Daily Archives: March 19, 2009

Retail perspective: Associated Food Stores on Vimeo

Kelly Mortensen, corporate meat, deli and seafood director with Associated Food Stores in Salt Lake City, UT, explains how his company balances beef quality and price in the retail meat case, and shares his concerns about country of origin labeling. 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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Udder Soundness is Important Culling Criteria

Udder Soundness is Important Culling Criteria

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

Every year at “preg” checking time, ranchers evaluate cows and make decisions as which to remove from the herd.  One criteria that should be examined to cull cows is udder quality.  Beef cattle producers are not as likely to think about udder health and shape as are dairy producers, but this attribute affects cow productivity and should be considered.  It may be easier to be accurate in your culling decisions, if you exam the udder soundness of the cows shortly after calving when they are at the peak of lactation and the udder is as large as at any time. Take time during the calving season to write down which cows have unsound udders.

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You Can Cut Corners on Cow Minerals, Just Not Right Now

You Can Cut Corners on Cow Minerals, Just Not Right Now

Dr. Mark L Wahlberg, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Cows calving during January through March are right now experiencing their highest nutrient demand for the year. This comes at a time when the quality of feed they are offered is often less than the best. This mismatch between feed quality and cow nutrient requirements can have serious implications later.

The economic situation has put cow-calf producers in a cost-price squeeze. Costs of a lot of inputs are higher than they have been historically (except for the ridiculous levels seen last spring-summer). Calf prices, on the other hand are lower. This means that producers must find some ways to cut corners to reduce cost, but not reduce production – especially RE-production.

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From prairie farm to St. Paul plate: The tale of Lowline Angus #713

From prairie farm to St. Paul plate: The tale of Lowline Angus #713

Mark Neuzil


We are standing on some very frozen Pope County land, staring at about two dozen midnight-black cows and one big bull, all of which are staring right back at us in their cow-eyed way.

The herd is an Australian breed called Lowline Angus. They are small for Angus, but they are grass-eating machines on the Prairie Horizons Farm. The temperature is in the low single digits, but these cows are not, nor have ever been, inside a barn.

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Couple trades financial jobs for farming

Couple trades financial jobs for farming

Springfield couple says they couldn’t be happier


The economic crisis has many couples re-evaluating their lives.

For one Robertson County couple, the decision to trade in city life for country life made all the difference.

Josh Gunn and his wife Kathy both had high paying finance jobs, making over $100,000 a year in Atlanta when they decided to move to the Springfield countryside.

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Experts Explore Reproductive Technology

Experts Explore Reproductive Technology

by Kindra Gordon, Shauna Rose Hermel, Tosha Powell & Troy Smith

Angus Journal

The Robert E. Taylor Memorial Symposium is conducted by Colorado State University (CSU) every other year to provide current, research-based information for improving profitability in the beef cattle industry. The Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) program was developed by the Beef Cattle Reproduction Task Force to improve understanding and application of reproductive technologies, including AI, estrus synchronization and factors affecting male fertility.

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Cruelty, Neglect Cases In Horses On The Rise

Cruelty, Neglect Cases In Horses On The Rise


ST. PAUL, Minn. —The Animal Humane Society has seen a significant increase in equine-related cases over the past two years. According to the Minnesota Pet and Companion Animal Welfare Act, equines are defined as horses, ponies, mules and burros. The Act outlines several requirements for ownership of equines.

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