Daily Archives: August 4, 2009

Video Feature: Instincts of a newborn calf

Video Feature:  Instincts of a newborn calf

Trent Loos

Nature is amazing, and as any cattle rancher knows perhaps one of the best displays of nature at work is that of a newborn calf and the instincts it has as it enters the world to seek food. Watch this miracle unfold and see for yourself how nature works when it is allow to run its course. For more information on your food and those who produce it, visit: http://www.FacesOfAg.com and http://www.FeedstuffsFoodLink.com

Livestock Water Tanks – What Are Your Options?

Livestock Water Tanks – What Are Your Options?

Dr. Dirk Philipp, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

There are a variety of tanks to choose from to deliver water to your livestock. The first step in selecting the right model is to determine what specific challenges you have on your farm. Do you need sophisticated frost-free devices or low-cost alternatives? What is your herd size, and which grazing methods do you use? You may need to consider several options to cover different conditions on your operation.

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Cool, wet summer good for grazing livestock

Cool, wet summer good for grazing livestock

University of Nebraska

This year, we’ve had very good rain and cool temperatures so grasses are maturing a little more slowly than usual, said a University of Nebraska–Lincoln specialist. That’s good for grazing livestock.

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Details for USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program announced

Details for USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program announced


Farm & Ranch Guide

Help is coming for livestock producers who suffered death losses from natural disasters.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that eligible ranchers and livestock producers can begin applying for benefits under the provisions of the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) on July 13.

“This program will provide livestock producers with a vital safety net to help them overcome the damaging financial impact of natural disasters,” Vilsack said.

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Planning ahead for fall cow herd management

Planning ahead for fall cow herd management

Ken Olson

Tre State Livestock News

Throughout most of the Tri-State Livestock News region, pastures are greener than usual for late July. This can be attributed largely to cooler than normal temperatures, but also to having enough soil moisture to keep forage growing. Unfortunately, as Roger Gates pointed out in last week’s issue, precipitation in the last couple of months has been below average in a lot of areas (at least in western South Dakota), so there is not excess soil moisture.

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Michigan House committee passes livestock care measure

Michigan House committee passes livestock care measure

 Feedstuffs FoodLink

The House Agriculture Committee in Michigan last week passed H.B. 5127 and H.B. 5128, bringing comprehensive standards for farm animal care one step closer to law in the state. The controversial bills, which closely mirror the proposed November ballot question in Ohio, have animal rights activists and agriculture in the state at odds.

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Vaccine Handling is Important for Cattle Management

Vaccine Handling is Important for Cattle Management

Phil Osborne, Animal Husbandry Specialist, WVU Extension Service

The use of vaccine to protect against costly losses from disease in the cow herd is an essential part of good herd management. These vaccines must be handled and stored properly if they are to be effective. Modified live vaccines are more sensitive to being mishandled. Good handling and storage procedures will ensure that you have few problems.

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Developing Attractants, Repellants For A Cattle Pest

Developing Attractants, Repellants For A Cattle Pest


The stable fly is a major pest of U.S. cattle. These biting insects create stress and discomfort for the animals whose blood forms their diet. ARS scientists estimate the flies’ bloodsucking habits could cost the U.S. cattle industry $2 billion annually in reduced production efficiency and milk yield losses.

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Virginia To Host Mid-Atlantic Grass-Finished Livestock Conference

Virginia To Host Mid-Atlantic Grass-Finished Livestock Conference


 Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, Clemson Extension, and West Virginia University Extension Service have partnered to organize the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Grass-Finished Livestock Conference.

The two-day conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Staunton, Va., on Oct. 23-24. The theme of this year’s conference is "Merging the Art and Science of Grass Finishing."

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Zoller shows he has a head for cattle raising

Zoller shows he has a head for cattle raising

Rick Lott

Effingham Herald

Herbert Zoller has what is fast becoming Effingham County’s largest cattle business, though you wouldn’t know it to look at his home on the Clyo Road in the Indigo area.

The well-manicured home gives no indication that just beyond the trees is a booming beef-cattle business.

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Good taste measured by science; oleic acid in beef used to predict taste

Good taste measured by science; oleic acid in beef used to predict taste

Kyo Torigoe


Participants are working to scientifically analyze the elements that determine how well certain products taste and present those elements as a yardstick to consumers. Their goal is increase the added value of food products by trumpeting their safety and an objective assessment of their flavor.

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Eco-‘Nuttery’ & Global Warning Overreaches

Eco-‘Nuttery’ & Global Warning Overreaches

William Hunt, M.S.


I am concerned about some really crazy laws being introduced and even passed in our state legislatures and U. S. Federal legislative branch. We are having an epidemic of “do-badders” (thinking they are "do-gooders"), primarily in Federal circles and blue states, coming up with “creative” and very inexpensive ways to “stop” the non-problem of global warming.

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Prices struggle, but profits improve

Prices struggle, but profits improve


Fed-cattle prices averaged around $82.50 last week in the live market and $131.60 dressed. Those prices were down slightly from the previous week, and remain more than 14 percent lower than those of one year ago.

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Big cattle — the genes that determine carcass weight

Big cattle — the genes that determine carcass weight

Eureka Alert

An area of chromosome 6 that affects cattle carcass weight has been identified using two different Japanese species. Knowledge of this four-gene region, described in the open access journal BMC Genetics, should be useful in breeding beef cattle.

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What’s Behind the Cattle Price Fluctuations?

What’s Behind the Cattle Price Fluctuations?


Beef cow slaughter was high due to a drought in several cattle-producing regions of the U.S., including North Dakota, and sharply increasing input costs, such as feed, fuel and fertilizer.

However, cow prices have averaged about $5 per hundredweight (cwt) lower than last year. In mid-July, cow prices finally reached levels similar to last year, writes Tim Petry, a North Dakota State University economist.

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