Daily Archives: June 19, 2009

Video Feature: What is BQA

Dr. Ron Lemenager, Purdue University, discusses the origins of Beef Quality Assurance and its importance to the beef producer.

Ringworm of Cattle

Ringworm of Cattle

R. L. Morter, D.V.M., C. James Callahan, D.V.M., School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

Ringworm is caused by infection of the hair and surface layers of the skin by fungi. It occurs in all species of animals including man. Fungal infections cause little, if any, permanent damage or economic loss. However, because ringworm is a transmissable infectious disease, animals with lesions are barred from exhibitions or shows by regulations of the State Board of Animal Health.

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Prevent Pinkeye

Prevent Pinkeye

Mick Kreidler

You’re checking the cowherd on a hot summer day when you spot a calf with a weeping eye. Is it just a weed seed or is it the start of pinkeye? What should you do?

Pinkeye, or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), is a contagious bacterial disease that affects the eyes of beef cattle. Estimated to cost the cattle industry $150 million annually, pinkeye causes tearing, inflammation and ulceration of the cornea. Permanent blindness can occur in severe cases.

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Inbreeding, Linebreeding, and Outcrossing in Texas Longhorns

Inbreeding, Linebreeding, and Outcrossing in Texas Longhorns

© David M. Hillis, Double Helix Ranch, Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Texas Longhorns are noted for being remarkably free of genetic defects that plague some other breeds of cattle. This is largely a result of the natural selection against deleterious traits that occurred when Texas Longhorns lived wild on the open range. Most other breeds of cattle have undergone intensive artificial selection and inbreeding, as breeders have developed breeds to express certain traits in a uniform manner.

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Nutrient Needs and Reproduction

Nutrient Needs and Reproduction


Focus on feeding programs that meet the nutrient requirements for the young cow. These requirements are well defined in the 1996 Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle. Once the requirements are determined, it is simply a matter of fitting the proper quantities of feedstuffs available to supply the proper levels of protein, energy, vitamins, and minerals. Feed and manage young cows so that they are in adequate body condition at calving. Cow body condition at calving is the most important factor in determining how quickly a cow will breed back after calving.

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Will Politics And Social Agendas Phase Out US Livestock Production?

Will Politics And Social Agendas Phase Out US Livestock Production?

The Farm Gate

How would you react to non-farm folks imposing rules on your livestock production? It is one thing if those rule makers were from your own state, but what if they did not even live in your state, much less have no economic interest in livestock production? That is what has happened in some western states, and may well happen soon in Ohio and in the not-to-distant future in other Cornbelt states.

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BeefTalk: The Plight of Being Average

BeefTalk: The Plight of Being Average

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

With rising input costs and falling calf value, survival in the beef business is a very real question for many producers.

The cattle business is a profession that requires considerable education and experience. In other words, the managerial inputs need to be well thought out so that the ramifications or consequence of doing or not doing something has the desired outcome.

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