Daily Archives: June 29, 2009

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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JBS CEO spells out areas for growth

JBS CEO spells out areas for growth

Bill Jackson

The Greeley Tribune

The head of the largest beef packing company in the world is optimistic about the future of the industry, but urged better cooperation between those who process animals and those who produce them at the 11th annual meeting of the Colorado Livestock Association Friday.

Wesley Batista, CEO of JBS USA, headquartered in Greeley, was the featured speaker at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows meeting that drew more than 200 involved in the livestock industry. The two-day meeting concluded Friday.

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Unraveling the brucellosis mystery

Unraveling the brucellosis mystery

Rachel Knutson

The Cattle Business Weekly

If found it could save Wyoming’s cattle herd

The University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have joined in a cooperative project to decrease brucellosis cases found in Wyoming’s feeding-ground elk.

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Why Our Burgers Still Aren’t Safe

Why Our Burgers Still Aren’t Safe

Men’s Health

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.

It’s a Friday night in Missoula, Montana, when my buddy Eric and I walk into the Oxford Café. We make our way through the usual crowd of gamblers, pool players, drinkers, and drunks, and take a seat against the far wall. The waitress looks weary, and we look like work to her. "What’ll you have?" she asks. Eric orders a hamburger. I point at the laminated menu and order scrambled eggs and brains, nicknamed "He Needs ‘Em."

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A&M’s 55th Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 3-5 in College Station

A&M’s 55th Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 3-5 in College Station

Drought, high production costs, emerging diseases and a weakened market have made this a challenging year for cattle producers.

That should provide all the motivation needed to attend the 55th annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course on Aug. 3-5 at Texas A&M University in College Station, according to event organizer Jason Cleere.

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Sustainability ensures agriculture’s future

Sustainability ensures agriculture’s future

High Plains Journal

Sustainability in agriculture is an important factor for future generations to be able to continue producing food, fiber and fuel for the world.

During the 25th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium sponsored by Alltech, agriculture enthusiasts from around the world learned how sustainability is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet the needs of the world.

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Heat stroke claims hundreds of cattle

Heat stroke claims hundreds of cattle

Jeniffer Berry


There is not an exact number of deaths, but as of Tuesday an area veterinarian said 800 cattle had died due to the heat and humidity. With other deaths over the past few days that number is believed to have now easily topped 1,000.

This could not have come at a worse time for Nebraska beef producers.

The past two years they have experienced big losses with the high cost of feed and the low market price for beef. Add to that now the cost of losing cattle to heat stroke.

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Professor: JBS recall just a ‘bump in the road’

Professor: JBS recall just a ‘bump in the road’

Bill Jackson

The Greeley Tribune

 ‘All this is, is bad publicity for the company, the industry as a whole’

An internationally recognized professor of meat science at Colorado State University said this week’s recall of 41,000 pounds of beef from the JBS USA Greeley packing plant is nothing more than a “bump in the road” for the company.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the recall late Wednesday of ball tip sirloin that left the plant in late April for fear it may contain E.coli.

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Rebellion on the Range Over a Cattle ID Plan

Rebellion on the Range Over a Cattle ID Plan

New York Times

Wranglers at the Platt ranch were marking calves the old-fashioned way last week, roping them from horseback and burning a brand onto their haunches.

The Platt ranch covers 22,000 acres in western New Mexico.

What they were emphatically not doing, said Jay Platt, the third-generation proprietor of the ranch, was abiding by a federally recommended livestock identification plan, intended to speed the tracing of animal diseases, that has caused an uproar among ranchers.

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Guard members sent to help Afghanis farm

Guard members sent to help Afghanis farm


Glasgow Daily Times

A group of Soldiers and Airmen from the Kentucky National Guard’s 1/623rd FAMLRS, which is headquartered in Glasgow, is preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.

The group is part of the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team, which is comprised of Soldiers and Airmen from several different units across the state.

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Heat Stress Can Reduce Pregnancy Rates

Heat Stress Can Reduce Pregnancy Rates

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

The effects of heat stress on reproductive performance of beef cows has been discussed by many animal scientists in a variety of ways. After reviewing the scientific literature available up to 1979, one scientist wrote that the most serious seasonal variation in reproductive performance was associated with high ambient temperatures and humidity. He further pointed out that pregnancy rates and subsequent calving rates were reduced from 10% to 25% in cows bred in July through September.

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