Daily Archives: January 6, 2010

Video Feature: Hormones… The facts may surprise you!

Hormones are a necessary part of life and their use in the production of our food significantly reduces the carbon footprint associated with a steak or glass of milk. So before you pay the extra money for hormone-free (which really there aren’t such products), make sure you know the facts. Facts like how beef produced with the use of growth-promoting hormones is actually quite similar to beef produced with no such added technology and how the garden salad you eat before your steak and that soy latte you are sipping on have way more hormones than you will ever find in a piece of beef.

Prevent Cold-Weather Livestock Injuries

Prevent Cold-Weather Livestock Injuries

Beef Today

While it might be tempting for livestock producers to snuggle up to the stove during subzero days, that’s when it’s most important for them to be caring for their livestock, says a North Dakota State University veterinarian.

"Prevention is the key to dealing with hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries in livestock," says Charlie Stoltenow with the NDSU Extension Service. "By the time symptoms are noticeable, it’ll probably be too late for producers to provide much help.

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Reading and understanding feed labels

Reading and understanding feed labels


The Prairie Star

The most popular New Year’s resolution is to start a healthy diet. That is also good decision for livestock producers for their animal feed.

The right diet for their animals can provide better feed conversion, healthier animals and more profit for them.

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Hoosier Beef Producers Invent Feed Mixer

Hoosier Beef Producers Invent Feed Mixer

Tom Bechman

Indiana Prairie Farmer

New device handles wet distillers grains.

The ethanol boom brought opportunities to more than just corn producers located close enough to ship to ethanol plants. Livestock producers who could use the distillers grains, a primary byproduct of ethanol production from corn grain, had the opportunity to purchase a desirable, economical feedstuff, especially for ruminant.

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Herd Rebuilding Continues At Slow Or No Growth

Herd Rebuilding Continues At Slow Or No Growth

Lester Aldrich

Southern Livestock Standard

The U.S. cattle herd could continue contracting in 2010 because the slow economic recovery has not found its way back to the cow-and-calf producer.

Feedlots may become more profitable later this year, reversing a two-to-three-year trend, but it will take time to filter back to producers and encourage them to begin rebuilding their herds, market analysts said.

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Lawrence Featured Speaker for VT Beef Webinar January 14

Lawrence Featured Speaker for VT Beef Webinar January 14

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

Dr. John Lawrence from Iowa State University will be the featured speaker for the second Beef Webinar sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, January 14th.  Lawrence is a nationally-recognized livestock economist, and is director of the Iowa Beef Center.

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Beef Herd Will Continue to Decline

Beef Herd Will Continue to Decline

Kim Watson Potts

 Beef Today

Most analysts expect the next beef cattle inventory report to show another decline in the nation’s cow numbers later this month. There are a number of reasons that beef producers remain hesitant to increase cow numbers.

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State Feedout steers compare well to others

State Feedout steers compare well to others

Springfield News-Leader

Steers in the recent Missouri Street Feedout performed well but still ended up losing money.

"The 90 steers that were harvested in Iowa, performed admirably when gain, conversion and carcass merit were considered," said Eldon Cole, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist. "But they still came in with an average loss per head of $72.51."

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Producers Face Many Environmental Challenges in 2010

Producers Face Many Environmental Challenges in 2010

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Part 1

Welcome to 2010! Hopefully you have been enjoying the holidays are ready for the New Year. As we enter this new year, it may be useful over the next few issues to discuss some of the challenges that the cattle industry, as well as agriculture in general, is facing. While, individually we can take steps to plan for market variation, changing feed prices, some weather ups and downs, some of our biggest challenges come from sources considerably larger.

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Certified Angus Beef Partners With Famed New York Chef

Certified Angus Beef Partners With Famed New York Chef


Back in 1978, a promising young chef was graduating from the Culinary Institute of America at the same time the American Angus Association was starting its unique, specification-based branded beef program.

John Doherty went on to become executive chef of The Waldorf=Astoria New York at the age of 27 where he served for 23 years, cooking for more presidents, royalty and heads-of-state than any other chef in the country. He led the hotel’s famed Bull & Bear Steakhouse to become a signature licensed partner with the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand.

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Meat & Eternal Damnation?

Meat & Eternal Damnation?

Bovine Veterinarian

This morning the AgriTalk radio station, a sister division to Bovine Veterinarian, discussed more anti-meat campaigns from HSUS and other activist groups that are focusing on using religious information to guilt people into stop eating meat and dairy products. Broadcasted from BovineVet’s home office in Lenexa, Kan., AgriTalk host Mike Adams interviewed Dr. Wes Jamison, associate professor at Florida’s Palm Beach Atlantic University about this new tactic involving religion and religious organizations (listen to the podcast at http://www.agritalk.com/podcastgen/).

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Animal rights groups exploit religion

Animal rights groups exploit religion

Philip Lobo, Communications Director –Animal Agriculture Alliance

The animal rights movement, often characterized as a secular, liberal cause, is working with increasing intensity to appeal to religious organizations. For example, the Los Angeles Times published a Nov. 6, 2007 article titled “For all of God’s creatures; Activists for animals are finding a receptive audience in the faith community, including on the religious right.”

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What Kind of Year Did You Have?

What Kind of Year Did You Have?

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

As 2009 comes to a close, it is always an excellent time to reflect on the kind of year you experienced with your cattle enterprise.  As you review receipts and bills it important to keep the big picture in focus as you assess the details.

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Managing Weak Calves

Managing Weak Calves

Dr. Charles L. Stoltenow, NDSU Extension Veterinarian

Weak born calves can be caused by a number of different infectious and non-infectious conditions. This spring the most probable cause of weak calves will be related to physical condition of the cow. The thinner the cow or heifer, the more likely the occurrence of weak calves. That’s only the first hurdle. The second will be the immune status of the calf during the early days of its life.

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Cargill Testing E. coli Vaccine on Cattle

Cargill Testing E. coli Vaccine on Cattle


Cargill is testing an E. coli O157:H7 vaccine on cattle in feedlots that will be processed at its Fort Morgan, Colo. plant, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

We are working with about a dozen feedlots near our beef plant at Fort Morgan, Colorado," company spokesman Mark Klein told the Journal Star. "And, all told, about 100,000 cattle will receive the vaccine and they will go to the plant in the May-September period."

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