Daily Archives: October 29, 2009

Video Feature: Shortening the Breeding Season

Beef producers should consider shortening the breeding season for their herd. A shorter breeding season can simplify management and improve returns.

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Losing the War of Words

Losing the War of Words

Kevin Murphy

Angus Journal

Farmers sense the need to reconnect with consumers and with those who represent their products to those consumers. Their mounting frustration arises from a sense that their voices are muffled by the layers of people who now inhabit the space between them and the ultimate consumer. Worse yet, they feel they’re missing out on the conversation because farmers, and those speaking on their behalf, are losing in a new war of words.

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The Sure Remedy Few Seem To Want

The Sure Remedy Few Seem To Want

John Harrington


The U.S. beef industry is renewing its push to get the U.S. Agriculture Department to act on a years-old request to use irradiation on beef carcasses to kill harmful pathogens such as E.coli bacteria.

On the sidelines of the Worldwide Food Expo here, meat industry officials said on Tuesday that irradiating beef carcasses would be an important tool to lessen contamination. But they also said it would still be one of several steps in the prevention process.

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Importance of building a relationship with a vet.

Importance of building a relationship with a vet.

Sara Gugelmeyer

Hereford World

Veterinarians are getting scarce, especially those willing to come out to your place and look at cattle. But, three veterinarians involved in the Hereford industry say the key to healthy, profitable cattle is having a good veterinarian and developing a relationship with him or her.

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Q&A:  How soon after a freeze is it safe to graze Johnsongrass?

Q&A:  How soon after a freeze is it safe to graze Johnsongrass?

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

Like other grasses in the sorghum family, Johnsongrass can accumulate nitrates and develop prussic acid. The nitrates are usually not a problem in the open pasture situation.

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Multiple pathogens complicate calf scours

Multiple pathogens complicate calf scours


One of the reasons why calf scours is such a challenging disease for producers is that it can be caused by a combination of two or more pathogens.

 “There are four major pathogens that cause calf scours, and a host of minor ones,” says Jerry Olson, DVM, MS, senior veterinarian with Pfizer Animal Health. “In most cases, more than one of the causative agents is involved in clinical scours.”

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Family blog puts a face on animal ag

Family blog puts a face on animal ag


Peabody Gazette Bulletin (KS)

Anyone who has ever wanted to learn about the everyday life of a farm and ranch family can go to the Kansas Beef Council Web site, http://www.Kansasbeef.org, where a new blog is posted by Kim Harms of Harms Plainview Ranch, Lincolnville. A link to “Ranch Family Blog” is provided on the home page.

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