Daily Archives: March 24, 2009

Control of Horn Flies and Stable flies in Beef Herds

Control of Horn FLies and Stable flies in Beef Herds

Dr. Ralph Williams, Purdue University, discusses identification and control of flies in Beef herds.

Commodity beef hit harder by economic downturn

Commodity beef hit harder by economic downturn

Quality shines in tough times

Amid news of decreased consumer spending and falling stock prices, the beef industry has its bright spots.

Market analyst Dillon Feuz says overall protein purchasing patterns point out a dedication to beef.

“So far the data has not shown that consumers have really cut back on beef consumption,” he says. “They’ve just altered that consumption.”

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Does American Agriculture Have A Drug Problem?

Does American Agriculture Have A Drug Problem?

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

Does American Agriculture have a drug problem? Well, given the performance of the market, the actions of Mother Nature, and the beating agriculture is taking in Washington, farmers would be justified in harvesting some of that wacko weed from the back pasture and rolling a joint.

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Since the collapse of the economy in October ’08 I’ve become a sports fan in an effort to escape the barrage of bad news. I rediscovered the compelling yet inane lure of games, fans, players and broadcasters.

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Learning to Read the Languange of Cows

Learning to Read the Languange of Cows


Have you observed your cows’ legs and feet lately? Watched them walking? What about their eyes? Have you taken a close look at their production and health records?

Cows can give us signs by how they look, perform and behave on whether or not they are at ease. We all agree they deserve to be comfortable. It is our ‘contract’ with them. Give us milk and we give you a good environment, protection, feed and water, veterinary care. Limited research has shown that a comfortable cow produces more milk.

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R-CALF: Congress Must Flatly Reject NAIS

R-CALF: Congress Must Flatly Reject NAIS


R-CALF USA on Friday submitted additional, post-hearing testimony in opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Animal Identification System (NAIS) after the March 11, 2009, “Review of Animal Identification Systems” hearing by the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. R-CALF USA’s testimony described the NAIS as “an unnecessary, over-the-top and highly intrusive Federal scheme that violates the rights and privileges of U.S. livestock owners.”

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Pfizer teams up with the MSU Extension

Pfizer teams up with the MSU Extension

Upper Michigan Resource

A major pharmaceutical company is testing a new drug to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhea.

A major pharmaceutical company is teaming with the MSU Extension offices in the U.P. to try to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhea.

The disease doesn’t affect the meat quality, but it does affect the reproductive systems of beef and dairy cattle.

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