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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University farm in full swing with research

University farm in full swing with research

Alaina Busch

Southeast Missourian

She said her animal breeding class comes out the Barton Agriculture Research Center once or twice a week. Peck, who will attend veterinary school at the University of Missouri next year, said working at the farm during her time as an undergraduate gave her an academic boost.

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“Temperamental” humans and cows may share same genes

“Temperamental” humans and cows may share same genes

Media Newswire

Some of the genes thought to cause behavioural problems in humans may also cause temperamental behaviour in cattle. A new $1.35M Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries research project will look at how to switch that gene off in a bid to boost the beef industry.

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Premiums Being Offered for Natural Beef Cattle

Premiums Being Offered for Natural Beef Cattle            

Job Springer and Jon Biermacher and Deke Alkire and Dan Childs

Noble Foundation

An increasing number of beef cattle producers have expressed an interest in understanding more about the emerging market surrounding naturally produced beef. Unlike organically grown beef which has a specific set of mandatory standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), natural beef only has a voluntary marketing claim standard that was established by the agricultural marketing service on Jan. 21, 2009 (edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-1007.htm). In short, the voluntary standard promotes the production of beef without the use of growth promotants, antibiotics, animal by-products or aquatic by-products.

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We’ll leave the light on for you

We’ll leave the light on for you

Jeff Ryan

Farm Industry News

Cattle have always been part of my life. When I was 14, my dad more or less turned over control of the beef cattle operation to me. That meant I got to make all the decisions that went into genetics and management for the cowherd. The first thing I decided to do was make use of artificial insemination (AI) in our beef cows like we had always done with our dairy herd. Since it was my decision, it was also my responsibility. I talked someone into actually breeding the cows for me, because I was a wimp.

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Are Your Bulls Ready to Work?

Are Your Bulls Ready to Work?

Dan Goehl


Reproduction is a key profit driver for cow-calf producers, and our breeding season goal is to get as many cows pregnant as possible in a reasonable time frame.

Reproductive efficiency is dependant upon fertility in both the male and female counterparts of the herd. Cows must be cycling and ready to breed at the start of the breeding season, and the bull must be able to detect and breed appropriate cows with fertile semen. Many bulls have not needed to perform these duties in the last few months, and previous history of a bull getting cows pregnant does not predict his future ability to function.

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Don’t Guess, Forage Test

Don’t Guess, Forage Test

Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

The inconsistent rains and growing conditions of Virginia summers usually provide cattlemen with a variety of hay qualities and quantities for the upcoming winter. The goal each winter should be to feed no more than what is necessary and do it as cheaply as possible. Cost savings can be accomplished by feeding the best quality hay at a time when a cow’s nutrient needs are at their greatest. To be able to accomplish this, the first and most important step is to forage test your hay cuttings. This will provide the needed information regarding your hay quality. Table 1 contains the crude protein (CP) and total digestible nutrient (TDN) content of three different hay samples.

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Animals on runways can cause serious problems at small airports

Animals on runways can cause serious problems at small airports


It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a potentially deadly combination.

Gene Rhodes, a Purdue professor of forestry and natural resources, found that animals can gain access to runways and infield areas at small airports in Indiana, and likely all over the country, increasing the likelihood of planes striking those animals.

A Purdue University study of 10 small Indiana airports found that animals can gain easy access to runways and infield areas, increasing the likelihood of planes striking those animals.

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Warm Weather Brings Rapid Pasture Growth

Warm Weather Brings Rapid Pasture Growth


Warm weather after a long, cool spring will make grass growth jump in pastures and hay fields, said Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.

 “Producers must be prepared to deal with a lot of extra growth,” he said.

Soils moisture was plentiful this spring, so all it takes is some sunshine and warmth, Kallenbach said.

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