Daily Archives: July 6, 2009

Video Feature: Effective and gentle cattle handling

The Beef Cattle Institute at K-State sponsored a workshop on effective and humane cattle handling methods.

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Best Management Practices for Small Beef Cow-Calf Herds

Best Management Practices for Small Beef Cow-Calf Herds

 Tom R. Troxel Professor and Associate Department Head – Animal Science

The objective of this fact sheet is to introduce a number of management practices a producer with a small number of cows can implement that can improve time management and beef production efficiency and, hopefully, profitability.

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Beef industry issues according to kids

Beef industry issues according to kids

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

Escalating input costs, skyrocketing land prices and a suffering economy are all factors wreaking havoc on the beef industry these days. Because of these challenges, every day an increasing number of established ranchers are forced out of business, ending a long history of beef cattle production for many families.

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What does a pre-breeding MLV with Vib/Lepto shot really do for you?

Q&A:   What does a pre-breeding MLV with Vib/Lepto shot really do for you?
What are the benefits? Cow costs in the Panhandle are closer to $700 per cow per year if all is included. How can Ag. land (pasture) pay for a cow when it is $300 per acre and we get 11" of rain?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   Pre-breeding vaccination programs help protect against devastating losses if cattle are challenged by disease pathogens. Commonly a pre-breeding vaccination program includes modified-live vaccines against BVDV, IBR, and leptospirosis and vibrio bacterins because these pathogens are of high consequence to pregnant cows. Losses include sickness or death of the cattle, and abortion of unborn calves.

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Cattlemen speak out on Clean Water Act land grab

Cattlemen speak out on Clean Water Act land grab

High Plains Journal

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed S. 787, the Clean Water Restoration Act out of committee June 18 on a party-line vote, bringing the country one step closer to the largest federal land grab in our history.

The bill was amended at the markup by Senators Baucus, Klobuchar, and Boxer. The amendment is a smoke screen that allegedly takes care of agricultural concerns by exempting prior-converted croplands from federal jurisdiction. Cattle are generally not grazed on prior-converted croplands, so this amendment does nothing to mitigate the potential damage to livestock production from this legislation. The amendment is a diversion from the real issue, which is the removal of the word "navigable" from the definition of waters.

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Humane Society, USDA Agree on Animal Research Monitorin

Humane Society, USDA Agree on Animal Research Monitoring

Indiana AG Connection

The Humane Society of the United States and the USDA have reached a settlement in a lawsuit over access to annual reports of facilities conducting animal research. The HSUS filed the case in federal court in January 2005 under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Chicago to Bid Farewell to Final Piece of Meat Board History

Chicago to Bid Farewell to Final Piece of Meat Board History

Walt Barnhart,

Calf News

Nearly nine decades of Chicago-based consumer outreach for meat will come to an end Dec. 31 as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) allows the lease on its Culinary Center at 444 North Michigan Avenue to expire. The NCBA will launch a Center for Excellence for Beef in Denver next year.

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Increase The Value Of Your Livestock Manure

Increase The Value Of Your Livestock Manure

The Farm Gate

Manure. Every livestock operation deals with it and depending upon the nature of the operation, manure can either be an asset or a liability. The 2008 Farm Bill directed USDA to evaluate the role of manure as a fertilizer resource, its environmental impact, and its potential as a feedstock for bioenergy. If your operation is producing manure, will it have more value as a fertilizer or energy feedstock?

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BeefTalk: What Is the Real Value In a Beef Herd?

BeefTalk: What Is the Real Value In a Beef Herd?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

To know our real opportunity to make a profit, we should know what the gross margin is when we sell calves, bulls and cows connected to the enterprise.

Usually, when businesses buy and sell inventory, one of three things happens.

Under option one, the item sells for more than it was purchased for and one has the opportunity to make money. The second is the break-even option. This is when an item sells for the same as the purchase price.

The last option is selling an item for less than the purchase price, which some refer to as depreciation. Option two and three are both losers because there is no opportunity to make money.

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Factors Affecting Calving Difficulty

Factors Affecting Calving Difficulty

Timothy W. Wilson, Extension Animal Scientist, Johnny Rossi, Extension Animal Scientist , University of Georgia

Calving difficulty, otherwise known as dystocia, may result in reduced calf performance, delayed estrus and, in some cases, loss of the calf and/or dam. This publication discusses several factors affecting calving difficulty and provides management suggestions that may be useful to prevent its occurrence.

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Pinkeye Control Strategies to Limit Economic Losses

Pinkeye Control Strategies to Limit Economic Losses

Dan Goehl, DVM

Beef Today

The onset of summer and fly season brings thoughts of pinkeye. This disease is not only a nuisance, but can also be economically detrimental. Adding to this is the fact that it is very hard to come up with a single strategy that will prevent it from being a problem.

How can it be prevented? We can use vaccines, vitamins and minerals, antibiotics, sodium iodine, management practices to reduce vectors and irritation to the eye, and numerous other proven and unproven methods.

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Cattlemen’s group making the cut

Cattlemen’s group making the cut

Steve Raabe

The Denver Post

 A cattlemen’s group has spent millions to discover new beef products and increase industry profits.

Meat scientist Bridget Wasser is on a search for what she calls "diamonds in the rough."

Her prospecting tool is a 6-inch boning knife. The diamond field is a 27-pound beef chuck roll, not long ago a steer’s shoulder.

A few deft incisions here, a succession of quick slices there, and Wasser has produced her gems: a trayful of steaks and roasts rescued from an otherwise pedestrian future as ground beef.

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Democrats separated by bovine emissions

Democrats separated by bovine emissions

Denver Daily News

Despite a substantial majority in the House of Representatives, the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi needed eight Republicans to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act because 44 Democrats, representing mostly rural and agricultural districts, defied their party and their leadership and voted against the legislation.

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Good Advice From a Family Farmer

Good Advice From a Family Farmer

Tom Bechman

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Here are some words to ponder.

A farm management discussion turned philosophical at times when the Indiana Farm Management Tour visited Myron, Vern and Matt Schafer’s farm near LaCrosse recently. Going beyond numbers and just explaining practices, some real words of wisdom crept into the conversation for others to think about.

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New executive director of IFSA announced

New executive director of IFSA announced

Julia Wickard has been named the new state executive director of the Indiana Farm Service Agency.

Wickard is the executive vice-president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association and Indiana Beef Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Purdue University and is a managing partner on her family farm.

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