Daily Archives: May 14, 2009

Video Feature: More on Value Added Calves

Video Feature: More on Value Added Calves

NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen

Adding value is an important step for a producers bottom line.

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Distiller grains a positive for heifer nutrition and reproduction

Distiller grains a positive for heifer nutrition and reproduction

The Cattle Business Weekly

Through a two year study at two different locations in Nebraska it was determined that developing heifers fed distiller grains had improved reproduction because of the energy and protein found in distillers.

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Managing Recessive Defects with DNA Tools

Managing Recessive Defects with DNA Tools


During the past several years, a number of recessive genetic defects have surfaced in beef cattle populations. These events are likely due to changes in breeding practices that include increased selection intensity on individual traits as well as the use of reproductive technologies like artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET), writes Jonathan Beever, University of Illinois.

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Give anthrax vaccinations before turnout

Give anthrax vaccinations before turnout

The Cattle Business Weekly

Russ Daly, South Dakota State University veterinarian, advises cattle producers to include anthrax vaccines in their programs before turning cattle out to summer pasture.

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Livestock losses could be in tens of thousands

Livestock losses could be in tens of thousands

The Westerner

Although exact loss numbers are still being figured, it is apparent that this year’s spring blizzards killed tens of thousands of cattle and sheep in the West River region. Based on estimates putting losses at between 15 percent and 20 percent in the hardest-hit areas, the number of dead calves and cattle could hit 50,000 or more, with a potential economic loss of $25 million

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Brangus Gold Heifers Making Profitable Impact

Brangus Gold Heifers Making Profitable Impact


The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) is pleased to announce that Brangus Gold, the IBBA’s commercial female verification program, is starting to reap rewards for participants in the sale ring. On May 2, 2009 at the Jordan Livestock sale in San Saba, Texas 94 Brangus Gold-tagged females earned an average of $996/head, well above the average sale price.

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JBS Aims to Become Largest Beef Distributor, CEO Says

JBS Aims to Become Largest Beef Distributor, CEO Says

Fabiola Moura


JBS SA, the world’s largest beef producer, said it aims to also become the largest distributor of the meat by the end of next year and has been approached by companies seeking to be acquired.

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2009 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 3-5

2009 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 3-5

Blair Fannin

The 55th Annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled Aug. 3-5 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“Planning committee members from around the state have met with us and helped us put together another outstanding program,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist and conference coordinator.

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Across-Breed EPD Tables for the Year 2009 Adjusted to Breed Differences for Birth Year of 2007

Across-Breed EPD Tables for the Year 2009 Adjusted to Breed Differences for Birth Year of 2007

Presented by L.A. Kuehn and R.M. Thallman, Roman L. Hruska USDA-ARS U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb.

Beef Improvement Federation

Since 1989, records from the Germplasm Evaluation (GPE) project at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) have been used to derive adjustment factors that allow comparison of the genetic merit of animals in different breeds.

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Cutting Excess Spring Pasture for Hay

Cutting Excess Spring Pasture for Hay

Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor of Agronomy,  Agronomy & Horticulture, University of Nebraska

Extra rain produces extra grass, something many of us didn’t count on this spring. As pastures grow faster than cattle can eat, finding ways to use this extra grass efficiently can be like money in the bank.

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Ethical Brand: Meyer Natural Beef

Ethical Brand: Meyer Natural Beef


One Tribe Creative, a firm that specializes in branding and marketing socially and environmentally responsible organizations, has added Meyer Natural Beef and Motherlove to its client roster.

Meyer Natural Beef selected One Tribe Creative to fashion its brand, and develop the website and marketing plan to launch its e-commerce company. Meyer is committed to providing natural beef that does not sacrifice the environment or ethical treatment of animals.

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An End to the Beef War

An End to the Beef War

Andrew Willis


EU products such as France’s Roquefort cheese and Italian mineral water narrowly escaped new US import duties this week following an agreement between the two sides on Wednesday (6 May) over US hormone-treated beef.

The deal will see the EU quadruple the amount of non-hormone treated beef it imports from the US in return for a US commitment not to increase duties on certain EU food products from the current level of $38 million to $116.8 million.

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Iowa State University researcher is part of cattle-genome mapping team

Iowa State University researcher is part of cattle-genome mapping team

An Iowa State University faculty member is part of an international team that mapped the cattle genome.

James Reecy, director of the Office of Biotechnology and associate professor of animal science, took part in the annotation portion of the mapping project that manually examined the computer-generated genetic sequencing.

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Nebraska beef cattle advisory committee improves research process

Nebraska beef cattle advisory committee improves research process

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

The Nebraska Corn Board says its new beef cattle advisory committee has improved the efficiency of corn co-product research important to corn and cattle producers.

Dennis Gengenbach of Smithfield chairs the Corn Board’s research committee. He says the advisory committee reviews the latest research results and helps determine which direction the next set of research projects should take.

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Basic Reproductive Physiology Of Heifers

Basic Reproductive Physiology Of Heifers


Beef heifers normally have their first estrous cycle between 12 and 15 months of age. The major factors delaying onset of puberty are poor nutrition or a genetic predisposition for late maturity. In order for heifers to calve at 24 months they must conceive by 15 months of age.

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