Monthly Archives: February 2009

BeefTalk: Alfalfa Is a Great Supplement

BeefTalk: Alfalfa Is a Great Supplement

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Grandpa always said sheep get the hay first, cows second and the horses third.

There was a pleasant view as I went to the auction barn the other day. The semi-trailer truck was sitting in the parking lot with a load of alfalfa hay. Under many situations, no one would really notice, but the long, drawn-out winter has many producers checking their hay inventory as frequently as the weather forecast.

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A medical term for vegetarians

A medical term for vegetarians

Steve Cornett

Beef Today

Those of you who criticize the New York Times should go over to their site and read the story about how damaging dietary fetishes can be. Follow this link to the story.

It’s an uncommonly (these days) common-sense approach to the dangers shouldered by people who approach nutrition with the simplistic “good food, bad food” attitude that leads to goofy things like bulimia, anorexia and other abnormal forms of vegetarianism.

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Injection Site Management

Injection Site Management

Jeremy Powell Assistant Professor and Veterinarian, University of Arkansas

As cattle producers, we supply this nation with beef. Today’s consumer demands that our product is wholesome and free from blemishes. In order to meet this justified demand, we all need to be diligent in assuring quality in our final product. One very important factor in providing quality in the beef we produce is performing injections properly. This fact sheet will cover a few of the basics.

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Q&A: What can I use to induce calving in a beef cows?

Q&A:   What can I use to induce calving in a beef cows?

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

A:   Consult your veterinarian for advise. Usually the drugs of choice depends of stage of pregnancy. Early in pregnancy, progesterone secreted by the corpus luteum (CL) that is located on the ovary is needed to maintain pregnancy.

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AFBF Disappointed with Ruling on Dust Regulation

AFBF Disappointed with Ruling on Dust Regulation

Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), has expressed disappointment in the court ruling about the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ‘dust rule’.

Mr Stallman said that because of Tuesday’s ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that upheld the EPA’s regulatory standards related to rural dust, farmers and ranchers could face additional and unwarranted regulations as states attempt to comply with federal standards.

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Don’t Become Complacent Around Livestock

Don’t Become Complacent Around Livestock

Farmers and ranchers who work with livestock need to stay vigilant around those animals.

“Most ranchers and farmers who have cattle and horses like working with animals and interacting with them,” North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian Charlie Stoltenow says. “The more they work with cattle and horses, the more comfortable they become around the animals. And with that comfort, producers sometimes take their animals for granted. This is a serious and dangerous mistake. Worker safety around cattle and horses requires respect for the animals and concentrating on the task at hand.”

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Select Sire Teams with CAB to Create Value

Select Sire Teams with CAB to Create Value

Cattle Today

Select Sires and Certified Angus Beef (CAB) both understand that one important aspect of creating high-quality beef is the animal’s genetic potential. With a new beef sire directory now available from Select Sires, customers will notice a high percentage of Angus sires among Select’s lineup that meet or exceed CAB’s recommendations for marbling and $ Grid (the selection index that combines the three genetic traits that influence CAB acceptance rates). Look for the CAB Targeting the Brand™ logo throughout the catalog, denoting the Angus sires that meet or exceed these high standards.

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