Daily Archives: September 29, 2009

Video Feature: The Legacy of Cattle in Colorado, Frasier Farms

Angus ProductionsThe Frasier family uses cattle grazing to protect the native vegetation of Colorado’s eastern plains.

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Genetic Factors: Alopecia Anemia in cattle

Genetic Factors: Alopecia Anemia in cattle

Steffen DJ, Leipold HW, Gibb J, Smith JE., Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

A new syndrome of anemia, alopecia, and dyskeratosis was identified in Polled Hereford calves in this study. Cutaneous changes included hyperkeratosis and hair loss around the muzzle and ear margins, which progressed to a generalized alopecia and hyperkeratotic dermatitis. Histologically, orthokeratotic hyperkeratosis with dyskeratosis of epidermal and follicular keratinocytes was present.

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Intensive grazing management

Intensive grazing management

Loretta Sorensen

Tri State Livestock News

If he had never raised beef before, Kevin Uhing of Hartington, NE, believes he might be having an easier time making the transition from grain-fed to grass-finished beef. Although he doesn’t consider himself an expert in producing grass-fed beef, Uhing shared what he’s learned about developing pastures and organizing a grazing system through an Iowa State University Extension Pasture Walk Sept. 3, 2009.

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Beef Industry Career Checklist

Beef Industry Career Checklist

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

The 2007 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Census revealed a striking — if not alarming — trend: The average age of farmers is 57, and the number of farmers over the age of 75 grew by 20%.

This signals that a large number of American farms and ranches will change ownership in the next decade — either through inheritance or to a new buyer. While it is a concern that agriculture has such a large aging workforce, it’s a trend that may also spell opportunity for young people hoping to get into agriculture.

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Solvency of 3 S.D. livestock auctions questioned

Solvency of 3 S.D. livestock auctions questioned

Agweek

Federal officials are investigating the solvency of three South Dakota livestock auctions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration filed a complaint against McLaughlin Livestock Inc., Mitchell Livestock Auction Inc. and Watertown Sales Barn Inc. The complaint says the liabilities of the three barns exceed their assets.

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Antibiotics in Livestock:  Protecting Animal Health, Safeguarding Human Health

Antibiotics in Livestock:  Protecting Animal Health, Safeguarding Human Health

Animal Health Institute

Healthy animals produce healthful food.  Humans and animals alike get sick, requiring the use of medication.  For more than 40 years, antibiotics approved by the Food and Drug Administration have been used to treat sick animals, prevent illness and maintain the health of animals.  Livestock and poultry producers rely on these products so they can provide U.S. consumers with the safest food possible.

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Dutch Belted Cows: Marvelous Milk and Meat

Dutch Belted Cows: Marvelous Milk and Meat

Mary Lou Shaw

Mother Earth News

This heritage breed cow is an affordable, low-maintenance addition to the homestead.

We had a pasture. We had a barn. All we needed to make our homestead complete were a few cows to make our homestead complete. Homesteading and heritage breed cattle seem to complement each other, so we consulted the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC; an organization devoted to the preservation of heritage livestock breeds) to learn about our options.

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