Daily Archives: September 15, 2009

Video Feature: Casting a Cow for Calf Delivery

Dr. Mark Hilton, Purdue Extension Veterinarian demonstrates how to cast a cow on her side before assisting in delivery of the calf. This is a much more natural way to deliver a calf and allows the owner or veterinarian to be in complete control of the situation. If you deliver a calf while a cow is standing, many complications can occur. With this method, there are no complications

Sunstein confirmed to top regulatory post

Sunstein confirmed to top regulatory post

Sally Schuff

Feedstuffs Foodlink

OK, everybody, take a deep breath.

Harvard professor, Dr. Cass Sunstein, was confirmed to the top regulatory official in the White House Office of Management & Budget on Sept. 10 on a 57-40 Senate vote.

By the time Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a vote to end a filibuster on Sunstein’s nomination, several ag and livestock organizations had agreed to the vote – or, at least, agreed not to object. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn. (NCBA) maintained its opposition to the end.

Full Story

Selecting Beef Cattle: Structural Soundness

Selecting Beef Cattle: Structural Soundness

Beef And Livestock Notes

Correct skeletal structure is fundamental to a long and productive life in beef cattle, and to efficient beef production. Beef cattle must be able to travel freely and long distances over pasture or range, in order to harvest their feed–chiefly grass; and bulls must be able to follow and breed cows. This means that skeletal defects–particularly in the legs, feet and joints–can shorten the productivity life of any cow or bull. This calls for structural soundness, especially in the underpinning. The legs should be straight, true, and squarely set.

Full Story

Give calves a clue

Give calves a clue

Miranda Reiman

Certified Angus Beef

Imagine you’re suddenly snatched up from your daily routine and dropped off on a New York City street. You’re alone, with no cell phone, no wallet and no map.

That’s not the way you’d like to see the Big Apple and, unless you thrive on spontaneity and challenges, it would make for a lot of stress. Hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from home with no family contact or money, food and survival would become a real concern.

Full Story

Q&A:  Is there any data on windrowing tall pasture prior to grazing and simply allowing the cattle to eat from the windrow

Q&A:  Is there any data on windrowing tall pasture prior to grazing and simply allowing the cattle to eat from the windrow?

Dr. Jerry Volesky, University of Nebraska

A:   There have been some studies conducted on windrow grazing of upland range, meadows, and most commonly, some type of seeded annual forage like millet or sudangrass. These forages are typical windrowed in late August or September and the windrows left in place until late fall or winter when the grazing occurs.

Full Story

Fix the problem

Fix the problem

W. Mark Hilton

BEEF Magazine

Warning: If you’re 100% satisfied with the health of your calves from weaning to slaughter, and 100% satisfied with the price you receive for them, stop reading now. If not, I’ve got a few questions for you that may make you squirm.

Full Story

Cattle Preconditioning Considerations For Spring-Born Calves

Cattle Preconditioning Considerations For Spring-Born Calves


With fall just around the corner, Kentucky beef producers will soon begin crafting marketing plans for spring-born calves. Even though producers were enjoying a less-challenging weather pattern this summer, many cow-calf producers have struggled to cover rising costs on a softer calf market, said University of Kentucky Agricultural Economist Kenny Burdine.

Full Story

Benton’s research seeks to optimize cattle performance

Benton’s research seeks to optimize cattle performance

News Net Nebraska

At first glance Josh Benton may look like an average American cattleman with his cowboy boots and a white University of Nebraska-Lincoln Feedlot Management hat.

But Benton not only looks after cattle, he is also a scientist who has published articles in The Nebraska Beef Cattle Report while he works toward his doctorate.

"I love the research and trying new things to produce meat more efficiently for a good product," Benton said.

Full Story

Putting cattle on a diet to curb climate change

Putting cattle on a diet to curb climate change


Much has been made of the problem of livestock emissions of methane — a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 — but a solution might be just around the corner.

"I really think it’s a solvable problem," Professor Jamie Newbold of the Animal and Microbial Sciences Division, Aberystwyth University, Wales, told CNN.

Full Story

Producers may start signing up for Livestock Disaster Assistance Programs

Producers may start signing up for Livestock Disaster Assistance Programs

AG Professional

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that producers may begin applying for benefits under the provisions of the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). These permanent disaster programs, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, replace previous ad-hoc disaster assistance programs and are funded through the Agricultural Disaster Relief Trust Fund.

Full Story

Elephants In The Room

Elephants In The Room

John Harrington


Like adverting your eyes from a 500-pound shopper abusing a scooter at Wal-Mart, cattle feeders don’t like to talk about heavy carcasses. Better to sweep such marketing problems (if they will fit) under the rug and move on.

Full Story

“Cap and Trade” Troubles Agriculture

"Cap and Trade" Troubles Agriculture

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

As reported and summarized in last month’s edition of Country Focus, the controversial Climate Change (“Cap & Trade”) legislation (H.R. 2454, the “Waxman-Markey Bill”) has landed in the U.S. Senate after its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives by a 219-212 vote margin. There is significant pressure from the White House, environmental organizations and the Senate Majority Leadership to achieve passage of Climate Change legislation this year. Senate Committees have been asked to finish their work by the end of September.

Full Story

This Weed Kills

This Weed Kills

Pam Smith

Farm Journal

When the roadside exploded in a show of white lacy flowers this past spring, it made more than a few weed watchers scratch their heads. It was too early in the season for Queen Anne’s lace. As the weeds began to stretch to 6′ and 8′ heights, it became apparent that this was no dainty wild carrot. Then came some reports of livestock deaths, and the die was cast.

Full Story

Futile Forecasts and Perplexed Producers

Futile Forecasts and Perplexed Producers

BEEF Magazine

Every summer, I attend the annual conference of the American Agricultural Economics Association. One aspect of that conference every year is that those agricultural economists who follow commodity prices make forecasts for prices for the next year and then there are presentations made on the outlook for grain and livestock prices.

Full Story

Keep Stocker Calves Out of Sick Pen to Make Money

Keep Stocker Calves Out of Sick Pen to Make Money

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer/DTN

Mark Bray has one of the toughest jobs in the cattle business. He makes a living buying 370- to 440-pound highly stressed calves from sale barns and turning them into valuable feeder cattle. It’s a job that starts the minute the calves step off the trailer at Ridgecrest Farm in Stokes County, N.C.

Full Story