Monthly Archives: February 2010

Video Feature: Sen. Brian Hatfield – Washington State Beef Day 2010

Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, takes a tour of Beef Day 2010 at the Washington State Senate

BeefTalk: Raise the Beef You Want by Buying the Genetics You Need

BeefTalk: Raise the Beef You Want by Buying the Genetics You Need

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Six Quick Steps to Bull Buying Six Quick Steps to Bull Buying

A purchased bull that does not meet your desired production outcomes sets the operation back another year and another calf crop, and leads to missed opportunity.

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Animal Ag’s Tipping Point?

Animal Ag’s Tipping Point?

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

The "tipping point" is a term used to define a critical point in an evolving situation that leads to a new and irreversible development. In other words, it is a change that may suddenly change everything. Author Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the phenomenon of tipping points in our society in his best-selling book simply titled "The Tipping Point."

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Keeping Track of Energy

Keeping Track of Energy

Sandy Johnson, Kansas State University livestock specialist

Beef Today

Tally time is devoted to measuring things so that we can manage them. Measuring and managing takes time and too often things like feeding cows or moving hay seem more pressing. Two things that will be important to measure this year to ensure cow productivity and welfare through the winter will be body condition and forage quality. Producers have been encouraged to use these two measurements for a number of years and many do, or at least they intend to.

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Hidden ranch

Hidden ranch

Nowadays, the O’Kane Ranch isn’t quite visible from 72nd Avenue. Only a white mailbox bearing a faded last name hints that the long driveway ends at Joanne O’Kane’s 5-acre property, where 27 cattle and a pen of goats are tucked away from the otherwise suburban scene.

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China the largest beef consumer by 2015

China the largest beef consumer by 2015

Evegen Vorotinkov

 Meat International

According to Yushin, the predicted surge in demand for beef in China and Southeast Asia could result in a sharp rise in prices. Yushin also added, that by 2015 China will be able to export up to 5 million tons of beef a year.

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Connectedness among herds of beef cattle bred under natural service

Connectedness among herds of beef cattle bred under natural service

7th Space

A procedure to measure connectedness among herds was applied to a beef cattle population bred by natural service. It consists of two steps: (a) computing coefficients of determination (CDs) of comparisons among herds; and (b) building sets of connected herds.

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Indiana Enacts Animal Care Standards

Indiana Enacts Animal Care Standards

Kristy Foster

Southern Livestock Standard

In what some would describe as a whirlwind, the state of Indiana could have livestock care oversight established by the middle of March. This is a positive move for ag in this state and other states are taking up the same measures to keep outside influences from setting the care standards.

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Video Feature: Cattlemen and sustainability

Sustainability has become the new buzzword for environmental activists, but Steve Kay, editor of Cattle Buyers’ Weekly, says cattlemen have been practicing sustainability on their ranches for more than 100 years. Kay urged cattlemen to take back the term and show the public they are the true stewards of the land in his presentation at the BEEF seminar at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif. Kay also discussed how the U.S. government’s strategy for negotiating greater access to the Japanese markets has cost U.S. producers $44 per head in recent years.

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Lawmaker opposes livestock ID plan

Lawmaker opposes livestock ID plan


Tulsa World

The head of the U.S. House panel that sets agricultural spending said Wednesday she won’t support a government plan to create a livestock identification system that may result in customized provisions for each state.

"I don’t believe it is going to work," Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., told Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at a congressional hearing. Trying to create a national system among 50 states and tribal nations is likely to fail and may be "a waste of money," she said.

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General Partnership Agreements Offer Producers Most Flexibility

General Partnership Agreements Offer Producers Most Flexibility

Cattle Today

At one point or another, most cattle operations form a partnership with another person or entity. Perhaps it is a partnership on a single head of cattle (e.g., a flush cow, a bull in a stud, a show heifer) or perhaps it is a more long-term partnership where profits and losses will be shared among family members or cattle operations.

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California introduces animal abuse registry bill

California introduces animal abuse registry bill

The Cattle Business Weekly

State Senate majority leader Dean Florez introduced a bill this week in California that would require animal abusers in the state to list themselves in a registry, as is currently done with sex offenders and arsonists.

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Manage Calving Season For Optimal Results

Manage Calving Season For Optimal Results

Jerry Little

Southern Livestock Standard

Providing sound management during the calving season can mean more live calves. Excessive losses can mean the difference between a year’s profit or loss for a beef producer.

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Don Curlee: Study evaluates local agricultural production

Don Curlee: Study evaluates local agricultural production

Visalia Times-Delta

Producing food near population centers is the dream of locavores, but now it’s also the subject of a serious study by a Ph.D. agricultural resources student at the University of California, Berkeley.

The study concludes that the benefits of such a massive shift in such production and distribution methods are not likely to be as substantial as has been asserted. Furthermore, it suggests that the benefits are dwarfed by the costs of less-efficient production and reduced access to nutritious food.

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The Use Of Antibiotics In Livestock Production

The Use Of Antibiotics In Livestock Production

Livestock and poultry groups hosted educational briefings yesterday (23 February) to share the facts about the importance of tools like antibiotics in raising healthy food animals.

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Video Feature: Drovers TV

– Jackie Moore from Joplin Regioinal Stockyards on Marketing Your Cattle,
– Blake Angell on the Importance of Quality Beef,
– Top industry news and much more!

Using Live Animal Carcass Ultrasound in Beef Cattle

Using Live Animal Carcass Ultrasound in Beef Cattle

Carole H. Brannen, Extension Animal Scientist – Beef Cattle, University of Georgia

The beef industry has begun using a value-based marketing system, where cattlemen are rewarded for producing a high quality, consistent end-product that meets the demands of consumers. One tool that aids producers in the efficient and profitable production of beef cattle is live animal carcass ultrasound. The use of carcass ultrasound is an economical way cattlemen can make genetic improvements in carcass traits, which will, in turn, put profits in their pockets.

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Weighing Feed With Front End Loaders

Weighing Feed With Front End Loaders

Vern Hofman, Agriculture Engineer, Wayne Boland, Veterinarian,  North Dakota State University

Weighing feed is basic to feeding livestock a balanced ration, which is essential to animal performance, animal health, and even optimal response to vaccinations or treatments, resulting in reduced animal health care costs. Knowing the amount of feed livestock are receiving is also necessary in determining feed conversion rates and feed costs.

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Nebraska expert suggests cattle for late harvest

Nebraska expert suggests cattle for late harvest

Capital AG Press

Farmers or cattle producers who have unharvested corn standing in the way of their planting preparations for 2010 may consider letting animals do the work.

Bruce Anderson is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln forage specialist. He says cattle can get into a snow-covered field much earlier than large harvest equipment.

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Consumer Group To New York Times Readers: “Shouldn’t The ‘Humane Society’ Do Better?”

Consumer Group To New York Times Readers: “Shouldn’t The ‘Humane Society’ Do Better?”

Bovine Veterinarian

A full-page ad from the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) appears in today’s New York Times, highlighting the failure of the Humane Society of the United States to devote a significant amount of money to supporting America’s underfunded pet shelters.

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