Monthly Archives: September 2009

Video Feature: The Legacy of Cattle in Colorado, Part 1

Cattle producers talk about the social, economic and environmental contributions they make to the state of Colorado.

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Genetic Factors: Cowboy Genetics

Genetic Factors:  Cowboy Genetics

 Lana Kaiser, DVM

Maine Anjou Voice

I was hoping for a heifer (okay, let’s face it, I am always hoping for a heifer, but this was different). When I bred the cow, I did not realize the bull was a tibial hemimeila (TH) carrier. Mid-gestation, the bull tested as a TH carrier so the calf now had a 50% chance of being a TH carrier. The way to clean up the genetic problems we currently face, as Gene McDonald from the American Shorthorn Association says, is to use clean bulls. So I tested the calf and he is a TH carrier and is now a steer. A carrier female can be managed or used as a recipient and, unless she is flushed extensively, she can be easily handled as a single individual. A carrier bull has the potential to impact a large percentage of your calf crop.

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Prudent Use of Antibiotics in Beef Production

Prudent Use of Antibiotics in Beef Production

Clint Peck, Director Beef Quality Assurance, Montana State University

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

A priority for all cattle producers is the health and well-being of their animals. Antibiotics and antimicrobials are an important and necessary tool in protecting animal health and well-being. However, antibiotic use in livestock agriculture and the potential for antibiotic residues in beef at the consumer level is among the hottest topic areas in U.S. beef production circles. There has been a rising level of scrutiny about the use of antibiotics and antimicrobials in animal agriculture.

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Issue 2 a turning point for Ohio agriculture?

Issue 2 a turning point for Ohio agriculture?

Written by Larry Limpf  

The Press

To its opponents, it represents a power grab by Ohio’s agri-business industry and an attempt to thwart efforts to improve treatment of animals on large factory farms.

To its supporters, it represents a comprehensive but flexible mechanism to address animal care issues.

“It” is Issue 2, a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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Norman residents remember Bellmon’s legacy, charisma

Norman residents remember Bellmon’s legacy, charisma

Andrew Knittle

The Norman Transcript

Former Gov. Henry Bellmon, who died at 88 Tuesday following a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s disease at an Enid hospital, was remembered in the wake of his death as a sometimes-difficult yet honest man by local politicians who worked with him.

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Alumni to be recognized for service to animal sciences industry

Alumni to be recognized for service to animal sciences industry

The Purdue University Department of Animal Sciences will honor six alumni with 2009 Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumni Awards. The awards ceremony takes place Nov. 13.

"The distinguished alumni program provides an opportunity for the animal sciences department to pay tribute to outstanding alumni and allows our students and community to learn more about the successful careers of our alumni," said Alan Grant, head of the department. "All of those selected have demonstrated excellence and hard work in the animal sciences field."

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“Failure to File” Syndrome Becoming More Common

“Failure to File” Syndrome Becoming More Common

John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

A surprising number of people have not filed tax returns for three years or more. Eventually, they realize the IRS will catch up with them. Research shows that most non-filers are financially sophisticated, successful professionals, including attorneys and accountants. Non-filers are often workaholics. They realize they will ultimately be discovered, and they know there will be financial penalties from failing to file.

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Grass-fed beef An organic journey

Grass-fed beef An organic journey

Douglas Brown

The Denver Post

Grass hugs much of the 595,000 acres of hills, valleys, and mountains that make up the Arapaho Ranch in north-central Wyoming. This sustains the thousands of cattle that live on the property, the largest organic, grass-fed cattle ranch in North America, a nearly 70-year-old enterprise on the Wind River Indian Reservation and run by the Northern Arapaho tribe.

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Beef Cattle Production Rules Of Thumb

Beef Cattle Production Rules Of Thumb

Advice given to beef cattle producers often comes in the form of rules of thumb. These are general guidelines that producers can then adjust and adapt to their own production settings. While these rules can be very helpful, they must be used in the proper production context to be appropriate.

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Livestock Forage Disaster payments issued

Livestock Forage Disaster payments issued


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that ranchers who have signed up for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) have begun receiving disaster payments for forage losses due to severe drought. Producers are reminded that LFP sign up for 2008 losses ends Dec. 10, 2009, and Jan. 30, 2010, for 2009 losses.

