Monthly Archives: September 2009

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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Savvy Producers Know How to Cash in on Weight Gains, Market Opportunit

Savvy Producers Know How to Cash in on Weight Gains, Market Opportunity

Boyd Kidwell

DTN/Progressive Farmer

The constant ups and downs in the cattle market highlight the economic risks of preconditioning. You can invest time and money in preconditioning and health care, but there’s no guarantee buyers always will cover your costs.

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Weights, Measures, and Doses:   What Every Cattleman Should Know

Weights, Measures, and Doses:   What Every Cattleman Should Know

Dave Sparks DVM, Oklahoma State University Extension Food Animal Health Specialist

Grams, kilograms, ml, cc; what does it all mean?  What cattleman hasn’t stood with medication in hand and wondered if he was helping or making things worse with a wrong dosage.  It really isn’t complicated, but it may seem that way to livestock producers who do not use these applications in everyday life.  Let’s open the curtains and see if we can let some light in on the subject.

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Make Preparations for Fall and Winter Feeding Management

Make Preparations for Fall and Winter Feeding Management

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattlemen are faced with a host of decisions they have to make but the period in advance of the upcoming fall and winter tends to be the most stressful. Most producers focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months – primarily winter. In some areas that’s not a great problem. If you are somewhere that has enjoyed plentiful rainfall, the likelihood is good that you have a fair amount of standing forage and cows are in pretty good condition.

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Field Peas for Cattle

Field Peas for Cattle

Mark Watson


Karla H Jenkins, Ph.D. is the Cow/Calf Range Management Specialist for UNL at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. Her research and extension efforts focus on grazing and supplementation systems for beef cattle that are profitable for the producer while maintaining the sustainability of the range. She received her B.S. degree from Texas A&M in agriculture education and her M.S. and PhD at UNL in ruminant nutrition.

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Cattlemen’s Capitol Concerns

Cattlemen’s Capitol Concerns


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule on Tuesday to require livestock operations that emit 25,000 tons or more of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) per year from their manure management systems to report those emissions as part of a mandatory greenhouse gas registry.

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Specter of bovine TB haunts cattle producers in Indiana

Specter of bovine TB haunts cattle producers in Indiana

Will Higgins

Indianapolis Star

Indiana’s cattle producers — their billion-dollar-a-year industry threatened by an obscure bacterium — turn their eyes anxiously to Franklin County.

There on a small farm lived a cow that had bovine tuberculosis. The disease was detected in the cow at a slaughterhouse in Pennsylvania in December.

The State Board of Animal Health tested all the cows on the Franklin County farm and an adjacent cattle farm for bovine TB — twice. All tested negative.

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Feeding the calf crop

Feeding the calf crop

Ivan G. Rush

Tri State Livestock News

The cattle industry continues to be a dynamic and complex industry providing plenty of challenges and opportunities to producers. A year ago when cattle were selling in the mid 90s and a lower number of beef cows were in inventory, economic projections for this fall looked really good for both the cow-calf producer and the feeder. Unfortunately those predictions did not materialize.

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Cattle producers fight Pilgrim’s Pride buyout

Cattle producers fight Pilgrim’s Pride buyout


The Dallas Morning News

A cattle producers group said Thursday that it has asked the U.S. Justice Department to block the acquisition of poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. by a Brazilian beef giant.

It’s one of the first formal challenges to a deal that anchors the effort of Pilgrim’s Pride to emerge from bankruptcy.

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Getting Involved In MyBeefCheckoff

Getting Involved In MyBeefCheckoff

On behalf of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and MyBeefCheckoff, also joining you this  year in Madison is:

Nancy Thomas, who was raised on a dairy, beef and hog farm in Monticello, Wisc., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Home Economics. She and her husband, Deane, own and operate DNT Farms in Cobb, including beef cattle, hogs and crops.

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Group explores cattle welfare

Group explores cattle welfare


Capital Press

Beef industry leaders and researchers have launched a new commission that will work to prevent or reverse some negative stereotypes about animal welfare.

The North American Food Animal Well-Being Commission for Beef will gather experts to advocate for increased research and publicize the results, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

The 21-member panel will also share best management practices in cattle health and welfare and serve as an unbiased resource for addressing concerns about animal well-being, according to a news release.

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