Monthly Archives: August 2009

Making Sense Out of All the Genetic Defect Buzz

Making Sense Out of All the Genetic Defect Buzz

Marty Ropp


Unless you have been hiding under a rock lately, you are well aware of the publicity surrounding “new” genetic defects that are significantly affect- ing both the commercial cattle business and the business of several breed organizations including our own.

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Foot Rot Info and Management Tips

Foot Rot Info and Management Tips

Southern Livestock Standard

 Producers who recognize foot rot and develop strategies to prevent and treat it can successfully protect their cattle herd’s performance. Causing an estimated 75 percent of all lameness diagnosed in beef cattle, foot rot, or interdigital dermatitis, can be detrimental to the health of a herd and profits of an operation.

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Will ‘cap and trade’ export ag out of the U.S.?

Will ‘cap and trade’ export ag out of the U.S.?

 Dick Hagen

The Land “If this cap and trade legislation were to pass, even with the important work Congressman Collin Peterson has done to better position agriculture, I’m afraid we’re setting ourselves up to export agriculture out of this country.”

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Time for TIME to Get Real

Time for TIME to Get Real

Matt Bogard

In a recent article in Time Magazine, ( Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food) I think that I have witnessed one of the worst pieces of pseudo science I’ve seen in a long time.

Isn’t obesity the result of diet, genetics, and exercise? Personal choice and genetics are the drivers, not agricultural production practices as the author seems to claim. There are some other ‘unbalanced’ assertions made in the article as well:

‘He’s fed on American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. ‘

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Skillman Attacks Cap and Trade

Skillman Attacks Cap and Trade

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman made an unprecedented appearance at the Indiana Farm Bureau policy delegate meeting on Saturday. While the main purpose of her appearance was to announce the appointment of the new director of ISDA, Joe Kelsay, she also took the opportunity to praise Farm Bureau and ask for support on key legislative issues. Skillman delivered a blistering attack on the cap and trade legislation.

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Get to Know Your Beef Checkoff

Get to Know Your Beef Checkoff

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Poison Ivy

Q&A:   I am about to turn my cows and calves into a pasture that has several large patches of poison ivy. Anything to worry about?

Dr. David Smith, Professor of Veterinary Science, Veterinary and Bilogical Sciences, University of Nebraska

A:   The poison ivy is unlikely to affect the cattle -it is not poisonous to them.

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