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In Europe, A Cow Over Hormone-Treated U.S. Beef

In Europe, A Cow Over Hormone-Treated U.S. Beef

Eleanor Beardsley

National Public Radio

The U.S. and the European Union recently settled one of their longest-running trade disputes: over beef. Under the deal, the EU agreed to quadruple import quotas for hormone-free U.S. beef, but it still won’t import hormone-treated American beef, because many Europeans consider it unhealthy.

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Researchers hope to grow plants that fight mad-cow disease

Researchers hope to grow plants that fight mad-cow disease

In the not-so-distant future, Dr. Nat Kav hopes to be in a greenhouse tending a special crop of plants that could innoculate cattle against mad-cow disease.

Kav, an associate professor in the University of Albeta’s agriculture department, says the idea is to give cattle protection against bovine spongiform encepthalopathy by growing antibodies to the disease in plants they eat.

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Industry changes focus of Animal Manure Management Conference

Industry changes focus of Animal Manure Management Conference

AgriLife News

Changes in Texas’ livestock and poultry industries was the theme of the two keynote speakers on Sept. 29, the first day of the two-day Texas Animal Manure Management Issues Conference held in Round Rock.

Other conference presentations included a series of science-based technical sessions on environmental and economic issues relating to poultry, dairy and beef cattle operations.

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College Aggies Online launched

College Aggies Online launched


The American National CattleWomen Inc is excited to announce the launch of College Aggies Online, a new program aimed at helping today’s college students become confident advocates for the agriculture industry. “We are very fortunate to be working with Animal Agriculture Alliance on this project”, said Bonnie Bargstedt, ANCW Committee Co-Chair. “They have the most accurate information and available expertise on today’s commercial animal agriculture practices.”

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Where’s the Beef (From)?

Where’s the Beef (From)?

Sue Lani Madsen

Seattle Post Intelligencer

Assume you are a typical Washington consumer. You are interested in where your food comes from, and like the idea of buying local. You read labels, and pay attention to the country of origin.

As you approach the meat counter in your local supermarket, you head for the package clearly labeled "Premium Northwest," with a little map outlining Washington/Oregon/Idaho. You pat yourself on the back because you’ve done your part to buy healthy, locally raised beef for your family – or have you?

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Video Feature: The Legacy of Cattle in Colorado, Frasier Farms

Angus ProductionsThe Frasier family uses cattle grazing to protect the native vegetation of Colorado’s eastern plains.

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Genetic Factors: Alopecia Anemia in cattle

Genetic Factors: Alopecia Anemia in cattle

Steffen DJ, Leipold HW, Gibb J, Smith JE., Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

A new syndrome of anemia, alopecia, and dyskeratosis was identified in Polled Hereford calves in this study. Cutaneous changes included hyperkeratosis and hair loss around the muzzle and ear margins, which progressed to a generalized alopecia and hyperkeratotic dermatitis. Histologically, orthokeratotic hyperkeratosis with dyskeratosis of epidermal and follicular keratinocytes was present.

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Intensive grazing management

Intensive grazing management

Loretta Sorensen

Tri State Livestock News

If he had never raised beef before, Kevin Uhing of Hartington, NE, believes he might be having an easier time making the transition from grain-fed to grass-finished beef. Although he doesn’t consider himself an expert in producing grass-fed beef, Uhing shared what he’s learned about developing pastures and organizing a grazing system through an Iowa State University Extension Pasture Walk Sept. 3, 2009.

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Beef Industry Career Checklist

Beef Industry Career Checklist

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

The 2007 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Census revealed a striking — if not alarming — trend: The average age of farmers is 57, and the number of farmers over the age of 75 grew by 20%.

This signals that a large number of American farms and ranches will change ownership in the next decade — either through inheritance or to a new buyer. While it is a concern that agriculture has such a large aging workforce, it’s a trend that may also spell opportunity for young people hoping to get into agriculture.

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Solvency of 3 S.D. livestock auctions questioned

Solvency of 3 S.D. livestock auctions questioned


Federal officials are investigating the solvency of three South Dakota livestock auctions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration filed a complaint against McLaughlin Livestock Inc., Mitchell Livestock Auction Inc. and Watertown Sales Barn Inc. The complaint says the liabilities of the three barns exceed their assets.

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