Daily Archives: December 30, 2009

Video Feature: Care of a newly purchased Herd Sire

Dr. Clyde Lane University of Tennessee, Beef Extension Specialist, discusses this important topic.

SDSU alum named ag dean

SDSU alum named ag dean

The Brookings Register

Dr. Barry Dunn, an agricultural academic administrator with South Dakota ties, has been named dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University. The announcement was made this morning to the college’s faculty and to university personnel.

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New Year Means New Regulation for Texas Cattle

New Year Means New Regulation for Texas Cattle

Beef Today

Thinking about selling, leasing, bartering or even giving away a breeding bull? On Jan. 1, Texas bulls that undergo a change of ownership (except to slaughter) must be either certified as a virgin bull or be tested first for cattle trichomoniasis, a protozoal disease that can cause cows to abort very early in pregnancy. Infected bulls carry the microscopic “bug” that causes trichomoniasis without any signs and can transmit the single-celled protozoa to cows during breeding.

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A decidedly better world

A decidedly better world

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

As agriculturalists look to the future and begin to make management decisions for 2010, Al Ambrose offered some vital advice for producers to consider at the South Dakota Soybean Association’s AgOutlook 2010 in Sioux Falls, SD on Dec. 10, 2009.

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Animal welfare: When emotion and science collide

Animal welfare: When emotion and science collide

Rachael Whitcomb

DVM NEWSMAGAZINE

When it comes to animal welfare, is it too late for diplomacy or have the battle lines finally been drawn?

The question isn’t far-fetched, considering some of the latest developments in the long-brewing controversy.

On the one hand, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is plowing ahead with its national campaign to reform livestock housing.

On the other, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) continues to argue for what it considers a more rational, scientific approach.

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Ultrasound as a Feedlot Marketing Tool

Ultrasound as a Feedlot Marketing Tool

Cuplab.com

Using ultrasound to measure carcass quality and establish EPDs in the purebred beef industry has long been accepted practice. Every cattleman knows that quality beef starts with quality genetics. And centralized processing labs like the CUP Lab™ have made ultrasound data accurate and reliable.

But using ultrasound technology in the feedlot side of the business is just beginning to catch on. The reason is simple: Show me the money.

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Horses and ATV’s Face Off on the Ranch

Horses and ATV’s Face Off on the Ranch

Rachel Duff

BEEF Today

The image of cattle ranches from the early days involved a cowboy and his trusty horse riding off into the sunset. Today, however, some ranches are moving their saddles from the four-legged to the four-wheeler—or a combination of the two. Horses are making room in the barn for another mode of transportation.

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Grazing conference offers latest grassland management information

Grazing conference offers latest grassland management information

AG Answers

Grassland farmers across the Midwest looking for the latest production information for their livestock have the opportunity to attend the annual Heart of America Grazing Conference in January.

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Taiwan moves to reinstate partial U.S. beef ban

Taiwan moves to reinstate partial U.S. beef ban

Kalamazoo Country

Taiwan’s parliament agreed to amend a food safety law to ban certain U.S. beef imports on Tuesday amid widespread fears over mad cow disease on the island, potentially straining ties with the United States.

Legislators will vote on the issue early next year, Wang Jin-pyng, president of the island’s legislature said, after the ruling Kuomintang and opposition Democratic Progressive Party came to an in-principle agreement to reinstate the ban.

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Cow temperament does matter

Cow temperament does matter

David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.

The Fence Post

Cow temperament has always been a topic of concern when handling the breeding herd whether dairy or beef. Most certainly, the topic of discussion is more focused on those that one needs to look out for rather than those animals that largely remain indifferent to human handlers.

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Trucker’s Tale: Reduces stress through humane cattle handle

Trucker’s Tale: Reduces stress through humane cattle handle

Meggie I. Foster

American Cattlemen

From the ranch to the processing yard, beef calves endure high levels of stress dealing with new, foreign environments that can ultimately affect beef quality and the producers’ bottom line. And while for most cattlemen, it’s always a satisfying feeling to get the calves loaded onto the trailer and watch the truck fade into the horizon, many producers harbor some degree of anxiety until they know the cattle have reached their destination safely.

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Animal welfare victories prompt farmers to change

Animal welfare victories prompt farmers to change

TRACIE CONE

AG Weekly

Recent successes by the Humane Society of the United States in securing protections in some states for chickens, pigs and veal calves have prompted the dairy industry to launch a PR offensive.

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Texas State Livestock Veterinarian to Retire

Texas State Livestock Veterinarian to Retire

American Cattlemen

Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas’ state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), has announced that he will retire December 31, ending his nearly seven-year tenure with the state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory agency.

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The five management plans

The five management plans

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

So far November has been a great month. Most farmers are done with beans and the corn harvest rolls on. It is wet and the fields are soggy, but most are patient and getting the job done. Recently I was working the local auction market and was amazed at the amount of preparedness producers had placed in their calves.

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Veterinary buildings exempt from Iowa State partial closure

Veterinary buildings exempt from Iowa State partial closure

DVM NEWSMAGAZINE

A partial shutdown of Iowa State University due to budget cuts is not spreading to the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The partial shutdown, in effect from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3, has been attributed to state budget cuts and aims at saving the university between $100,000 and $200,000 in utility costs, according to the school. One of the largest utility savings will come from the university’s large Parks Library, which houses the Veterinary Medicine Library.

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