Monthly Archives: October 2009

Video Feature: Prevent Hay Fires

Dr. Clyde Lane University of Tennessee, Beef Extension Specialist, discusses this important topic.

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Liquid feeds provide different benefits for cattle

Liquid feeds provide different benefits for cattle

AG Weekly

Terri Adams

Gone are the days of just feeding hay and water to livestock through the winter. Now producers have a wide variety of supplemental feeds available to them, including liquid feeds.

A walk through any feed store is almost like a walk through a warehouse-style grocery store: so many different feeds advertising so many different advantages.

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BeefTalk: Collaborative Thought Is Better Than Competitive Strategy

BeefTalk: Collaborative Thought Is Better Than Competitive Strategy

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Steer No. 2 was sold for $84.76 per hundredweight of live weight minus shrink (Oct. 23 six-state average price published by CattleFax). The steer weighed 1,375 pounds. Minus the 4 percent shrink, the steer’s pay weight was 1,320 pounds, or $1,118.83.

Is this a fair price to whoever owns No. 2? The start of this discussion on calf value rests with the fairness. However, the question is complicated and fairness is only one piece of a very large equation.

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Molds & Mycotoxins Show Up In Corn

Molds & Mycotoxins Show Up In Corn

AG Network

Record October rainfall plus cool weather has increased risk for mold development in corn, and telephone calls to the University of Illinois have increased with questions from producers on how to best deal with this risk.

Moldy corn reduces bushel weight, corn quality, nutrient content, and increase the risk of mycotoxin formation.

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E.coli run amuck

E.coli run amuck

Codi Vallery-Mills

The Cattle Business Weekly

News outlets have been buzzing about ground hamburger and E. coli since the New York Times published its investigative piece earlier this month about Stephanie Smith, a young dance instructor who became paralyzed from eating a single hamburger contaminated with E. coli.

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Educating the public on production practices

Educating the public on production practices

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

Since its inception in 1914, the Cooperative Extension Service has been instrumental in addressing the needs of communities across the country through non-formal educational outreach programs and materials. In 1906, county agents, or extension educators, were first hired to help build strong communities and assist them in their questions.

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Vilsack Said Future Program Responsive to Cattle Industry Concerns

Vilsack Said Future Program Responsive to Cattle Industry Concerns


Katie Micik

The future of the National Animal Identification System is in one man’s hands: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. This summer, Vilsack announced he wanted to reevaluate the program and hosted 14 listening sessions that drew loud, and often angry, opposition.

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Senator Roberts has Tough Words for Administration Ag Leadership

Senator Roberts has Tough Words for Administration Ag Leadership

Hoosier AG Today

New Senate Ag Committee Chair Blanche Lincoln says she intends to tackle her concerns with the climate change legislation proposed by Senators Barbara Boxer and John Kerry through her committee, and Kansas GOP Senator Pat Roberts says he and other Ag Republicans are anxious to work with her. “She’s going to be a dandy,” Roberts said.

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TAMU Fit-to-Finish Show Cattle Camp Dec. 12-13

TAMU Fit-to-Finish Show Cattle Camp Dec. 12-13

North Texas E-News

The TAMU Fit-to-Finish Show Cattle Camp is scheduled Dec. 12-13 at the Pearce Pavilion on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.

“There is no question that the 4-H and FFA members who exhibit cattle in the state of Texas represent some of the most competitive and well respected exhibitors in the nation.

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UNL spreadsheet helps plan winter supplementation

UNL spreadsheet helps plan winter supplementation

Wauneta Breeze  

An online spreadsheet can help livestock producers choose economical winter supplements, said a University of Nebraska–Lincoln specialist.

Called the Feed Cost Cow-Q-Lator, the spreadsheet accounts not only for the cost of nutrients, but also for delivery cost, the cost of feeding the supplement and waste loss, said Aaron Stalker, Beef Range Systems Specialist at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. Producers can access the spreadsheet at

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Ohio state Issue 2 may set up a board that will set standards for livestock and poultry welfare

Ohio state Issue 2 may set up a board that will set standards for livestock and poultry welfare

Kent News

Amy Szabo

State Issue 2 on Ohio voters’ ballots for Tuesday’s election is an amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would establish a board to govern the treatment of livestock and poultry on statewide farms.

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Proper Dosing Helps Keep Costs in Line

Proper Dosing Helps Keep Costs in Line

Hereford World

Cattle producers pay a price for using a standard dose of anti-infective on a lot of cattle, in more ways than one,” says Mike Nichols, DVM, Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Operations, Vega, Texas.

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Fine Tuning Fermentation

Fine Tuning Fermentation

AG Network

The amount and combination of specific feeds in the diet are key determinants of rumen microbial populations and activity. Nutritionists keep several basic principles in mind when designing diets that make the most of rumen fermentation.

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Tips for pasture leases

Tips for pasture leases

The Cattle Business Weekly

What makes a good pasture lease agreement? Creating a good pasture lease requires careful thought by both parties, according to Wesley Tucker, University of Missouri Extension ag business specialist.

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Eating animals is making us sick

Eating animals is making us sick

Jonathan Safran Foer


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.

Like most people, I’d given some thought to what meat actually is, but until I became a father and faced the prospect of having to make food choices on someone else’s behalf, there was no urgency to get to the bottom of things.

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Video Feature: Shortening the Breeding Season

Beef producers should consider shortening the breeding season for their herd. A shorter breeding season can simplify management and improve returns.

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Losing the War of Words

Losing the War of Words

Kevin Murphy

Angus Journal

Farmers sense the need to reconnect with consumers and with those who represent their products to those consumers. Their mounting frustration arises from a sense that their voices are muffled by the layers of people who now inhabit the space between them and the ultimate consumer. Worse yet, they feel they’re missing out on the conversation because farmers, and those speaking on their behalf, are losing in a new war of words.

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The Sure Remedy Few Seem To Want

The Sure Remedy Few Seem To Want

John Harrington


The U.S. beef industry is renewing its push to get the U.S. Agriculture Department to act on a years-old request to use irradiation on beef carcasses to kill harmful pathogens such as E.coli bacteria.

On the sidelines of the Worldwide Food Expo here, meat industry officials said on Tuesday that irradiating beef carcasses would be an important tool to lessen contamination. But they also said it would still be one of several steps in the prevention process.

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Importance of building a relationship with a vet.

Importance of building a relationship with a vet.

Sara Gugelmeyer

Hereford World

Veterinarians are getting scarce, especially those willing to come out to your place and look at cattle. But, three veterinarians involved in the Hereford industry say the key to healthy, profitable cattle is having a good veterinarian and developing a relationship with him or her.

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Q&A:  How soon after a freeze is it safe to graze Johnsongrass?

Q&A:  How soon after a freeze is it safe to graze Johnsongrass?

Dr. Jerry Volesky, Associate Professor of Agronomy, West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, North Platte, NE

Like other grasses in the sorghum family, Johnsongrass can accumulate nitrates and develop prussic acid. The nitrates are usually not a problem in the open pasture situation.

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