Daily Archives: March 30, 2009

Video Feature: Election analysis by J. Burton Eller, NCBA

Video Feature: Election analysis by J. Burton Eller, NCBA

J. Burton Eller, senior vice president of government affairs with the National Cattlemens Beef Association analyzes what the Nov. 4, 2008 election results mean for cattlemen. Recorded a the 2008 Beef Quality Summit, Novemebr 2008, Colorado Springs, CO. This Recording is a production of the Animal Sciences Department, Purdue University.

Planning for livestock loss

Planning for livestock loss

Matt Bewley

Grand Forks Herald

Ag department urges ranchers to report stranded, drowned cattle

This will allow state officials to plan animal rescue and carcass removal efforts and to get a handle on the number and type of disaster payments that might be claimed under the federal disaster declaration

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A Guide to Udder and Teat Scoring Beef Cows

A Guide to Udder and Teat Scoring Beef Cows

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

The conformation of a beef cow’s teats and udder are important in a profitable cow/calf enterprise. Females with poor udder and teat conformation are a management challenge for commercial cow/calf producers. Cattle producers do not have the time or labor to manage around cows that need intervention at calving to physically “milk-out” a quarter(s) so that the calf can suckle or to save the quarter from infection. Research findings in two experiments indicates that the occurrence of clinical mastitis in beef cow herds was 17.5% and 11.9% resulting in a reduction in weaning weights of 12.5% and 7.3%, respectively.

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An ounce of prevention leads to payoffs in beef production

 An ounce of prevention leads to payoffs in beef production

High Plains Journal

Understanding the costs of production, such as feed and animal health, is an important step in evaluating programs that help producers save money. “If the producers don’t know how much their production costs are, then they don’t know which areas to target for savings/cost reductions and once targeted, whether they’ve had an effect on them,” said Dr. Grant Dewell, beef extension veterinarian at Iowa State University.

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Profitability seminars focus on cow-calf producers

Profitability seminars focus on cow-calf producers

Abilene Reflector-Chronicle

The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) and Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health will host three cow-calf profitability seminars during April. These seminars are designed to help ranchers address the challenges of today’s beef industry, including rising input costs and escalating land values, by providing practical management information that can be applied to any operation.

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Lawmakers seeking delay of mad cow rule

Lawmakers seeking delay of mad cow rule

The Garden City Telegram

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty members of Congress are calling for a delay on new rules that are intended to keep mad-cow disease out of the food supply but have created problems in disposing of dead cattle.

A spokesman for the Nebraska congressman leading the charge said Thursday the rules could make it more difficult to dispose of dead livestock.

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Snow Storm Closes Meat Plants In U.S. Plains

Snow Storm Closes Meat Plants In U.S. Plains

The Post Chronicle

A big snowstorm that began early Friday caused several meat plants to curtail operations in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

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Welfare or Warfare?

Welfare or Warfare?

DVM

Rating the mission/philosophy of organizations, the role of government and direction of veterinary medicine.

From positions on ear-cropping to sow housing, animal-welfare questions are capturing consumer headlines. DVM Newsmagazine asked veterinarians to share their opinions on the issues.

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Government may consider mandatory animal tagging system

Government may consider mandatory animal tagging system

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

The Fresno Bee

Cattle rancher Seth Nitschke is not one to mince words when it comes to a proposal to create a mandatory federal animal-tracking system.

“I am just not in favor of it,” said Nitschke, a Newman-based rancher who raises grass-fed beef on about 650 acres in Catheys Valley and Turlock. “I think most farmers are pretty independent, and we don’t want any form of government telling us what we should do and not do.” Nitschke may be typical of the small but vocal minority who oppose the U.S.

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Cattle in Missouri rustled by the trailer load

Cattle in Missouri rustled by the trailer load

LAURA BAUER

The Kansas City Star

They pull their trailers up in the middle of the night, often working by the light of a full moon.

In quickstep, they throw up some panels to pen in the cattle. Maybe they let loose a couple of dogs to help corral them. And then it’s time to rattle the buckets of corn.

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New British foot and mouth case confirmed

this story was posted in error, it originally ran 3-30 2007

Cattlemen agree rotating stock is best management practice

Cattlemen agree rotating stock is best management practice

David Burton

Springfield News Leader

Rotational or management intensive grazing was rated as the best management practice being used by cattlemen at the 40th annual “Monett Beef Cattlemen’s Conference” held earlier this month at the National Guard Armory in Monett.

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Jack Dillard: Profit can be made in cattle business if we’re ready for change

Jack Dillard: Profit can be made in cattle business if we’re ready for change

Shreveport TImes

The national media’s sudden knowledge that our cattle numbers are dropping is making the front pages of the press from the local weeklies to the worldwide distributed news. For the past decade, we have seen shrinking cattle herds across America. Why?

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New cattle-slaughter rule tough to enforce?

New cattle-slaughter rule tough to enforce?

BEKAH PORTER

I remember it well.

Around this time last year, the nation watched in horror as workers at California slaughtering company Westland/Hallmark Meat used forklifts, electric prods and water hoses to move cows too sick to walk to the killing floor.

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A way of life slips out of range

A way of life slips out of range

Mike Anton

Los Angles Times

Reporting from Ramona, Calif. — The highway is jammed with people who wanted to live in the country inching their way toward jobs in the city. A few miles and a universe away, the last cowboy is making a living in what’s left of that country.

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