Daily Archives: June 15, 2009

Video Feature: Pharmaceutical Management

Video Feature: Pharmaceutical Management

Dr. Ron Lemanager offers advice to managing the large number of pharmaceuticals used on the beef farm today.

Debate over using anti-microbials in livestock

Debate over using anti-microbials in livestock

Stacy Finz

San Francisco Chronicle

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.

Conventional cattle ranchers and pig and chicken farmers routinely feed their animals a steady diet of antibiotics to prevent illness and help them grow fatter faster. But as consumers become more obsessed with what they eat, including an insatiable hunger for meat and chicken raised naturally, without drugs, more producers are promoting their products as antibiotic free.

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Controlled Breeding Season Offers Advantages

Controlled Breeding Season Offers Advantages

Justin Sexten, Extension Specialist, Animal Systems / Beef, University of Illinois

As the transition from calving to breeding season begins, beef producers should consider both the start and ending dates of the breeding season since utilizing a controlled breeding season offers several management advantages.

Restricting the breeding season to 60 to 70 days will produce a more uniform calf crop, giving producers the option to market larger, more uniform lot sizes.

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Iowa Governor Signs Livestock Friendly Legislation

owa Governor Signs Livestock Friendly Legislation


The bill updates an antiquated section of The Iowa Code which assumed that confined feeding facilities only handled liquid manure, and modernizes it to cover the new deep-bedded confinement facilities that have become popular in recent years, says Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. More importantly to many operations, the bill does not restrict the application of solid manure to frozen and snow-covered ground as was proposed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC).

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NCBA Reacts to Inspection Fee Increase Proposal

NCBA Reacts to Inspection Fee Increase Proposal


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is urging members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to address unresolved issues. NCBA says the Food Safety and Enhancement Act of 2009 would pose a myriad of unintended consequences especially for the meat industry which is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Ag center to host field day

Ag center to host field day

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

Scheduled for June 25 at the University of Tennessee Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center in Springfield, Tobacco, Beef and More will highlight new research, management and production strategies for the region’s tobacco and beef cattle producers.

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Nebraska Quarantines 15,000 Cattle for TB

Nebraska Quarantines 15,000 Cattle for TB


Nebraska Agriculture Director, Greg Ibach, and State Veterinarian, Dr. Dennis Hughes provided an update today on the bovine tuberculosis (TB) case in Rock County. The two spoke to a crowd of roughly 500 producers from the grandstand during the Nebraska Farm and Ranch Expo in Bassett.

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