Daily Archives: September 9, 2009

Video Feature: What is soundness?

Dave Guyer discusses how to identify soundness and unsoundness in a beef animal

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Lead Poisoning of Cattle Can Be Avoided

Lead Poisoning of Cattle Can Be Avoided

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Recently a regular reader of the Cow Calf Corner Newsletter suggested that we alert cattle producers of a potential danger to cattle on their operations. He had encountered an unusual sudden death loss of over 10 young calves and had wisely sought veterinary help. The investigation and diagnosis revealed that old car batteries had been buried in a ditch in one of the pastures. The calves had died from lead poisoning.

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Issue 2 would decide who regulates animal care in Ohio’s biggest business

Issue 2 would decide who regulates animal care in Ohio’s biggest business

Advocates for Agriculture

Jim Heimerl is among relatively few people in Ohio who know what State Issue 2 is about.

That’s because Heimerl, 52, has a 2,500-acre, family-owned hog and cattle farm outside of Johnstown. He says his farm would be severely affected if a livestock-standards constitutional amendment is not approved in the Nov. 3 election.

Heimerl said he fears more-restrictive animal-care standards advocated by the Humane Society of the United States could be enacted, crippling agriculture, Ohio’s No. 1 industry.

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Cattle Feeding Profile: Darr Feedlot

Cattle Feeding Profile: Darr Feedlot


It’s a very critical step from the pasture to the plate – and a misstep can mean the difference between profitability and loss. At Darr Feedlot, their knowledgeable, dedicated, trained and devoted personnel are with you every step of the way, taking it as a personal challenge to feed and market your cattle to their highest profit. Their years of experience in cattle feeding, along with their commitment to continued improvement, give you the very best opportunity for profitability.

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Antibiotic Ban Would Compromise Food Safety

Antibiotic Ban Would Compromise Food Safety


The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation has written to Congress, opposing a future ban on the use of antibiotics for farm livestock on the grounds that such a ban could compromise food safety.

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MTSU Ag field day aims to grow interest in farming

MTSU Ag field day aims to grow interest in farming


MTSU’s School of Agribusiness and Agriscience is hosting a field day starting at 4 p.m. Sept. 17 on MTSU’s new Agricultural Laboratory Farm at 3301 Guy James Road, said Dr. Warren Gill, director for the school.

"The primary focus this year will be on home gardens and innovative nursery ideas, but there will also be updates on haylage production and use by beef cattle," Gill said.

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ULM could close cattle programs, as farm struggles to make profit

ULM could close cattle programs, as farm struggles to make profit

Stephen Largen

The News Star

The University of Louisiana at Monroe will likely end its cattle breeding and fattening programs at the end of the calendar year following the sale of 114 cows last week.

The ULM Foundation — the university’s private fundraising arm — is also in the process of deciding the future of the cattle programs’ home, the 505-acre Johnson Farm south of Louisiana 80 in eastern Monroe, as the farm struggles to make a profit.

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University Of Missouri Scientists Develop Method To Detect Live E. Coli In Ground Beef

University Of Missouri Scientists Develop Method To Detect Live E. Coli In Ground Beef

AG Professional

According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 70,000 people in the U.S. become ill each year from infection with Escherichia coli O157:H7. This bacterium colonizes the intestinal tract of cattle and can contaminate beef products during slaughter and processing.

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Cattlemen get good news at conference

Cattlemen get good news at conference

Murray Bishoff

The Monett Times

Insight into the current economic picture and the role of bankers, especially in trying times, were discussed at the fall meeting of the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. The dinner meeting, sponsored by UMBBank, was held last week at the University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon.

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Cattle Prices Could Move Higher as a Result of Less Supply

Cattle Prices Could Move Higher as a Result of Less Supply

BEEF Magazine

Cattle prices will continue to their seasonal lows this summer

With more people eating at home as a result of the recession, an improved economy could encourage consumers to spend more money eating out in the coming months, which could be good news for cattle producers later this year and into 2010, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist.

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What Would Proposition Two Do To Your Operation?

What Would Proposition Two Do To Your Operation?


Proposition Two—as it was known to California voters—is alive and well and moving through the states of Ohio and Nebraska, potentially forcing a change in the way livestock is produced. A phase out of commercial egg production in California is one change attributed to the referendum initiative, and Nebraska is examining its potential impact.

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7 Habits of Highly Successful Cattlemen

7 Habits of Highly Successful Cattlemen

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

Cooper Hurst and his wife, Katie, run 400 commercial cows at Hunt Hill Cattle Company in southwestern Mississippi near Woodville. "We’re emphasizing decisions on how to control input costs this year," says Cooper. "I’m trying to get the most beef production out of each acre of pasture with the least amount of commercial fertilizer. To accomplish this, I’m planting legumes and stockpiling forage produced with a minimum of purchased fertilizer."

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First Humane Livestock Transportation Council Meeting

First Humane Livestock Transportation Council Meeting


American Humane Certified, the farm animal welfare programme of the American Humane Association, convened the first meeting of the Humane Livestock Transportation Council on 26 and 27 August at the organisation’s national headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

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Bovine Semen Sales Dip

Bovine Semen Sales Dip

Beef Today

Total bovine semen sales from all reporting National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) members declined 4.7% during the first six months of 2009, reports Gordon Doak, NAAB president.

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Tri-State Cow-Calf Conference

Tri-State Cow-Calf Conference

Seymour Herald

A Tri-State Cow-Calf Conference will be held in upper East Tennessee at the fairgrounds at Gray, Tennessee  on September 22 and 23, 2009.  A tour of three Tennessee cow-calf operations will take place at 1:00 p.m. followed by a light supper and brief program on September 22 with an 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. meeting on September 23.

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