Daily Archives: July 9, 2009

Video Feature: Incorporating the use of CIDRs in a synchronization protocol

Dr. Allen Bridges, Purdue University Animal reproductive specialist, shows how to incorporate the use of the CIDR in a synchronization program for beef cattle.

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Steps to Establishing Feedlot Partnerships

Steps to Establishing Feedlot Partnerships

Laura Nelson, Industry Information Specialist Certified Angus Beef LLC

Beef Today

Follow this link to find out more about "Questions to Ask Feedyard Managers."

As a cowherd operator, you can produce a quality calf. The feedlot manager knows what it takes to finish that calf on feed so it can earn carcass premiums.

Combine the two sides as partners or retain ownership and the opportunities for herd improvement and profit may just multiply. But this equation only balances when you meet your “perfect” cattle feeding counterpart.

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Understanding Tuberculosis

Understanding Tuberculosis

Hilary M Sullivan, extension specialist, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension

Southern Livestock Standard

Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by Mycobacterium bovis: an organism closely related to the organism that causes avian TB (Mycobacterium avian), human TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis), and Johne’s disease (Mycobacterium avian subspecies paratuberculosis). While bovine TB can affect any warm-blooded mammal, infection of nonruminants is comparatively rare. Transmission of TB usually involves inhalation of bacteria as aerosols exhaled by infected animals, so close contact is required. However, contaminated feed, milk, pastures and water are other routes of transmission.

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Devising a proper deworming plan

Devising a proper deworming plan

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

Finally the humidity has decreased and the temperature feels less tropical. The corn is growing rapidly and the pastures remain green. It is hard to believe that now is the time to plan and implement your worming program.

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Are We Entering A 1980’s Style Recession?

Are We Entering A 1980’s Style Recession?

The Farm Gate

Are we repeating the farm economy of the 1980’s? With a potentially deadly economic cocktail of surging commodity prices, increasing oil prices, a low and declining value of dollar, high ag exports, inflationary pressures, negative real interest rates, and increasing capital gains, one may sense some déjà vu.

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Senator Wants Change in Cap-and-Trade

Senator Wants Change in Cap-and-Trade

Hoosier AG Today

  The U.S. Senate is considering changes to the cap-and-trade portion of the House-passed climate change bill. A proposed import tariff in the bill would start in 2020 and target energy-intensive goods from certain countries that do not make carbon reduction commitments of their own. That’s if the administration finds that other U.S. efforts to minimize the impact on domestic firms had not worked.

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Obama Takes New Steps Towards Meat Safety

Obama Takes New Steps Towards Meat Safety


According to the American Meat Institute, Vice President Joe Biden told invited guests at a White House briefing that there are few responsibilities more important for the government than making sure the food our families eat is safe. "Our food safety systems needs an update,” Biden said.

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Many Factors Affect How Retailers Establish Beef Prices

Many Factors Affect How Retailers Establish Beef Prices

Miranda Reiman

Cattle Today

Part 3

When cattlemen put an asking price on a bull or a load of calves, they set it as high as they can reasonably hope for a sale. At an auction, the sale manager announces the target price before calling for bids. Grocers take a similar tack, but feedback is not as direct at the meat case.

“Retailers price their meat at the highest level that consumers still perceive as delivering value,” says Al Kober, veteran meat manager and retail director for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB).

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Ranching into the Future: Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Ranching into the Future: Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Gilmer Mirror

Continued growth among the global population will heighten demand for food worldwide. Beef producers will need to be prepared to meet the challenges, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist.

“Farmers and ranchers of the world will be challenged to feed this ballooning population,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, who is coordinator of the 2009 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 3-5 in College Station.

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Keeping calves healthy

Keeping calves healthy

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

There is nothing better than watching healthy calves grow during the summer months. The calves race around the pasture, tails in the air, as they dart around their mothers in the grassy paddocks. Soon, these energetic calves are eagerly bellying up to the creep feeder, and the rancher bursts with pride as he watches his calf crop grow.

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Drought conditions turn dire in parts of Texas

Drought conditions turn dire in parts of Texas



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. The region is enduring its driest 22-month span going back to 1885. "It’s horrible. It’s probably the worst I’ve ever seen."

Usually it’s West Texas that’s hot and dry. Now, central and southern Texas are alone in the nation in experiencing the two most severe stages of drought. About 11 percent of the state was in "extreme" or "exceptional" drought as of June 30, up from 8 percent the previous week.

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Estrus Synchronization with CIDRs

Estrus Synchronization with CIDRs

Darrel J. Kesler, University of Illinois

    * The CIDR is approved by FDA to synchronize estrus in dairy heifers. It is an effective method that is convenient to use.

    * Alterations of the protocol to improve efficacy are being evaluated; however, only the approved protocol—administration of PGF 2a on day 6 and removal the next day—has been sufficiently tested.

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Saving ‘Private Sow?’

Saving ‘Private Sow?’

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Many of you have no doubt seen the movie ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ where a small band of soldiers are detailed to find and bring back Private Ryan, the last remaining family member after his brothers, unbeknownst to him, have already been killed in battle fighting in World War II. The mission was to send Ryan home to safety so that his parents wouldn’t lose all their sons to war. Along the way, the search party encountered incredible obstacles, and suffered casualties of their own.

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Extension Farm Field Day set for August 6

Extension Farm Field Day set for August 6

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

The 2009 Madison County Extension Farm Field Day will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 in conjunction with the Madison County Beef Cattle Association Fall Cattle Tour at the Turpin Farm, 522 Peacock Road, Richmond.

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Oreo cows debut in St. Croix County

Oreo cows debut in St. Croix County

Jon Echternacht

Hudson Star-Observer

There are new cows at the UW-River Falls Lab Farm No. 2 on the southern edge of St. Croix County in the town of Troy. These animals have a unique color pattern that has gained them the nickname “Oreo Cows” from some non-agricultural oriented observers.

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