Daily Archives: September 16, 2009

Genetic Factors: TH (Tibial Hemimelia) and the Shorthorn Breed

Genetic Factors: TH (Tibial Hemimelia) and the Shorthorn Breed

American Shorthorn Association

While Shorthorn cattle offer a host of competitive advantages, the breed is currently struggling with a genetic defect known as Tibial Hemimelia (TH). As breeding selections are made for desirable characteristics, undesirable traits also appear. This situation is not unique to the Shorthorn breed as genetic defects occur in all breeds of cattle.

Given recent advancements in our understanding of the bovine genome, Bowman now sees enormous opportunity in coupling traditional genetic evaluation practices with DNA technology – and making these things available to the industry.

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Bill Bowman Talks About Genomic Enhanced EPDs

Bill Bowman Talks About Genomic Enhanced EPDs

Chuck Jolley

Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are selection tools that have been around long enough to be old school. Over the years, they’ve been tested and proven reliable by cattle producers across the country as a primary way of making genetic improvement in beef cattle.

Bill Bowman, president of Angus Genetics Inc.®, is on the leading edge of genetic improvement for the beef industry. For over a decade, he’s been involved with the genetic evaluation programs for the American Angus Association®.

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WDGS May Be High-Quality, Low-Cost Livestock Feed

WDGS May Be High-Quality, Low-Cost Livestock Feed

Sharon Durham

USDA ARS

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) studies have shown that "wet distiller’s grain with solubles," or WDGS, may offer an inexpensive alternative to traditional feed ingredients when fed to livestock. WDGS is a common ethanol byproduct that could replace more costly traditional feed ingredients such as corn, soybean meal, urea, and mineral supplements. WDGS typically costs about 10 percent less than corn when used as livestock feed.

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Ag Groups and Experts Urge Congress to Move Forward Now with Research Lab to Protect American Food Supply and Agriculture Economy

Ag Groups and Experts Urge Congress to Move Forward Now with Research Lab to Protect American Food Supply and Agriculture Economy

Reuters

Key agriculture groups and veterinary experts have sent a clear message to Congress in recent days: America must move forward without delay on a planned state-of-the-art research facility to protect the food supply and agriculture economy.

In supporting full FY2010 funding for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in line with President Obama’s budget request, the groups are emphasizing the urgency of the research mission.

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FSIS Seek Comment on Use of `Natural’ in Labeling Products

FSIS Seek Comment on Use of `Natural’ in Labeling Products

Thebeefsite.com

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced through the publication of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) that it is soliciting additional public comment to define the conditions under which is would permit the voluntary claim "natural" to be used in the labeling of meat and poultry products.

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Cattleman rues program’s end

Cattleman rues program’s end

The News Star

It saddens me to see a program as huge as ULM’s Ag Department go away so easily.

We cattlemen invested much time and effort into trying to make ULM more attractive to the community and prospective students.

Dr. James Casey built three great herds of cattle from years of genetic breeding of producers within Louisiana. He could have easily bought cattle outside Louisiana, but bought in Louisiana. When he was hired the farm was no show place. He put much time and effort in trying to make something of the cattle farm.

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USDA Announces Implementation of Livestock Disaster Assistance Programs

USDA Announces Implementation of Livestock Disaster Assistance Programs

Kansas City Infozine

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack 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.

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