Daily Archives: April 1, 2009

Video Feature: Rollin’ Rock Angus

Video Feature: Rollin’ Rock Angus

For more information on Rollin’ Rock Angus visit http://www.rollinrockangus.com Heifers for sale private treaty, semen available on all the herd bulls.

Don’t Let One Bad Apple (Calf) Spoil the Whole Barrel

Don’t Let One Bad Apple (Calf) Spoil the Whole Barrel

Glenn Selk, OSU Extension Cattle Reproduction Specialist

South Dakota State University researchers examined the cause of a scours epidemic in one spring calving herd.  Results of the retrospective, record-based investigation suggested that introduction of foster calves was associated with the calf scours outbreak.  The calf scours epidemic was clearly in swing by the 45th day of the spring calving season and first cases of the epidemic were observed between the 31st and 40th days (April 5 through April 14).

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Dameron Selected to Represent Angus at YCC

Dameron Selected to Represent Angus at YCC

Jeff Dameron, Normal, Ill., has been selected to represent the American Angus Association® at the 2009 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC).

The Angus Foundation will sponsor Dameron’s registration and travel expenses.

This is the seventh year the Angus Foundation has funded an Association member to attend YCC.

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Study Says Vegetarians at Higher Risk for Colorectal Cancer

Study Says Vegetarians at Higher Risk for Colorectal Cancer

Angus e-List

A new study by European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition–Oxford has analyzed the cancer incidence among vegetarians and concluded the incidence of colorectal cancer was higher in vegetarians than in meat eaters, the American Meat Institute (AMI) reported.

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Colostrum – Natural Protection

Colostrum – Natural Protection


Colostrum is the primary source of immediate natural protection. Ingestion of this antibody (immunoglobulin) rich milk is critical for newborn calf survival. The dam’s serum antibodies (IgGs) are concentrated in the udder as colostrum during the last month of pregnancy. The concentration of antibodies is lower in heifers as compared to mature cows. For maximum protection, an adequate amount must be delivered within 4 to 12 hours of birth.

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The 30-second elevator speech

The 30-second elevator speech

Geni Wren,

Bovine Veterinarian

South Dakota ranchers Troy and Stacy Hadrick have had enough of animal rights organizations telling their story. They have first-hand experience with that after author Michael Pollan used a visit to their ranch to twist information and put them in a bad light when he wrote “Power Steer”, an article published in the New York Times that followed a steer from birth to dinner plate.

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Congress will consider antibiotic ban

Congress will consider antibiotic ban


New York Rep. Louise Slaughter (D) introduced legislation last week that would ban the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics for livestock. Proponents of the measure say the practice of regularly feeding low doses of antibiotics to cattle, pigs and chickens breeds strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can be dangerous to humans.

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Cargill Installs Remote Video Auditing

Cargill Installs Remote Video Auditing


US meat and food processor Cargill has begun implementing a third-party, 24/7 video auditing programme at its US beef harvesting plants to further enhance the company’s animal welfare protection systems.

All of Cargill’s US beef plants will have the programme in place by the end of 2009.

Developed and managed by Arrowsight, in collaboration with Dr Temple Grandin, one of the industry’s foremost experts on animal welfare, the programme is designed to help plant operators teach and monitor performance in animal handling.

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More Bang for the Buck

More Bang for the Buck

Boyd Kidwell

Angus Journal

Through artificial insemination (AI) and the availability of top genetics, small-scale Angus breeders can produce seedstock that rival the biggest operations in quality. But marketing purebred cattle remains a challenge for most Angus breeders with small herds. If you don’t produce enough animals to justify a big sale, selling bulls and females at your farm can be time-consuming, and you probably can’t afford the advertising needed to attract large numbers of buyers.

Here are examples that show how Angus breeders have solved some of their marketing problems by joining forces to sell cattle in group sales.

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Tips for Tax Season

Tips for Tax Season

John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

The farming, livestock and horse industries are facing challenges in hard economic times. These industries serve the economic lifeblood of millions of Americans, not only owners, but related industries and services as well. Casualties and setbacks from economic forces are recurring problems making it difficult to make a profit on a consistent basis.

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Texas Cattle Trichomoniasis Program Adopted: Interstate rules effective April 1, 2009

Texas Cattle Trichomoniasis Program Adopted: Interstate rules effective April 1, 2009

Southwest Farm Press

Trichomoniasis, often called ‘Trich’, is a venereal disease of cattle, that causes infertility and abortions, and results in extended breeding seasons and diminished calf crops, which costs livestock producers valuable income. Cattle trichomoniasis is not a human health issue. The causative agent, Tritrichomonas foetus, is a flagellated protozoan parasite transmitted from infected, asymptomatic bulls to heifers or cows at the time of coitus. Trichomoniasis has a worldwide distribution and is a major cause of infertility in naturally bred cattle in many countries.

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LeBeau Named CHB LLC Chief Operating Officer

LeBeau Named CHB LLC Chief Operating Officer

Tom LeBeau has been selected as the new Certified Hereford Beef (CHB) LLC chief operating officer. A 28-year veteran in the meat industry, Tom brings a wealth of beef marketing and retail experience to the CHB LLC team. He will begin work April 1.

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Calving season is rough this year

Calving season is rough this year

Alta Mayhugh

Williston Herald

Beef cattle farmers are battling the remnants of a harsh winter as the spring calving season is underway.

Cold temperatures and wind stress out the cows giving birth, and it’s important to get the newborns in a warmer place to dry off. Whenever there’s a cow about to give birth in harsh weather, Mark and Shelley Ellis do what they can to herd her closer to the barn for shelter.

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Three West Valley students represent the beef industry in Shasta County

Three West Valley students represent the beef industry in Shasta County

Michael Woodward

Anderson Valley Post

Three West Valley students – Justin Daniels, Josh Bohrn and Mariah Fischer – were selected in separate divisions by the Shasta County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen to represent the beef industry at local events.

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R-Calf: National animal ID will hamper disease traceback efforts

R-Calf: National animal ID will hamper disease trjavascript:;aceback efforts

North Platte Bulletin

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants cattle owners to register their real property, as well as each animal they own, in a new federal database. This is the first step in USDA’s plan to implement a National Animal Identification System.

USDA claims a NAIS would reduce disease spread, by shortening the time it takes to identify the birthplace of cattle suspected of disease.

If it sounds too good to be true, it generally is.

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