Daily Archives: October 28, 2009

Video Feature: Save Every Calf

The goal of every beef cattle producer should be to save every calf born on the farm.Every calf saved, adds to the profits of the farming operation. By understanding the birthprocess a producer can provide assistance to cows that are having difficulty.

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A Chill in the Air

A Chill in the Air


The Cattleman

After a long, hot summer, fall’s cooler temperatures are a welcome change throughout the region. But a few brisk mornings in a row can put cattle under cold stress, increasing their nutrient requirements and even indirectly affecting their health.

Emalee Buttrey, a doctoral student at West Texas A&M University and an Extension assistant at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo, says it is a common misconception that cold stress only occurs in the Panhandle or only in a rare snowstorm. In actuality, a "not-so-cold" day — a day you might not even need a jacket — could cause cold stress in cattle, depending on other environmental factors.

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Bovine Leukosis

Bovine Leukosis

Jeanette L. Floss, MU College of Veterinary Medicine, Richard F. Randle, Commercial Agriculture Program, University of Missouri

Enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL) is characterized by the development of tumors of lymphatic tissues (lymphosarcoma), such as the thymus, spleen and lymph nodes. These specialized organs are an integral component of the defense system that protects the animal against infection by producing antibodies and specialized cells which attack bacteria or viruses. Lymphoid cells are also found in other organ systems and circulating in the blood.

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Q&A:   Is there any OBJECTIVE data proving that smaller cows eat that much less than larger cows?

Q&A:   Is there any OBJECTIVE data proving that smaller cows eat that much less than larger cows?

Dr. Matthew Spangler, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

In fact smaller (lighter weight) cows do need less for maintenance than do larger cows (heavier weight) if other factors, such as genetic potential for milk production, are equal.

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What the Body Condition Score Can Tell You

What the Body Condition Score Can Tell You

Becky Mills

DTN/Progressive Farmer

It’s September 10, and Alan Graybeal is not a happy man. This time of year he’s normally taking paddocks out of his grazing rotation to stockpile cool-season forages. It’s his standing hay in the winter. But not this season.

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NCBA Continues to Call for Death Tax Reform

NCBA Continues to Call for Death Tax Reform

Beef Today

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is continuing to urge Congress to pass legislation providing additional relief and permanency in the tax code for America’s farmers, ranchers and other small business owners. As part of these ongoing efforts, NCBA is supporting H.R. 3905, the Estate Tax Relief Act of 2009, introduced last week by Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), along with Representatives Kevin Brady (D-Texas), Devin Nunes (R-Calif), and Artur Davis (D-Ala.). Over a 10-year period, H.R. 3906 would increase the estate tax (“death tax”) exemption to $5 million while decreasing the rate to a level of 35%.

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Farm-State Senators Raise Climate Concerns

Farm-State Senators Raise Climate Concerns

Hoosier AG Today

  Missouri Senator Kit Bond fears a cap-and-trade system aimed at limiting carbon pollution, like the one proposed by Senators Barbara Boxer and John Kerry, would place a heavy burden on Midwest producers. That was one concern he raised during the opening Senate Environment Committee hearing on the Boxer-Kerry bill.

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Hip Height and Frame Score Determination

Hip Height and Frame Score Determination

Sally L. Dolezal, Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist. Nakita Coe, Communications Intern, Oklahoma State University

Live animal evaluation takes into consideration any subjective measurements that help describe an animal. Some common measurements of cattle include backfat, pelvic area, scrotal circumference, height at the shoulder, height at the hip, and length of body.

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Why does foot and mouth disease cause such concern?

Why does foot and mouth disease cause such concern?


The foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus is one of the most infectious animal disease viruses known. It causes blisters on the mouth, teats, and soft tissues of the feet of cloven-hoofed (split-hoofed) animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats as well as some species of wildlife. Infected animals have difficulty eating and walking and lose weight rapidly. They suffer production loss from which they rarely recover.

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Expert gives clues about beef quality and production

Expert gives clues about beef quality and production

LSU AG Center

Marbling is the No. 1 way to determine quality in a cut of meat, said LSU AgCenter county agent Johnny LeVasseur at the latest monthly Lunch and Ag Discovery program at the AgCenter’s Red River Research Station.

“The finer the white specks and the more you have, the better the quality of the meat,” LeVasseur said. “Marbling adds flavor.”

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New ISU Extension “crush” margin tool available

New ISU Extension “crush” margin tool available

Iowa Beef Center

Cattle producers can now look to a new tool to help them  better develop a marketing strategy, thanks to the work of livestock economists working with the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension.

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Coccidosis in the Fall

Coccidosis in the Fall

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

A variety of clinical neurological syndromes exists in stocker and feeder cattle. Causes may be infectious, nutritional/metabolic, or toxins. A less common syndrome is referred to as "nervous" coccidiosis, named so because of the observation that many of the calves that experience this neurological syndrome concurrently exhibit clinical enteric coccidiosis. This entity was first reported in 1921.

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Cattle breeder signs deal with Russians

Cattle breeder signs deal with Russians

The Star Phoenix

An agreement worth about $20 million to ship up to 10,000 head of purebred Charolais breeding stock from Canada to Russia has been signed by Hawkeye Land and Livestock Ltd. of Hodgeville, near Swift Current.

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Gassing up in America

Gassing up in America

Joe Bushika

Bennington Banner

Recently, I read with some interest an article about a concern in Colorado that has plans to convert manure from cattle into methane gas to power a cheese factory and several other businesses. I think it would be a splendid idea, but why stop there? Why not proceed to Washington, bottle all the bull produced there, and we would have enough energy to power the country.

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Sen. Thune Says Horse Feathers to Global Warming Veganism

Sen. Thune Says Horse Feathers to Global Warming Veganism

Paul Bedard

U.S. News and World Report

Nothing gets a cattle-state senator riled up more than elites promoting vegetarianism in the name of public policy. So you can imagine what South Dakota GOP Sen. John Thune thought when Britain’s Lord Stern, a leading authority on global warming, called on the world to give up meat to save the planet.

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