Daily Archives: December 4, 2009

Video Feature: Testing Forages Is A Good Investment

Beef producers can develop economical feeding programs when they have their forages tested. The forage test can be used to determine if additional protein or energy should be fed to their animals. The testing of forages is necessary because there can be considerable variability due to fertilization, maturity, harvesting conditions and other factors.

BeefTalk: Understanding and Proactive Is Better Than Defensive and Average

BeefTalk: Understanding and Proactive Is Better Than Defensive and Average

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service

One could conclude that given the extreme amount of variation within beef prices, it is futile to try to make sense of it. That would be wrong.

Tracking the value of beef is interesting. No matter where one turns, there is considerable variation that results in a value spread.

This occurs to feeder calves, backgrounded calves or at harvest. On the rail, similar variations occur all the way to the box.

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Three finalists named for SDSU Ag Dean

Three finalists named for SDSU Ag Dean

The Cattle Business Weekly

Three South Dakota State University alumni have been named finalists for the next dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.

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Foot Rot in Grazing Cattle

Foot Rot in Grazing Cattle

John G. Kirkpatrick, DVM, Associate Professor Medicine and Surgery, Dr. David Lalman Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Foot rot is a subacute or acute necrotic (decaying) infectious disease of cattle causing swelling and lameness in one or more feet.   The disease can become chronic with a poorer prognosis for recovery if treatment is delayed, allowing deeper structures of the toe to become affected. 

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Delay-plagued Aberdeen beef plant will be built

Delay-plagued Aberdeen beef plant will be built

Argus Leader

A state official who spent three days with investors and potential investors in the oft-delayed Northern Beef Packers plant says the Aberdeen plant will be built.

The secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development, Richard Benda, says cattle now have to be shipped out of the state to be processed.

He says that won’t be necessary with the beef plant.

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House Passes Permanent Estate Tax Relief Bill

House Passes Permanent Estate Tax Relief Bill

Hoosier AG Today

  H.R. 4154, the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009, passed in the House of Representatives Thursday by a vote of 225 – 200. Introduced by North Dakota Representative Earl Pomeroy, the bill would permanently extend the death tax.

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Genetics, management lead to higher quality beef

Genetics, management lead to higher quality beef

High Plains Journal

Through genetics and management, beef producers have moved toward producing higher quality beef, but continual decisions have to be made to continue on that path, according to Mark McCully, assistant vice president of production for Certified Angus Beef.

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New MGA Supplemental Label offers flexibility in heifer programs

New MGA Supplemental Label offers flexibility in heifer programs

The Cattle Business Weekly

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine recently granted a supplemental label for MGA® 200 (melengestrol acetate) Premix and MGA® 500 Liquid Premix to be fed at a higher level with Rumensin® (monensin).

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Ag professor: Animal rights advocates using religion

Ag professor: Animal rights advocates using religion

PJstar.com

Steve Tarter

Livestock producers need to remind consumers of their divine right to eat meat.

That’s the message Florida agriculture professor Wes Jamison delivered to producers at last week’s Illinois Commodity Conference at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington.

Jamison said animal rights advocates have been using a religious argument to sway public opinion on issues such as factory farms or the eating of pork.

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Management of Replacement Heifers for a High Reproductive and Calving Rate

Management of Replacement Heifers for a High Reproductive and Calving Rate

L. R. Sprott and T. R. Troxel , Texas A&M University

A profitable beef operation involves producing the maximum pounds of beef at the least possible cost. Profitability is primarily dependent on reproductive performance, which is best measured by percent calf crop. "Percent calf crop", is the number of calves weaned, divided by the number of cows in the breeding herd at the start of the breeding season.

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Many opinions on the best way to prevent E. coli infection from beef

Many opinions on the best way to prevent E. coli infection from beef

Welsa Stone

Flesh and Stone

There are many opinions about what is the best way to protect consumers from E.coli infections that can leave them sick with diarrhea and abdominal cramps, or in some cases kill them.

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In Delayed Test, a Vaccine to Counter Bad Beef

In Delayed Test, a Vaccine to Counter Bad Beef

William Neuman

New York Times

Jason Timmerman coaxed a balky calf into a chute on his feedlot one recent afternoon and jabbed a needle into its neck. He was injecting the animal with a new vaccine to make it immune to a dangerous form of the E. coli bacteria.

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Knowing what contributes to BRD can help minimize its impact

Knowing what contributes to BRD can help minimize its impact

The Cattle Business Weekly

One of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in stocker and feedlot operation is the infectious disease complex Bovine respiratory disease (BRD).

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Beef Board Hires New CFO

Beef Board Hires New CFO

Hoosier AG Today

  The Cattlemen’s Beef Board has hired a new chief financial officer. She is Katherine Ayers. Ayers is not new to the Beef Board; she has been contracting with them for three years, working on contractor compliance audits and state beef council financial reviews.

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NCBA Calls for End to Trucking Dispute

NCBA Calls for End to Trucking Dispute

Western Livestock Journal

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and its partners in the Alliance to Keep U.S. Jobs (the Alliance) are urging President Obama to work towards a swift resolution in the ongoing trade dispute with Mexico over cross-border trucking issues.

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