Daily Archives: September 25, 2008

Video Feature: Animal Welfare Issues Facing Agriculture

Video Feature: Animal Welfare Issues Facing Agriculture

Kay Johnson-Smith, Animal Ag Alliance, recently presented a session at an Illinois Farm Bureau conference regarding animal welfare issues facing agriculture. This video is a short segment of that session.

Curly Calf Syndrome Investigation Underway

Curly Calf Syndrome Investigation Underway


During a 10-day period, between September 6th and 15th, the American angus Association received written and verbal reports of 48 calves previously born dead with physical characteristics consistent with “Curly Calf Syndrome”. Curly Calf Syndrome causes calves to be born with bent and twisted spines.

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The American Farmer, Friend or Foe

The American Farmer, Friend or Foe

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

Most Americans’ first introduction to the American farmer is as very small children with the song “Old MacDonald Had A Farm.” While not an accurate depiction of modern agriculture, the song is, never the less, a positive one.   Many books for young children deal with aspects of farm life such as animals and tractors. With grandchildren now arriving at the Truitt household, we are collecting quite a number of children’s books that have farm themes. Yet, the positive image of the American farmer has become a victim of the food vs. fuel debate. Recently I found myself defending not the US food policy but the ethics and integrity of US farmers.

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Q&A What are the health risks of grazing turnips?

Q&A   What are the health risks of grazing turnips?

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

A:   Following are the potential concerns for cattle grazing turnips, but rarely do these problems occur.

Turnip leaves can cause hemolytic anemia, a blood disease, pulmonary emphysema, a breathing disorder, polioencephalomalacia, a brain disorder characterized by twitching and incoordination, and even bloat. These problems generally occur during the first two weeks of grazing. Turnips also affect function of the thyroid gland and, thus, are goiter-genic.

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Viator Named Ultimate Genetics Marketing V.P.

Viator Named Ultimate Genetics Marketing V.P.

Cheramie Viator of Franklin, Texas has joined Ultimate Genetics as the Vice President of Marketing.

“Cheramie’s experience in marketing cattle worldwide will allow her to be a strong addition to the staff at Ultimate Genetics,” said Mark Cowan, President of Ultimate Genetics. “Her strong work ethic and cattle knowledge will help open new opportunities for the company and continue to build on the phenomenal growth of the past several years.”

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Grass-fed cows provide growing market for regional beef

Grass-fed cows provide growing market for regional beef

Kathy Gilbert

Chattanooga FreePress

Some Southeast Tennesseeans are returning to buying grass-fed beef from area suppliers and food markets, experts say.

“It’s good, reasonably priced, it tastes delicious, and I know it’s good for me,” said Paul Blazek, a database administrator in Brainerd and customer of Back Achers Farm in Chickamauga, Ga.

Most cattle today are raised commercially, fattened for the last four to six months of their lives in large Midwestern feedlots by about 70 percent to 90 percent grain, according to the National Beef Cattlemen’s Association Web site.

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Considerations For Culling Decisions In Cow Herd

Considerations For Culling Decisions In Cow Herd


With the recent changes in feed and pasture costs, many producers are searching for ways to improve feed utilization, improve herd efficiency, and reduce feed and pasture costs. The culling approach can be an important part of this management plan. Traditionally, the culling process is initiated following weaning in the fall and represents 10-20% of the cow-calf operation’s gross income. Through the culling process, most producers attempt to identify cows that are keeping the operation “in the game” and culling those that are costing the operation money. The list of reasons for culling can be quite extensive

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