Daily Archives: April 8, 2009



I was at coffee shop communion with a couple of Nebraska wise men. After we had outlined, opined and refined solutions for the deficit, global warming, the ethanol fizzle and the movement to hold the next winter Olympics in Ogallala, we became introspective.

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Injection Site Management

Injection Site Management

Jeremy Powell,  Assistant Professor and Veterinarian

University of Arkansas

As cattle producers, we supply this nation with beef. Today’s consumer demands that our product is wholesome and free from blemishes. In order to meet this justified demand, we all need to be diligent in assuring quality in our final product. One very important factor in providing quality in the beef we produce is performing injections properly. This fact sheet will cover a few of the basics.

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FDA Announces Delay of BSE Final Rule Implementation

FDA Announces Delay of BSE Final Rule Implementation

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

The Food and Drug Administration today announced a delay in the implementation of the final rule entitled, “Substances Prohibited from Use in Animal Food or Feed” or more commonly referred to as the 2008 BSE final rule. The final rule, which would have gone into effect on April 27, 2009, is now delayed 60 days to June 26, 2009.

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Tips for a Successful Synchronization Program

Tips for a Successful Synchronization Program

Sandy Johnson, Livestock Specialist, Jeff Stevenson, Professor, Animal Sciences & Industry, Kansas State university

Do you know if your herd is a good candidate for synchronization of estrus? Can you identify potential problems if artificial insemination (AI) pregnancy rates are lower than expected in an existing program? These guidelines are designed to address these issues.

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Weighing Feed With Front End Loaders

Weighing Feed With Front End Loaders

Vern Hofman, Agriculture Engineer

Wayne Boland, Veterinarian

North Dakota State University

Weighing feed is basic to feeding livestock a balanced ration, which is essential to animal performance, animal health, and even optimal response to vaccinations or treatments, resulting in reduced animal health care costs. Knowing the amount of feed livestock are receiving is also necessary in determining feed conversion rates and feed costs.

However, many producers don’t know the quantity of feed given to their livestock because they don’t have a scale.

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Cattle Breeding Season Points To Remember

Cattle Breeding Season Points To Remember


Reproductive performance is quite poor in cows with low level energy rations the last trimester of pregnancy. Cows with adequate or high level of nutrition have excellent reproductive performance.

A sound health program and good nutrition are requirements of any breeding program. They become even more important in an AI program.

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Breeding Soundness Evaluation of Bulls

Breeding Soundness Evaluation of Bulls

Ropin the Web

Breeding success depends on the reproductive health of both the cow and the bull. Because a bull is expected to service a number of cows, determining the potential fertility of the bull is much more important than determining the fertility of any individual cow. It is essential to evaluate bulls every year before breeding starts because the fertility of an individual animal can vary from year to year. Surprisingly, only about 28 per cent of bulls in Alberta are evaluated for reproductive fitness.

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Meeting Addresses Antibiotic Use in Food Chain

Meeting Addresses Antibiotic Use in Food Chain


A conference last week entitled Minimizing Antibiotic Resistance Transmission Through the Food Chain revealed widespread concern among academics and the USDA that antibiotic resistance remains a problem.

“The rapid emergence of antibiotic resistant pathogens has major public health and social impact,” said Dr. Hua H. Wang, a food scientist at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, at a conference here addressing the growing tendency of disease-causing organisms to be able to resist antibiotic drugs and drug therapy meant to fight them, both in animals and humans.

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CAB Names New International Sales Director

CAB Names New International Sales Director

Cattle Today

Wooster, Ohio, Feb. 4, 2009 – To support its network of global partners, Certified Angus Beef LLC has appointed Geof Bednar, Smithville, Ohio, as director of international sales for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand. Bednar, who has been with the company for more than four years, will oversee the brand’s international initiatives and work with licensed partners in 39 countries.

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Q&A: In regards to a feedlot, what is the average linear foot of feed bunk per head?

Q&A:   In regards to a feedlot, what is the average linear foot of feed bunk per head?

Dr. Terry Mader, Professor of Animal Science, Northeast Research and Extension Center

A:    It depends on the diet, size of bunk, and size of cattle . In general for high energy diets, twice a day, 9 to 12 inches/head, once a day add 20 to 30%.

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Retired Professor Receives Noted Japan Emperor Award

Retired Professor Receives Noted Japan Emperor Award


A retired Colorado State University professor has received the prestigious Japan Emperor award. John Matsushima, professor emeritus in animal sciences, is the first Japanese-American to win the Japan Emperor award and was one of four recipients. He received the highest level of the Award, the Emperor Citation

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Cattle hoofing it for greener pastures

Cattle hoofing it for greener pastures

Paul Schattenberg

Texas A&M

Experts say watch over-grazing, vaccination and supplementation

Cattle “going for the green” by grazing in recovering pastures are following nature’s call, but producers should avoid over-grazing and make sure cattle still have adequate care and nutrition, said Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts.

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KSU’s Beef Cattle Institute provides advocacy training

KSU’s Beef Cattle Institute provides advocacy training

Abilene Reflector-Chronicle

Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute and the Kansas Beef Council have partnered to bring the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Masters of Beef Advocacy program to K-State. The program provides agriculture students, professionals and producers the tools to better inform consumers about the beef they eat.

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Riders On The Black Lava, Soot Bredhoff’s Cowboy Life in Hawaii

Riders On The Black Lava, Soot Bredhoff’s Cowboy Life in Hawaii

By J. Arthur Rath, III

Hawaii Reporter

On Hawaii’s movie screens Tom Mix, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers pictured what Western lore novelist Zane Grey popularized in “Riders of the Purple Sage” (1912).

Carl “Soot” Bredhoff and Manoa-area elementary school buddies brought it all to life.

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New label law shakes up U.S. meat industry

New label law shakes up U.S. meat industry

Bob Burgdorfer


Bryan Karwal raises and sells 18,000 Canadian-born hogs a year on his Iowa farm, but a new food labeling law designed to help consumers threatens that business because it has shut off key markets for the hogs.

The law has also angered Canada and Mexico because, they say, it will hurt demand for their cattle and hogs. It has raised talk of a trade war among the three countries.

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