Daily Archives: May 27, 2009

Video Feature: Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe Handles Bovine Palpation, Collection

Video Feature:  Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe Handles Bovine Palpation, Collection

Mike Rowe of the Discover Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” checks out palpation and semen collection.

Animal Activists Capitalize on Swine Flu Hysteria

Animal Activists Capitalize on Swine Flu Hysteria

Chad Golladay


“Rule one,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told The New York Times last November, is “never allow a crisis to go to waste.”

But despite some accusations of fear-mongering, the White House clearly seems to understand that not every crisis should be exploited.

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Internal Prarasite Control in Cattle

Internal Prarasite Control in Cattle

James E. Strickland, Extension Veterinary Science, University of Georgia

In the United States, veterinarians, producers and economists estimate annual parasite-related losses to the livestock industry at more than $100 million. Most parasite losses are subclinical, and losses go unnoticed, are not measurable and probably far exceed the estimates.

University trials have shown paybacks from internal parasite control of $25 to $200 per head, which should make effective control one of the first goals of today’s cattle producer.

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NALF Seeks Candidates for Executive Vice President

NALF Seeks Candidates for Executive Vice President

The beefsite.com

The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) is seeking candidates for the position of executive vice president (EVP), the organization’s primary leadership position.

Its responsibilities include carrying out the policies of the board of directors; financial management; strategic planning; oversight of the breed and hybrid registry; staffing; interaction with members and associates; and execution of programs associated with animal performance, marketing and breed promotion, member and commercial producer communications, and various member services.

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Study shows NAIS will cost more than $175 million annually

Study shows NAIS will cost more than $175 million annually

The Westerner

The cost of implementing a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) in the cattle sector is $175.9 million annually, which represents 91.5 percent of the total cost of the program, according to a study released by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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Auction-barn fees to increase with NAIS

Auction-barn fees to increase with NAIS

Pat Kopecki

Wilson County News

Ranchers and others who will be affected by the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) are reviewing the Kansas State University benefit-cost analysis released in April 2009. One area of concern to the cow-calf operator is the added cost of tagging animals and what effect the tagging requirements will have at the auction barn, since a majority of cow-calf operators use local auction barns to sell their animals.

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Taylor family growing Longhorn cattle in Grant County

Taylor family growing Longhorn cattle in Grant County

Melody Moorehouse

The Sheridan Headlight

One expects to see Longhorn cattle while driving through Texas, but not in Grant County – yet on his small farm just out of Sheridan on Highway 46 North, Kevin Taylor and his family have a few Longhorns. And they have a Longhorn bull, named Bubbles, that is downright frightening, unless there is a good strong fence that separates him from visitors.

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Cattle farm owners steer business themselves

Cattle farm owners steer business themselves

Aimee Blume


“Now how would you grade that?” asked Dave Fischer, holding up a whole Angus rib roast.

Hmm. Bright red meat, nice medium-thick layer of white fat around the outside, and the interior marbling plentiful and fine.


Yep. “I do my own grading and I’m going to call that prime,” Dave agreed.

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Meeting to Address Application of DNA Technology in Beef Cattle

Meeting to Address Application of DNA Technology in Beef Cattle

Media Newswire

Producers, extension personnel and others who attend the free meeting will learn about the history of DNA technology in beef production, its current status and where it is headed, said Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension beef genetics specialist.

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Profit Opportunities In Changing Times

Profit Opportunities In Changing Times


I had the opportunity to travel a lot of the country in April, and everywhere I went I was treated to the sight of baby calves.   A new calf crop inspires optimism — spring must be here (or nearly so!), life is renewing, and from a business perspective, these animals represent successful production of a marketable product.  But now come the questions: How will these calves be sold?  Where?  Will they bring enough to make the enterprise profitable?  Finding these answers is a lot more complicated than it was just a few years ago.

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Why should I pay more for grass-fed beef?

Why should I pay more for grass-fed beef?

Nathaniel T. Washington

 Mother Nature Network

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

For starters, corn-fed cows are on drugs, and not in the Summer of Love kind of way. Most cattle ranchers focus on getting their cows fat as quickly and cheaply as possible. That means stuffing them with growth-inducing synthetic hormones and corn-based feed instead of letting them roam and graze on grass as nature intended.

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Feeding Cattle Through Tough Times

Feeding Cattle Through Tough Times


US – Once again cattle feeders are in an extended period of economic challenges and need to take advantage of every opportunity to survive in these tough economic times, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef cattle specialist said.

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Tough times, helpful people

Tough times, helpful people

Ryan Taylor

Capital Press

My home state was in the national news last month. Nope, it’s not the nation’s cold spot, it’s the nation’s flooding spot.

And it’s not just the usual river, the Red, that defies good sense by flowing north into colder, icier climates. Rivers and creeks all over the state are flooding cities, farms and homes. Lots of snow, a cold winter and a sudden melt has made a lot of water flow in very little time.

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A scary story here. Very scary story here!

A scary story here. Very scary story here!

Steve Cornett

Beef Today

The New York Times yesterday had a pretty darn balanced and well-contexted look at the state of food safety in the U.S. . . .

Surprisingly for the (NY) Times, the story is not all about how bad food and agriculture is. In fact, it concedes—and I use the verb only because it’s the New York Times so I suppose they have to “concede” it—most public health experts “believe the nation’s food supply is markedly safer now than it was 100 years ago, and probably safer than a decade ago.”

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Iowa’s extension cuts deep

Iowa’s extension cuts deep

The Cattle Business Weekly

The buzz in Iowa’s rural communities the last few weeks has been the recent cuts Iowa State University is implementing towards its Extension Services.

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