Stenholm sees further ag program cuts
Tri State Livestock news
Farmers should begin preparing for further cuts in farm programs because of the growing federal budget deficits, a former congressman told members of the American Farm Bureau Federation on Monday.
Environmental Movement Challenging for Producers
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
In the last issue we began a discussion and review of all the climate change hoopla that has overtaken our country and in fact the world. The European Foundation, an international think tank comprised of European scientists and politicians, published a list of 100 reasons why climate change is natural and not man-made. The term you will see in much of the media, their new buzz word, is “anthropogenic,” which simply means man-made.
Calf Scours, Causative Agents of Calfhood Diarrhea
Scours — What is it? Calf scours is a broad, descriptive term referring to diarrhea in calves. Calf scours is not a specific disease with a specific cause, but is actually a clinical sign of a disease complex with many possible causes.
Scours occur when normal movement of water into and out of the digestive tract is disrupted, resulting in water loss and dehydration. Loss of body fluids through diarrhea is accompanied by loss of body salts.
NCBA Young Producers Blog
We sent some cows to town last week. That’s the phrase we always used when it came time to cull cows growing up: it was time for those cows to "go to town." Unlike when the proverbial cows come home, these cows won’t be returning to production for one reason or another.
Spencer beef producer honored for cattle care
The DesMoines Register
Morris Larson of Spencer Livestock Sales in Spencer was named the 2010 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Award winner for his focus on animal care practices.
Best steps to preventing and treating foot rot
Farm & Ranch Guide
While foot rot in cattle is not typically a fatal disease, it can really hit producer’s pocket books, said Connie Larson, research nutritionist at Zinpro Corporation in Eden Prairie, Minn.
The Future of Agricultural Education
There are many things a young, aspiring cattle producer can learn through higher education. But the most important of those may be how to learn. “A lot of people may say, ‘Well, they need to know A.I., and they need to know nutrition’,” says John Lawrence, Iowa State University professor of agricultural economics and director of the school’s Beef Center. “But the bottom line is, they need to be able to evaluate the information.”
Animal insights: Unique abilities allow Temple Grandin to understand needs of animals
When Temple Grandin was a young child, she didn’t communicate the way other kids did. She didn’t speak until she was nearly 4 years old, instead communicating her frustration by screaming, peeping and humming. In 1950, she was labeled autistic and her parents were told she should be institutionalized.
Jack Dillard: Life goes on regardless of what happens in D.C.
We are off and going in 2010 and so far, so good. A few days of sunshine, a few days of rain, weather is warming up from being very cold. Yep, we are into the new year.
I don’t think that what is required by the BQA Program is anything that any BEEF producer can’t uphold. Committing to the BQA way of producing BEEF & Dairy BEEF isn’t going to cost you anything more than what you’re currently doing, In the long run it could actually save you money!
Colorado State University Recognizes Dallas Horton as Livestock Leader
Dallas Horton, a long-time leader in the cattle industry, has been selected by faculty members of Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences as the 2010 Livestock Leader. Horton will be recognized on Saturday, Jan. 16 during Colorado State University Day at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Experts hopeful for cattle industry, but dependence heavy on economic rebound
The coming year could be good for cattle producers, but there are a lot of “ifs” attached to that forecast.
With the nation’s cow herd at the lowest it’s been in the past 50 years or so, there is some optimism for 2010 among cattle producers at the National Western Stock Show. But it is cautious optimism at best.
Our state’s beef industry could be changed forever.
Korean investors are in North Dakota scoping out the possiblities of creating a beef processing plant.
Jack Kim is the principle of the FK Beef Project.
Kim has been supplying the Korean market with beef from US suppliers for years.
The Facts about Bovine Viral Diarrhea Type 2: Is Your Herd Protected?
Seventy to ninety percent of all bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) infections occur without the appearance of clinical signs. In fact most cases of BVD remain undetected in the herd. The outbreaks of hemorrhagic Type 2 BVDV in Canada and Pennsylvania in the early 1990’s has redirected public attention to BVD’s potential threat. Unfortunately, many people have lost sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of Type 2 infections, like Type 1, show no clinical signs and result in mild infections.
Research shows beef quality benefit to modest use of distillers grain byproducts
High Plains Journal
A decade ago, distillers grains were not common feedstuffs. Today they’re routinely included in cattle finishing diets, at levels that can boost beef quality grades.
Chris Calkins, University of Nebraska meat scientist, says when "wet distillers grains plus solubles" (WDGS) are fed at moderate levels, marbling scores increase.