Daily Archives: October 14, 2008

Law gives police powers to activists

Law gives police powers to activists

Feedstuffs Foodlink

Animal rights and vegetarian activists could have the authority to enter and search California farm buildings and arrest producers for suspected violations of animal welfare laws if California voters approve a ballot initiative this fall, Feedstuffs has learned.

This is the conclusion of attorneys who are analyzing the legal consequences of the initiative for agricultural and food interests in California, whose “Californians for SAFE Food” coalition is organized to educate Californians on the initiative and urge them to vote no on the measure.

The determination makes it exceedingly important for producers and production companies, trade associations and allied industry across the U.S. to become involved in the “SAFE Food” coalition, its supporters said.

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Q&A: How do you know if corn has aflatoxin in it?

Q&A:   How do you know if corn has aflatoxin in it?

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

A:   Toxins produced by mold are called mycotoxins. Aflatoxins and fusarium toxins, such as zearalenone and vomitoxin are mycotoxins of most concern to livestock producers. In general, aflatoxins are more prevalent under warm, dry conditions while Fusarium toxins are more prevalent under cool, damp conditions. Generally, ruminants have a greater tolerance for mycotoxins and can handle longer periods of low-level intake as compared to simple stomach animals.

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Flexibility Is Everything

Flexibility Is Everything

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Too much death loss, too many sick cattle, too much wear and tear on the cattle and the people taking care of them.

That’s why John Frank Pendergrass and his son John Paul, of Charleston, AR, made a wholesale change in their procurement program. Starting four years ago, they began buying calves direct from ranches rather than through auction barns the way they had ever since John Frank can remember.

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Rules of Thumb for Winter Cow Rations

Rules of Thumb for Winter Cow Rations

Jason K. Ahola, Ph.D.

American Cowman

Considerations for feeding cows a least-cost ration in a new era of high forage prices

Without question, feed costs across the entire beef industry have increased substantially over the past 18 months. However, the rise in forage prices during 2007 has contributed to a dramatic increase in winter cow feeding costs.

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Feed Efficiency Relates To Profitability

Feed Efficiency Relates To Profitability

Southern Livestock

Feed efficiency is rapidly becoming a cattle industry priority. Its impact on profitability is tremendous, and its heritability allows rapid progress.  Studies to date have shown that selecting for efficiency has immediate impact, and the impact is on the cow herd as well as in the feedlot.

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Fall Frost Effects Of Forage

Fall Frost Effects Of Forage


The first frost of the autumn generally brings a flurry of forage related questions centered around three general topics:

-toxic prussic acid potential and management of frosted sudangrass and sorghum sudangrass hybrids;

-is frosted alfalfa toxic to grazing animals; and

-now that we’ve had frost, should I harvest the last alfalfa cutting?

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Prevention Is Best Therapy For Calf Scours

Prevention Is Best Therapy For Calf Scours


Preventing scours (diarrhea or dysentery) in calves is a challenge for cow-calf producers.

Adequate colostrum intake is the best protection for the newborn calf. The mother cow’s colostrum is a “custom made” antibiotic preparation for her calf. Because this colostrum is specific for the calf, there is no better protection available.

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