Daily Archives: July 28, 2009

Video Feature: National Junior Angus Show – 2008 Bred and Owned Champions

Watch the Bred and Owned Champions are they are selected at the 2008 National Junior Angus Show.

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE GIFT HORSE

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE GIFT HORSE

Dave came by. I had seen him last week at the horse sale. “Did you sell that horse you were on, what was his name?”

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Checkoff Perceptions and Digressions

Checkoff Perceptions and Digressions

Steve Cornett

Beef Today

About half way through the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association summer meeting in Denver it struck me that we aren’t going to have a new national checkoff law for a long, long time.

Instead, we’re going to add a new layer of voluntary and state level promotion programs with funds going to the state beef councils rather than the national Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

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Early weaning: When Sooner is Better

Early weaning: When Sooner is Better

Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

Early weaning and drought strategies have been married in the marketplace of ideas. It’s a union of convenience — perhaps the easiest place to track benefits, and almost universally accepted.

Most experts agree forage shortages provide the perfect time to move weaning up, but divorcing those ideas could help producers explore other angles for their herds.

“Drought is just one example of a broader situation that lends itself to early weaning strategies,” says Steve Loerch, animal scientist at Ohio State University (OSU).

He suggests cattlemen faced with high land values, stocking for the “summer slump” or heavy-milking herds take a second look at the practice.

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Producer guide to promoting beef’s healthy profile

Producer guide to promoting beef’s healthy profile

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

It’s difficult to go a day without opening up a newspaper and seeing a misguided headline about cattle production and beef in the diet. With ranchers representing less than two percent of the nation’s population, it’s no wonder the general census is confused. How can producers begin to even fathom educating the consumers about healthy beef, environmental stewardship and animal welfare when many urbanites don’t even understand the difference between a heifer and a steer?

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Coalition Doesn’t Want to See Antibiotics Ban Added to Pending Bills

Coalition Doesn’t Want to See Antibiotics Ban Added to Pending Bills

Hoosier AG Today

  The Coalition for Animal Health includes organizations representing veterinarians, farmers and ranchers, food and feed producers and animal medicine manufacturers. They have written House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ask that she not allow the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009 – a bill to ban certain animal health products – to be tacked on to legislation currently under consideration – including food safety and health care reform measures.

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NCBA Testifies Against Clean Water Act

NCBA Testifies Against Clean Water Act


Arizona ranchwer, Jim Chilton, testified today on behalf of National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) during a House Committee on Small Business hearing on the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA).

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160 Entries Parade at All-American Limousin Futurity

160 Entries Parade at All-American Limousin Futurity

The All-American Limousin Futurity (AALF) was July 17 in Amarillo, Texas, in conjunction with the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC). The AALF is one of the North American Limousin Foundation’s (NALF’s) four major Medal of Excellence (MOE) shows.

Joel Cowley, Houston, Texas, evaluated all of the fullblood, LimFlex® and purebred entries. He started with four cow-calf pairs then sorted 124 females and 32 bulls.

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OCA Mourns Passing of AJ Smith

OCA Mourns Passing of AJ Smith


The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association lost a very dear friend and industry leader with the passing of AJ Smith.

Smith served as Editor of the Association’s official magazine The Cowman, for the past 24 years. Smith passed away moments after the General Business Meeting of the Association’s 57th Annual Convention and Trade Show, in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

Smith, who was fighting a valiant battle against cancer collapsed and was rushed to the Midwest City Hospital where he was pronounced dead on Saturday morning, July 25, 2009.

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Advice Against Overfeeding First-calf Heifers

Advice Against Overfeeding First-calf Heifers


First-calf heifers represent the present and the future of dairy farms, but they need to adapt to many physiological and behavioural changes at calving. According to the USDA, first-calf heifers represent about 36 per cent of the US cow population.

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Manure Management Conference to be Held September 29-30, 2009

Manure Management Conference to be Held September 29-30, 2009

Cattle Today

The question is not if those involved in animal waste management can afford to attend the upcoming conference. It’s whether they can afford not to, said Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agricultural engineer.

It’s been 10 years since the last manure management conference, Mukhtar said. Since that time there have been major advances in technology to help manage animal manure and process generated wastewater. There have also been considerable changes in state and federal regulations governing concentrated animal feeding operations and the manure they produce.

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US Gets 4,800 Pages Of Comments On Canadian Cattle

US Gets 4,800 Pages Of Comments On Canadian Cattle


Thousands of pages of public comments have been submitted on a rule intended to protect against the threat of mad cow disease.

A federal judge in Sioux Falls one year ago refused to stop some Canadian beef imports but agreed with cattle, consumer and health interests that the U.S. Agriculture Department should revisit the issue.

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US cattle herd at 36-year low amid poor profits

US cattle herd at 36-year low amid poor profits


The U.S. cattle herd was at a 36-year low in June and the number of cattle being fattened at feedlots was the smallest in 10 years, government data showed on Friday, with the contraction expected to last till 2012.

Data from the U.S. Agriculture Department was expected to provide mild support to cattle futures when trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange resumes on Monday morning.

The herd is in the third year of reduction amid the recession, high grain prices and lingering concerns over the first case of mad cow disease in the United States in 2003.

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Oedekoven announced as new SD State Veterinarian

Oedekoven announced as new SD State Veterinarian

Tri State Livestock News

The South Dakota Animal Industry Board has named Dr. Dustin Oedekoven (OH’-dih-koh-ven) as State Veterinarian and Executive Secretary of the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.

Oedekoven has served since March as the Acting State Veterinarian, following the retirement of former State Veterinarian Dr. Sam Holland.

Oedekoven has worked for the Animal Industry Board since 2003 as a staff veterinarian and as assistant state veterinarian. He previously was in a private veterinary practice in Wyoming.

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Oklahoma Ranchers Report Spike in Stolen Livestock

Oklahoma Ranchers Report Spike in Stolen Livestock

Jacqueline Sit


Oklahoma ranchers said a spike in the number of reported livestock theft is a sure sign of the times.

"Unfortunately there are some people out in this world that are just very lazy and want an easy way out, and the easy way out is to take someone else’s property," said Scott Dewald, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Vice President.

Jack Carson, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Spokesperson, said cattle are easy to steal and sell and the market value is especially enticing to thieves.

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