Daily Archives: July 8, 2009

Video Feature: Rep. Radanovich Highlights Cap & Trade’s Harmful Impacts on CA Agriculture

Rep. Radanovich Questions Energy Secretary Chu, EPA Administrator Jackson and Transportation Secretary LaHood during House Energy and Commerce Hearing on Global Warming and Cap and Trade.

What Cap-and-Trade means for Agriculture

What Cap-and-Trade means for Agriculture

Congressman Adrian Smith

This bill supposedly combats global warming by setting strict limits on carbon dioxide emissions in the United States and requiring businesses to purchase "allowances" for their emissions, and in doing so it imposes enormous taxes and restrictions on energy use – placing an especially heavy burden on rural America and our nation’s agriculture producers.

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Ketosis in Cattle

Ketosis in Cattle

Merck Veterinary Manual

Ketosis is a common disease of adult cattle. It typically occurs in dairy cows in early lactation and is most consistently characterized by partial anorexia and depression. Rarely, it occurs in cattle in late gestation, at which time it resembles pregnancy toxemia of ewes. In addition to inappetence, signs of nervous dysfunction, including pica, abnormal licking, incoordination and abnormal gait, bellowing, and aggression are occasionally seen. The condition is worldwide in distribution, but is most common where dairy cows are bred and managed for high production.

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The Story of Your Life

The Story of Your Life

Sara Brown

 Beef Today

Finally an original show worth watching on HBO. Set to show later this year, a biography of Temple Grandin will feature Claire Danes in the leading role. Diagnosed autistic in 1950, Grandin is an avid speaker and author on issues related to autism and her work with livestock handling. Currently an associate professor at Colorado State University, she has used her own experiences to challenge and improve the way American agriculture moves and handles livestock. Her research of sweeping curved corrals and squeeze chutes has had major impacts on the animal industry.

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New Livestock Indemnity Program Begins

New Livestock Indemnity Program Begins

Hoosier AG Today

  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced details of a new livestock Indemnity Program which will provide livestock producers with a vital safety net to help them overcome the damaging financial impact of natural disaster. Beginning July 13th, ranchers and livestock producers can begin applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Indemnity Program in the 2008 Farm Bill.

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Even Good Quality Silage Can Develop Clostridia At Feedout

Even Good Quality Silage Can Develop Clostridia At Feedout

Cattle Network

Clostridia, or butyric bacteria, contamination in silage is always a source of financial loss either due to dry matter loss or health issues of the cows. A recently published study (Borreani et al., Journal of Applied Microbiol., 2009) shows that, even when the analysis of fresh silage shows low clostridia count, the silage can become heavily contaminated at feedout, due to aerobic instability, a phenomenon that can easily go unnoticed as long as analysis are performed on fresh silage.

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Ag based elementary schools

Ag based elementary schools

Chad Frey

The Cattle Business Weekly

Kathy Murphy, Newton Kansas has a reputation for being modest and for being an excellent teacher.

The Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center fifth-grade teacher and assistant Newton High School swimming coach was recognized for her work in the classroom this spring, named the 2009 Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.

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Dairy Buyout:  Herd Reductions Likely in 2009

Dairy Buyout:  Herd Reductions Likely in 2009


According to CME’s Daily Livestock Report for 6 July, Cooperatives Working Together (CWT)) announced today that it has completed the qualification phase for its 7th dairy herd reduction program.

This round of herd retirement removed 101,400 cows heifers from the national’s dairy herd. CWT says that the cows removed accounted for almost two billion pounds of milk per year. CWT removed 367 diary herds in 41 states. Though the announcement did not mention it, our contacts indicated that the remainder of these cows should move to slaughter by the end of July. Dairy cow slaughter was 59,454 head for the week of 20 June, the last week for which data are available. That number is roughly 10,000 head higher than the level before the CWT program began moving cows to slaughter. At that pace, it would take about 10 weeks to slaughter the cows, a time frame that fits reasonably well with the late July conclusion of the program.

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Agriculture prime target of bad bill

Agriculture prime target of bad bill


The House Agriculture Committee concluded its first public hearing to review the Waxman-Markey climate change and energy bill (H.R. 2454) on June 11. This was the first time the committee had the opportunity to examine the impact this bill will have on production agriculture and rural America. Unfortunately, this may have been the only time.

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Monitor, manage heat stress in cattle

Monitor, manage heat stress in cattle

Wilson County News

Heat stress can greatly impact cattle producers through decreased milk production and subsequent calf growth, decreased reproductive performance in cows and bulls, and decreased stocker and feeder performance. It has been estimated that heat-related events in the Midwest have cost the cattle industry more than $75 million in the past 10 years. During these hot summer days, make preparations to reduce the risk of heat stress in your cattle.

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Royal Agricultural Show ends after 170 years, out of date and out of cash

Royal Agricultural Show ends after 170 years, out of date and out of cash

Valerie Elliott

Times Online

The Royal Agricultural Show, for years Britain’s leading farming event, was consigned to the history books yesterday, without a single member of the Royal family present.

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MSU to get funds for agricultural research

MSU to get funds for agricultural research


Montana State University is poised to receive over $3.8 million for agricultural research projects.

The funding is part of over $7,472,000 headed to Montana from the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill passed by Senator Jon Tester and his colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Assistance Coming For Livestock Producers Suffering Heat Related Losses

Assistance Coming For Livestock Producers Suffering Heat Related Losses

Keller Russell


Mike Briggs has seen quite a bit in his 20 plus years at his family owned feed yard, but losing 19 head of cattle — all in one day – will go down in the books.

"This is the second biggest death loss we’ve ever had at our in history here.." said Briggs.

Sultry summer heat combined with other climate factors and hit the cattle at Briggs’ lot with no remorse.

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Drought dire in parts of Texas

Drought dire in parts of Texas


Houston Chronicle

If not for the triple-digit heat, central Texas rancher Debbie Davis could almost think it was a different season entirely.

"The (pasture) grass looks like it’s the dead of winter," said Davis, who raises beef cattle and Texas Longhorns northwest of San Antonio, which is enduring its driest 22-month span going back to 1885. "It’s horrible. It’s probably the worst I’ve ever seen."

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Obama “Regulatory Czar” has Secret Animal-Rights Agenda, Says Consumer Group

Obama "Regulatory Czar" has Secret Animal-Rights Agenda, Says Consumer Group

The Center for Consumer Freedom

Sunstein Supports Outlawing Hunting, Phasing Out Meat Eating, Giving Animals Right To File Lawsuits

The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom said today that Cass Sunstein, the Harvard University Law School professor tapped by President-elect Obama to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has a secret aim to push a radical animal-rights agenda in the White House. Sunstein supports outlawing sport hunting, giving animals the legal right to file lawsuits, and using government regulations to phase out meat consumption.

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