Daily Archives: January 19, 2009

Video Feature: What are some pointers on clipping short haired cattle?

Video Feature: What are some pointers on clipping short haired cattle?

Purina Mills

USDA: Naturally Raised Marketing Claim Standard

USDA: Naturally Raised Marketing Claim Standard


The US Department of Agriculture has issued a voluntary standard for naturally raised livestock and meat marketing claims.

The standard will be published as a notice in the Federal Register and is titled “United States Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims, Naturally Raised Claim for Livestock and the Meat and Meat Products Derived from such Livestock.”

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Cold weather brings stress on cattle

Cold weather brings stress on cattle

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

Tennessee cattle producers should be concerned about the cold weather during the week and on into the winter months.

The cold weather that we have had across Tennessee this week and into the weekend will be stressful on cattle. As the temperature drops, the feed needs of cattle increase.

Cattle are stressed when they are exposed to weather conditions below their critical environmental temperature. For cattle, that temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature is at freezing.

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Tropical animal agriculture focus of Ensminger School in Costa Rica

Tropical animal agriculture focus of Ensminger School in Costa Rica

High Plains Journal

The next Ensminger international animal industry conference will take place Feb. 11 to 13 in Costa Rica. The event is being organized by Iowa State University and the University of Costa Rica.

“Opportunities and Challenges for Tropical Animal Agriculture” will bring in experts from around the world to present topics of interest for Latin American animal agriculture. About 200 students, faculty, producers and animal industry representatives will attend.

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Country-of-origin labels on food disappoint some

Country-of-origin labels on food disappoint some

Alan Bjerga

Cincinatti Enquirer

WASHINGTON – Longtime supporters of U.S. regulations requiring meat and fresh produce to be labeled by country of origin say the government’s final rule on the matter doesn’t do enough to distinguish U.S. meat from competitors.

The rule announced last week allows U.S. meat produced in a domestic facility that also is processing imported animals to carry a multicountry designation. That blurs the distinction between U.S. and foreign meat, according to critics, especially ranchers in northern states who compete with Canadian cattle. They pushed for a U.S.-only label to spur consumer purchases.

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Life on Collins ranch rolls into fifth generation

Life on Collins ranch rolls into fifth generation

Michael Booth

The Denver Post

Through decades raising beef amid health-food crazes, fuel-price crises and global-climate changes, the nemesis of 75-year-old ranching matriarch Polly Collins Johnson was as ancient as the hills: the tumbling tumbleweed.

Russian thistle breaks free from desiccated roots 30 miles to the north of here, rolls across the dryland prairie of eastern Colorado, and comes to rest against Collins Ranch fences that enclose 40,000 acres. The tumbleweeds pile up relentlessly, standing on one anothers’ shoulders as if to better mock the cattle. In blizzards, tumbleweeds accumulate snow, and knock over fence posts.

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Monitoring cow nutrition prior to calving is important

Monitoring cow nutrition prior to calving is important

Robbie Baird LeValley,  CSU Cooperative Extension Delta County Independent

During the last trimester of pregnancy, the fetus grows rapidly, placing increasing nutrient demands on the cow.

In addition, cold weather increases the cow’s nutrient requirements. Body condition (fat cover) plays an important role in successfully wintering beef cows. Late weaning, overstocking, late supplementation, poor parasite control programs, and inadequate winter rations can all lead to cows in poor body condition.

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