Monthly Archives: April 2009

Beef Quiz: Hamburger Chain, Protein, Ranch Steak

Beef Quiz: Hamburger Chain, Protein, Ranch Steak

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Is ultrasound a better preg-check?

Is ultrasound a better preg-check?

Bill Beal

Angus Journal

Use of ultrasound extends the ability of veterinary practitioners performing reproductive examinations of cattle. The most common advantages cited are enhanced differentiation of ovarian structures, more accurate fetal aging and the ability to determine the sex of a fetus. Some fetal malformations may also be detectable using ultrasonography. While use of ultrasonography may be advantageous, it is usually more costly than traditional rectal palpation, and the benefits of using ultrasound diagnostics must be great enough to offset the higher costs.

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90,000 plus cattle dead in North Dakota

90,000 plus cattle dead in North Dakota

The Cattle Business Weekly

The Farm Service Agency in North Dakota and county emergency services are estimating more than 90,000 calves and adult cattle have died so far due to adverse weather conditions.

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Feeding Wheat to Beef Cattle

Feeding Wheat to Beef Cattle

Greg Lardy, NDSU Animal and Range Sciences Department, NDSU Extension Service, Fargo, John Dhuyvetter, NDSU Extension Service, North Central Research Extension Center, Minot

Wheat remains the leading crop produced in North Dakota. Most wheat in North Dakota is either hard red spring wheat (HRSW) or durum. Small acreages of hard red winter wheat and, more recently, hard white wheat are also planted in the state.

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Fencing tips for rocky terrain

Fencing tips for rocky terrain

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri State Livestock News

Fencing can be a difficult challenge in the rocks, especially when it’s too rocky to dig post holes efficiently, or to set posts using a tractor-mounted driver (post pounder).

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OSU researchers use pedometers to measure cow happiness

OSU researchers use pedometers to measure cow happiness

The Oregonian

When you see a cow laying down on the job, it’s a good thing. And Oregon State University researchers are using computer-linked pedometers to measure when a cow lays down.

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Livestock Losses Are Not Immediate

Livestock Losses Are Not Immediate

Even though most of the snow is gone and the floodwaters are starting to recede, producers’ livestock losses will continue.

“Not all the losses will be readily evident,” says North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian Charlie Stoltenow.

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What keeps customers? Ask them

What keeps customers? Ask them

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

With the spring bull sale season winding down, it might be a good idea to assess what you might do differently for next year. You might start by taking stock of your customers and understand their key needs.

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Angus Juniors “Raise the Bar” in Nashville

Angus Juniors “Raise the Bar” in Nashville

Cattle Today

The National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) hosted a Raising the Bar Conference, April 3-5, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. Twenty-seven junior officers and advisors from six states were provided the tools to build stronger state associations.

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New Web site dedicated to Bovine Viral Diarrhea

New Web site dedicated to Bovine Viral Diarrhea


A new Web site dedicated to Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus is now available.

The Web site provides information regarding the disease, its diagnosis, prevention and control methods and is meant to be a clearinghouse for Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus information.

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Purdue Livestock Judging Team took first place at All-East Competition

Purdue Livestock Judging Team took first place at All-East Competition

Ag Answers

Eight Purdue University students traveled to the All-East Intercollegiate Livestock Contest, held at The Ohio State University April 16-18, and took home high team honors and first place at the overall competition.

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Sennett Cattle Co. Scholarship

Sennett Cattle Co. Scholarship

Dave Russell

Brownfield Network

Friday, May 1 is the deadline for current students from Indiana majoring in agriculture or high school seniors planning to major in agriculture to apply for the Sennett Farms Cattle Company Scholarship.

More information and the application form are available by contacting the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA). The $500 scholarship will be awarded in June.

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Chemicals suspected in cattle deaths

Chemicals suspected in cattle deaths


Sixteen cattle have died in in northwest Louisiana and investigators collected water samples Wednesday to determine if pollutants from a nearby natural gas well might have tainted their pastureland, a state environmental official said.

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What’s Your Beef? Or, the grass is always leaner

What’s Your Beef? Or, the grass is always leaner

Joseph Byrd

North Coast Journal

I know I’m presumptuous in thinking I know a lot about beef. I’ve come a long way since I fell in love with White Castle’s tiny onion-infused steamed “sliders.” Now, at the opposite end of the spectrum, I want not a generic filler, but the wonderful flavor of beef in its purest state. Is that arrogant?

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UNL Research Further Confirms Dried Distillers Grains Positive To Reproduction

UNL Research Further Confirms Dried Distillers Grains Positive To Reproduction

University of Nebraska research shows that feeding dried distillers grains to developing heifers not only provides an excellent source of energy and protein for growth but also improves reproduction.

UNL animal scientists conducted a two-year study at two locations in Nebraska to determine if supplementing beef heifers with dried distillers grains as an energy source affected growth or reproduction.

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Survey reveals pasture rental rates

Survey reveals pasture rental rates

Daily Mail & Herald Tribune

A popular question asked of University of Missouri Extension specialists is, “what’s pasture renting for?”

In order to provide a good answer, every couple of years the University of Missouri Extension agricultural economics staff conducts a statewide survey of land and cattle owners to determine the range and averages of pasture rentals.

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HSUS Challenges American Agriculture

HSUS Challenges American Agriculture


The President of the Humane Society of the United States, HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, spoke to the National Association of Farm Broadcasting this evening. I would characterize his comments as a challenge to everyone involved in agriculture and especially animal agriculture. On the one hand he suggested that we should join with them on areas of common agreement but then on the other hand he made it very clear that the world is changing and farmers have to accept it that things are different. Kind of like saying that we have no choice but to succumb to their agenda so why not make it easy.

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Grass Tetany Season is Here

Grass Tetany Season is Here

Mark A. McCann, Ph.D., Animal & Poultry Sciences, VA Tech

Early spring is usually the peak period for the occurrence of grass tetany in lactating beef cows in Virginia. Grass tetany is caused by low blood levels of magnesium and is worsened by high levels of nitrogen and potassium and low levels of calcium and magnesium intake. The lush new growth of cool season perennials and annuals consumed by spring calving cows is a recipe for trouble. Heavy nitrogen and potassium fertilization intensify the problem. This makes it more of an issue in the poultry production areas where litter is used routinely as a pasture fertilizer.

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Calf Versus Yearling

Calf Versus Yearling

When corn prices jumped from around $2 per bushel in the fall of 2007 to $3, then $5, then to more than $6, it became clear livestock production would change. Conventional wisdom says one fairly obvious change would be to keep more cattle on forage for longer times, reducing the time they spend in feedlots eating expensive corn.

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Mixed Results for Texas Fever Tick Eradication Effort

Mixed Results for Texas Fever Tick Eradication Effort

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has released from temporary preventive quarantine more than 375,000 acres in Maverick, Dimmit and Webb counties.

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