Daily Archives: January 12, 2010

Steve Cornett:  Praying for poultry?

Steve Cornett:  Praying for poultry?

Beef Today

Let’s get one thing straight first. Taiwan is an important customer for beef. However, their politicians’ much ballyhooed announcement last week that they would renege on their promise to accept bone-in, older beef won’t have much impact on sales to the island.

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Flint Hills Rancher asks EPA for Uncommon, Common Sense

Flint Hills Rancher asks EPA for Uncommon, Common Sense

American Farm Bureau Blog

I propose that on days of poor air quality in the Kansas City metro area that the driving of cars be banned. The EPA wants to regulate when we can burn because of air quality issues in Kansas City. Let me state that it is my belief that while we may push those air quality numbers to a higher level, pasture burning is not the cause for alarm.

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Score Them Now

Score Them Now

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

We have visited about this topic a number of times and its importance to cow performance. Body condition at calving, especially for spring-calving cows, not only impacts how cows perform at calving, but also influences performance during the next breeding season. How cows perform during the breeding season impacts profit potential in the cow/calf enterprise in regards to pregnancy rate and when in the breeding season they become pregnant.

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Agriculture professional urges producers to take action

Agriculture professional urges producers to take action

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

Mike Davelaar has a passion for agriculture. He lives and works in Yankton, SD where he promotes Quality Liquid Feeds, a family corporation with 30 years of experience in liquid feed manufacturing and marketing.

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Do zinc treatments reduce respiratory disease in sale-barn calves?

Do zinc treatments reduce respiratory disease in sale-barn calves?


University of Arkansas researchers purchased 88 calves from several auction barns, shipped them as a group and processed them upon arrival. They sorted the calves into three treatment groups:

    * 3 ml of 10.8 mg Zn/ml sprayed into each nostril

    * 40 ml of 16.25 mg Zn/ml oral drench

    * no-zinc control

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Talk to your veterinarian, test your herd

Talk to your veterinarian, test your herd

High Plains Journal

The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd bulls in the New Year for Bovine Trichomoniasis.

"Testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling this infection," said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. "Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd."

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National Beef Ambassadors in Action

National Beef Ambassadors in Action


My favorite youth agriculture organization, the National Beef Ambassador Program (NBAP), is busy working on behalf of America’s beef cattle producers. Their latest efforts took them to Wooster, OH where they visited the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) headquarters to take part in their Building Blocks for Success Seminar.

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Extension Cattle Feeders Workshops Scheduled in February

Extension Cattle Feeders Workshops Scheduled in February

Wisconsin Ag Connection The University of Wisconsin-Extension will be conducting the annual Cattle Feeders workshops at 11 locations across the state. The program provides information regarding finishing and backgrounding cattle, which applies to both beef and Holstein feeders.

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Snowstorms And Low Temperatures Can Cause Cattle Production Loss

Snowstorms And Low Temperatures Can Cause Cattle Production Loss


Cattle typically can withstand a single snow storm. However, this winter’s back-to-back snow storms combined with high winds and low temperatures mean cattle may not make it to market as fast, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef cattle specialist says.

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USDA buys Fluidigm test for cattle

USDA buys Fluidigm test for cattle

Ron Leuty

San Francisco Business Times

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has bought a testing system from Fluidigm Corp. to help manage America’s dairy and beef cattle.

The South San Francisco company’s microfluidic-based EP1 system will be used by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service to help develop and validate single-nucleotide polymorphism testing panels that could be used to genetically indicate cattle growth rates, disease resistance, milk productivity, health and longevity.

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Claire Danes as Temple Grandin on HBO

Claire Danes as Temple Grandin on HBO


Claire DanesI’m happy that HBO is doing a biopic of Temple Grandin, who I’ve been interested in since I first read about her in Oliver Sacks’ An Anthropogist on Mars. I’ve read her own books Emergence: Labeled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation, and Unwritten Rules of Social Behavior, and I think her life as a high-functioning person with autism who made a career for herself in the humane slaughtering of livestock is a pretty fascinating film subject if it’s done in a smart and respectful way.

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Beef Checkoff Works To Publish The Positive About Beef

Beef Checkoff Works To Publish The Positive About Beef

BEEF Magazine

If you have been on a Southwest Airlines flight in the last three months, found yourself lacking reading material, and reached into the seat pocket in front of you, you may have noticed articles published in theirSpirit magazine that contained negative information about beef (one in Oct. 2009 and another in Nov. 2009).

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SGBI Opens New Offices on King Ranch

SGBI Opens New Offices on King Ranch

Cattle Today

Santa Gertrudis Breeders International (SGBI) has moved into a new headquarters building on the historic King Ranch. The first Board of Directors meeting and an Open House celebration was held Saturday, October 31 in the new building just inside the main ranch entrance.

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Misguided, biased reporting on livestock antibiotics

Misguided, biased reporting on livestock antibiotics


The Animal Agriculture Alliance is disappointed by the many unsubstantiated claims portrayed as fact in the widespread Associated Press article entitled "Pressure Rises to Stop Antibiotics in Agriculture." Released on Dec. 29, the story was the third installment of a five-part series about antibiotic resistance in the United States.

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Bill would rewrite Neb. livestock-cruelty rules

Bill would rewrite Neb. livestock-cruelty rules


Nebraska’s laws prohibiting livestock cruelty may be rewritten this year, but the changes would be largely clerical.

Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine introduced a bill (LB 865) Monday to create a new section of state law dealing with livestock welfare.

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