Daily Archives: April 28, 2009



I was in Colusa, CA in the beautiful Northern Sacramento Valley. But farmers are worried because of the lack of snowmelt in the surrounding mountains, which furnishes their irrigation water. Drought is a serious problem in many parts of the country.

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Feeding Barley to Beef Cattle

Feeding Barley to Beef Cattle

Greg Lardy and Marc Bauer, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, North Dakota State University

Barley is an important feed grain in many areas of the world not typically suited for corn production, especially in northern climates. Barley is the principal feed grain in Canada, Europe, and in the northern United States.

The purpose of this review is to compare the nutritive and feeding values of barley to other common feed grains, review data from feeding trials involving barley, and offer barley feeding recommendations.

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Pain Can be Minimized While Dehorning Calves

Pain Can be Minimized While Dehorning Calves

Cattle Today

Removing horns reduces the risk of injury to handlers and other cattle. So choosing whether or not to dehorn calves isn’t debatable. But how you dehom calves is open for criticism and discussion.

Agricultural practices, such as keeping hogs in farrowing cages, are under increasing public scrutiny. Nonfarmers may view common management practices such as dehorning negatively and lower their opinions of dairying.

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Criollo cattle offer a taste of New Mexico

Criollo cattle offer a taste of New Mexico

Brook Stockberger

Silver City Sun News

When food connoisseurs think of southern New Mexico, a few things immediately come to mind.

“When you come to New Mexico, you’re going to have enchiladas and chile,” said Ed Fredrickson, a scientist with the Jornada Experimental Range, north of Las Cruces. “And you can have Criollo beef.”

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Web site compiles information on cattle virus

Web site compiles information on cattle virus


The Wichita Eagle

A Web site has been developed as a clearinghouse for the latest information about bovine viral diarrhea virus.

The site (www.bvdinfo.org) was developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

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DNA blueprint for healthier and more efficient cows

DNA blueprint for healthier and more efficient cows

Innovations Report

CSIRO scientists were among the 300 researchers from 25 countries involved in the six-year Bovine Genome Sequencing Project designed to sequence, annotate and analyse the genome of a female Hereford cow called L1 Dominette.

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NCBA criticizes FDA decision to move ahead with new feed ban

NCBA criticizes FDA decision to move ahead with new feed ban

AG Professional

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association criticized a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to proceed with implementation of a new feed ban today (April 27), despite numerous objections from farmers, ranchers, states and members of Congress.

The new section of the regulations prohibits the use of high-risk cattle material in feed for all animal species.

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