Daily Archives: April 7, 2009

The American Farmer Needs a Cowboy Image

The American Farmer Needs a Cowboy Image

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

No image of America is more widespread and more enduring than that of the cowboy. Over a century after the heyday of the western cattleman, the image of the tough, independent, hardworking man on a horse against an expansive western sky is known worldwide.   This highly romanticized legacy was not the creation of a slick marketing campaign, although advertisers often use this image to sell products.

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Creep Feeding Beef Calves

Creep Feeding Beef Calves

Johnny Rossi, Extension Animal Scientist – Beef cattle, University of Georgia

Creep feeding is the practice of providing supplemental feed (grain or forage) to nursing calves. This is usually done with the use of a creep gate, large enough for calves to enter the feeding area but too small to allow cows to pass. A lactating beef cow can supply only 50 percent of the nutrients needed for a three to four month old calf to maximize growth. Depending on availability and quality, forage may not be able to supply the other 50 percent of nutrients the calf needs. The nutrient deficiency is more pronounced when calves are grazing late summer or drought stricken pastures, and during the winter when no grazing is available.

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Nitrate poisoning in cattle

Nitrate poisoning in cattle

Shane Gadberry, Ph.D. Extension Livestock

Southern Livestock Standard

Nitrate poisoning in cattle is caused by the consumption of an excessive amount of nitrate or nitrite from grazing crops, hay, silage, weeds, drinking water, lubricating oil, fertilizer, etc. In addition, drought is also a major cause of nitrate poisoning. Drs. Shane Gadberry and John Jennings, Arkansas extension livestock specialists offer the following information concerning nitrate poisoning, its causes, effects and ways to avoid it in your forage program.

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GnRH Based Estrus Synchronization Systems for Beef Cows

GnRH Based Estrus Synchronization Systems for Beef Cows

John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef; W. Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian; Jim Myers, Senior Extension Agent; Mark Cline, Graduate Student and David Cuddy, Graduate Student; Virginia Tech

New systems of synchronizing estrus (heat) in cows for artificial insemination (AI) have been developed using commercially available Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH). These systems allow producers to artificially inseminate cows with little or no heat detection. For the first time, producers have a reliable system that results in acceptable pregnancy rates to timed AI.

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R-CALF Wants NAIS Abandoned

R-CALF Wants NAIS Abandoned

Hoosier AG Today

  R-CALF USA has asked Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to completely abandon what they call the flawed National Animal Identification System. In a letter, R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry has recommended instead that Congress and USDA focus on targeted solutions to the legitimate livestock disease-related challenges faced by U.S. livestock industries. T

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Prevent Pinkeye

Prevent Pinkeye

Mick Kreidler

Beef Today

You’re checking the cowherd on a hot summer day when you spot a calf with a weeping eye. Is it just a weed seed or is it the start of pinkeye? What should you do? Pinkeye, or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), is a contagious bacterial disease that affects the eyes of beef cattle. Estimated to cost the cattle industry $150 million annually, pinkeye causes tearing, inflammation and ulceration of the cornea. Permanent blindness can occur in severe cases.

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Forage Nutrition for Ruminants

Forage Nutrition for Ruminants

North Dakota State University

Plants utilized in the feeding of livestock have long been a fundamental link in the food chain. Native grasses supported grazing animals well before man began to domesticate livestock. Forages have always been an extremely important source of nutrients in livestock rations. Additionally, they provide fiber in the ration which enhances proper digestion in forage-consuming animals. Through their conversion into milk and meat products, forages continue to be one of the primary sources of nourishment in the human diet.

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