Daily Archives: October 15, 2009

Video Feature: Limiting Feed Intake

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

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Vitamins for Beef Cattle

Vitamins for Beef Cattle

Homer B. Sewell

Department of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

Vitamin needs of beef cattle can be confined largely to A, D and E. This is because bacteria in the rumen of cattle are considered to have the ability to synthesize vitamin K and the B vitamins in sufficient quantities to meet the animal’s requirement.

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Commingling to Market Calves is Growing More Popular

Commingling to Market Calves is Growing More Popular

Boyd Kidwell

DTN/Progressive Farmer

Every cattleman doesn’t always have enough calves to fill a trailer. But that shouldn’t mean he gets paid less for good, healthy, preconditioned animals. That’s where commingling works best.

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Beefing Up the World’s Platter

Beefing Up the World’s Platter

Steve Cornett

Beef Today

Dairy Today Editor Jim Dickrell’s blog last week on stable milk consumption and the need to export la leche got me pondering about the future of the beef business in a world where 96% of humans live outside the U.S. and U.S. beef consumption isn’t just stable, but declining.

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Against meat or against agriculture?

Against meat or against agriculture?

Advocates for Agriculture

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is disappointed that yet another anti-agriculture activist voice has been welcomed into the media spotlight. New York Times readers were confronted with some of the most negative stereotypes of modern agriculture on Oct. 11, when Jonathan Safran Foer’s "Against Meat" ran in the food edition of the Sunday magazine.

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Q&A:   Is it a mistake to use High pressure grazing for stockers (300 to 850 lbs)?

Q&A:   Is it a mistake to use High pressure grazing for stockers (300 to 850 lbs)?

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

A:   ‘High pressure’ grazing can work for stockers. However, if a primary objective is to obtain maximum weight gains, there is a greater risk of management mistakes that could affect their gain.

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Beef: Safe or Scary?

Beef: Safe or Scary?

The American beef industry has defended beef safety and its role in a healthy diet on the television channel, CNN.

Larry King, a well known US talk show host questioned beef safety and evaluated the nutritional benefits of animal protein-based diets versus plant protein-based diets. The show was prompted by the recent New York Times article on ground beef safety.

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Ohio Livestock Interests Preempt Humane Society’s Livestock Production Restriction

Ohio Livestock Interests Preempt Humane Society’s Livestock Production Restrictions


Ohio voters in three weeks will consider a statewide referendum spurred by the Humane Society of the US in its effort to radically change livestock production practices. However, the referendum, known as Issue 2 on the November 3 ballot, is something that the Humane Society is advocating a “no” vote, and agricultural interests are urging a “yes” vote.

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Livestock Forage Disaster Payments Start

Livestock Forage Disaster Payments Start

Hay & Forage Grower

Disaster payments for forage losses due to severe drought are being distributed to ranchers who qualified for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announces. Ranchers with 2008 losses can still apply for program payments until Dec. 10. Those with 2009 losses must apply by Jan. 30, 2010.

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Taiwan expected to relax ban on U.S. beef with precautions

Taiwan expected to relax ban on U.S. beef with precautions

Taiwan News

Taiwan is expected to re-open its doors soon to imports of U.S. bone-in beef, shredded beef, some beef offal and other beef products, after Vice Premier Eric Liluan Chu made a public promise yesterday that consumers’ health will be safeguarded.

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Are grass-fed cows healthier?

Are grass-fed cows healthier?


Herald Tribune

With his curled mustache, big hat and worn boots, Lee Sly looks like an old-fashioned cowboy, and he raises cows the old-fashioned way.

But Sly, who runs a herd of about 250 grass-fed cattle in the Manatee-Sarasota area, is at the leading edge of a growing market that produces beef without hormones, feedlot grains or antibiotics.

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Fencing Systems For Intensive Grazing Management

Fencing Systems For Intensive Grazing Management


Making the most of your forage with rotational grazing, will allow stocking rates to be increased resulting in increased beef production per acre, write extension officers, L.W. Turner, C.W. Absher and J.K. Evans, from the University of Kentucky.

For intensive grazing to be managed effectively, controlled grazing needs to be in place, through subdividing the pasture through the use of fencing. Rotating animals among these paddocks will optimise forage and beef production.

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Ranch Management Symposium Targets Human Side

Ranch Management Symposium Targets Human Side

Cattle Today

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? Learn this and much more at the Sixth Annual HOLT CAT® Symposium in Excellence in Ranch Management. The topic of this year’s symposium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is Human Resource Management on Modern Ranches. It is scheduled Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29-30, in the Memorial Student Union Building located on campus at the intersection of University Boulevard and Santa Gertrudis Street.

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Direct and Indirect Effects of Protein Supplementation Strategies

Direct and Indirect Effects of Protein Supplementation Strategies

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

Data suggest that dormant winter native range is deficient in protein for spring-calving cows. Previous data at many Land Grant Universities and the University of Nebraska suggest that protein supplementation of spring- calving beef cows grazing dormant Sandhills range during late gestation does not improve cow reproductive performance (2006 Nebraska Beef Report, pp. 7-9), namely pregnancy rate, despite the fact that nutrient requirements are greater than nutrient content of the grazed forage.

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Rain doesn’t hurt hay

Rain doesn’t hurt hay

Keith Purtell

Phoenix Muskogee

Yields normal for year despite wet weather, OSU county extension agent says

This year’s hay production is normal despite all the wet weather, said Rodney King, county agent for the Muskogee County OSU Extension Service.

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