Daily Archives: May 26, 2009

Cheating at the fair?

Cheating at the fair?


Casper Star Tribune

Pete had a robust build and lustrous black hair, and lived a life of luxury in an insulated, temperature-controlled barn that kept him cool in the midsummer heat.

Nick Pince, then 16, saw to Pete’s every need: Bathing him several times a day, giving him specially formulated Purina feed and playing a radio in his stall to accustom him to the noise of people.

Judges crowned Pete grand champion steer at his county fair last summer, but the glory was short-lived.

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Most farm kids learn to drive early on. It’s part of the responsibility given along with daily chores. They learn to drive from parents or siblings because it makes them more useful on the farm, though it creates some odd occasions.

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R-CALF Praise US Livestock Marketing Fairness Act

R-CALF Praise US Livestock Marketing Fairness Act


R-CALF USA has praised a group of senators who introduced the Livestock Marketing Fairness Act this week – an act designed to stop years of unfair abuse of the Packer and Stockyards Act of 1921 (PSA).

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Ideas bear fruit at Berry

Ideas bear fruit at Berry

Bryant Steele

Rome News-Tribune

The whiteboard in Rufus Massey’s office at Berry College (map) is a color-coded mass of lists and boxes with lines and arrows connecting one thing to another or more. It is what Picasso might have come up with had he been a business major.

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Grazing guru makes a case for grass-fed beef

Grazing guru makes a case for grass-fed beef

Republican American

I went to “grazing school” the other day. No, I didn’t go to learn how to eat grass, although the way things are going, that might come in handy some day.

Rather, I wanted to know what farmers needed to learn about livestock feeding that they didn’t already know. I mean, we all know that cows, horses, sheep and goats like grass. What’s there to learn? Don’t let them critters turn your pasture into a field of mud and manure.

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Ag leaders worry about struggling beef industry

Ag leaders worry about struggling beef industry

Brent Martin


Agriculture is Missouri’s number one industry, but many in the industry worry about the state’s number one agricultural segment.

Missouri ranks second in cow-calf production, for now. Jeff Windett with the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association says beef producers are struggling.

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Response to growth promoting implants in suckling calves

Response to growth promoting implants in suckling calves

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

The information available for suckling steer calves and heifer calves not intended for replacements is clear that growth promoting implants are consistent in improving average daily gain from implanting to weaning.  Other reviewers have stated that the decision to implant is much more important than the decision of which implant to use (Corah and Blanding, 1991).

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1.4 Million Available for Montana Farmers and Ranchers to Convert to Organic Production

1.4 Million Available for Montana Farmers and Ranchers to Convert to Organic Production


The Prairie Star

The USDA announced that $50 million will be allocated through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help provide technical and financial assistance to farmers in the process of converting to organic farming. Montana will receive $1.4 million of those funds as provided in the 2008 Farm Bill.

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Economic Advantages to Implanting Nursing Calves

Economic Advantages to Implanting Nursing Calves

Dr. Glenn Selk, Professor-Animal Reproduction Specialist, Animal Science – Oklahoma State University

Many new technologies have been made available to the beef industry over the last 50 years. Few technologies have the potential return on investment as do growth promoting implants for nursing calves. The term “implant” is used to refer to a group of products used in the cattle industry that increase rate of growth by placing an absorbable product under the skin on the back of the ear.

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Neb. cattle producers to get cost-cutting advice

Neb. cattle producers to get cost-cutting advice


Profit Tips on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s Beef Web site can help cattle producers cut their costs.

Judson Vasconcelos is feedlot nutrition/management specialist at UNL’s Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff. He says the high cost of feed grains is putting cow-calf and feedlot profits under severe economic pressures.

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MSU professor part of team studying effects of NAIS on livestock industry

MSU professor part of team studying effects of NAIS on livestock industry


The Prairie Star

If the U.S. beef industry could return to the level of beef exports that were in place before 2003, the proposed animal identification system could be fully paid for.

That was one of the “suprising” findings of a research team member who was part of an APHIS year-long project that examined the effects of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) on the livestock industry.

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Govt mulling easing BSE testing rules / Age target may be raised to 31 mths, older

Govt mulling easing BSE testing rules / Age target may be raised to 31 mths, older

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The government has begun discussions on easing the age restriction on domestic cattle that must be tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy from 21 months or older to 31 months or older, according to government sources.

The discussions have been prompted by the belief that it is increasingly less likely that young cattle infected with BSE will be discovered as more than seven years have passed since the government tightened regulations on cattle feed blamed for BSE infections, the sources said.

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US Beef Exports Stays Solid in Shaky Foreign Markets

US Beef Exports Stays Solid in Shaky Foreign Markets


Beef plus beef variety meat exports for the month jumped by five per cent in volume over March 2008, but declined by about one per cent in value. This was due in large part to a 17 per cent decline in variety meat export value, offsetting a four per cent increase in muscle cut value.

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Alternative Feeds for Ruminants

Alternative Feeds for Ruminants

General Concepts and Recommendations for Using Alternative Feeds

Dr Greg Lardy, Dr Vern Anderson, North Dakota State University

Many feedstuffs are available to North Dakota livestock producers, including crop residues, processing coproducts, new or alternative grains and forages, as well as more traditional grains and forages. This publication is intended to familiarize livestock producers with the variety of feeds available and to provide feeding guidelines for various alternative feeds.

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Assisting Cows At Calving

Assisting Cows At Calving


Most calving problems occur in first-calf heifers. The greatest cause is a disproportion between calf size and dimensions of the dams birth canal. Calving management requires frequent observation (every two hours, maximum) of the heifer herd so obstetrical problems can be detected and corrected early. Time to assist calving is an experienced judgment call and you must be familiar to determine if the process is occurring normally. There are excellent textbooks that describe the calving process and review some common obstetrical problems and visit with your veterinarian for recommendations.

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