weekly

Rising energy prices will continue to hurt the beef sector.

That was the overall take home message from the recent cost control and risk planning webinar conducted Sept. 11 by Matt Diersen, Cole Gustafson and Harlan Hughes.

Gustafson of North Dakota State University touched upon why farmers and ranchers will continue to see energy prices rise through the winter of 2008 and into 2009.

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AngusSource Prepares Producers for Challenges

AngusSource Prepares Producers for Challenges

Eric Grant

Cattle Today

The Oregon rangeland that surrounds Ted Bloomer’s home has provided his family with a good living for nearly 40 years.

At one time, this was isolated country, and the business of raising commercial cattle was a straightforward, cyclical process.

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Fall Weather Brings Increased Risk Of Coccidiosis

Fall Weather Brings Increased Risk Of Coccidiosis


If producers aren’t thinking about coccidiosis prevention and treatment, the fall weather may leave a chill in the air and on their pocketbook. Fall weather paired with weaning, confinement or other stressors can mean increased incidences of coccidiosis,8 and even subclinical infections can cause decreased growth rates and increased feed requirements to produce a pound of gain.

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Earlage An Option For Harvesting Corn

Earlage An Option For Harvesting Corn


One option for harvesting and storing corn is turning it into earlage, which ultimately will be used for cattle feed.

“Earlage, which is ensiled corn grain, cobs, husks and, in some cases, a portion of the stalk, is higher in energy than corn silage with similar protein content,” says Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. “It’s lower in energy than corn grain because it includes a portion of the fibrous parts of the plant, such as the husk, stalk and cob, but it works well in a variety of cattle diets, including growing and finishing diets for beef cattle and feed for lactating dairy cows.”

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How factory meats hurt your world

How factory meats hurt your world

Brian Colleran

The Hook

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

One of the most stalwart defenders of factory farming in America is the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and it’s none too happy that the United Nations has concluded that the environment pays a heavy price for our addiction to meat.

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65th Annual Longhorn Auction maintains refuge herd

65th Annual Longhorn Auction maintains refuge herd


Comanche County_The 65th Annual Longhorn Auction at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife refuge Thursday featured the Department of Fish and Wildlife auctioning off 170 longhorns on average of a couple of hundred dollars each.  Deputies say only serious ranchers turn out for the event, and they intend to spend serious cash.

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Deadline is next month for SDSU cattle program

Deadline is next month for SDSU cattle program

Argus Leader

Oct. 10 is the deadline to sign up for South Dakota State University’s 2008-09 Calf Value Discovery Program.

SDSU Extension Beef Specialist Cody Wright said the program lets producers better assess the value of their cattle and gain valuable carcass and feedlot performance information to aid in management decisions.

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Certified Hereford Beef LLC Launches New Beef Brand: Nuestro Rancho

Certified Hereford Beef LLC Launches New Beef Brand: Nuestro Rancho


The American Hereford Association (AHA) and Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC staffs have created a new Hereford-based beef brand specifically targeting Hispanic shoppers.

In 31 Hispanic grocery stores throughout the Los Angeles area, shoppers now have the opportunity to buy Hereford beef labeled Nuestro RanchoTM, from a service case cut just the way they like it.

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Results in on final round of Limousin Visions Quest

Results in on final round of Limousin Visions Quest

Journal Advocate

The data-collection phase of Visions Quest (VQ) Round 3, the North American Limousin Foundation’s (NALF’s) cattle-feeding and carcass-discovery project with Colorado State University (CSU), concluded July 23 at the JBS Swift and Co. packing plant in Greeley. With data analysis continuing, the final chapter of the three-year VQ endeavor promises to provide critical lessons for the breed’s long-term success in providing the most profitable genetics and crossbreeding solutions for commercial cattle producers.

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Hereford Youth Visit Nation’s Capital

Hereford Youth Visit Nation’s Capital

Cattle Business Weekly

Eighty-five National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members from 18 states visited our nation’s capital, July 31-Aug. 2, during the annual PRIDE Convention. PRIDE (Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel) was hosted in Washington, D.C., where Hereford youth learned about our country’s history and got an up-close look at the White House, the U.S. Capitol, historic national monuments and Arlington Cemetery.

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COOL backers decry giant loophole

COOL backers decry giant loophole            

by North Platte Bulletin

Years of fierce debate and political tricks continue in the battle over country-of-origin-labeling of meats, as COOL comes close to becoming national policy.

Congress adopted the labeling program in 2002 at the request of U.S. cattle producers and consumer groups, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture studied the law and never deciding how to implement it. Then, influential legislators in Congress cut off funding for it.

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Causes & Effects Of Scours

Causes & Effects Of Scours


Many factors influence the occurrence of diarrheal disease. Factors that predispose calves to scours include:


-poor nutrition of dam

-poor health of dam

-poor mothering ability of dam

-other factors

These factors can be difficult to control. When they occur, special care of the calf helps decrease the risk of later infections.

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