Daily Archives: December 7, 2009

Q&A:   If a bull is used to “clean up” after AI and one figures 50% of the AI’ed cattle will take. Can one double the number of cows you put with the bull?

Q&A:   If a bull is used to "clean up" after AI and one figures 50% of the AI’ed cattle will take. Can one double the number of cows you put with the bull?

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

A:   1:25 bull to cow ratio would be appropriate for a mature bull. 50% AI conception rate is close to industry average, so if you AIed 50 head of cows, one could expect 25 cows for the bull to breed. Single sire pastures can be a challenge and will take more management.

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Do It Because Mother Says It Is Good For You

Do It Because Mother Says It Is Good For You

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

When I was young and caught a cold, my mother would bring out the Vicks VapoRub and lather this horrible smelling, greasy goo all over my chest. When I complained, which I did quite loudly, she would tell me that “it was good for me.”   When I developed a cough, she would bring out the Vicks Formula 44 cough syrup. This thick, black, evil-smelling stuff tasted even worse than it smelled. When I told her I would rather die than take that stuff, she would just smile and say, “Open up; it is good for you.” The Obama administration seems to be telling American farmers the same thing when it comes to climate change. The head of USDA told farmers last week to just accept the proposed cap and trade system because, “It is good for you.”

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BQA winner utilizes various ways to maintain top quality

BQA winner utilizes various ways to maintain top quality

Nancy Carver Singleton

Feedlot Magazine

At her 3,000 head feedyard, Anne Burkholder is a picture of beef quality assurance at work. As owner and manager of Will Feed Inc. in Cozad, Neb., Burkholder started BQA training early in her feedyard career.

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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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On this farm, donkey keeps coyotes at bay

On this farm, donkey keeps coyotes at bay

Matthew Pleasant

Houmatoday.com

An unlikely sentinel stands guard over the W-4 Farm.

Grazing among the cows, Isabel the donkey is just part of the herd on the La. 311 pasture. Her eyes scan for predators among the Charolais cattle, a French breed raised on the farm.

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Russians get a first-hand look at U.S. beef genetics

Russians get a first-hand look at U.S. beef genetics

Bill Jackson

The Tribune

Mike Phillips stood in the background as a group of Russian livestock officials listened to a presentation by representatives of the Aristocrat Angus Ranch west of here.

Phillips is president and CEO of U.S. Livestock Genetics Export Inc., of Salem, Ill., which he said is a trade association that works with various livestock groups to expand exports of U.S. livestock. That includes, he said, everything except poultry. The association, he said, has or is working with 55 countries in the world.

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Mild Pessimism Rules The Range Cow Symposium

Mild Pessimism Rules The Range Cow Symposium

Troy Marshall

BEEF Magazine

As I was leaving the Range Beef Cow Symposium held in Casper, WY, this week, I asked quite a few people about their major take-home message from the meeting. I received a variety of replies, but feed efficiency seemed to be the area of primary focus

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Cattlemen could face tough 2010

Cattlemen could face tough 2010

Garden City Telegram

A leading livestock market expert warned Kansas cattlemen Friday that the industry will continue to be tough and urged them to take advantage of any narrow profit margins they can find.

Randy Blach, an economist for CattleFax, spoke as the Kansas Livestock Association meeting here wrapped up its two-day annual convention. More than 800 people attended the event.

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Annual 4-State Beef Conference coming in January

Annual 4-State Beef Conference coming in January

KNEB

K-State Research and Extension will team with Extension educators at the University of Missouri, University of Nebraska and Iowa State University to offer the 26th Annual 4-State Beef Conference Jan.12 and 13 in four locations.

The conference planning committee has designed a program to include something of interest to all beef producers, said Joel DeRouchey, livestock specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

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Favorable feeding conditions favor beef quality

Favorable feeding conditions favor beef quality

High Plains Journal

Cattle feeding conditions vary by location. One yard might be knee-deep in snow, while the other is dealing with piles of mud. Record high temperatures might cause heat stress in one area while cattle in another region are enduring torrential rainfall.

Even with all that variability, one fact rings true: Better conditions mean better beef quality.

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Minnesota E. coli victim files $100M lawsuit against Cargill

Minnesota E. coli victim files $100M lawsuit against Cargill

Tom Webb

Twincities.com

Cold Spring dancer paralyzed after eating tainted burger

One tainted hamburger could cost agribusiness giant Cargill as much as $100 million.

It already destroyed the health of a 22-year-old dancer from Cold Spring, Minn. It also jolted the federal government into rethinking America’s food-safety system.

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10 Keys To A Profitable Forage Program

10 Keys To A Profitable Forage Program

BEEF Magazine

With forage typically accounting for more than half the production costs – and most of the nutrition – of forage-consuming animals, it thus has a major impact on both expenses and income. Writing in the Ohio Beef Cattle Letter, Auburn’s Don Ball, Georgia’s Carl Hoveland, and Kentucky’s Garry Lacefield offer these 10 keys to a profitable forage program.

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Beef Forum 2010 Scheduled for Spencer, Iowa

Beef Forum 2010 Scheduled for Spencer, Iowa

KMEG

Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Beef Center proudly announce, Beef Forum 2010. This one-day seminar will be held Wednesday, December 16th from 9AM – 4PM at the Clay County Regional Event Center in Spencer.

 Beef Forum 2010 is designed for individuals interested in improving cattle handling and productivity.  Clinician and rancher, Mr. Curt Pate will be the keynote speaker targeting "Effective Stockmanship and Stewardship".  Research

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Livestock leaders: Fight back with social media

Livestock leaders: Fight back with social media

The Westerner

The nation’s ranchers are coming increasingly under attack from animal rights activists, leaders of the Kansas Livestock Association told their members at their convention Thursday. And one of the main ways to fight back?

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Analysis of Global Beef Market — A New Report by Koncept Analytics

Analysis of Global Beef Market — A New Report by Koncept Analytics

RP-Inside

The report analyses the global beef industry on different parameters like production, consumption and trade. It also discusses the countries which have significant contribution in global beef industry.

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