Daily Archives: August 17, 2009



 “So, what’s the difference between riding a mechanical bull and riding a real one?” asked the boy of his dad.

“You will know the difference, my son, the first time you climb over into the buckin’ chute and look down.”

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Cap-And-Trade, a Real Problem?

Cap-And-Trade, a Real Problem?

Hoosier AG Today

  U.S. Senators remain under pressure to pass a cap-and-trade bill. According to Kevin Book, a Washington analyst with Clearview Energy Partners, failure to act would leave regulation in the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Auction markets Allow Producers to Market Calves with Confidence

Auction markets Allow Producers to Market Calves with Confidence

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Many challenges face livestock producers. Lack of available credit and Mother Nature refusing to cooperate, in some areas, could be at the top of the list. Health outbreaks, calving problems or the bull being in the neighbor’s pasture have caused more than one sleepless night. Changes in the beef industry have also added producer questions when it comes time to market the calf crop.

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Temple Grandin discusses reasons for wildness in cattle.

Temple Grandin discusses reasons for wildness in cattle.

BEEF Magazine

Recently I had a scary experience at a feedlot with wild, agitated cattle. When I brought a group up to the crowd pen in the processing area, the cattle turned back and repeatedly raced back and forth past me in the alley.

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Management and avoidance of heat stress in cattle

Management and avoidance of heat stress in cattle

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

A study was conducted on the economic effects of three management practices in a South Texas beef herd, according to Hammack. The study herd consisted of 200 cows and eight bulls. Three management practices were evaluated during a 10-year period: Pregnancy testing vs. no testing; Bull BSE (Breeding Soundness Evaluation) vs. no BSE; and 90-day breeding season shortened from 120 days.

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UNL Scientists Focus on Diet’s Impact on E. coli Colonization, Growth

UNL Scientists Focus on Diet’s Impact on E. coli Colonization, Growth


By focusing on how nutrition of ruminants affects colonization and growth of E. coli O157:H7, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers hope to find a diet that limits the potentially deadly bacteria in feedlot cattle. "The next step is to positively use nutrition because it’s logical that what you feed an animal affects its microbiology," said Terry Klopfenstein, UNL animal scientist. The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources team expects the study to complement UNL’s earlier, nationally recognized E. coli research.

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Systems to Reduce the Cost of Preconditioning Purchased Calves

Systems to Reduce the Cost of Preconditioning Purchased Calves

David G. St. Louis, Terry J. Engelken, Randall D. Little, and Ned C. Edwards, University of Mississippi

Calves purchased from local sale barns have usually been severely stressed and exposed to disease. Few, if any, have been vaccinated or have adequate immunity to fully protect them from disease challenge. A good receiving program is essential to reduce sickness and death loss and to condition calves to perform adequately through the grazing period.

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