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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Feeding a growing world

Feeding a growing world

The Cattle Business Weekly

U.S. farmers will need to take the lead

U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Ken Hobbie addressed more than 500 attendees last week at the 2009 International Grains Council Grains Conference in London. Hobbie told participants that despite uncertainty, people have to eat and the global population is growing rapidly. In 2000, the global population topped the 6 billion mark and is anticipated to surpass 10 billion in 2050.

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EPA Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Ruin Rural Economy

EPA Plan to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Ruin Rural Economy

The Westerner

Last year’s rumors that the Environmental Protection Agency was pursuing a tax on methane “emissions” from U.S. livestock generated a strong outcry among many members of our nation’s agricultural community. While concerns over this direct “cow tax” turned out to be premature, the EPA is now pursuing real regulations that could levy damaging consequences on domestic farmers and ranchers.

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Lightning Strike Cooks 15 Cows

Lightning Strike Cooks 15 Cows

Todd Wright


Ranchers in Central Florida last night woke up to their beef cooked well done after a lightning strike Wednesday hit a cow pasture, singeing 15 heads of cattle.

When ranch hands woke up Thursday they found the lifeless bodies, including two calves, laying in the open field. But there’ll be no feast on the flesh of these beasts of burden.

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NFU US Say Antitrust Laws Must be Enforced

NFU US Say Antitrust Laws Must be Enforced


In a letter to Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Administrator Dudley Butler, the NFU Board of Directors said it is GIPSA’s responsibility to maintain fair trade practices in the marketing of livestock, provide financial protection for participants in livestock transactions and ensure open competitive marketing conditions for livestock and meat.

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Cattle fertilizer poisoning

Cattle fertilizer poisoning

The Cattle Buisness Weekly

Veterinarians have received reports of cattle fertilizer poisoning this spring in North Dakota.

"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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Managing genetic defects in beef cattle

Managing genetic defects in beef cattle

Dr. Bob Weaber, Missouri State Extension Specialist – Beef Genetics

Missouri Commercial Ag News

Over the last five years the beef seedstock sector has had to deal with a number of recessive genetic defects. The use of assisted reproductive technologies including embryo transfer and artificial insemination has allowed breeders to concentrate selection to a relatively small number of animals.

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PRO/CON: Should EPA target methane emissions from livestock?

PRO/CON: Should EPA target methane emissions from livestock?

Beaumont Enterprise

Our view: Leave cows alone in fight for clean air

The federal government should stay out of the pasture in the battle against air pollution. It should abandon any thought of fining or penalizing ranchers for the methane emissions produced by their cattle.

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Animal rights group sends Obama a catch-and-release device

Animal rights group sends Obama a catch-and-release device

Advocates for Agriculture

The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he’s bedeviled by a fly in the White House.

PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.

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