Daily Archives: May 6, 2009

Time to Evaluate Entire Herd Performance

Time to Evaluate Entire Herd Performance

Beef Today

Everyone uses a different process to make decisions, says Sandy Johnson, Kansas State University livestock specialist. How do you make decisions on whether your cow herd is going in the right direction? “Some look very closely at individual performance information to make culling and breeding decisions,” she says. “This can be an important step in moving a herd in a desired direction.”

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Liver Fluke Control in Beef Cattle

Liver Fluke Control in Beef Cattle

M.B. Irsik, Charles Courtney III, and Ed Richey, University of Florida

The adult liver fluke resides in the bile ducts of the animal’s liver. The adult liver flukes produce eggs which are carried with bile to the gut and are then passed in the feces .

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Feedlot Economics

Feedlot Economics

Dillon M. Feuz

Tri State Livestock News

When will profitability return to feedlots? I maintain a model of expected Nebraska feedlot profitability. It assumes that calves and yearlings are purchased at the average auction market price in Nebraska and that fed cattle are sold at the average live price in Nebraska.

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Johanns Cautions USDA on Organic Emphasis

Johanns Cautions USDA on Organic Emphasis

Stewart Doan

Hoosier AG Today

A Bush-era Secretary of Agriculture marked the 100th day of the Obama Presidency by offering some unsolicited advice to the current political team at USDA. Citing ag secretary Tom Vilsack’s plan to conduct the first-ever wide scale survey of organic farming, the appointment of organic advocate Kathleen Merrigan as deputy secretary, and the planting of organic gardens on the White House grounds and outside the USDA Whitten building, former USDA chief and now Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns, complained there is too much emphasis on organic farming and too little on traditional farming and ranching operations.

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Grazing to Biodiveristy

Grazing to Biodiveristy

Ed Haag

Angus Journal

Central California’s vernal wetlands are considered by many in the scientific community as one of the most threatened ecosystems in the continental United States

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Monitoring Herd Health Security Important

Monitoring Herd Health Security Important

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Part 1

Over recent years cattle producers have become increasingly aware of the need to take steps to insure the “health security of their herds.” World events have created an interest and concern for keeping our families and homes safe. They have also emphasized a need for taking measures to insure our livestock operations are safe as well.

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New Solutions For Wet Distillers’ Grains Storage Challenges

New Solutions For Wet Distillers’ Grains Storage Challenges

cattlenetwork.com

The drying of dry distillers’ grains with soluble (DDGS) represents as much 30% of the energy costs and 50% of the natural gas usage in a typical dry mill ethanol plant.

To help lessen these costs, ethanol plants are attempting to create a market for wet distillers’ grains, thus eliminating the cost of drying the grains they sell as feed. Wet distillers’ grains offer a significant cost savings for beef producers in the form of lower-cost feeds per unit of energy or protein.

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Livestock Traceback participation disappoints -USDA

Livestock Traceback participation disappoints -USDA

Christopher Doering

Reuters

A disappointing one-third of cattle, hog and poultry farmers are enrolled in a livestock traceback system intended as a primary U.S. defense against mad cow and other diseases, an Agriculture Department official said on Tuesday.

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Beef and Forage Field Day

Beef and Forage Field Day

Kathy Beverage

Staunton News Leader

There will be a Beef and Forage Field Day on Wednesday, May 20 at Setter’s Point Farm in Mustoe. The field day has been approved for Private Pesticide Re-certification and Beef Quality Assurance Re-certification. An exciting afternoon of activities include: calibrating small sprayers demonstration and formulation mixing for brush and weed control; information on a new forage—Teff grass; cow vaccination tools and schedules; and information on new genetic defects in beef cattle.

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Bulfer Angus named association’s Breeder of the Year

Bulfer Angus named association’s Breeder of the Year

Heather Thorstensen

Agri News

Some families join together for their children’s interest in sports while others get involved in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.

“We had junior Angus,” said Louie Bulfer of Bulfer Angus in Fairmont.

He and his wife, Margaret, and their family were named Minnesota Angus Association’s Breeder of the Year in March during the group’s annual banquet in Rochester.

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Using DNA in Beef Cattle Selection

Using DNA in Beef Cattle Selection

 Troy Smith

2009 BIF Meeting

Speaking during the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Symposium’s Friday general session, University of Melbourne (Australia) geneticist Mike Goddard said the gradual unlocking of the beef cattle genome promises greater opportunity for breeders to manipulate genetic variation.

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Deworm in spring to break the cycle

Deworm in spring to break the cycle (Animal health)

Drovers

Internal parasites are present in nearly all forage situations, and spring turnout is a likely time for cows, calves or yearlings to become exposed to parasites. Gary Sides, PhD, cattle nutritionist for Pfizer Animal Health, says parasites require access to cattle to complete their lifecycle. “The purpose of strategic deworming is to treat cattle in a timely manner to reduce the total parasite load on pasture,” he says.

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Montana law allows some horse slaughterhouses

Montana law allows some horse slaughterhouses

 Michelle Saltzer

MeatingPlace

Legislation to allow investor-owned horse slaughterhouses in Montana became law last week when Gov. Brian Schweitzer neither signed nor vetoed the action, according to the Associated Press. The law limits opportunities for legal action against such investors.

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OptimaxX Added to US Premium Beef, LLC “Ranch Program”

OptimaxX Added to US Premium Beef, LLC “Ranch Program”

PR.com

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) is pleased to announce that OptimaxX, its age and source verification program (ASV), has been approved for inclusion in US Premium Beef’s “Ranch Program.” Inclusion in the program will help establish new marketing avenues for OptimaxX feeder cattle by creating demand for Brangus-influenced cattle that are enrolled in the IBBA’s Process Verified Program.

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K-State Researchers Studying Best Forages For Cattle In SE Kansas

K-State Researchers Studying Best Forages For Cattle In SE Kansas

Southwest Farm Press

It´s as true for livestock as it is for humans — what animals eat has a big impact on their health and performance.

That´s why researchers at K-State´s Southeast Agricultural Research Center are working to find the best forages for cattle that can be grown in that part of the state.

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