Daily Archives: September 22, 2009

Boehringer to Acquire Fort Dodge Assets from Pfizer

Boehringer to Acquire Fort Dodge Assets from Pfizer


Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of Fort Dodge Animal Health from Pfizer. The acquisition will strengthen Boehringer Ingelheim’s position as a vaccine supplier among the world’s top animal health companies.

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I felt a tremor in the earth . . . Rush Limbaugh joined the Dark Side. He is a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). It was like finding out your brother is a cross dresser!

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Some Say US on Brink of Animal Care, Food Safety Disaster

Some Say US on Brink of Animal Care, Food Safety Disaster

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Animal agriculture’s perfect storm is looming. The production-animal veterinarian, now on the front lines of food safety, zoonotic diseases and pandemics, is leaving the business. And when those clinic doors shut, they may never open again.

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Birds can cause a huge loss of cattle feed.

Birds can cause a huge loss of cattle feed.

North Dakota State University

Feed is the single largest expense in raising cattle, whether it is for lactating dairy cows or dairy heifers, or in the feedlot.

An important way to control feed costs is managing the loss of feed that was delivered but never consumed. Depending on the feedstuff, feed shrinkage can account for 5 percent to 30 percent of the feed for a season.

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NFU Urges Support for Packers and Stockyards Act

NFU Urges Support for Packers and Stockyards Act

National Farmers Union

National Farmers Union and 54 agriculture organizations showed their support for independent producers today by signing an amicus brief filed with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in support of Wheeler v. Pilgrim’s Pride, a decision on appeal interpreting key provisions of the Packers and Stockyards Act.

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How Much Corn Stover can a Corn Grower Pick?

How Much Corn Stover can a Corn Grower Pick?

Don Comis


How much corn crop residue, or stover, can be removed for biofuels without harming soil? An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) study of a 10-mile circle around the University of Minnesota’s Morris campus offers some clues.

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AMI Urges USDA To Allow Carcass Irradiation

AMI Urges USDA To Allow Carcass Irradiation


The American Meat Institute (AMI) is urging the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to move forward with the rulemaking process regarding its petition to allow electron beam irradiation (e-beam) to be applied to the surface of beef carcasses as a processing aid.

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Grass-finished beef market grows exponentially   

Grass-finished beef market grows exponentially           

North Platte Bulletin

In five years, the market for grass-finished beef has grown from less than 50 producers to 1,200 companies, said Allan Nation, the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer.

Although grass-finished beef amounts to only one-percent of the market, that percent amounts to a billion dollars, Nation told producers at the recent Nebraska Grazing Conference in Kearney.

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Anaplasmosis on the Move

Anaplasmosis on the Move

Sara Brown

Beef Today

A few days ago, one of my family’s neighbors noticed some of his cows were listless, weren’t eating well  and were having trouble standing and grazing. The vet diagnosed his herd with anaplasmosis, a parasitic disease that is spread by ticks, mosquitoes, flies and other blood-sucking insects.

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Beef Leadership Symposium scheduled

Beef Leadership Symposium scheduled


The seventh annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium Nov. 21-23 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will introduce Nebraska high school students to beef industry careers, current issues and an opportunity to use their leadership skills in product development activity. In addition, six $500 scholarships for UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will be presented.

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Block And Tub Supplements For Grazing Beef Cattle

Block And Tub Supplements For Grazing Beef Cattle

Southern Livestock Standard

Block supplements are a convenient mechanism for delivering supplemental nutrients to grazing beef cattle. As the labels on most blocks or tubs state, they are meant to be used as supplements, not feeds. Success or failure of a block/tub supplementation program will depend on the availability of forage. If forage is limited or of poor quality, self-fed blocks or tubs cannot make up the nutrient deficit and are not formulated to do so.

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New beef competition inspires future dreams

New beef competition inspires future dreams

Patti Drapala

The Meridian Star

Many 4-H and FFA members are thrilled when they begin their first livestock projects, and youth development specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service hope a new competition will channel their enthusiasm into a lifelong passion.

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Researchers Working To Develop, Market Embryonic Test For Bovine Genetics

Researchers Working To Develop, Market Embryonic Test For Bovine Genetics

Science Daily

Looking at the genetic makeup of cattle to determine their value is nothing new.

An examination of a small sample of hair or blood can reveal if a calf has any genetic diseases that will lower the market price.

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BR vaccine in feedlot calves

BR vaccine in feedlot calves

David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.

The Fence Post

IBR, or infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, is a viral respiratory disease of beef and dairy cattle. Although it can be associated with other clinical disease syndromes of cattle, the respiratory associated form has been recognized since the virus was first isolated from clinically infected cattle in 1956. Vaccines, both modified-live and inactivated, have been widely used to control respiratory disease in cattle since then, particularly feedlot cattle.

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Forage Day Hosts Make Living Off of Hay

Forage Day Hosts Make Living Off of Hay

Tom Bechman

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Impressive fourth cutting of alfalfa cut during event.

The sun was bright and the temperature nearly perfect for people as different companies whacked down tall, fourth cutting alfalfa, then raked previously cut alfalfa, and also baled hay in large bales at the Purdue University/Indiana Forage Council Forage Day late last week. The event was held on the Eric Miles farm in the southeast corner of Wayne County. He and his family farm about 400 acres, but have the distinction of farming in three counties since their land lies in the corner of three counties.

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