Daily Archives: November 10, 2009

Video Feature: Fence line weaning

Dr. Clyde Lane, University of Tennessee Beef extension specialist, discusses a less stress inducing methods of weaning calves.

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Raising and keeping calm cattle

Raising and keeping calm cattle

Steve Paisley

Tri State Livestock News

We define how cattle behave and react when being handled by several definitions. Temperament, disposition, calmness, aggressiveness and flight zone are all words or terms used to describe this interaction between cow and stockman. Recent studies discussed below all indicate that calm cattle have superior performance and tend to have improved health, leading to more desirable carcasses.

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The Genetic Effect

The Genetic Effect

American Angus Association

Genetic change in the cattle business is a slow and steady process, but evidence shows it’s happening, and that it’s positive for beef quality.

A recent research review notes, “Quantifying the genetic impact is difficult, but it is definitely a factor in the trend toward higher quality grade.”

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Managing for Treatment Success

Managing for Treatment Success

Beef Today

While preventing disease in the cattle herd should always be the top priority, it is not always possible to avoid all illness. If an animal does get sick there are steps that can be taken to improve treatment success. The primary focus should be on making sure the animal gets well with the first treatment because the likelihood of changing disease outcome with a second or third treatment is low. For this reason, additional attention, best management and most efficacious treatments should be focused on the initial pull.

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Age and Source Verification – Capturing the Advantage

Age and Source Verification – Capturing the Advantage

Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Age and Source Verification has been a topic of increasing interest in the beef industry and provides an opportunity for cow-calf producers to potentially add value to their calf crops.  Beef export agreements between the U.S. and trading partners require that the exported beef originate from animals meeting age requirements (less than 20 months for Japan, less than 30 months for several other countries).

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Why so many E.coli outbreaks from ground beef?

Why so many E.coli outbreaks from ground beef?

Kathlyn Stone

Flesh and Stone

E.coli enters the marketplace during the slaughtering process but processors are usually blamed.

Following the latest E.coli O157:H7 outbreak — the 18th in the past three years, U.S. Rep. George Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, has requested an investigation into how foods are approved as safe for the U.S. school meal programs, and consumer advocates are pressing for improved standards for testing meat for pathogens.

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Consider temperament in stocker cattle

Consider temperament in stocker cattle

Drovers

Temperament of stocker cattle influences production efficiency by having an impact on cattle handling and performance, says Mississippi State University Beef Cattle Specialist Justin Rhinehart. Research even suggests that flighty behavior of individual calves can affect the performance of the entire group.

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Measure Creates Statewide Board, But Humane Society Promises Challenge

Measure Creates Statewide Board, But Humane Society Promises Challenge

Chris Clayton

DTN

Ohio agricultural groups scored an electoral victory last week with the passage of a constitutional amendment creating a livestock care standards board and preempting a possible ballot campaign by the Humane Society of the United States.

Ohio officials will create a 13-member Livestock Care Standards board specifically to define animal-care standards in the state. (DTN file photo by Katie Micik)

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Time to Body Condition Score Your Cows

Time to Body Condition Score Your Cows

Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Many times we suggest that you look past the surface of many factors affecting beef production, but one example of when you need to study the surface is the condition score of your cows.

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Cattleman Management Series workshop Thursday, Nov. 19

Cattleman Management Series workshop Thursday, Nov. 19

Delta George

The Fort Scott Tribune

A Management Strategies the Cattleman workshop has been set for Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Fort Scott Livestock Market in Fort Scott, Kan.

The program begins at 6 p.m. with topics to include employee management and expectations, cattle handling and injection sites and salebarn data on weaning, pre-vaccinations and cutting bulls.

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Two men accused of butchering neighbor’s cow

Two men accused of butchering neighbor’s cow

Naples News

Collier County Deputies say two men helped themselves to some steaks after eight cows escaped from a nearby pasture in Golden Gate Estates.

Terry Joseph Hartline, 52 and Erik Tillman Smith, 42, were arrested in the 300 block of Fifth Street S.W. on Sunday and charged with grand theft livestock.

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FDA approves Camelina meal for cattle feed

FDA approves Camelina meal for cattle feed

AG Professional

The FDA today approved the inclusion of omega 3-rich Camelina meal in cattle feed. Under the guidelines, the FDA says that up 10 percent of Camelina in cattle feed is satisfactory, providing the potential for omega 3-rich beef for consumer consumption.

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Beef Plant Has New General Partner

Beef Plant Has New General Partner

KELO

Records in the South Dakota secretary of state’s office indicate a new general partner has been listed for Northern Beef Packers, which is building a beef processing plant in Aberdeen.

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Pasture raised meat: beef

Pasture raised meat: beef

Erin McClure

Examiner.com

Some farm animals’ digestive tracts are designed to eat fiberous grasses and native plants.  These animals include cattle, goats, sheep, bison and dairy cattle. Meats that are produced from animals on this diet are often called “grass-fed” and sometimes are pasture raised. Pasture raised meats come from animals that graze and are raised on pastures.

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UW-Extension Hires New Beef Cattle Specialist

UW-Extension Hires New Beef Cattle Specialist

Wisconsin Ag Connection

A new beef cattle extension specialist has joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Animal Sciences.

Amy Radunz comes to Wisconsin from Ohio State University, where she served as an extension specialist in livestock youth programs and meat science while earning a Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition and meat science.

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