Daily Archives: July 29, 2009

Video Feature: Livestock Zone of Influence, 1 of 2

A short video using low-stress stockmanship showing how to use the zone of influence when working livestock, part 1 of 2. Thanks to the Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan and Intervet Schering-Plough.

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“Preg” Check and Cull Replacement Heifers Early

"Preg" Check and Cull Replacement Heifers Early

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

Many Oklahoma ranchers choose to breed the replacement heifers about a month ahead of the mature cows in the herd.  In addition, they like to use a shortened 45 to 60-day breeding season for the replacement heifers.  The next logical step is to determine which of these heifers failed to conceive in their first breeding season.

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Ranchers diversify to stay put

Ranchers diversify to stay put

Capital AG Press

Zack Wirth realized more than 15 years ago that the economics of ranching would not let him make a living on his ancestral home, a scenic slice of western Montana tucked in the Rocky Mountains.

Wirth maintained a breeding herd of cattle and weaned calves on the Rocking Z Ranch, but he needed to supplement the livestock income. He tried selling automobile parts from Montana to New Mexico, but later turned to self-employed construction work. When the physical toll caught up with him in his late 40s, he later considered but quickly dismissed becoming a preparer of tax returns.

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Changes Requested for Interim Final COOL Rule

Changes Requested for Interim Final COOL Rule

Indiana Prairie Farmer

R-CALF USA believes Canada had too much influence over the Interim Final COOL Rule promulgated by USDA last year. According to R-CALF in a January exchange of letters between Canada’s Ambassador to the WTO and the U.S. Ambassador to the WTO Peter Allgeier, the U.S. proposed to accommodate Canada’s requested changes in the agency’s Final COOL Rule in return for Canada’s agreement not to pursue a WTO dispute for a period of eight months. Also, Canada requested concessions from USDA to allow the use of a mixed-origin label on products exclusively of U.S. origin and on meat derived from livestock imported into the U.S. for immediate slaughter.

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Prudence is job one

Prudence is job one

Capital Ag Press

Not too long ago, most of the worry about the potential for disease at fairs, livestock shows and other events centered on protecting humans.

These days, the focus also goes the other way. Protecting animals, particularly hogs, from disease is top-of-mind for many fair organizers.

Still another concern is the fact that some diseases can jump from one species of animal to another.

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Fly Control in Cattle Saves Money

Fly Control in Cattle Saves Money

Rebecca Gants, University of Missouri Extension

Beef Today

Flies cost the cattle industry more than $500 million each year, causing slowed weight gain, reduced milk production and diseases such as pinkeye and anaplasmosis. But on your farm, when do a few flies become more than a pesky nuisance?

The recommended economic threshold for a pesticide program is 200 flies per animal, says David Hoffman, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist.

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How common is anthrax?

How common is anthrax?


What is anthrax? Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax most commonly occurs in wild and domestic lower vertebrates (cattle, sheep, goats, camels, antelopes, and other herbivores), but it can also occur in humans when they are exposed to infected animals or tissue from infected animals.

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University president opposes moving federal laboratory out of Wyoming

University president opposes moving federal laboratory out of Wyoming

The Cattle Business Weekly

University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan said he opposes a Senate Appropriations Committee recommendation to relocate a U.S. Department of Agriculture animal disease research laboratory from UW to Manhattan, Kan.

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently recommended $1.5 million to relocate the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Laboratory (ABADRL), which conducts research on diseases spread by insects, including bluetongue, vesicular stomatitis and Rift Valley fever.

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Livestock Antibiotic Ban Poses Risk To Food Safety

Livestock Antibiotic Ban Poses Risk To Food Safety

Beef Magazine

Antibiotics ban would increase production costs, decrease numbers and increase costs at retail

Legislation that would block the use of antibiotics for veterinary and farm use would be detrimental to the health of US livestock as well as pose risks for national food safety, according to the president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Export Trade is a Viable Niche for Producers

Export Trade is a Viable Niche for Producers

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Developing a marketing program for any business sometimes takes many man hours to make sure all the details have been covered. Delivering the product that is promised in the advertising campaign has claimed more than one firm in this almost never ending process.

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Beef Conference set for Aug. 13

Beef Conference set for Aug. 13

Southwest Farm Press

Fluctuating fuel and feed costs over the past couple of years have made the business of beef production particularly challenging. To help producers maximize their resources and operations, Kansas State University Research and Extension will host a K-State Beef Conference Thursday, Aug. 13.

Titled "Making Money in Hard Times," the conference will be in Frick Auditorium at K-State´s College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Man gets probation in dead cows case

Man gets probation in dead cows case


An Ada County man has been sentenced to probation after local officials found dozens of dead cattle on his property.

Hermis Sparks pleaded guilty to four counts of disposal of dead animal bodies carcasses and body parts and one count of allowing animals to go without care.

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Texas Scorched by Worst Drought in 50 Years

Texas Scorched by Worst Drought in 50 Years

Tom Benning

The Wall Street Journal

A combination of record-high heat and record-low rainfall has pushed south and central Texas into the region’s deepest drought in a half century, with $3.6 billion of crop and livestock losses piling up during the past nine months.

The heat wave has drastically reduced reservoirs and forced about 230 public water systems to declare mandatory water restrictions. Lower levels in lakes and rivers have been a blow to tourism, too, making summer boating, swimming and fishing activities impossible in some places.

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Latest Bovine TB results announced

Latest Bovine TB results announced


Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Greg Ibach on Monday announced the numbers for the sixth week of testing in the ongoing bovine tuberculosis (TB) case. All TB test results have been negative on the approximately 8,800 head of cattle tested between June 15 and July 19. Approximately 100 head of cattle were tested last week, with those results pending, for a total of approximately 8,900 animals tested.

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Pioneering Progress

Pioneering Progress

Dave Seibert

Angus Journal

When the Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale comes around in 2010, sale manager  Dave Seibert will be winding down his career. The University of Illinois Extension animal systems educator known for pioneering progress is retiring from his Extension position after 41 years of service to Illinois livestock producers. But he may still manage the sale for a couple of years.

Seibert will tell you the Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale has been the most rewarding project of his career. Since becoming sale manager in 1991, 2,238 Angus and other-breed bulls with a gross value of more than $4 million have been sold through the program.

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