Daily Archives: September 23, 2009

Genetic Factors: Curly Calf Syndrome Discussed

Genetic Factors: Curly Calf Syndrome Discussed

Wade Shafer, Ph.D., American Simmental Association, Director of Performance Programs

Simmental Register

What are the symptoms of CCS? Dr. David Steffen from the University of Nebraska, the scientist who first documented and named the syndrome, provides this description “The spine is bent and twisted in affected calves. The calves are small and appear thin due to limited muscle development. Legs are often rigid and may be hyper extended (common in rear limb) or contracted. In some cases the rigid limbs result in calving difficulties. Additional unique feature are recognized during laboratory examination.” It also should be noted that in all cases affected calves are born dead.

Full Story

Train Workers to Help Maximize Your Vaccine Investment

Train Workers to Help Maximize Your Vaccine Investment

Beef Today

A comprehensive vaccination program is an important step in helping livestock owners keep their animals healthy, promote efficient growth and production and avoid unnecessary animal suffering.

Full Story

USDA May Try to Define ‘Natural’ Meat Products

USDA May Try to Define ‘Natural’ Meat Products

DTN/Progressive Farmer

USDA once again is considering whether to allow food manufacturers to claim their meat and poultry products are "natural" and whether the department should even try to define the term at all.

Full Story

Stop being nice, animal ag activist says

Stop being nice, animal ag activist says

High Plains Journal

A leading lobbyist thinks farmers and ranchers are "too nice" to those who oppose them and that more needs to be done to fight their influence.

"Our voice in Washington is shrinking and the unfortunate thing is we can’t do a damn thing about it," said Steve Kopperud, senior vice president of Policy Directions, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm specializing in agriculture issues.

Full Story

Q&A:   How do you read and understand the daily beef prices as stated in the current ag price listed here?

Q&A:   How do you read and understand the daily beef prices as stated in the current ag price listed here?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   The prices are in $/cwt or $/hundred pounds of animal.

The USDA market news service reports on four classes of cull cows. The four classes are divided primarily on fatness. The highest conditioned cull cows are reported as "Breakers". They usually are quite fleshy and generally have excellent dressing percentages.

Full Story

Fenceline Low Stress Weaning

Fenceline Low Stress Weaning

Dr. Glenn Selk, Professor-Animal Reproduction Specialist, Animal Science – Oklahoma State University

Spring calving herds across the Midwest and Southwest will soon be planning to wean the calves. Some producers may wean the calves from young or thin cows during September in order to regain some body condition before winter adds to the nutrient requirements. However, many herds will wean at the more traditional times of late October to early November.

Full Story

Take Steps to Minimize Stocker Cattle Marketing Risks

Take Steps to Minimize Stocker Cattle Marketing Risks


It cannot be argued that although we have the smallest cattle inventory in recent history and beef production for 2009 is 3.1% below 2008 and 2.5% below the five year average, prices are under pressure. Additionally, last week has been a volatile week in the corn market and the feeder market was rather unresponsive to any of these moves in the corn market. Rather it be outside markets or demand issues pressuring the cattle prices, we have not observed increases in prices that might be expected.

Full Story