Daily Archives: April 21, 2009

Angus Leader, Visionary, Vance Uden Passes

Angus leader, Visionary, Vance Uden Passes


. . . Vance was a member of the American Angus Association, for which he served on the board, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Nebraska Angus Association and the Methodist Church.  He was well known as a cattle judge for all breeds, judging at all the major cattle shows, helped many young people start an Angus herd, was a strong supporter of youth, and showed carloads of bulls at the National Western Stock Show for 35 years. Vance always had time to visit and help anyone, he enjoyed giving pasture tours, and never turned down a livestock judging team that wanted to come for a work out. He had love of God, love of family, love of country, and love of Angus.

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Video Feature: Purdue Students Study Marketing by Sponsoring Cattle Sale



It’s curious why more cows aren’t featured on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Maybe it’s because we cow guardians always have our hands full of hay forks, reins, twine cutters, squeeze chute handles, syringes or up the back of a cow!

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Dos and Don’ts of Livestock Carcass Disposal

Dos and Don’ts of Livestock Carcass Disposal

Beef Today

This year’s spring flooding and blizzards have caused many livestock deaths. Methods of disposing of dead animals include burning, burying and composting, but burning and burying have drawbacks, according to Chris Augustin, area nutrient management specialist at North Dakota State University’s Carrington Research Extension Center.

One of the problems is finding a suitable burial site during flood times, he says. When burying dead animals, you need to avoid areas with sandy soils and shallow water tables.

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Mineral Programs for Beef Cows Grazing Pasture

Mineral Programs for Beef Cows Grazing Pasture

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

After salt and supplementation of magnesium oxide in grass tetany areas, mineral supplementation programs can vary. Soils mineral profiles impact mineral profile in the forage and therefore impact the minerals that need supplemented. Also, forage maturity impact mineral composition. The 1996 NRC for Beef Cattle suggests there are at least 17 minerals required by beef cattle. There are minerals that interact with one-another and therefore impact their utilization and these need to be factored into a supplementation strategy.

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California Senate to Discuss Feed Drug Ban

California Senate to Discuss Feed Drug Ban


Senator Dean Florez will take the next step in a campaign to ban all non-therapeutic antibiotics from the feed of cattle, pigs and poultry in the state tomorrow.

North County Times reports that one of the state Senate’s leaders wants to ensure that cattle, poultry and pigs raised in California are not routinely given antibiotics, a practice consumer advocates say can lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.

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Eyes are windows to a cow’s soul, or whatever cows have

Eyes are windows to a cow’s soul, or whatever cows have

 By Tspears

 Ottawa Citizen

I suspect this will surprise no one who has worked with cattle. But the University of Guelph likes it. Their researchers have discovered it’s actually the whites of their eyes that are important when it comes to determining a cow’s temperament.

Their study, published in the Journal of Animal Science, found that the higher the proportion of white you can see in a cow’s eye, the more anxious the animal is.

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