Daily Archives: December 10, 2008

Profit Tip: Cattle Health Management Mistakes To Avoid

Profit Tip: Cattle Health Management Mistakes To Avoid

Dee Griffin & Dave Smith, Extension Veterinarians University of Nebraska

Key Mistakes to Avoid:

   1. Not understanding the sequence of disease and recovery

         1. times of occurrence in common diseases …

         2. reasonable outcomes

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Applied Repro Symposium: Physiological Principles of Estrus Synchronization

Applied Repro Symposium: Physiological Principles of Estrus Synchronization

Angus e-List

Development of technologies to increase reproductive efficiency and improve genetic merit has occurred at a rapid pace to include embryo transfer (ET), ultrasonography, transgenics and cloning. Of all available reproductive technologies, University of Missouri (MU) animal scientist Michael Smith ranks estrus synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) among the most powerful and applicable.

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Feeding Straw to Beef Cattle

Feeding Straw to Beef Cattle

Johnny Rossi, Extension Animal Scientist, University of Georgia

Straw is a low quality feedstuff that can be used as an alternative to hay if properly supplemented with minerals, vitamins, and grain. Straw is best suited for dry pregnant cows because of their low nutrient requirements. Dry cows require about 52 to 55 percent TDN and 8 percent crude protein. Lactating cows require 58 to 60 percent TDN and 11 percent crude protein. Straw will require both supplemental TDN and crude protein. Straw has limited use in the diets of stocker calves or replacement heifers. Limit straw to 25 percent or less in the diets of growing cattle.

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Investigation Reveals Flaws in Meat Inspection System

Investigation Reveals Flaws in Meat Inspection System

Hoosier AG Today

  Following the Hallmark/Westland recall of 143 – million pounds of beef products earlier this year, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer requested an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General. The results of that investigation have been made known. The report says that while problems are not systemic, there are vulnerabilities in the inspection system that can lead to situations like Hallmark/Westland where there are humane handling and inspection violations.

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Allen elected KLA president

Allen elected KLA president


The Wichita Eagle

Wichitan Todd Allen has been elected president of the Kansas Livestock Association.

Allen, who is president of the cattle feeding operations for Cargill Beef, will serve as the 5,500-member organization’s leader through KLA’s 2009 convention next December.

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Thin Cows Require More Feed Over the Winter – Frequently Asked Questions

Thin Cows Require More Feed Over the Winter – Frequently Asked Questions

Ropin’ the Web

            Do thin cows have more difficulty making it through the winter?

Thin cows have less fat cover than cows in good condition. Fat is a good insulator, which in turn helps reduce energy requirements to keep the animal warm. An additional 1200 pounds of hay is needed to feed a thin cow (condition score 2) versus a cow in good condition (score 3) through the winter. Lower critical temperatures – the point where a cow requires to generate heat from feed consumed to keep warm – is more of a concern with a thin cow. Thin animals cannot tolerate the cold as well as cows in good condition.

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Cattle Breeding: Crossbreeding & Maximizing Heterosis

Cattle Breeding: Crossbreeding & Maximizing Heterosis



Crossbreeding remains one of the most effective low-input, high return management practices that a beef cattle producer can adopt. Effective crossbreeding is more than simply  purchasing a bull and mating it to a cow of a different breed. Crossbreeding systems with varying degrees of complexity offer benefits in proportion to the increased management that they require.

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