Daily Archives: October 23, 2009

Video Feature: Managing Around Fescue Endophyte

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

BeefTalk: Do You Know Your IMPS numbers?

BeefTalk: Do You Know Your IMPS numbers?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Get to Know Your Ribeye Roll – Description of IMPS 112 Get to Know Your Ribeye Roll – Description of IMPS 112

Meat is not chunks of product chopped at random.

Understanding beef is critical to how we, as producers, obtain value in the industry. Are we getting back the value we have worked to produce through genetic and managerial inputs?

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Meeting genetic defects head on

Meeting genetic defects head on

The Cattle Business Weekly

New test for fatal bone disease osteopetrosis

Genetic defects in different cattle breeds have been brought to the forefront over the course of the last year. Most recently the Red Angus Association and several universities studied the gene mutation responsible for the fatal bone disease osteopetrosis (OS) in Red Angus cattle

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SOP is Here

SOP is Here

Ed Haag

Angus Journal

A standard operating procedure (SOP) sheet or manual is a common quality and safety assurance document in other industries, but when Dale Moore, Extension veterinary specialist, Washington State University (WSU) searched for SOP templates pertaining specifically to cow-calf or seedstock operations, she was surprised to find that there were none.

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Managing anti-infective expectations for healthier animals

Managing anti-infective expectations for healthier animals

Drovers

Producers strive to provide a safe and high-quality food supply and, when necessary, appropriate use of anti-infectives is a vital part of assuring animal health and well-being. When dealing with costly diseases like bovine respiratory disease (BRD), it is important that producers understand the healing process and the science behind the medications they’re using as part of that process.

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Q&A: Basically what one could expect of a certain percentage of loss on a normal working farm?

Q&A: Basically what one could expect of a certain percentage of loss on a normal working farm?

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

A:   Not an easy question to find data on. Following is a 2006 report by the Nations Agriculture Statistics Services.

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Environmental issues dominate N.D. Stockmen’s convention

Environmental issues dominate N.D. Stockmen’s convention

Farm Forum

Environmental issues topped the policy discussions at the 80th Annual North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Convention & Trade Show, "Building a Life," Sept. 24–26 in Bismarck, N.D.

Dr. Cole Gustafson, North Dakota State University biofuels economist, discussed implications of the climate change legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions now being debated in the U.S. Congress. Among the risks for the livestock industry he described were the potential for regulation because of the methane gases cattle produce and reduced bid prices from packers and feeders.

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Jim Shirley joins Vita Ferm

Jim Shirley joins Vita Ferm

The Cattle Business Weekly

Jim Shirley has joined the company as VITA FERM Area Sales Manager for South Dakota and Eastern Wyoming.  He will provide nutritional support and product solutions for beef producers and work with existing and new dealers to grow their business.

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Wet weather affecting fall-born calves

Wet weather affecting fall-born calves

University of Arkansas

The prolonged wet weather is causing calf scours to become a problem in fall-born calves, according to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Scours is a broad, descriptive term referring to diarrhea. It’s not a specific disease with a specific cause, but rather a clinical sign of a disease complex with many possible causes.

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Meat Industry Urges USDA to Develop Age Verification Program for Exports to Taiwan in Wake of Market Opening

Meat Industry Urges USDA to Develop Age Verification Program for Exports to Taiwan in Wake of Market Opening

American Meat Institute

The U.S. government should establish an age-verification Quality System Assessment (QSA) Program for Taiwan to ensure an orderly expansion to a full market opening to U.S. beef products, according to a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that was signed by AMI, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and the National Meat Association (NMA).

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Pat Goggins receives Industry Icon Award

Pat Goggins receives Industry Icon Award

The Cattle Business Weekly

Patrick K. Goggins has been named the inaugural recipient of the Livestock Marketing Association’s (LMA) Industry Icon Award. Recognized for his "grand impact" on LMA and the betterment of the livestock market and marketing industry, the presentation was made recently at Public Auction Yards (PAYS) in Billings, MT, one of Goggins’ three Montana markets.

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Cattle Prices Should Ride the Recovery Upward

Cattle Prices Should Ride the Recovery Upward

BEEF Magazine

Things are looking up for the cattle industry

A host of economic indicators suggest that the recession has ended – with more positive than negative signs for the U.S. and the world economies – signaling a recovery for the cattle industry as well.

"Unfortunately the beef industry rode the recession downward. So far this year, through the month of September, beef production has been down by 5 percent, but finished cattle prices have been almost $11 lower than in the same period last year," said Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension economist.

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Issue 2: Care for animals at heart of issue

Issue 2: Care for animals at heart of issue

Brad Bauer

Marietta Times

Palmer Township resident Bud Spires is concerned he’s among the relatively few people who know what State Issue 2 is all about.

After all, there are fewer and fewer farms and farmers around -and that’s what Issue 2 is all about, said the 78-year-old cattle farmer.

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 Taiwan agrees to lift ban on U.S. bone-in beef from young cattle

 Taiwan agrees to lift ban on U.S. bone-in beef from young cattle

Zep Hu and Deborah Kuo

China Post

 Washington — Taiwan agreed to lift a ban on U.S. bone-in beef from cattle younger than 30 months Thursday by inking a protocol on Taiwan’s new market-opening measures in Washington, D.C.

According to the protocol, the U.S. bone-in beef to be allowed into Taiwan in the initial phase will include T-bone and rib steak.

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Va. to size up impact of increasing elk population

Va. to size up impact of increasing elk population

STEVE SZKOTAK

Associated Press

Virginia game officials will study the consequences of increasing the number of Rocky Mountain elk in the state’s remote southwest corner, a move opposed by cattle farmers fearful of the spread of disease.

Elk can transmit tuberculosis and brucellosis to domestic cattle, though there have been no confirmed reports of that occurring in Kentucky, where more than 11,000 elk roam 16 counties. Some have hopped the state line to Virginia.

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