Daily Archives: September 14, 2009

Video Feature: Using an esophageal feeder

Video Feature: Using an esophageal feeder

Dr. Mark Hilton, Purdue Extension Veterinarian demonstrates how to insert an esophageal feeder in a young calf. The apparatus is used to administer electrolytes and medication to a sick calf.

Retained Placenta in Beef Cattle

Retained Placenta in Beef Cattle

California Cattlemen

The placenta (or afterbirth) is the name given to the membranes that transfer nutrients from the cow to the calf before the calf (fetus) is born. These membranes and blood vessels are made by the calf and connect to the blood supply in the uterus of the cow or heifer. The cotyledons (buttons) of the placenta “hook up” to the caruncles of the uterus. It is across this thin connection between the membranes of the cow and the membranes of the calf that essential materials pass to the developing calf. These essential materials include oxygen, blood sugar (glucose), amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), fats, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins, trace minerals and all the other essential components of life.

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Valuable information in cattle records

Valuable information in cattle records

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Most beef cattle producers know about the IRM little red books or other similar products that can be carried around in your shirt pocket to keep calving records and all kinds of other valuable information about your cow herd management throughout the year. Many faithfully carry them throughout the year and record abundant information.

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Baxter Black, DVM: BRONC YEARS

Baxter Black, DVM:  BRONC YEARS

Calf ropers are a peculiar group of talented cowboys. I would characterize them as more serious about their work than most. They have hobbies like small appliance repair and breeding orchids.

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Bovine Tuberculosis in Minnesota

Bovine Tuberculosis in Minnesota

Thebefsite.com

Until the year 2005, Minnesota had been free of bovine tuberculosis (TB) since 1971. While the impacts TB had on the cattle industry back in the early 1900s were devastating, a scaled down version of these impacts is being seen on the beef industry in Minnesota reports Ryon Walker from the University of Minnesota.

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New events added to 36th Annual NAILE beef cattle division; shows begin Nov. 14

New events added to 36th Annual NAILE beef cattle division; shows begin Nov. 14

High Plains Journal

North American International Livestock Exposition officials have announced the 2009 beef cattle division schedule which features shows for 19 different breeds. National shows will be conducted by the Chianina, Hereford, Gelbvieh, Red Angus, Red Poll, Murray Grey, Belted Galloway and Piedmontese breeds. A new show for Fullblood Simmentals has been added to the schedule. A complete listing of all shows is available online at www.livestockexpo.org.

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Montana Cattle and Bison Import Requirements Revised

Montana Cattle and Bison Import Requirements Revised

Thebeefsite.com

Meeting this week (10 September) in Bismarck, the board rescinded an earlier order requiring testing of most cattle and bison from Montana and issued a new order, limiting the testing to cattle and bison from Beaverhead, Carbon, Gallatin, Madison, Park, Sweet Grass and Stillwater counties. Animals from those counties that must be tested include females, 18 months of age or older or that have calved or are near calving, as well as bulls, 12 months and older.

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Dexter cattle short on stature, big on interest

Dexter cattle short on stature, big on interest

Richard Siemers

The Land

Don’t call them miniatures. And don’t associate them with dwarfs. Dexter cattle want to be known for what they are — the smallest full-sized breed in the world.

It’s not a matter of pride. It’s just a matter of fact.

Chuck Daggett raises Dexter cattle on his acreage between Watertown and St. Bonifacius. Last year he took some to the Carver County Fair.

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Omaha Stockyards rise again

Omaha Stockyards rise again

Christopher Burbach

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

The first day Ben Hull went to work in the Omaha Stockyards, 26,000 cattle jammed the sprawling pens of what was about to become the world’s largest livestock market.

Thousands more animals — hogs and sheep — moved through the yards that Monday in the summer of 1954. Hull’s workday didn’t end until after 10:30 p.m., when he and his fellow Armour meatpacking plant buyers had done the paperwork for $1 million in cattle purchases.

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Overcome by setbacks, Texas rancher fights to save longtime family business

Overcome by setbacks, Texas rancher fights to save longtime family business

DAVID TARRANT

The Dallas Morning News

As Hurricane Ike bore down on his ranch, Bill White made one last move to save his cattle. He flung open the gates of his ranch to let his 3,000 cows fend for themselves.

White saved all but 200 of his herd that night one year ago. Today, he’s not sure he can save his ranch, which has been in his family since 1819. Ike was only one of several calamities to hit this part of southeast Texas in the past year.

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What is E coli and why can it be deadly?

What is E coli and why can it be deadly?

Mark Henderson

Times Online

Escherichia coli, or E. coli, is a common bacterium that lives in the intestines of most warm-blooded animals, including humans. All of us have billions of E. coli bacteria in our guts.

The overwhelming majority of strains are harmless or even beneficial to their hosts, as they generate vitamin K, an important micronutrient, and crowd out other, more dangerous bacteria.

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For Argentina’s Cattle, That Hemmed-In Feeling

For Argentina’s Cattle, That Hemmed-In Feeling

Juan Forero

WBUR

Argentina’s vast plains are bigger than Texas, and for more than a century, great herds of cattle roamed and ate to their hearts’ content. That helped build up Argentina’s image as the producer of lean and natural grass-fed beef.

But ever so quietly, Argentina is increasingly fattening its herd in American-style feedlots. Promoters say it’s efficient, but some Argentines wonder if quality isn’t being lost for the sake of quantity.

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Slow, steady cattle feedlot recovery tipped

Slow, steady cattle feedlot recovery tipped

JON CONDON

Stock & Land

AFTER two years of difficult trading conditions based on high feedgrain and feeder cattle prices, followed by sluggish consumer demand due to the global financial crisis, the beef cattle feedlot industry can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

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Hough Named NALF Executive Vice President

Hough Named NALF Executive Vice President

BARN Onair & Online

 “Bob” Hough, Ph.D., has accepted the position of executive vice president (EVP) for the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF). The association’s board of directors offered him the job in August; and he moved into the Centennial, Colo., headquarters in early September.

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Give consumers what they want

Give consumers what they want

High Plains Journal

When you walk into a grocery store, you’re surrounded by choices of several branded beef lines. That’s a relatively new development, promising better beef, and it’s most apparent in just the past 10 years.

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