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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