Daily Archives: October 21, 2009

Video Feature: Biosecurity in the Beef Herd

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

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Acorn Poisoning

Acorn Poisoning


The NADIS data show that acorns are one of the commonest causes of plant poisoning especially late summer in years when acorns are abundant. As the autumn continues with stronger winds and gales the problems are can increase.

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What Does Your Physician Know About the Food You Produce?

What Does Your Physician Know About the Food You Produce?

Chris Chinn

The Voices of Agriculture, American Farm Bureau

Do you know what your physician thinks about the food we produce as farmers and ranchers? This week I visited with my physician about our farm and the food we produce. My physician told me she only purchased her meat from a local butcher shop. I asked her why she made that choice. She told me it was because a colleague had told her all the meat found in grocery stores was packed full of antibiotics and hormones. She said farmers give their animals hormones that make the animals sick, which required the use of continuous antibiotics.

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Traits Correlated with Grid Premiums

Traits Correlated with Grid Premiums

Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef

Beef Today

When you get a bonus on grid cattle, sometimes it’s easier to count your blessings than to ask why.

But Tom Brink, senior vice president for Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, says taking a look at discounts and premiums can help you get more of the latter. Tapping into their database, Brink analyzed more than 300,000 cattle records for correlations with grid components. The results are based on a handful of value-based marketing options that mirror those popular in the industry.

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Beware Of Dirt Toxicity In Cattle

Beware Of Dirt Toxicity In Cattle


Cows are not birds. They do not have gizzards and they do not need to eat dirt (gravel, sand, or soil) to physically digest the feed offered them. Yet, cattle eat dirt. Why? What happens when they do, and how much is too much?

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Vet Column:  Comparing conventional, organic, and natural beef

Vet Column:  Comparing conventional, organic, and natural beef

David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.

The Fence Post

Investigators from Kansas State University recently published a review article analyzing conventional beef production technologies versus nonconventional production technologies. Specifically, the authors described conventional feeding systems using pharmaceutical products not allowed in natural or organic systems for finishing cattle. As producers strive to differentiate their products in the marketplace by highlighting production practices, standardizing terms becomes important.

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Cattle farmers feel the pinch

Cattle farmers feel the pinch

Laura Fenton

Selma Times

Alabama cattle farmers have felt reverberations of the current economic decline just as much as other industries. As people choose to not eat dinner in restaurants and cut other food costs, the price of cattle has decreased.

Things may be looking up for Alabama in the near future, although it may take cattle farmers time before they see prices increase.

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