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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Northern Beef Packers: Big hat. No cattle.

Northern Beef Packers: Big hat. No cattle.

David Newquist

North Valley Beacon

The story about Northern Beef Packers, which is building a processing plant at Aberdeen, gets as convoluted as Illinois Sen. (for the moment, at least) Roland Burris’ accounts of his contacts with deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Last week a seventh contractor filed a mechanic’s lien on the plant.

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David Burton: Keeping records on cattle costs little, has payoff

David Burton:  Keeping records on cattle costs little, has payoff

Springfield News-Leader

Only 20 to 25 percent of cattle producers like to keep records, according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

However, Cole says there is a financial incentive to keep complete production records on beef cow-calf operations, and it is significant for those with age- and source-verified feeder calves.

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Small farms changing face of agriculture

Small farms changing face of agriculture


The biggest trend in farming is small.

Small like the operation on the outskirts of this mini-burg run principally by Ferna Louden – churner of her own butter, maker of her own cheese and yogurt – with help from her husband, Bob, and especially his nonfarm job and its health insurance.

“How’s my Martha Mae?” she coos to her Jersey cow – part dairy producer, part pet.

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Beef market feeling pinch of recession

Beef market feeling pinch of recession

Scott Davis

Lansing State Journal

Beef livestock farmer Jeff Oesterle is facing a leaner cut of profit these days.

Confronted with lower beef prices and dampening demand for high-priced steak, the Mason-area producer cut the number of cattle he is raising this year to 200 from 550 – a 64 percent reduction – to limit his costs.

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Meat-labeling rules raise concerns among cattle interests

Meat-labeling rules raise concerns among cattle interests


Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas cattle interests are watching who will blink first — the beef industry or the Obama administration, which is asking that packers and retailers go beyond meat-label rules that take effect March 16 and voluntarily spell out the countries where a steer was born, raised and slaughtered.

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Plan Ahead For Heat Synchronization Methods For Replacement Heifers

Plan Ahead For Heat Synchronization Methods For Replacement Heifers


Producers that plan to use artificial insemination as part or all of this upcoming spring breeding season should start their preparations immediately.  A popular synchronization protocol for heifers involves the feeding of an additive, and the feed must be ordered and delivered and the proper time.

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Scholarship targets vet, undergrad students with emphasis in beef production

Scholarship targets vet, undergrad students with emphasis in beef production

High Plains Journal

For a second year, the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and Fort Dodge Animal Health are accepting applications for the Fort Dodge Animal Health Legacy Scholarship. Through producer participation, Fort Dodge Animal Health sponsors five scholarships of $5,000 each.

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Reproduction Success In The Cow Herd

Reproduction Success In The Cow Herd


As cattlemen focus on the current calving season, they should not lose sight of the next most critical management issue-the upcoming breeding season. A successful breeding season will in turn result in both greater reproductive efficiency and higher profits for producers. When cows are not managed to rebreed quickly, the profitability of the beef operation is negatively impacted.

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