Daily Archives: October 22, 2008



We were having friends over for a BBQ last August. As we planned the menu, my wife said, “Oh, Mike’s daughter is a vegetarian! We’ll need to make her a separate meal! “Just make her a turkey sandwich,” I suggested. “No, I’m serious, she said, “We’ve got to make her something special.”

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Oprah Eyes Food: TV segment should spur industry to speak up

Oprah Eyes Food: TV segment should spur industry to speak up

Kindra Gordon

American Cowman

There was lots of anticipation this past week when TV giant Oprah Winfrey aired an hour-long segment devoted to “Where our food comes from” on Oct. 14.

Those in agriculture wondered if Oprah would sling mud on the industry – or if she’d be able to capture the animal care that livestock producers provide while raising a safe – and economical – product that is destined for the food chain?

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Earn their votes

Earn their votes

Steve Suther

Black Ink

We face choices in November that will shape our common future, for better or worse. We must decide who will lead our government.

Debates serve to educate us and political ads try to score points by pointing out one candidate’s good points, another’s flaws. Sometimes, convinced that none of the leading contenders will serve, we turn to third-party, independent or write-in alternatives.

Less profound though far-reaching, voting takes place in supermarkets and restaurants every day. Americans may “vote their wallets” on a special Tuesday in autumn, but consumers vote with their wallets continuously.

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Using vaccination to reduce disease risk

Using vaccination to reduce disease risk

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Use of appropriate vaccines in cattle herds is an important component of disease control; for some diseases it is nearly as important as proper nutrition and sanitation. Just as in human health, vaccines can play an important role in preventing some cattle diseases, but not others. And, for some diseases, vaccines play a supporting role compared to more important disease-control tools such as adequate nutrition, good sanitation and diagnostic testing.

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Cattle Diseases: Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV) and Parainfluenza-3 (PI-3)

Cattle Diseases:  Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV) and Parainfluenza-3 (PI-3)

E. J. Richey

University of Florida

Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV)

For many years, the feedlot industry identified a respiratory problem in cattle that was diagnosed as an allergic reaction to changes in feed. Because of the microscopic lesions found in the lungs, a virus was suspected, but when tissue samples were submitted to the laboratory, no virus could be found. It was later determined that the virus would not survive the transport techniques. Only after taking the lab to the field was the virus isolated.

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Q: We test yearling bulls. ADG target is 3.5 lbs per day. If substituting soybean hulls for corn, what is the % of soy hulls to corn required? I have seen everything from 1:1 to 1.25:1.

Q:   We test yearling bulls. ADG target is 3.5 lbs per day. If substituting soybean hulls for corn, what is the % of soy hulls to corn required? I have seen everything from 1:1 to 1.25:1.

Dr. Terry Mader, Professor of Animal Science, Northeast Research and Extension Center University of Nebraska

A: When fed with corn, soyhulls have a greater feeding values than when fed as a sole source of feed.

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Ethanol Boom to Flood Industry with Livestock Feed

Ethanol Boom to Flood Industry with Livestock Feed


A potential benefit of the rapidly growing ethanol industry will be a substantial increase in the supply of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a co-product of ethanol.

More than 500 attendees at the U.S. Grains Council’s International Distillers Grains Conference (IDGC) in Indianapolis, Ind., heard that ethanol production increased in 2008 by approximately 3 billion gallons to 9.3 billion gallons compared to last year. Even more critically, production is projected by Informa Economics to reach 11.9 billion gallons in 2009. According to Ken Hobbie, USGC president and CEO, roughly 33 percent of the grain going into U.S. ethanol production will come out as DDGS.

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