Daily Archives: May 19, 2009

Baxter Black, DVM: THE WORLD GOING TO POT

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE WORLD GOING TO POT

Here’s a tough question: If you are hitting yourself on the head with a spatula and are complaining because it hurts, what should you do? Answer: Stop it!

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Big Packers Face Obamanomics

Big Packers Face Obamanomics

Steve Cornett

Beef Today

If you think packers are too big and powerful, you probably will like USDA’s new beef sheriff. J. Dudley Butler is an anti-corporate activist and a trial lawyer and just what the folks we used to call “outsiders” were hoping for with the Obama administration.

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COLD Calculation: Instrument grading of beef carcasses has arrived.

COLD Calculation: Instrument grading of beef carcasses has arrived.

Walt Barnhart

BEEF Magazine

Three decades of carcass-grading research and data collection will soon begin to pay dividends for the beef industry: instrument grading has finally arrived.

“In the late spring or early summer, we’ll be capable of having an operating system up and working,” says Martin O’Connor, chief of the Standards, Analysis, and Technology Branch of the Livestock and Seed Program, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. “It was a long time coming.

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Thiamine Important In Cow’s Diet

Thiamine Important In Cow’s Diet

Southern Livestock Standard

Polioencephalomalacia is caused by a disturbance in thiamine metabolism. Thiamine is required for a number of important nervous system functions. This disease most commonly affects young, fast growing cattle on a high concentrate ration and may result from a thiamine-deficient diet, an increase in thiaminase (an enzyme that breaks down thiamine) in the rumen or an increase in dietary sulfates.

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Beef Processing 300

Beef Processing 300

Ed Haag

Angus Journal

If you ever wondered what happens to your livestock between the feedlot and the grocery meatcase, you might just want to sign up for Washington State University (WSU) and University of Idaho’s (U of I) annual four-day short course titled Beef 300.

“The purpose of the program is to show what really goes into producing a quality product for consumers,” says Jan Busboom, professor of meat science, WSU Extension meat specialist and one of the principle organizers of Beef 300.

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How Many Heifers to Keep??

How Many Heifers to Keep??

Glenn Selk, OSU Extension Animal Reproduction Specialist

Matching the number of cattle to the grass and feed resources on the ranch is a constant challenge for any cow-calf producer.  Also producers strive to maintain cow numbers to match their marketing plans for the long term changes in the cattle cycle.  Therefore it is a constant struggle to evaluate the number of replacement heifers that must be developed or purchased to bring into the herd each year.

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Implanting calves

Implanting calves

Ivan G. Rush

Tri State Livestock News

Green grass is here with many cattle going to pasture. Some calves have been processed; however, many are currently planning spring branding. One question that is often asked is if calves should be implanted with growth implants. Data has consistently shown that implanted calves will be 15 to 25 pounds heavier at weaning.

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Bill With Cap and Trade Introduced; FB and NCGA React

Bill With Cap and Trade Introduced; FB and NCGA React

Hoosier AG Today

  The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, also known as the Waxman-Markey cap and tax bill, has been officially introduced in the House as H.R. 2454. The bill includes the Cap and Trade program on Green House Gases. Even before it was introduced, it has been under fire as being a massive tax program with very few benefits.

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Humane Society of the United States has peculiar bedfellow

Humane Society of the United States has peculiar bedfellow

ERIC SHARP

Detroit Free Press

Rush Limbaugh espouses the right to own guns, and I’ve heard him on several occasions fomenting against laws that protect us non-smokers from inhaling carcinogenic second-hand cigarette and cigar smoke.

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Grading Feeder Cattle

Grading Feeder Cattle

cattlenetwork.com

One of the most basic ways to establish value for feeder cattle is the USDA grading system for frame and muscle. This is a relatively simple concept that was originally developed to establish a common language between buyers and sellers and establish a uniform reporting system.

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Understanding PAMTA

Understanding PAMTA

Mike Apley

BEEF Magazine

The Preservation of Antimicrobials for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) was introduced in the U.S. House this spring (H.R. 1549). A companion bill was introduced into the Senate (S. 619). Learn more about them at http://www.thomas.gov.

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Floodwaters can threaten cattle

Floodwaters can threaten cattle

Joplin Globe

When floodwaters recede, producers must continue to use caution when assessing damage and beginning clean-up procedures on the farm.

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Get Calves Ready for the Long Haul

Get Calves Ready for the Long Haul

Jeffrey N. Carter

University of Florida

Transporting beef calves post weaning to a feedlot facility is quite stressful. Short-term but significant reductions in feed and water intakes can result. Data compiled in Texas feed yards over seven years showed that healthy cattle consumed more feed during the first seven, 28, and 56 days after arrival than their non-healthy counterparts.

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A&M To Hold Show Camps

A&M To Hold Show Camps

Southern Livestock Standard

The 4th annual Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Show Cattle Camp has scheduled two sessions – May 30-31 and June 6-7 – in College Station.

“There’s no question that the 4-H and FFA members who exhibit cattle in the state of Texas represent some of the most competitive and well respected exhibitors in the nation,” he said.  “It’s the dedicated teachers, extension agents and parents who have helped create this program.”

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Ranchers still oppose animal ID

Ranchers still oppose animal ID

The Seattle Times

SHANNON DININNY

Five years after the federal government started a program to trace livestock in the event of a disease outbreak, just 36 percent of ranchers are taking part.

Five years after the federal government started a program to trace livestock in the event of a disease outbreak, just 36 percent of ranchers are taking part.

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