Daily Archives: October 9, 2009

Video Feature: Increase Value of Calves

Dr. Clyde Lane University of Tennessee details to make you calves bring more this fall

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Jump-start Immunity

Jump-start Immunity

Kim Watson-Potts

Beef Today

When you think of boosting animal immunity, you may think of vaccines. These products are important to an effective receiving program; however, having animals on a good plan of nutrition is critical to a vaccine’s effectiveness.

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Protect Your Herd from a Hard-to-Diagnose Culprit

Protect Your Herd from a Hard-to-Diagnose Culprit


Texas Cattle Raisers Association

Dogs and cattle share an unfortunate disease caused by Neospora caninum

Neosporosis is a disease caused by Neospora caninum, a protozoan parasite first recognized in 1984 in dogs in Norway.  It is now the most commonly diagnosed cause of abortion in cattle in most countries.

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BeefTalk: Four Tons of Calf Is Not Easy to Give Up

BeefTalk: Four Tons of Calf Is Not Easy to Give Up

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Delayed Calving Costs Pounds Delayed Calving Costs Pounds

Evaluate the cows, check the condition score and take steps to start improving the most likely problem, which is cow nutrition.

The fall of the year is the time to make herd evaluations and managerial and nutritional improvements without fighting the weather. The key to understanding the overall performance

Dead cattle in Montana prompt radiation inquiry

Dead cattle in Montana prompt radiation inquiry

The Cattle Business Weekly

A team from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and officials with the Montana Department of Livestock are investigating after eight head of cattle were found dead on a ranch near Brady, Mont. according to the Associated Press.

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Q&A:   How do you test for TB in cattle?

Q&A:   How do you test for TB in cattle?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   Tuberculosis in a cattle herd can often go undetected since the early stages of infection do not produce clinical signs. In later stages, signs are lethargy, weakness, anorexia, pneumonia, fever, and chronic moist cough. Most cases of bovine TB in the US are detected by veterinary meat inspectors from apparently healthy cattle, and the animal is then traced back to the source herd.

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Beef Production Glossary: BIF Fact Sheet

Beef Production Glossary: BIF Fact Sheet

John Massey, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

Beef production terms and phrases you should be familiar with.

# Accuracy (of selection)

Correlation between an animal’s unknown actual breeding value and a calculated estimated breeding value.

# Average daily gain (ADG)

Measurement of daily body weight change in animal on a feed test. Most tests for bulls are 140 or 160 days long.

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Marrs Ranch honored with CAB 2009 Commitment to Excellence Award

Marrs Ranch honored with CAB 2009 Commitment to Excellence Award

Tri State Livestock News

People on the Marrs Ranch of Whitewood, SD say their cows have a long way to go. They’re not just talking about the trip to distant summer ranges, or finding their way to hay in a blizzard.

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MI Dept. of Agriculture Closes All Regional Offices

MI Dept. of Agriculture Closes All Regional Offices

Michigan Ag Connection

 In a move to shave off approximately $600,000 from its budget, Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Don Koivisto Wednesday announced the permanent closure of the department’s regional offices located in Detroit, Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Saginaw, St. Joseph, and Traverse City and its district office in Marquette. MDA will still continue to have field staff working around the state using their homes as an office base. The main difference is customers no longer have a brick and mortar location to go to for service.

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Is being a good cowboy good enough?

Is being a good cowboy good enough?

The Cattle Business Weeekly

Cowboys have long been the focal point of ranching history and folklore, but on today’s modern ranches is being a good cowboy enough? How are successful ranches managing their workforce?

Those questions will be answered at this year’s Human Resource Management on Modern Ranches symposium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Oct. 29-30, in the Memorial Student Union Building.

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Livestock ID program funding slashed

Livestock ID program funding slashed


Washington Times

LACK OF PROGRESS: System has registered barely a third of the expected farms, spent $142m since 2004

A program to track livestock nationwide will be on life support until the U.S. Department of Agriculture improves its performance.

Congress was on the verge Wednesday of approving just $5.3 million for the National Animal Identification System, which has spent $142 million since 2004 but registered barely a third of ranches, farms and other sites that would be expected to participate.

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NCBA Statement on Canadian WTO Complaint

NCBA Statement on Canadian WTO Complaint


The following is a statement from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association regarding today’s announcement that the Canadian government will formally proceed with a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process against U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL).

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U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite helps secure $1 million for beef cattle research program

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite helps secure $1 million for beef cattle research program

Logan Neill

Tampa Bay Times

The Subtropical Agricultural Research Station got some good news Thursday: It is in line for $1 million to help restore some of its beef cattle research programs.

Sam Coleman, who directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture facility known as STARS on Chinsegut Hill Road north of Brooksville, said the procurement will most likely go toward bringing back jobs lost to budget cuts in recent years.

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Comparing Hay Feeding Methods

Comparing Hay Feeding Methods


Hay feeding practices can greatly influence the amount of hay that is required to carry a herd throughout the winter. Unlike harvest losses, feeding losses are more easily identified and controlled. Hay storage and feeding loss demonstrations are being implemented across the state as part of the 300 Days Grazing program.

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10th Minnesota Beef Expo returns to Warner Coliseum

10th MinnesotaBeef Expo returns to Warner Coliseum


Minnesota Beef Expo, the annual event that celebrates and promotes the beef industry, returns to the Warner Coliseum Thursday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

New in 2009, the Minnesota Beef Experience Youth Knowledge Bowl debuts on Thursday. Teams of four will compete for a January trip to the National Cattleman’s Beef Association Youth Quiz Bowl Contest in San Antonio, Texas. Also new this year is the Beef Judges Clinic, where prospective judges learn more about evaluating and critiquing beef cattle.

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