Daily Archives: October 16, 2009

Video Feature: Group Cattle for Winter Feeding

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

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Ohio Agriculture Rallies Support for Issue 2

Ohio Agriculture Rallies Support for Issue 2

Hoosier AG Today

  This November, Ohio voters will deal with Issue 2, a constitutional amendment with profound implications for the state’s livestock and crop farmers and their compatriots nationwide. Voters will decide if the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board should be established. The board would be made up of Ohio livestock producers, scientists, academics, local animal welfare representative and consumers, and would determine how animals will be raised within the state’s borders.

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BeefTalk: Starting From Scratch Should Bolster Confidence

BeefTalk: Starting From Scratch Should Bolster Confidence

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Value of Beef! – Great USDA resource Value of Beef! – Great USDA resource

Fairness and other market positioning often are expressed as frustration or confrontation rather than organized planning.

Recently, several individuals have pondered and shared their thoughts on how the beef industry might change. The reason for the change always varies depending on the particular perspective of those visiting.

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BRD: The Big Picture

BRD: The Big Picture


The Cattleman

No doubt it’s an efficiency killer. Both in cattle and in the way an operation runs, bovine respiratory disease (BRD) hurts the bottom line.

Dr. Robin Falkner, a veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health, says BRD is “by far the most costly disease we deal with in feeder cattle.” It is also the most demanding of labor and facilities, he adds. 

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Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology of the Cow

Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology of the Cow

Jack C. Whittier, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

The ability of a cow to successfully mate, conceive, give birth to and raise a healthy calf each year is essential to economical beef production. A good understanding of anatomy and physiology of both the male and female is helpful in successfully managing reproduction.

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Growth technologies as management tools

Growth technologies as management tools

The Cattle Business Weekly

Hitting a certain weaning weight is always in the back of a cattleman’s mind when it comes sale day. How each producer accomplishes those weaning weights is diverse. Maybe they used implants, creep feed, weaned early or backgrounded the calves for 90 days.

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Don’t Cap Our Future

Don’t Cap Our Future

Bob Stallman

Advocates for Agriculture

Farm Bureau recently kicked off a climate change grassroots campaign appropriately titled “Don’t Cap Our Future.” Farm Bureau members are getting out the word on Capitol Hill that cap-and-trade legislation would impose higher energy and food costs on consumers, raise fuel, fertilizer and energy costs for farmers and ranchers, and shrink the American agricultural sector, resulting in reduced U.S. food production.

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Health Management: Coccidiosis in Cattle

Health Management: Coccidiosis in Cattle

Government of Alberta

Life cycle of coccidia

Bovine coccidia develop both within the host animal as well as outside. The developmental stages in cattle produce a microscopic egg (called an oocyst) which passes out in the manure. Under proper conditions of temperature, moisture and oxygen, the oocyst develops within three-to-seven days to form a sporulated oocyst infective to other cattle.

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Q&A:   Is the use of monocalcium phosphate more beneficial than dicalcium phosphate in cattle feeds?

Q&A:   Is the use of monocalcium phosphate more beneficial than dicalcium phosphate in cattle feeds?

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

A:   When providing supplemental phosphorus, consider two major factors. First, whether the source of P is available biologically (i.e., readily absorbed). Sources considered highly available include dicalcium phosphate

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Where’s the beef?

Where’s the beef?

The News Connection

  In case you thought cattle rustling was something you only see in old western movies on television, think again. Because of the recession, high cattle prices and the ubiquitous larceny in the minds of man, ranchers are losing livestock by the thousands. As a result, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association has hired special rangers to track down the rustlers from county to county as the cash on the hoof is surreptitiously herded to market.

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Cattle producers should consider retained ownership

Cattle producers should consider retained ownership

Blair Fannin, Texas A&M University

Southwest Farm Press

Strategy is promising with possible market price increase.

Recent rainfall has been beneficial to Texas small grains pastures, and cattle producers may want to weigh their options when marketing calves in 2010, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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Beef Industry Seeks Balance — And Gets It

Beef Industry Seeks Balance — And Gets It

Leora Broydo Vestel

New York Times

Beef industry executives raised a ruckus recently when they learned that Michael Pollan, the author of the book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and a critic of industrial agriculture, would be giving a lecture on Thursday at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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KMG Chemicals Announces Alliance with AgriLabs, Inc.

KMG Chemicals Announces Alliance with AgriLabs, Inc.


KMG Chemicals, Inc. (NASDAQ: KMGB), a global provider of specialty chemicals in carefully focused markets, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership in the Animal Health marketplace with AgriLabs, Inc., of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Randy Berry, Business Manager of KMG Animal Health commented, "The core ingredients of the alliance are the sales, marketing and technical support that AgriLabs brings to KMG Animal Health’s animal insecticide product line. Our marketing and sales alliance with AgriLabs should enhance service to our customers as well as generate greater exposure for our products in the cattle, swine, dairy and equine markets.”

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Impending climate change legislation

Impending climate change legislation

The Cattle Business Weekly

The opportunities and risks cattlemen face

Speaking at the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association convention Sept. 26, Cole Gustafson a Biofuels Economist with NDSU outlined both the opportunities and risks cattlemen face with impending climate change legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Feedlot herds rise as corn prices fall

Feedlot herds rise as corn prices fall


Tulsa World

U.S. feedlot herds might have expanded in September for the first time in 18 months as falling corn prices improved prospects for profit, spurring managers to buy more young cattle.

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