Daily Archives: March 2, 2009

Video Feature: Alex Avery: Benefits of technology in beef production

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Alex Avery, director of research at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Food Issues, promotes the need to utilize technological advancement to feed a growing, global, hungry world. Recorded a the 2008 Beef Quality Summit, November 2008, Colorado Springs, CO. This Recording is a production of the Animal Sciences Department, Purdue University.

Selection and Management of Beef Replacement Heifers

Selection and Management of Beef Replacement Heifers

Tom R. Troxel, Beef Cattle Specialist,  Shane Gadberry Extension Livestock Specialist, University of Arkansas

Acquiring or raising high quality replacement heifers is an essential and a major investment for the cow- calf producer. The replacement heifer Extension Livestock becomes the genetic building block for Specialist the cow herd. The producer hopes that a replacement heifer will become a fertile cow that produces a calf, annually, for a long time.

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Estrous Synchronization for Beef Cattle

Estrous Synchronization for Beef Cattle

Timothy W. Wilson, Extension Animal Scientist — Beef Cattle, University of Georgia

As the calving season begins, producers are rewarded for their efforts and hard work. Everyone enjoys newborn calves, especially when they are born as a result of a planned breeding season the year before. Planning a breeding season can be as simple as defining the time frame a bull has to breed a herd, or as intensive as artificial insemination (AI).

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Dr. David Steffen, Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska

Since arthrogryposis multiplex (AM) was first reported by the American Angus Association as a possible inherited defect, breeders have stepped forward with great cooperation to report abnormal calves. This allowed Dr. Beever and I to characterize the phenotype, identify the gene and to develop a test. This success was contingent on your cooperation for which we are thankful.

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UNL economist cautious about beef markets

UNL economist cautious about beef markets

High Plains Journal

Although supply side factors remain positive, recession worries and input costs could lower beef prices, said a University of Nebraska-Lincoln economist.

Rebecca Small pointed to large number of cows culled and reduced number of retained heifers during the past two years, as well as a smaller calf crop as factors putting upward pressure on beef markets. Imported cattle supplies have also been restricted because of country-of-origin labeling regulations, she said.

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The third stage of calving

The third stage of calving

David Cantrell

McAlester News Capital

Spring calving season has arrived in Pittsburg County. The next few articles will focus on calving and the mechanics of the calving process.

The process of “calving” or parturition in beef cattle is defined by three stages. Stage one occurs about four to 24 hours prior to calving.

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Texas Cattle Trichomoniasis Program adopted: Interstate rules effective April 1, 2009; in-state rules effective Jan. 1, 2010

Texas Cattle Trichomoniasis Program adopted: Interstate rules effective April 1, 2009; in-state rules effective Jan. 1, 2010

North Texas E-News

Beginning April 1, 2009, breeding bulls entering Texas from any other state must be either 24 months of age or younger and certified as a virgin, or be tested negative for cattle trichomoniasis within 30 days prior to entry.

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