Daily Archives: September 23, 2008

Lack of local USDA plants limit ranchers

By KEITH CHU Gazette Times Sexton Ranches near Haines has bought into the local food movement, big time. The family-operated business sells its beef and sheep exclusively at farmers markets and to restaurants in Eastern Oregon and across the Idaho state line. Its cows are grass-fed, which generally produces leaner meat. But there’s one part of the business that owners Andi and Richard Sexton can’t do locally — slaughter and process their animals.

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Baxter Black: BUCKLE UP

Baxter Black:  BUCKLE UP

The news has coincided recently with protesters demanding to be able to purchase raw milk, the AMA warning that home births are not safe, and desperate cancer victims reserving the right to buy alternative “cures” not approved by the F.D.A.

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Video Feature: Switchgrass for Forage and Ethanol

Video Feature: Switchgrass for Forage and Ethanol

Switchgrass is forage grown in Tennessee that could soon be a source for gasoline – possibly reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. But does the crop have other potential uses? Experts with UT’s Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.


Save On Delivery Costs By Decreasing the Frequency of Protein Supplementation

Save On Delivery Costs By Decreasing the Frequency of Protein Supplementation

Aaron Stalker, Beef Specialist, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE

With today’s high fuel costs decreasing the frequency of protein supplement delivery can help reduce costs. Numerous research studies have demonstrated similar animal performance when cattle are fed protein supplements either daily or twice the daily amount every other day. Even longer intervals have been shown to be effective.

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Genetic Defects… Better Safe than Sorry

Genetic Defects… Better Safe than Sorry

Larry Keenan

American Red Angus Magazine

Many breed associations have had the unfortunate experience of fighting through a genetic defect outbreak. Those of you who keep up with other breeds may be familiar with Tibial Hemimelia (TH) and/or Pulmonary Hypoplasia with Anasarca (PHA). Initially, attempts to control these genetic defects met with limited success because the respective breed associations had no policy for reporting abnormal animals and placing carrier animals on a published list. While implementation of genetic defect reporting rules are getting the outbreaks under control, the fact of the matter is, if a genetic defect reporting rule had been in place, and members reported all abnormal animals produced on their operation, there would not have been a widespread outbreak.

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Some Facts Regarding Foot Rot

Some Facts Regarding Foot Rot


Several producers seem to be having difficulty with foot rot this summer/fall. Following are some quick FACTS and FICTIONS regarding foot rot in cattle.

1. Foot rot is only a problem when there are wet conditions. FICTION.

While it is true that in wet conditions the skin around the hoof will soften and thin, making it susceptible to injure and allow bacteria to enter, dry conditions also can lead to foot rot. In dry conditions, injuries to the foot can happen easily with stubble, thorns, etc. and crowded loafing areas can lead to a concentrated amount of bacteria to exposed the injured skin.

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UC Davis Forms Welfare Institute

UC Davis Forms Welfare Institute


The School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis has formed a new division, the International Animal Welfare Training Institute, to examine and address animal welfare issues in many species.

Faculty at the Veterinary School met with members of the beef and dairy industries to develop practices that will benefit the welfare of food animals. The group discussed the animal welfare concerns of consumers and farmers alike, including science-based welfare practices.

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