Daily Archives: October 6, 2009

Video Feature: Fitting and Showing Angus Cattle, Part 2

To order the complete video please contact the American Angus Association. Part 2 of this video series shows how you can prepare your Angus cattle for winning in the showring.

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Michael Pollan:  Why Does This Man Hate Commercial Agriculture?

Michael Pollan:  Why Does This Man Hate Commercial Agriculture?

Chris Clayton

DTN/Progressive Farmer

A couple of eye-opening images helped turn Michael Pollan into America’s apostle of the organic, eat local, foodie movement.

The first was in 1998, when Monsanto invited Pollan to witness production of a biotech potato (the potato is no longer produced). He recalls being troubled by the fungicides used and noted that farmers were growing organic potatoes in their gardens.

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Novartis chief breaks silence and takes on animal activists

Novartis chief breaks silence and takes on animal activists

Andrew Jack in London and Francesco Guerrera in New,York

Advocates for Agriculture

Novartisis taking the un-usual step of openly fighting back against animal rights activists who are waging a campaign of intimidation against the company.

Daniel Vasella, chief executive of the Swiss pharmaceutical group – a target of extremists who desecrated his family grave in July – has warned some 140 people who sent him critical e-mails that they were associating themselves with criminal activity.

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Food, clothing and shelter, the basic essentials of life. From the earliest caveman to modern soccer mom, from the Palestinian refugee to the Katrina victim, from the Dali Lama to Dolly Parton, first on the list is something to eat, something to wear, and someplace to live.

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Tips for Grazing Harvested Corn Residue

Tips for Grazing Harvested Corn Residue

Stan Smith, Ohio State University Extension-Fairfield County

Beef Today

Corn crop residue is practical for feeding dry, gestating beef cows in mid gestation providing they have average or better body condition. Managed correctly, one acre of corn residue can yield up to 60 animal unit grazing days (60 days of grazing for a 1,000-lb. animal).

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93 Groups to Ag Approps Conference Committee: Eliminate NAIS Funding Altogether

93 Groups to Ag Approps Conference Committee: Eliminate NAIS Funding Altogether

Farm Forum

R-CALF USA and 92 other organizations recently joined together to ask members of the Agriculture Appropriations Conference Committee to eliminate completely any and all funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Animal Identification System (NAIS) by adopting the House version of the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which zeroes out any money for NAIS.

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Backgrounding calves this fall

Backgrounding calves this fall


University of Wisconsin Extension agents offer these thoughts on opportunities for marketing this year’s calves at heavier weights.

This growing season has given us rain, drought and cool temperatures which resulted in abundance of immature corn, or at the least very wet shelled corn with possible test weight or quality problems. One possible option to use some of this corn and capture greater value for it may be to background feeder cattle.

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Weaning tips from a veterinarian

Weaning tips from a veterinarian

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

As summer fades into the orange glow of fall, cattle producers across the country are moving their cattle home for weaning. While each producer follows his own program, the end goal is all the same: maintain calf health post-weaning.

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Baltimore Schools Begin Meatless Mondays

Baltimore Schools Begin Meatless Mondays

Hoosier AG Today

  Established in 2003, the Meatless Monday campaign is now boasting of its first success. The Baltimore City Public Schools system is the first in the United States to pledge to serve no meat on Mondays. The move means 80-thousand students have no meat option on Mondays.

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Considering Retained Ownership as a Marketing Option

Considering Retained Ownership as a Marketing Option

Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Marketing options which add value to the calf crop are an important component of successful cow-calf enterprises, particularly during tight economic times.  There are a variety of strategies which can and should be explored, and among these is retained ownership to harvest.  Retained ownership provides the greatest opportunity for cow-calf producers to realize the true value of their cattle as the returns for genetics, health and management are most fully realized.

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Cattle industry giants unite in banning Amazon destruction

Cattle industry giants unite in banning Amazon destruction

Greenpeace Intl.

Sao Paulo, Brazil — In a major step forward for climate protection, today four of the largest players in the global cattle industry — JBS-Friboi, Bertin, Minerva and Marfrig – joined forces to ban the purchase of cattle from newly deforested areas of the Brazilian Amazon from their supply chains, backing Greenpeace’s call for zero deforestation in the rainforest.

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Increase Returns by Improving Value of Cull Cows

Increase Returns by Improving Value of Cull Cows

Chel Terrell

Cattle Today

Over the next few months, producers with spring-calving herds will be evaluating their cowherd and assessing the productivity, health and reproductive efficiency of their females. This is a great time to scrutinize and clean up the factory because most calves have been weaned and sold and annual pregnancy testing is conducted as part of a good management plan.

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Beef Producers Can Preg Test Cows, Too

Beef Producers Can Preg Test Cows, Too

Sara Brown

Beef Today

Dairy producers preg test cows all the time. Why should cattle producers patiently wait until the cow exhibits signs of being in heat? Every day your cow isn’t bred is a day of loss.

If the vet can’t (or in some cases won’t) visit the farm, consider pulling your own blood tests to find those empty cows. At the University of Missouri’s Thompson Farm research field day, animal science professor Matt Lucy said blood testing is economical and easy for producers to do.

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Using young bulls in multi-sire pastures and cow-to-bull ratios

Using young bulls in multi-sire pastures and cow-to-bull ratios

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Producers often ask about the use of young bulls in the same breeding pasture with older, larger bulls.  In most instances, this is a practice that should be discouraged if at all possible.  Young bulls will normally lose the battle of deciding who is the dominant individual in the breeding pasture.  Ranchers report that in some cases young bulls that have been severely “whipped” are less aggressive breeders after that incident.  Australian data on multi-sire pastures have shown that some young bulls gain a dominant role as they mature and breed a large percentage of the cows.

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Time to Hold All Parties Responsible in Animal Cruelty Cases

Time to Hold All Parties Responsible in Animal Cruelty Cases

Hoosier AG Today

  The Animal Agriculture Alliance is concerned that a growing number of activist groups are intentionally hiring individuals to seek illicit employment on farms and in processing plants solely for the purpose of capturing video that shows the mishandling of animals. The Alliance thinks it is time to hold all parties responsible, including the person or persons responsible for videotaping the event.

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