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


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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Research centers wary of cuts

Research centers wary of cuts

Garrett Andrews

Durango Herald

The day before the head office in Fort Collins shut down its San Juan Basin Research Center, Colorado State University research scientist Doug Zalesky stood in a sorghum field eight hours away and watched a sprinkler on a center-pivot system shoot straight up like a geyser while the rest oscillated evenly

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Thune: ‘Cow Tax’ delay a victory for South Dakota

Thune: ‘Cow Tax’ delay a victory for South Dakota

Farm Forum

South Dakota’s agriculture industry is central to our state’s economy, and livestock production is a major part of agriculture in our state. As a Senator, I am committed to helping shape federal policies that support a healthy, dynamic agriculture sector, and that includes fighting bad ideas that would hurt our farmers and ranchers. The potential cow tax from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one such example of a proposal that should be defeated.

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El Nino may bring relief to Texas drought

El Nino may bring relief to Texas drought


The El Nino weather pattern is expected to bring significant precipitation and relief to drought-stricken parts of Texas, according to a senior government meteorologist.

El Nino, or "Christ child" in Spanish due to the phenomenon being noticed around Christmas off the coast of South America, is an abnormal warming of waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean which can wreak havoc on weather patterns across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

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Fueling The Rumen – To Fuel The Cow

Fueling The Rumen – To Fuel The Cow


We know that cattle use dietary energy to fuel everything from simply staying alive to growth and milk production. And while probably not giving it much thought, most people recognize that a number of things need to happen during the digestion process before the energy in feed is available for use. Actually, there are an amazing number of steps, involving multiple microorganisms, enzymes, reactions and stimuli, involved in making use of the feed we provide to our cows. Improved understanding of this complex system opens up opportunities to enhance diet utilization, avoid possible problems, and increase efficiencies.

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Public to 53rd Keystone International Livestock Expo

Public to 53rd Keystone International Livestock Expo

Pennsylvania Ag Connection

Governor Edward G. Rendell invited the public to visit the largest livestock show on the East Coast as the 53rd Keystone International Livestock Exposition, or KILE, is held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, Sept.28 – Oct. 4.

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American Gelbvieh Association seeks Director of Breed Promotion

American Gelbvieh Association seeks Director of Breed Promotion

The American Gelbvieh Association, a progressive beef cattle breed organization, is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Director of Breed Promotion.

The Director of Breed Promotion is responsible for the development and implementation of AGA marketing strategies, goals, objectives and programs creating maximum value for Gelbvieh genetics for AGA members and their commercial customers. The Director of Breed Promotion is the AGA official spokesperson including membership concerns.

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Fescue 911 – Should I Keep It or Replace It?

Fescue 911 – Should I Keep It or Replace It?

 Dennis Hancock

Cattle Today

Tall fescue pastures in the Southeast have taken a real beating over the past three to four years. Extreme drought and the severe overgrazing of these pastures have caused substantial stand declines. Of course, any gap in the pasture will be filled by something. Usually, that something is not a very desirable pasture species, though. Once the weeds get a foothold, it is a neverending battle to keep them at bay. Eventually, a decision must be made: "Should I keep it or should I replace it?"

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Deworming in the fall pays dividends

Deworming in the fall pays dividends

Farm Forum

Since 2004, Iowa State University researchers have been reporting on the impact of pharmaceutical technologies in cattle operations. Time and time again, deworming has shown a positive return on investment (ROI) for producers with the latest data showing a $201 per head return in cow/calf operations and $24 per head return in stocker operations.1

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