Monthly Archives: June 2009

Video Feature: So what do you do with your carriers of genetic defects?

Dr. Terry Stewart, Purdue University, tells how to cope with genetic defect carriers in your cow herd.

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Video Feature: Stolen Moos

Video Feature: Stolen Moos

Fox News Channel

" Well for as long as man has been eating beef. Men have been stealing cattle. Not only is the meat delicious especially served medium rare with a little bit peppercorns sauce. It’s also getting more expensive given modern day cattle rustlers that extra incentive”.

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Feedlot Heat Stress Checklist

Feedlot Heat Stress Checklist

Dee Griffin DVM, Beef Production Management Veterinarian


The thermo-comfort zone varies greatly for beef cattle. Young animals have a narrow comfort zone between 45 and 80 F°. The comfort zone of feedlot cattle and mature cows will range from subzero temperatures in the winter to around 75 F° in the summer, depending on body condition, hair coat length and plane of nutrition. This wide comfort zone allows cattle to thrive under diverse climatic conditions with little or no need for shelter or protection. However, unlike humans, who can be reasonably comfortable when exposed to normal summer temperatures, feedlot cattle have difficulty coping with temperatures above 90 F°. This is particularly true when humidity is high or wind-speed is low, especially when cattle have had little or no chance to adapt to excessive heat loads.

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Heat kills 2,000+ cattle

Heat kills 2,000+ cattle

North Platte Telegraph

Authorities say the combination of high temperatures and humidity in Nebraska has killed hundreds of cattle this week.

A lethal combination of heat, humidity and dead calm killed hundreds of cattle in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa this week.

Longtime observers said it was one of the worst bouts of feedlot heat deaths they had ever seen.

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Farm Business Management Update Available

Farm Business Management Update Available

Va. Tech

Farm Business Management Update is a joint effort of the Agricultural and Applied Economics faculty and the area farm management agents. Subject matter areas include timely information on farm management, marketing, tax management, finance, credit, labor, agricultural law, agri-business, estate planning, 4-H and economic education, natural resources, and CRD.

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Report Evaluates Intelligent Use of Manure

Report Evaluates Intelligent Use of Manure

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to evaluate the role of animal manure as a source of fertilizer, and its other uses.

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Where’s the beef? Here in the Corn State

Where’s the beef? Here in the Corn State


The Daily Iowan

Brady McDonald said he can often be found slicing cuts of Iowa-raised beef into steaks and fillets in a restaurant kitchen, some of which might end up on the table during Sunday night’s dinner rush.

McDonald, who works for Atlas Restaurant, 127 Iowa Ave., said the restaurant serves primarily Iowa beef from within a 30-mile radius.

And even outside that 30-mile radius across Iowa, the beef industry has become a $5.1 billion contributor to the state economy. Iowa producers raise about 4 million head of beef cattle per year, ranking seventh in the nation in production of beef cows.

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Grazing former CRP lands will take careful management

Grazing former CRP lands will take careful management

Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M

North Texas e-News

Many Conservation Reserve Program participants find themselves facing some tough decisions after being notified their contracts will not be renewed, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

“I think we need to keep most of this land in rangeland,” said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist.

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Testing shows no new Neb. bovine TB cases

Testing shows no new Neb. bovine TB cases

Nebraska agriculture officials say the results of the first week of testing for bovine tuberculosis have come back negative.

Some 1,700 head of cattle were tested during the week of June 15-21. An additional 3,300 head of cattle were tested last week. Those results are pending.

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AgriLife Extension offering online courses for small-acreage landowners

AgriLife Extension offering online courses for small-acreage landowners

Owners of small farms and ranches now have access to Web-based help for managing their land.

Four online courses designed for agricultural novices will be offered by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service beginning July 6, said Rebecca Parker, AgriLife Extension’s Dallas-based regional director of programs in agriculture and natural science.

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Research center hosting annual Field Day

Research center hosting annual Field Day

Great Falls Tribune

The Northern Agricultural Research Center’s annual Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday at Fort Assiniboine, south of Havre.

