Daily Archives: June 18, 2009

Video Feature: Extra Label Drug Use

Video Feature: Extra Label Drug Use

Dr. Ron Lemenager, Purdue University,  covers the topic of extra label use of prescription drugs for cattle. Included is when it is proper and when it is prohibited.

Angus announce Actions on Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM)(Curly Calf) and Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH)

Angus announce Actions on Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM)(Curly Calf)  and Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH)

Following nearly five days of careful and thoughtful deliberation regarding Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM) and Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH), I am writing to inform you of our decisions regarding this important matter.

The American Angus Association has adopted a combined policy regarding both AM and NH. The combined policy does three things.

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Implications of Proposed Cap-and-Trade Legislation

Implications of Proposed Cap-and-Trade Legislation             

Dustin Oswald and Jon Biermacher

Noble Foundation

There has been substantial discussion and debate among lawmakers about the implementation of a cap-and-trade (CAT) policy as a means to mitigate the level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States.

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Beef production in an era of “highs” Do the old rules still apply?

Beef production in an era of "highs" Do the old rules still apply?

The Cattle Business Weekly

In a new era of higher prices and higher costs, do the old rules for beef production still apply? More specifically, does the economic situation alter the way beef cattle breeders should approach genetic selection? Those were the questions addressed by economist John Lawrence, during his presentation in early May at the 2009 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA.

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US Farm Groups Oppose Clean Water Legislation

US Farm Groups Oppose Clean Water Legislation


The National Association of Counties’ (NACo) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) are concerned that the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA) would needlessly expand the federal reach of CWA and result in significant negative impacts on farmers, ranchers, local governments and local economies without improving protections of the nation’s critical water resources.

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Grassley hopes help will come for producers

Grassley hopes help will come for producers

Lynda Waddington

The Iowa Independent

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley still doesn’t hold much hope for passing production control or supply management legislation as a way of helping hard-hit agricultural sectors, but he remains optimistic that help will come in some form.

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GET IT Pushing Conventional Beef Production

GET IT Pushing Conventional Beef Production


The Growth Enhancement Technology Information Team – or GET IT – is launching a marketing campaign trumpeting the economic and environmental benefits of conventional beef production over those of grass-only or natural beef production systems. GET IT is made up of animal-health manufacturing executives who say the program will provide beef producers with facts about the eco-friendly and economical benefits of conventional beef production.

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Taiwan ready to rescind US Beef ban

Taiwan ready to rescind US Beef ban


Andy Kemp Former Montana Cattlemen’s Association President, and US congressional candidate Dennis McDonald while on a diplomatic visit to Taiwan has met with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou.

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So What Exactly Are You Eating When You Order Fajitas In A Tex-Mex Restaurant?

So What Exactly Are You Eating When You Order Fajitas In A Tex-Mex Restaurant?

Robb Walsh

Dallas Examiner

The front end of a cow carcass was dangling from the ceiling. With a butcher’s hook and a boning knife in my hands, I regarded the bright-red expanse of raw meat. The day before, on the first day of Beef 101 class, I had patted this steer on the forehead.

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TB Could Hurt Cattle Industry

TB Could Hurt Cattle Industry

Sara Geake


Nebraska officials hope their tuberculosis-free status won’t be cut after two cases of the disease were found in cattle.

Bovine tuberculosis is a respiratory disease, and the Department of Agriculture is taking measures to make sure it doesn’t spread.

Forty-two herds with contact to the infected animals have been quarantined.

Brian Shaw’s herd is tuberculosis-free, but if the state loses its TB-free status, it could put him and the rest of Nebraska’s cattle industry at a disadvantage.

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Will clipping pasture reduce the incidence of pinkeye?

Will clipping pasture reduce the incidence of pinkeye?

OSU Extension BEEF Team

In last week’s Ohio BEEF Cattle letter, Rory Lewandowski discussed the pros and cons of clipping the seed heads from pasture plants in his article To Clip or Not to Clip. Several questions from readers resulted in regard to whether clipping pastures should be viewed as a method of reducing, or even preventing pinkeye in pastured cattle. Below, Dr. Shulaw, OSU Extension beef and sheep veterinarian, offers his response to those questions.

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Cattle giant JBS facing corruption probe

Cattle giant JBS facing corruption probe


JBS, the world’s largest beef processor, is under investigation by Brazil’s federal prosecutor’s office for corruption, reports Reuters.

The firm, along with other meatpackers and leather companies including Bihl, Margen and Curtume Nossa Senhora Aparecida, is under investigation for "bribing of public officials, racketeering, corruption, fraud and collusion," according to a representative at the federal prosecutor’s office.

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Project: Reaping Rewards of Both DDGS and Forage

Project: Reaping Rewards of Both DDGS and Forage


The Leopold Center’s Ecology Initiative is funding a multi-year research and demonstration project of ISU extension beef specialist Dan Loy. He is exploring the costs and advantages of feeding dried distillers grains (DDGs) as a supplement with forage or pasture-based systems.

When ethanol is produced, the starch is stripped from the corn kernels during fermentation and what remains is a finely ground material high in protein and energy, which makes it a valuable feed for livestock.

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BVD – Facts & Fiction

BVD – Facts & Fiction


Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) has caused much confusion among producers, veterinarians, and researchers. Within the last decade, many obscure aspects of this pathogen have been unravel- ed. Type 2 BVDV strains have received much recent press. For the moment, consider infections caused by Type 1 or Type 2 BVDV strains merely different clinical outcomes of the same disease syndrome. The events that need to occur for either viral type to cause disease are very similar.

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Case of bovine tuberculosis in West Texas endangers state’s shipping status

Case of bovine tuberculosis in West Texas endangers state’s shipping status


Fort Worth Star Telegram

Bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed at a West Texas dairy farm, which has been quarantined since April and which has euthanized five cows, the Texas Animal Health Commission said Wednesday.

It is the state’s first confirmed case in five years.

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