Daily Archives: October 3, 2008

Visual symptoms of curly calf syndrome visual symptoms of curly calf syndrome

Visual symptoms of curly calf syndrome visual symptoms of curly calf syndrome


Rodney Torell U of NV Beef Extension

what are the visual symptoms of curly calf syndrome? Curly calf syndrome is also known as Bovine Hereditary Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (BHAMC).

The short answer: At birth the spine is bent and twisted in affected calves (sounds like lupine or crooked calf syndrome doesn’t it?). The calves are small and appear thin due to limited muscle development. Legs are often rigid and may be hyperextended (common in rear limbs) or contracted. In some cases the rigid limbs result in calving difficulties. Additional unique features are recognized during laboratory examination.

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Video Feature: Preparing Portable Scales for Weighing Beef Cattle

Video Feature: Preparing Portable Scales for Weighing Beef Cattle

How to prepare portable scales for weighing beef cattle

BeefTalk: Coins or Calves, I Guess It’s the Law

BeefTalk: Coins or Calves, I Guess It’s the Law

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service

Who’s Coin is That? Who’s Coin is That?

The application of mandatory country of origin labeling is changing the way we do business.

The daily work of doing business is always challenging, particularly with the current issues facing the financial world. With the increasing complexities of the business, one wonders if the compensation for a day’s work is fair.

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It’s always a tough choice for a farmer to make when it is necessary to tow a crippled vehicle; should he have his wife drive the towing unit or should she sit behind the wheel of the one being towed?

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Q&A:What would be the total costs of keeping a breeding age beef cow for one year?

Q&A:What would be the total costs of keeping a breeding age beef cow for one year?

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

A:   Input costs per cow for the cow/calf enterprise have increased a lot over the last few years. Although calf prices have been good, profitability of the cow/calf enterprise has decreased.

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Happy Cows Make for a Healthy Earning

Happy Cows Make for a Healthy Earning


Research has shown how a healthy diet can boost production returns, but the importance of comfort is also creeping into the agenda. Evidence shows that happy cows produce more, reproduce more and stay in the herd for longer.

For more than six years, Bradford County dairy producer Glen Gorrell has relied on Penn State Extension to help him run a profitable business.

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Diagnosing BVD

Diagnosing BVD


Getting the proper diagnosis and setting up a prevention plan is critical to stopping these continued losses, regardless of the enterprise that is on your operation. There are multiple options that differ in terms of the tests used and the associated costs, so it is important to understand which group of animals is most likely to harbor the PI individuals. Due to the complex nature of this virus and its diagnosis, working closely with your veterinarian is critical to the success of the program. For cow/calf operations, it is important to determine which population of animals in your herd is most likely to harbor the PI animals.

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Finks, commitment to excellence, win award

Finks, commitment to excellence, win award

The Cattle Business Weekly

Galen Fink and Lori Hagenbuch grew up on eastern Kansas farms, learning the importance of sound decisions in cattle judging, business and leadership.

Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) honored the Finks on Sept. 13 at the brand’s annual conference. They accepted the 2008 Seedstock Commitment to Excellence Award in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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Genetic Revolution: Unravelling Livestock DNA

Genetic Revolution: Unravelling Livestock DNA

As a treasure map may lead to buried treasure, scientists are following genetic markers to predict the genetic makeup of agriculturally important animals.

The next generation “map” of genotyping and genome sequencing technologies may identify the traits that underlie the expression of growth, development, reproduction, and the onset of complex disease. This knowledge will revolutionize the livestock industries.

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Federation Awards Beef Promotion Grants

Federation Awards Beef Promotion Grants

Cattle Today

The Federation of State Beef Councils (FSBC) has awarded 12 new grants through its Federation Initiative Fund to help underwrite beef promotions in states with high human populations but low cattle numbers and, therefore, limited beef checkoff collections.

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Farmers fear river cleanup may ban cattle from streams

Farmers fear river cleanup may ban cattle from streams

By James P. Gannon

Rappahannock News

Mike Massie is stirred up.

The prominent Rappahannock County farmer and cattle raiser fears that a looming government effort to get livestock out of local rivers and streams to reduce water pollution is unfairly targeting the backbone of the county’s agriculture.

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Michigan Cattle Producers Leading the Nation in Food Traceability Efforts

Michigan Cattle Producers Leading the Nation in Food Traceability Efforts

MI Newswire

Michigan’s cattle producers are leading the nation with easily identified and traceable beef products. As part of their Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements effective today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is requiring all muscle cuts of beef and ground beef sold in the U.S. be labeled to help consumers identify the origin of the product.

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Treating Pneumonia In Beef Cattle

Treating Pneumonia In Beef Cattle


Pneumonia in cattle is a common and sometimes frustrating problem. Use of antibiotics to treat these cattle is just as common and sometimes can be just as frustrating. Most of us think of pneumonia as a single condition, because that is the way we perceive it.

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Cattle and ethanol ‘tremendous’ opportunity for Nebraska

Cattle and ethanol ‘tremendous’ opportunity for Nebraska


The ethanol co-product distillers grains has helped strengthen Nebraska’s economy and increase the efficiencies in feeding cattle in the state, according to Craig Uden of Darr Feedlot in Cozad, Neb.

“Distillers grains has brought Nebraska back to the forefront of cattle production because it increases gains and performance of cattle on feed while maintaining carcass quality. It also provides a boost for cow-calf operators because it works so well in getting cows ready to breed,” Uden said.

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Agriculture may suffer from financial crisis

Agriculture may suffer from financial crisis

By Betsy Blaney

Lubbock Online

U.S. farmers and ranchers, already feeling the crunch from rising costs for fuel and other production needs, may have a tougher time getting loans they need next year because of the national credit crisis, agriculture officials said.

While there’s no immediate problem because agricultural lending institutions remain strong, there’s fear that the recent financial meltdown will make bankers far more cautions, said Carl Anderson, an agricultural economist at Texas A&M University.

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Cull Cows In The Market Place

Cull Cows In The Market Place


Beef from market cows and bulls is widely used in the retail and food service sectors in a variety of products —not just ground beef, but also roast beef and other products sold at fast food and other “quick service” restaurants. Producers should focus on market quality of their cull cows and bulls (dairy and beef) as valuable contributors to the beef supply. Producers are consumers too and contribute to sales at quick service restaurants (McDonalds, Arby’s, Burger King, etc.) just as much as the average American.

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