Daily Archives: February 26, 2009

Storage of Wet Corn Co-Products: Silo Bag Storage

Storage of Wet Corn Co-Products: Silo Bag Storage

G. Erickson, T. Klopfenstein, R. Rasby, A. Stalker, B. Plugge, D. Bauer, D. Mark, D. Adams, J. Benton, M. Greenquist, B. Nuttleman, L. Kovarik, M. Peterson, J. Waterbury and M. Wilken, University of Nebraska

Storage of WDGS by itself in bags under pressure (300 psi or greater) can result in splitting bags If splitting is going to occur, the problem usually occurs relatively soon after bagging (within a few days). Therefore, the objective of these storage tests was to add different feeds to allow for bagging under pressure with little risk of splitting the bags.

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Reproductive Prolapses of Cattle

Reproductive Prolapses of Cattle

Jeremy Powell, DVM Extension Veterinarian, University of Arkansas

Occasionally, beef cattle develop problems with prolapses near the time of calving. A prolapse can be basically defined as an abnormal repositioning of a body part from its normal anatomical position. Two distinct types of prolapses occur in the reproductive tract of cattle: vaginal or uterine. While both types require medical attention and correction, the severity and time of occurrence differ.

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Bovine Leukosis Virus: Prevalence, Economic Losses, and Management

Bovine Leukosis Virus: Prevalence, Economic Losses, and Management

Michigan Dairy Review

Bovine Leukosis Virus (BLV) can lead to losses that include increased heifer replacement costs, loss of income from condemned carcasses of cull cows, reduced fertility and decreased milk production. Larger herds are more likely to test positive for BLV. Common causes include shared syringes and, to a lesser extent, rectal palpation. The average annual cost in a 50% prevalence herd was nearly $6,400 per 100 milking cows. This article offers an introduction on implementing a BLV management program, including how to test prevalence.

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Fraudulent McDonald’s Rumor Circulating Again

Fraudulent McDonald’s Rumor Circulating Again


A false rumor about McDonald’s once again is circulating via e-mail and the Internet.  The rumor claims McDonald’s refuses to buy U.S. beef, and imports potentially unsafe beef from South America.  The e-mail asks recipients to boycott McDonald’s.  NCBA recently has received a number of inquiries about the e-mail and Web posts.  Several producer inquiries also surfaced during the recent Cattle Industry Annual Convention.

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Just where to save and places to spend

Just where to save and places to spend

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

The 2009 economy continues to be a nail-biter, and beef producers who aim to be around for another year – or hoping to be here for the next generation – know that keeping costs low is always a wise bet. So where should ranchers save and where should they spend?

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8,000 Cattle Die in China’s Snowstorm

8,000 Cattle Die in China’s Snowstorm


Heavy snow has killed 8,160 cattle in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region this month, local authorities said.

According to reports from the China Daily, low temperatures and avalanches after four snowfalls in Yili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture had killed the cattle, Yu Donghua, a prefecture husbandry and veterinary bureau official, said Monday.

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Phosphorus Availability Varies According to Source

Phosphorus Availability Varies According to Source


Research conducted at the University of Manitoba has confirmed the availability of phosphorus for loss into the environment varies according the source of that phosphorus, writes Bruce Cochrane.

To learn more about how phosphorus reacts in the soil and assess potential for run-off losses scientists with the University of Manitoba compared the environmental availability of phosphorus from monoammonium phosphate fertilizer, four sources of liquid swine manure and four sources of solid beef cattle manure under simulated extreme run-off conditions on disturbed coarse textured gavelly soil and fine to medium textured soil.

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Forage Focus: How’s Your Pasture?

Forage Focus: How’s Your Pasture?


OK, before you think I have lost my mind, I am not talking about your pasture in February. I am talking about how was your pasture in the summer. How much of your pasture is grass? How much of your pasture is weeds late in the season? Pasture management is cheaper feed than the stored feed you are feeding now.

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Drug trafficking at USDA lab

Drug trafficking at USDA lab

The Cattle Business Weekly

Nineteen employees of three USDA laboratories in Iowa have been placed on paid leave after allegations that some were using their veterinary credentials for the purchase of low-cost medications for themselves and relatives. The drugs were primarily antibiotics, blood pressure medications and pain relievers; none were narcotics.

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Linking Cattle Temperament with Meat Quality

Linking Cattle Temperament with Meat Quality


An on-farm study to gauge cattle temperament in Scottish conditions is the first step in helping farmers breed easy to handle cattle with higher quality meat.

A QMS funded project has so far has seen the behaviour of 151 cattle assessed to gauge their behavioural response when being handled. Strong flight responses are undesirable as they both risk the safety of the handler and the animal and require additional labour to control stock.

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Testing Bull Power Fast Tracks Genetic Improvement

Testing Bull Power Fast Tracks Genetic Improvement

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Compiling data based on figures derived from different measurements has been a tool for corporate firms to tell a success story. Profit margin, increase in individual stock price and statements of net worth all created a comfort zone if they were on the rise. Amassing this information led for a quick trip to the top of the mountain. Cattlemen, because the four legged critter is involved, have to show a little more than what’s on paper to solidify the program, but accumulating positive data is a good first step.

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Cattlemen see brighter future for biz

Cattlemen see brighter future for biz


Glasgow Daily Times

Things are looking up for Kentucky’s beef cattle producers, according to Kenny Burdine with the University of Kentucky.

Burdine was the guest speaker at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Barren County Cattleman’s Association.

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Rancher helped pioneer new cattle crossbreed

Rancher helped pioneer new cattle crossbreed

Small Town Papers News Service

Gene Stockton, a lifelong Colfax County rancher and hay farmer who helped pioneer a new crossbreeding technique for beef cattle, died Jan. 12 in Albuquerque. He was 87 and died of heart failure.

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Beef plant may open in late summer

Beef plant may open in late summer


The developer of a beef packing plant at Aberdeen said he’s optimistic it will open in August or September.

Dennis Hellwig said the Northern Beef Packers plant will initially process 200 to 300 head of cattle daily, but is designed to handle up to 1,500 head daily.

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Wyoming beef production up from 2008; Montana’s down

Wyoming beef production up from 2008; Montana’s down

The Prairie Star

Commercial red meat production in Wyoming during January 2009 totaled 600,000 pounds, according to Kim Faircloth with the Wyoming Field Office of USDA NASS. This was 3 percent above last month and 12 percent above last year at this time. Commercial red meat production excludes animals slaughtered on farms.

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