Daily Archives: March 23, 2009

Pinkeye and Cancer-Eye in Cattle

Dr. Ron Lemenager, Beef Extension Specialist, Purdue University, discusses the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer-eye and pinkeye in cattle.

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Farming with a feminine touch

Farming with a feminine touch

Number of women farmers in state up 29% in five years

JOHN R. PULLIAM

The Register-Mail

The Illinois Department of Agriculture on Friday recognized the growing influence of women farmers. The recognition was made on National Agriculture Day.

Monica Stevens, who lives on her grandparent’s former farm, northeast of Altona, is one of a growing number of female farmers in Illinois. According to the recently released Census of Agriculture, the number of women farmers in Illinois has increased 29 percent in the past five years, from 19,340 in 2002 to 25,593 in 2007. Nearly one-fourth of the state’s farm operators are women.

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Web Site Guides Livestock Down Path to Organic

Web Site Guides Livestock Down Path to Organic

Thebeefsite.com

Livestock producers who find organic production an entirely different animal than what they’re used to can now turn to a Purdue University resource for help.

The Organic and Alternative Livestock Production Systems Web site provides a wealth of management and production tips for transitioning into the growing industry segment. Consumers also can learn more about organic products and where to purchase them in Indiana.

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Is This A Time For Optimism, Pessimism Or Realism?

Is This A Time For Optimism, Pessimism Or Realism?

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

When I started to bang out this week’s article, there was material for a whole host of subjects sitting on my desk. Among them was the HBO special that aired this week and highlighted abuse at factory farms. There was the continued liquidation of dairy cows in the U.S. And there was the surprising strength of beef exports in the face of a deteriorating global economy. Obviously, the topics ranged from extremely positive to pretty darn negative.

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U.S. feedlots feeding fewer cattle for slaughter

U.S. feedlots feeding fewer cattle for slaughter

ROXANA HEGEMAN

Edmonds Sun

Less meat may be headed to dinner plates in the coming months.

The nation’s production of beef, pork and lamb fell last month amid the global economic downturn and a continuing drought in parts of the country, a new report shows.

The falling slaughter numbers come at the same time that fewer cattle are growing fat in the nation’s feedlots.

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K-State Discuss Use of Antimicrobials in Cattle

K-State Discuss Use of Antimicrobials in Cattle

Thebeefsite.com

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing and the use of antimicrobials in cattle will be the topics of presentations by the director of Kansas State University’s upcoming international conference.

Organized by K-State’s Beef Cattle Institute, the conference will be May 27-29 at the K-State Student Union. Its purpose is to educate consumers, producers and veterinarians about the use of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, in cattle production.

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Animal antibiotic bill sparks debate

Animal antibiotic bill sparks debate

Jessica Nunez

Wichita Falls Times Record News

What do a microbiologist, the chief executive officer of a Mexican restaurant chain and a member of Congress from New York have in common?

They’re all pushing to take away a tool animal farmers have used for more than half a century to keep illness and disease at bay in their livestock — antibiotics.

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On agriculture: What is a Freemartin?

On agriculture: What is a Freemartin?

David Cantrell

McAlester News Capital

In the past week, I have received three phone calls from county cattle producers reporting the birth on twins and in each case the question was asked “what is a freemartin”?

Freemartinism is recognized as one of the most severe forms of sexual abnormality among cattle. This condition causes infertility in the female cattle born to a twin male. When a heifer twin shares the uterus with a bull fetus, they also share the placental membranes connecting the fetus with the dam.

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Cattle rustling surges across Texas in bad economy

Cattle rustling surges across Texas in bad economy

BARRY SHLACHTER

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Hard times have translated into an upsurge of rustling in cattle country, with well over twice as many animals stolen last year in Texas and Oklahoma, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association said Friday.

The cause of the increase? “The economy, the economy,” said Larry Gray, the association’s law enforcement director. “So many are out of jobs. And desperate people do desperate things.”

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A Conversation With Todd Allen

A Conversation With Todd Allen

RICK PLUMLEE

The Wichita Eagle

Todd Allen probably would need a 36-hour day before he could get his finger more firmly placed on the cattle industry’s pulse than he has now.

Suffice it to say he stays busy.

He’s president of Cargill’s cattle feeding operations and the Kansas Livestock Association. Plus, he’s on long list of national cattle boards and committees.

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Tips for calving season

Tips for calving season

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, University of Nebraska

February, March, and April are heavy calving months, and management decisions during this period will have dramatic effects on the operation’s productivity. Following are tips during this busy time of year.

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UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine presents Population Health Food Animal Lecture

UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine presents Population Health Food Animal Lecture

The Daily Citizen

ATHENS – The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine will host a lecture entitled “The Beef Industry in North America: Tradition, Technology, and Threats,” given by Bob Smith, D.V.M., M.S., a renowned expert in livestock cattle health. The lecture will be presented Friday, March 27, at noon in Room H237 of the veterinary college as part of the Population Health Food Animal Seminar. A reception will follow immediately in Room 222. All scientists, veterinarians, students, farmers, consumers, and government officials involved in food production are invited to attend.

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K-State Beef Roundup slated for Hays Research Center April 16

K-State Beef Roundup slated for Hays Research Center April 16

High Plains Journal

Kansas State University’s 2009 Beef Roundup at the Agricultural Research Center in Hays will be April 16.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m., and the program will start at 10:30 a.m., in the ARCH arena at the center’s feedlot. A hosted lunch will divide the program at 12:15 p.m., in the ARCH auditorium. Presentations will follow from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., concluding with the featured presentation–“Raising Beef for a First-World Country: Science, Politics, and the Media”–presented by Daniel Thomson.

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Pennsylvania Calf Pool Boosts Beef Producers Profits

Pennsylvania Calf Pool Boosts Beef Producers Profits

Michele Rodgers

PSU Ag Science News

Eight thousand calves were sold for premium prices last year through a program that is helping to increase profits for Pennsylvania beef producers. Begun in 1995, the Pennsylvania Feeder Calf Pool traditionally has added 10 to 25 cents a pound to the sale price, according to Dustin Heeter, livestock-production educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension in Westmoreland County.

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The son of an EEEVIL cattle baron shoots poor, defenseless dog

The son of an EEEVIL cattle baron shoots poor, defenseless dog

Blogriculture

As you get to know me, you’ll probably discover a few of my pet peeves. One is shoddy, biased journalism, which I believe is one reason people are abandoning large general-circulation newspapers in droves.

The latest exhibit is a story in today’s Sacramento Bee about a rancher who shot a dog in El Dorado County. The local sheriff’s department determined that the shooting was justified; it’s legal for ranchers to shoot animals who are threatening their livestock.

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