The Field Day begins with registration, coffee and stationary displays at 8 a.m., with programs running from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Farming Groups Welcome Clean Energy Bill

Farming Groups Welcome Clean Energy Bill

The House of Representatives has approved legislation that will allow farmers, ranchers and forest owners to fully participate in a market-based carbon offset programme, earning income for activities they undertake to address global climate change.

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Eagle Hills Ranch Seeks Marketability

Eagle Hills Ranch Seeks Marketability

American Angus Association

 “Dad loves eagles,” says Todd Geiken, explaining why his family’s commercial cow-calf operation is dubbed Eagle Hills Ranch.  For a long time, it was called Geiken Ranch and was owned, in succession, by three generations of the Geiken clan.  And, for a long time, it ran white-faced cattle among the hills south of Gothenburg, Neb.  The change of name followed a fourth generation’s entry into ranching and a change of focus.

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Means to an End

Means to an End

Barb Baylor Anderson

Angus Journal

While health requirements at Michigan’s bull test station may not be necessarily unique, the partnerships fostered to keep those requirements tough and contemporary may be. Interested parties in Michigan have found that by working proactively together on health and other crucial quality issues, they can reduce problems with bulls, add more value to their sales and prompt producers in the state to improve their own operation protocols.

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Extension restructuring moving forward

Extension restructuring moving forward

The Cattle Business Weekly

Since receiving Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approval on April 30, the Iowa State University Extension restructuring plan has moved forward. Initially, there was a lot of concern and surprise, but emotions are being replaced by positive efforts on the part of extension staff and council members, Jack Payne, Vice President for ISU Extension and Outreach, told the Board of Regents at its meeting June 11.

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Video Feature: Animal Drug Classifications

Dr. Ron Lemenager, Purdue University discusses the different classifications of animal and their uses and mistaken uses.

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Representative Lucas Says Peterson Amendment Won’t Help

Representative Lucas Says Peterson Amendment Won’t Help

Hoosier AG Today

Even with the amendment House Ag Chair Collin Peterson offered for the Waxman-Markey bill, Ag Ranking Member Frank Lucas believes the greatest threat to U.S. ag producers is ignored. In a statement issued ahead of the climate change debate and vote, Lucas said he appreciated Peterson’s efforts to correct the worst features of the bill, but suggested the amendment fell short of what farmers and ranchers needed. He said issues like higher input costs and shrinking markets for crops weren’t resolved in the amendment.

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New way to hay

New way to hay

Loretta Sorensen

Tri State Livestock News

Forage processed and baled hours after cutting

A brand new twist on forage harvesting is producing alfalfa dubbed “Godiva Hay” that has some horses and cattle licking their lips as they consume alfalfa that’s so well preserved it still looks wet.

The new cutting and drying process is the brainchild of Jeff Warren of Penn Yan, NY. In order to learn more about the process, he purchased his own alfalfa fields and haying equipment.

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Fertilizer and Cattle Do Not Mix

Fertilizer and Cattle Do Not Mix

Beef Today

Veterinarians have received reports of cattle fertilizer poisoning this spring. “With the number of cattle out in pasture and the poor condition of many fences, plus everyone rushing to try to get the crop planted in a very late planting season, these accidental poisonings can and do occur,” says Charlie Stoltenow, North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian.

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Watch Cattle for Heat Stress in Summer’s Heat

Watch Cattle for Heat Stress in Summer’s Heat

Dr. Terry Mader, University of Nebraska

With summer just starting and temperatures already hitting 100 degrees, cattle producers need to take steps to ward off heat stress in their herds, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef specialist said.

Late spring 80-degree days with abundant rain are always welcome, but the recent rapid rise in temperature and sustained moderate to high levels of relative humidity can be disastrous for cattle that have not had a chance to get adapted to such conditions, said Terry Mader, beef specialist at UNL’s Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord.

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