Daily Archives: May 5, 2009


Baxter Black, DVM:   THE CAT BURGLAR

The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet have now exposed our suburban children to the dog-eat-dog reality of nature. Despite the stark images, I applaud their philosophy that it is important to show the unbreakable connection of life and death in Earth’s giant panorama.

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Integrity Beef: More Than a “Value Added” Program

Integrity Beef: More Than a “Value Added” Program            

Julie Barrick

Noble Foundation

The Integrity Beef program (IBeef) was first introduced several years ago to a few progressive cow-calf producers. It serves as an example of an integrated effort to apply state-of-the-art technology and best management practices of the cattle industry to produce a more consistent, high quality product. Today, the IBeef program is a joint effort between the Noble Foundation consultation program and participating cooperators. It endeavors to be a producer-led program with the Noble Foundation serving as consultants to the program. The aim of this “value added” program is to realize greater returns to operations by producing calves that incorporate superior genetics, improved herd health and management strategies that enable diverse marketing opportunities.

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What to Do When Cows Die

What to Do When Cows Die

Dr. W. Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian, Cattle, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, VA Tech

Arriving to a field of dead cows is a nightmare that all cattle producers would like to avoid. Just the same, every year in Virginia, a number of incidents occur that result in several dead cows and a big financial loss for producers. This article is designed to have producers implement some procedures in their operations to prevent this awful happening, as well as some ideas that will help minimize losses if a death loss event occurs in your operation.

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USDA Schedules NAIS Listening Sessions

USDA Schedules NAIS Listening Sessions

USDA is seeking to engage stakeholders and producers to hear not only their concerns about the National Animal Identification System, but also potential or feasible solutions to those concerns.  The information and ideas gathered will assist Secretary Vilsack in making decisions about the future direction of animal traceability in the United States.

Stakeholders may pre-register for a session here


May 14 – Harrisburg, PA, May 18 – Pasco, WA, May 20 – Austin, TX, May 21- Birmingham, AL, May 22 – Louisville, KY, May 27 – Storrs, CT, June 1 – Greeley, CO

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Understanding the Estrous Cycle

Understanding the Estrous Cycle

Meghan Richey

Beef Improvement Federation

“The most important thing beef producers can learn is how the estrous cycle works,” says Bill Beal, professor of animal science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Beal spoke April 30 in Sacramento, Calif. at the NAAB Symposium, which preceded the 2009 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Conference.

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Field day provides wide range of information

Field day provides wide range of information

Southwest Farm Press

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the Jack County Extension Office will provide valuable information for farmers and ranchers with cattle operations at an upcoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Field Day.

Hosted by South Campsey Cattle Company, the BQA Field Day will begin at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, at the Jack County Fair Barn in Jacksboro, Texas.

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Quick actions from farming community lessen loss print this article

Quick actions from farming community lessen loss print this article


The Amherst Daily News

The helping hands of those in the farming community kept a motor vehicle accident carrying a load of cattle from turning into a bigger loss than it was.

Steve Darragh, along with his wife and son, was traveling behind a tractor-trailer carrying about 70 head of cattle Sunday evening when the truck overturned while attempting to head onto the Trans Canada Highway.

The Pugwash family was carrying a load of hay behind the vehicle as it turned.

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