Daily Archives: March 4, 2009

Craig Morris: USDA and Country of Origin Labeling

Craig Morris with USDA discusses Country of Origin Labeling and how it effects producers, packers and provisioners. Recorded a the 2008 Beef Quality Summit, November 2008, Colorado Springs, CO. This Recording is a production of the Animal Sciences Department, Purdue University.

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Composite Beef Breeds

Composite Beef Breeds

Brett Barham, Ph.D., Extension Livestock Specialist, University of Arkansas

The terms composite, synthetic and hybrid are used to signify new breeds or new lines of cattle. Many times these terms are used interchangeably. In any case, a planned mating scheme is designed to combine the desirable traits of two or more breeds into one “package” (or composite). A more formal definition of a composite is a breed made up of at least two component breeds, designed to retain heterosis in future generations without crossbreeding and maintained as a purebred.

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Freeze Branding Cattle Using Liquid Nitrogen

Freeze Branding Cattle Using Liquid Nitrogen

Tim Wilson, Extension Animal Scientist – Beef Cattle, University of Georgia

Identifying cattle and maintaining records should be a high priority among cattle producers. Individual identification allows producers to maintain accurate records and, in the long term, use them to improve overall production efficiency. One type of permanent identification is branding.

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California bill to restrict antibiotic use in livestock

California bill to restrict antibiotic use in livestock

Catherine Merlo

Beef Today

Two weeks after he proposed legislation to ban tail docking of dairy cows, California’s Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez has introduced a bill that would restrict the use of antibiotics in raising livestock.

Senate Bill 416 would prohibit schools from serving poultry or meat products treated with antibiotics to pupils. That portion of the bill, if passed, would take effect in January 2012.

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IBCA Honors Industry’s Best at Cattle Convention

IBCA Honors Industry’s Best at Cattle Convention

Hoosier AG Today

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) honored its best at an awards banquet held in conjunction with the 2009 Indiana Cattle and Forage Symposium. Producers from across the state traveled to Indianapolis to salute the men and women who provide the leadership for the Indiana beef industry.

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Providing a system of care against animal diseases

Providing a system of care against animal diseases

Mallory Becker, Animal Science Student, University of Nebraska

Animal diseases are an important concern for livestock producers, not only because of agro-security concerns associated with foreign animal disease threats such as foot and mouth disease, but also for ever-present disease problems like respiratory and enteric diseases. Prevention of illness is almost always less expensive than treatment. Providing a system of care to prevent common diseases is more cost effective than relying upon antibiotics and other drugs to treat disease once it has developed.

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Horse processing bill…

Horse processing bill…

HB 418 goes to House floor

Lisa Schmidt

Western AG Reporter

The House Ag Committee passed HB 418, which authorizes investor-owned livestock slaughter and processing plants and disallows courts from issuing an injunction that stops or slows construction of a horse slaughter or processing plant based on a challenge to permits, licenses, certificates, or other approval.

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Practical Uses for Ultrasound in Managing Beef Cow Reproduction

Practical Uses for Ultrasound in Managing Beef Cow Reproduction

G. Cliff Lamb and John Arthington

University of Florida

Ultrasound has been utilized as a tool in beef and dairy research systems for many years, and in more recent years has become available to commercial livestock agriculture. An ultrasound is an electronic instrument that sends out ultrasonic sound waves from an attached device called a transducer. The waves pass freely through fluid and are reflected back to the probe once they contact a soft tissue like muscle or a dense structure like bone, resulting in an image which can be identified as the placenta, fetus, or other organs. Although ultrasound technology may be used for various functions, this article will focus only on the reproductive aspect of ultrasound.

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Death on a factory farm

Death on a factory farm


An 87-minute documentary titled “Death on a Factory Farm” will air on the premium cable TV channel Home Box Office beginning March 16. The undercover video was captured at an Ohio hog farm and will be shown several times next month. . . .

As a result of this undercover investigation, 10 counts of animal cruelty charges were filed. Five were dismissed before trial. The defendants were acquitted of the remaining charges, except one. The owner’s son received a $250 fine and a year of probation for “improperly carrying or transporting animals.”

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Tips For Utilizing First-Calf Heifers

Tips For Utilizing First-Calf Heifers


With the 2009 calving season nearing, Robert Wells, Ph.D., a Livestock Consultant with The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, offers cattle producers a few tips for improving the life and production of replacement, first-calf heifers.

 “With margins tightening, producers must make sure to maximize lifetime cow profit potential starting with the first calf,” Wells said. “Taking care of the heifer’s health needs is top priority.”

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Beef Cattle Basics Regional Meetings begin this month

Beef Cattle Basics Regional Meetings begin this month

Regina Grayson 

Greenville Advocate

Alabama beef cattle producers are facing greater production and management decisions to maintain profitability in their beef cattle operations. Due to this, a series of regional meetings have been set up to help producers to better manage their resources, while making more informed production decisions, according to Crenshaw County Extension Director Russell Parrish.

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Randolph couple charged with tax evasion after alleged cattle-sale scheme

Randolph couple charged with tax evasion after alleged cattle-sale scheme

Man accused of faking cattle sales at South St. Paul yard

Nick Ferraro


A Randolph couple has been charged with tax evasion in an alleged scheme that involved more than $1 million in embezzled funds from a South St. Paul livestock brokerage.

Barry May, 45, and his wife, Shelly May, 42, were charged Tuesday in Dakota County District Court with four counts each of filing a false state income tax return and failure to pay income tax.

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Cattle Inventory Lowest Since 1959

Cattle Inventory Lowest Since 1959

Nebraska TV

A recent U. S. Department of Agriculture report revealed the smallest cattle inventory in the last 50 years, said Darrell Mark, extension livestock marketing specialist.

Beef cow slaughter has been high for the last several years and that, combined with lower heifer retention in the last year or two has led to a contracting cattle cycle that’s well into the second year of liquidations, Mark said.

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Wolff Polled Salers a big hit at Iowa Beef Expo

Wolff Polled Salers a big hit at Iowa Beef Expo

Jean Caspers-Simmet

Agri News

It’s becoming a tradition for Wolff Polled Salers of Aplington to have the top selling Salers bull at the Iowa Beef Expo.

Brian and LaVern Wolff have had the high seller four years in a row at the Des Moines sale. Rowell Cattle Co. of Ninnekah of Okla., bought Wolff Polled Salers Blk Pld Max 101U for $3,500.

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The Select-Choice Spread?

The Select-Choice Spread?


Each week in this newsletter, we report the spread between retail choice and select grade beef.  It’s a useful measure to gauge the relative demand for higher value cuts versus lower value cuts and the relative supply of heavy weight well-finished cattle versus lighter weight less-finished cattle.

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