Daily Archives: September 25, 2009

Pregnancy testing cows

Pregnancy testing cows

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri State Livestock News

Most beef producers routinely pregnancy test cows after breeding season to determine which to keep and which ones to sell. Jeff Hoffman, a veterinarian near Salmon, ID, says the biggest reason to know which cows are open is that it’s a major cost to feed them through winter, and this is a waste of money if they’re not going to have a calf.

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15th Annual Hokie Harvest Sale

15th Annual Hokie Harvest Sale

Dr. Dan E. Eversole, Animal Scientist, Beef Cattle Production & Management, VA Tech

There will be a student-run livestock sale of university beef cattle, horses, and swine at the Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Center and the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena on Friday, October 30, 2009. 

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World will need 70 per cent more food in 2050: FAO

World will need 70 per cent more food in 2050: FAO


World food production must increase by 70 per cent by 2050, to nourish a human population then likely to be 9.1 billion, the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation forecast on Wednesday.

"FAO is cautiously optimistic about the world’s potential to feed itself by 2050," said FAO Assistant Director-General Hafez Ghanem. However, he stressed that feeding everyone in the world by then "will not be automatic and several significant challenges have to be met."

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Meat: The Other Greenhouse Gas

Meat: The Other Greenhouse Gas

Tracey Bianchi

Harvard Divinity School

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

I had a phase in college when I thought that perhaps I would become a vegetarian. I had no real reason for doing so other than thinking that acting sort of hippie-ish seemed like an identity I wanted to try on for a while. That and a good friend at the time was a vegetarian. Vegan was a little too extreme for my little experiment, so I decided dairy would be okay; yogurt and ice cream were close companions and I dared not part from them.

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GIPSA administrator hopes to bring balance to cattle industry

GIPSA administrator hopes to bring balance to cattle industry

Tri State Livestock News

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association recently had the honor of hosting J. Dudley Butler, the new administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), in Washington, DC.

Butler was in town to speak at the South Dakota Stockgrowers Convention Recognition Banquet on Friday night, Sept. 11, in Rapid City.

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Genetic Factors: Hypotrichosis (Hairlessness)

Genetic Factors: Hypotrichosis (Hairlessness)

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture

Hairlessness occurs in several breeds of beef cattle. It expresses itself as complete or partial loss of hair. Calves are often born with no hair but will grow a short curly coat of hair with age. Affected individuals are prone to environmental stress (cold and wet) and skin infections are more prevalent.

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Calf-Weaning Workshop To Show New Ways To Solve Old Problem

Calf-Weaning Workshop To Show New Ways To Solve Old Problem


A "Weaning Calf Management Workshop" will take place 5-8 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Forage Systems Research Center in Linneus.

The workshop will present new research on calf weaning along with proven practices from years past, said David Davis, superintendent of the University of Missouri farm in Linn County. All the tips aim to make the old problem of separating calves from their mamas easier.

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