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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TBQA program plans training, seeks partnerships

TBQA program plans training, seeks partnerships

John Maday


Progress is slower than some would like, but the Beef Checkoff-funded Transport Beef Quality Assurance (TBQA) Program continues to move forward, with plans to place certified trainers in every state with Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) programs this year.

Ryan Ruppert, NCBA’s BQA coordinator, says getting trainers in place in key states will be position the program to begin certifying truckers on a large scale. Ruppert also says NCBA is engaged with the National Pork Board and representatives of the dairy industry to develop a standardized curriculum for certifying drivers who transport beef cattle, hogs or dairy cows or calves.

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Beef quality network connects cattlemen to value added markets

Beef quality network connects cattlemen to value added markets

High Plains Journal

There are 2 million head of beef cattle in Oklahoma and over 50,000 beef producers but only 4 percent of those cattle are enrolled in any value enhancement program.

That is a number that Doug McKinney, Value Added Beef Cattle Specialist at Oklahoma State University, would like to change with the help of the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network (OQBN).

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Don’t Miss ‘Defining Moments’

Don’t Miss ‘Defining Moments’

Ohio Farmer

John Vogel

It’s amazing what can come up in conversations over a pen of cattle and in a late evening dinner with old friends at Empire Farm Days – setting children on the right track for a successful life.

At the cattle pen, “I didn’t know you were into breeding beef cattle,” I queried a western New York farm wife.

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Some Pastures are Drying-Up Fast

Some Pastures are Drying-Up Fast

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

The key to getting a cow/calf enterprise through dry conditions is to have a management plan. Develop strategies that deal with indirect economic and biological effects of to many animals for the available feed resources as well as direct effects of reduced water supply for plants and animals.

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A Climate Bill That Won’t Change the Climate

A Climate Bill That Won’t Change the Climate

Bob Stallman

Voices of Agriculture

Climate change legislation currently being considered by Congress will have a devastating impact on family farms and agricultural production across the country. The House-passed bill (H.R. 2454), which is being examined by the Senate to serve as the potential basis for its climate change legislation, poses a real economic threat for the U.S. agricultural economy.

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Is Pinkeye Stealing Your Beef Cattle Profits?

Is Pinkeye Stealing Your Beef Cattle Profits?


Any cattleman who hasn’t had a serious episode of eye problems in his cattle can put it on his list of things to look forward to. This syndrome is properly called infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, which translates to an infection that causes inflammation of the surface of the eye and the tissues surrounding the eye in cattle. Pinkeye can affect any aged cattle, but it is much more of a problem in young cattle, because they haven’t yet had the opportunity to develop immune system resistance to it.

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Blind teen has a vision of what can be

Blind teen has a vision of what can be

Indianapolis Star

The sun feels warm on her face, Jodi Jones says as she fumbles with a pair of sunglasses on her front porch. She doesn’t need them, but Mom and Dad wear them, so she does, too.

A car speeds by on the two-lane road in front of the house. Without looking, of course, she knows who’s behind the wheel.

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Animal Welfare and Rights: There is a Difference

Animal Welfare and Rights: There is a Difference


. . . Another group to avoid is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Many people erroneously think HSUS is the parent organization to local humane society groups.

Not so. Just ask your local humane society if they get any funding from HSUS. The answer will be no. In fact, HSUS charges local groups for any assistance it provides.

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