Daily Archives: March 5, 2009

Terry Fankhauser and Bill Hammerich: Colorado history and future

Terry Fankhauser and Bill Hammerich give a Colorado welcome to 2008 BEEF Quality Summit attendees and a history of livestock in the state. 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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Simplified Planning of Estrus Synchronization Systems.

Simplified Planning of Estrus Synchronization Systems.

Iowa Beef Center

There’s no question about the benefits of estrus synchronization in a beef herd. However, navigating the many programs and options that come with estrus synchronization can become an overwhelming and frustrating experience. The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University and the North Central Region Bovine Reproduction Task Force are pleased to offer this Microsoft® Excel spreadsheet program to assist herd managers in making the right management decisions and establishing a program calendar for each day and each task.

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Treatment of Calf Scours

Treatment of Calf Scours

University of California-Davis

What causes calf scours? As new calves arrive, so does the threat of the common condition known as “calf scours” or neonatal calf diarrhea. Infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria cause this condition. These agents have the common property of causing a net loss of water and electrolytes from the calf’s body via the gut. This causes potentially life-threatening dehydration and electrolyte imbalances that can result in death.

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Forage Focus: Low Cutting Height Can Result In Loss of Orchardgrass Stands

Forage Focus: Low Cutting Height Can Result In Loss of Orchardgrass Stands

Les Vough, University of Maryland Forage Specialist Emeritus

Cutting height may be the cause of loss of orchardgrass stands as much as insect and disease problems. Insects such as grubs and billbugs and leaf diseases are certainly contributors to loss of stands but the advent and popularity of disc mower-conditioners somewhat coincides with the shorter stand life and slower recovery of orchardgrass fields after cutting.

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Bull Selection 101

Bull Selection 101

John L. Evans, Ph.D., Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist, Department of Animal Science, Oklahoma State University

For many cattle producers, this is a time of year when important decisions are made regarding the cow herd.  Many producers begin to receive sale catalogs, view sale publications, and may be receiving calls from previous bull suppliers.  It is important for producers to make sound judgments about their herd sires.  A poor bull buying decision might leave a producer with a product they don’t need or don’t want in their herd.  On the other hand, a good bull buying decision will increase the producer’s chances of having a more profitable calf crop.

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National Junior Angus Show to be Held in Georgia

National Junior Angus Show to be Held in Georgia

Cattle Today

Junior Angus enthusiasts and their families should have their calendars marked for the most-exciting event of their summer—the 2009 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), set for July 19-25 in Perry, Ga. The Georgia Junior Angus and Georgia Angus Associations will host the “Sweet Southern Showdown” at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.

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Plan Ahead for Heat Synchronization Methods for Replacement Heifers

Plan Ahead for Heat Synchronization Methods for Replacement Heifers

Glenn Selk, OSU Extension Cattle Reproduction Specialist

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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Cattle Numbers Down, Where’s the Beef?

Cattle Numbers Down, Where’s the Beef?

Linda Smith

 Ag Web

The cattle herd is the smallest since 1959 and the calf crop is the smallest since 1951. Corn demand for feeding cattle will decline until 2013—if numbers stabilize and begin to increase again by then, says Steve Kay of Cattle Buyers Weekly. USDA is already forecasting less feed usage of corn in 2009, in part because of declining cattle and hog numbers, in part because of price.

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What Does an Open Range Caution Sign Mean?

What Does an Open Range Caution Sign Mean?

Safe Driving Tips for Motorists Driving Through Cattle Country

C. Jeanne Heida  

Associated Content

New motorists to cow country often look at “Open Range” signs with a bit of bemusement. This unusual caution sign looks like something out of a cutesy garden catalog with a dairy cow’s silhouette on a yellow “caution” sign with the words “Open Range” blazed somewhere on the top.

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U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Heads to DC for Capitol Hill Fly-In

U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Heads to DC for Capitol Hill Fly-In


USCA (March 3, 2009) – U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) members and supporters from fifteen states will be in Washington, DC the week of March 8 for the “Making Change Work” fly-in. An intense schedule of meetings with administration officials and congressional members has been planned for participants.

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Farmers eye broadband in stimulus package

Farmers eye broadband in stimulus package


With the nation in the grip of the Great Depression, then-President Franklin Roosevelt used rural electrification as part of his New Deal relief package – gambling that supplying isolated farmsteads with inexpensive power would modernize agriculture, create jobs and stimulate the rural economy.

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At 273 3 Ranch, the grass-fed cattle graze in healthy, and ‘holy,’ pastures

At 273 3 Ranch, the grass-fed cattle graze in healthy, and ‘holy,’ pastures


The Huntsville Times

One road leads in and out of Cloud’s Cove, a remote community in southern Madison County where the Tennessee and Flint rivers meet.

Cell phone service is hit or miss, and a feeling of “maybe all the rules are different here” follows you into the dirt drive of 273 3 Ranch, where a former USDA inspector and ordained minister raises grass-fed cattle.

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WHAT’S THE BEEF?: By any name, Kobe and its copycats are tender, pricey cuts

WHAT’S THE BEEF?: By any name, Kobe and its copycats are tender, pricey cuts

But experts say difference visible



Kobe. American Kobe. American-style Kobe. Kobe-style American. Wagyu. Washu. It’s imported directly from Japan. It’s impossible to import it directly from Japan.

Never has so much that’s so confusing been connected to one slab of meat.

And that’s not to mention the aura of mystery — much of it intentional — that surrounds Kobe beef in all of its permutations. So we’ll attempt to separate fact from fiction.

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Rotating a calf at parturition to aid in delivery

Rotating a calf at parturition to aid in delivery

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Pulling on a calf should only be done when the presentation and posture of the calf are normal. This applies both to a normal anterior (forward) position and a posterior (backward) position. A large calf, with shoulders too wide for the pelvis, is sometimes held up at this stage. If so, pull one limb only so that the elbow and shoulder of one limb only enter the pelvis.

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FDA rule poses problem for handling dead Mo. Cows

The Hays Daily News

The trucks blocking the driveway to the Halfway Packing Co. describe the firm’s operations with the slogan: “Our business is dead.”

Never has that been more true.

The company that collected cattle and horse corpses for disposal now is dead itself, the victim of a new federal regulation on cattle renderers that is designed to prevent mad-cow disease.

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