Daily Archives: November 2, 2009

Larry Campbell, Batesville, Indiana Master Stockman Passes

Larry Campbell, Batesville, Indiana Master Stockman Passes

Special for thebeefblog.com

Friend, father and great cattleman; Larry Campbell. 59, Passed away at his home Sunday morning. This drew to the end of a very short and bitter battle with cancer. Shortly after the Indiana State fair, Larry was diagnosed with cancer in multiple organs and unfortunately most were quite advanced.

Larry’s very capable eye and vision along with his god given talent helped him to select and propel a sire to the throne as agreeably the greatest club calf sire in history. That bull, Heat Seeker, has fathered many top quality sires including Heat Wave.

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Batesville Herald Tribune Obituary

Cow Fertility and Longevity

Cow Fertility and Longevity

By Drs. Wade Shafer and Jerry Lipsey

Simmental Register

The most important convenience trait we can deliver to the beef industry is profit. It’s crucial that SimGenetics remain focused on both the perception and reality that Simmental and Simbrah breeders understand and select for traits that impact profit for cow herds, feedyards and the huge industry that harvests and markets high-value beef.

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Fat Plays Major Role in Cow’s Nutrition

Fat Plays Major Role in Cow’s Nutrition

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Cattle Today

If you talk to the typical cowman and ask him what are the important nutrients he has to consider for his cow herd, generally he will tell you: 1) protein, 2) fat, 3) fiber 4) TDN (total digestible nutrients – energy content) 5) minerals and vitamins.

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Northern vs. southern plains cattle

Northern vs. southern plains cattle

Miranda Reiman

The Cattle Business Weekly

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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Production efficiency in herd aim of NW Oklahoma Cattle Conference

Production efficiency in herd aim of NW Oklahoma Cattle Conference

Enid News

“Ranch Efficiency: Doing What Makes Sense” is the theme for the Northwest Oklahoma Cattle Conference, which will be Nov. 9 in Enid.

The multispeaker conference will be 4-8 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Garfield County Oklahoma State University Extension Center, 316 E. Oxford. A meal will be provided at 6 p.m.

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Talking with Dr. Temple Grandin, Author of “Thinking in Pictures”

Talking with Dr. Temple Grandin, Author of "Thinking in Pictures"


Dr. Temple Grandin is probably the most well-known person with autism today. She is an author as well as a successful livestock handling equipment designer. Her story has been featured on television, radio, and national publications. Welcome to OpEdNews, Temple. Thank you for joining us. Your book Thinking in Pictures is about your life with autism. It’s a fascinating glimpse into another world, another language, another way of seeing and processing the world.

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Achieving a balance between farming and a wildlife haven

Achieving a balance between farming and a wildlife haven

Farmers Guardian

Looking out across the saltmarsh at Terrington St Clement – part of Gavin Lane’s farm – it is easy to forget the busy town and docks of Kings Lynn are just a couple of miles away.

The wide open marshes are managed only through grazing – no fertiliser or pesticides are applied. They are a haven for wildlife, particularly wader birds and migratory geese, including pink-footed geese, which flock to Norfolk in the winter months.

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Home Slaughtering and Processing of Beef

Home Slaughtering and Processing of Beef

Maurice A. Alexander, Department of Animal Sciences, William C. Stringer and Harold B. Hedrick, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Missouri

A beef animal selected for slaughter should be healthy and in thrifty condition. Keep the animal off feed 24 hours before slaughter, but provide free access to water.

Don’t run or excite the animal prior to slaughter because this may cause poor bleeding and give the carcass a bloody appearance.

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The 3 stages of Parturition

The 3 stages of Parturition

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Stage 1

 The first stage of parturition is dilation of the cervix.  The normal cervix is tightly closed right up until the cervical plug is completely dissolved.  In stage 1 cervical dilation begins some 4 to 24 hours before the completion of parturition.

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Potentially lethal grass poses risk to cattle farmers

Potentially lethal grass poses risk to cattle farmers


The first frosts of this fall and the end of two years of drought have created a potentially deadly combination for cattle in East Tennessee.

It’s a weed that has forced Lenoir City cattle farmer Bill Campbell to take major precautions.

"We raise red angus beef cattle," Campbell said glancing toward his 63 cows, all herded on one side of his farm.

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Cattle tales connect with consumers

Cattle tales connect with consumers

High Plains Journal

Cattlemen tell stories in a lot of ways–across a fence gate, over coffee at the feed store, through the pickup window or atop a good horse in the back of the ropin’ pen. Now, producers focused on quality can also tell their stories on the internet’s World Wide Web.

Ranchers from nearly every state grace the Certified Angus Beef brand’s consumer site (www.certifiedangusbeef.com/producers) right next to the product they work to create.

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Concerns Remain as Cattle Industry Works With ID Tags

Concerns Remain as Cattle Industry Works With ID Tags


More than 100,000 cattle and 30,000 calves make their way through Milwaukee Stockyards each year after they are unloaded. As they move along a 7-foot-wide, 14-foot-long alley, nothing seems out of the ordinary.

Cattle slowly walk or race along, bump into their companions, turn a corner and enter a pen of bellowing beef.

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David Burton: Bull sales ride largely on breed pedigree

David Burton: Bull sales ride largely on breed pedigree

Springfield News Leader

The 74th sale of bulls at the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association sale on Oct. 26 ran both hot and cold, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole said.

High points of the sale were 10 bulls that brought $2,300 or more. Low points were three no-sales, or bulls that didn’t receive a single bid, and six bulls that only brought the $1,500 floor price.

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FDA urged to ban feeding of chicken feces to cattle

FDA urged to ban feeding of chicken feces to cattle

Los Angles Times

A fight is brewing over the practice of feeding chicken feces and other poultry farm waste to cattle.

A coalition of food and consumer groups that includes Consumers Union and the Center for Science in the Public Interest has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice. McDonald’s Corp., the nation’s largest restaurant user of beef, also wants the FDA to prohibit the feeding of so-called poultry litter to cattle.

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Beef industry needs more feed-efficiency data

Beef industry needs more feed-efficiency data

High Plains Journal

Feed accounts for 65 percent to 80 percent of total beef-production costs. With grain prices at their highest levels ever, finding a way to lower those costs is important to cattle producers. Feed-management practices go only so far, however. A more promising tool for cattle producers is genetic selection for improved feed efficiency.

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