Daily Archives: September 18, 2009

Genetic Factors:  Idiopathic Epilepsy (IE)

Genetic Factors:  Idiopathic Epilepsy (IE)

American Simmental Association

Like most other genetic abnormalities, a single pair of genes control this epilepsy.  First apparent in calves, environmental stresses such as thermal or physical e.g. stressful handling, etc. often bring out the seizures.  Hereford has made the most effort to identify carriers.  Since the 1960s and 70s featured very large numbers of Simmental bulls mated to Hereford cows in up breeding programs, IE is possible from pedigrees tracing to either Hereford or “commercial” cows.


U.S. Premium Beef founding member passes

U.S. Premium Beef founding member passes

Cattle Business Weekly

Raymond Adams, 78, of Maple Hill passed away Sept. 3 at his home. The fourth-generation cattleman owned and operated ranches, along with his family, at Maple Hill and Plains.


Pfizer Animal Genetics to deliver unprecedented genomic innovations to cattle industry

Pfizer Animal Genetics to deliver unprecedented genomic innovations to cattle industry

Cattle producers will soon have access to a powerful new suite of traits from Pfizer Animal Genetics that uses significantly more information to generate genomic predictions. The result, which will lead to a set of traits that exhibit the highest level of accuracy to date, will emerge with the launch of the company’s first commercial genomic predictions based directly on the high-density BovineSNP50 chip. The new offering will be available within the next few months, following completion of the final validation studies


New Study Explains Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

New Study Explains Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria


A small molecule composed of one atom of oxygen and one of nitrogen plays an important role in helping pathogens resist antibiotics, according to the New York-based authors of a newly published study.


Stratton sales barn celebrating 50 years

Stratton sales barn celebrating 50 years
Francis Times

Jack Elliott

2009 marks the 50th season the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association has held cattle sales at its yard in Stratton.

The first sale was held Oct. 1, 1960 when 975 head were sold to 29 bu


Nutrition conference returns to Owatonna

Nutrition conference returns to Owatonna

Wendy Reuer

Owatonna People’s Press

The 70th annual Minnesota Nutrition Conference kicked off on Tuesday, and the event brought nearly 200 professionals from around the country to the Owatonna Holiday Inn.

Although it’s celebrating its 70th anniversary, 2009 is only the second year the conference has been held in Owatonna. The symposium provides a forum for the nutrition of  beef, dairy, poultry and swine.


New Senate Chair Addresses Cattlemen

New Senate Chair Addresses Cattlemen


During the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Fall Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., the new Chairwoman of the Senate Ag Committee, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, laid out her agenda for agriculture. Lincoln didn’t hesitate when she said; – I want to create an environment where you can produce.


Three scientists inducted into ARS Science Hall of Fame

Three scientists inducted into ARS Science Hall of Fame

AG Professional

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three Agricultural Research Service scientists have been inducted into the agency’s Science Hall of Fame for research accomplishments that include improving rice varieties, increasing crop productivity in arid climates, and enhancing human and bovine health by focusing on safeguards to dairy cattle and milk.


U.S. to discuss resuming full cattle trade with Canada

U.S. to discuss resuming full cattle trade with Canada


CALGARY — The return to fully normalized cattle trade with the United States post-mad cow scare could be at hand, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday it will discuss the details of the so-called Rule 2 for older cattle today.


USDA disaster program announced

USDA disaster program announced

Sun Advocate

Arthur Douglas, State Executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Utah announced on Wednesday that producers may now 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).


Yield Grade Affects Beef Pricing

Yield Grade Affects Beef Pricing


Producing beef the consumer wants has been heralded by many, yet most consumers are quite removed from the beef business reports Kris Ringwall, Extension Beef Specialist, North Dakota State University


K-State Veterinarian Heads Animal Welfare Group

K-State Veterinarian Heads Animal Welfare Group

Kansas Farmer

Dan Thomson goes to Paris to meet with animal health organization.

Dan Thomson, a Kansas State University veterinarian and professor, was in Paris in August to chair the World Organization or Animal Health Ad Hoc Group on Animal Welfare in Beef Cattle Production Systems. The group included animal welfare experts from Uruguay, Kenya, Australia, China and Ireland.