Daily Archives: February 5, 2010

Video Feature: Manipulating Media Messages

Christopher R. RainesPenn State UniversityI visited a local, family-run dairy farm. In this movie, I show you the same calves in the same barn filmed in two different camera “modes.” It illustrates just how easy it is to manipulate images to make them appear like something they’re not.

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Diarrhea In Weaned Calves

Diarrhea In Weaned Calves

Bovine Veterinarian

It is not uncommon to wean calves and then experience an outbreak of respiratory disease. Likewise, sometimes the weaned calves will break with diarrhea and this  can be more difficult to diagnose the cause. Diarrhea in recently weaned calves are commonly caused by BVD (Bovine Virus Diarrhea), mineral deficiencies  (particularly copper or selenium), worms, and coccidiosis.

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Can I Use a Carrier Bull?

Can I Use a Carrier Bull?

Dr. Matthew Spangler, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

This spring there will be some bulls sold in sales or private treaty that are carriers for genetic defects. The question commercial producers have to answer is, “Can I safely use a carrier bull?”.

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No Easy Fix For Mold In Corn

No Easy Fix For Mold In Corn

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

  Mold in stored grain is a serious problem for many Indiana farmers, but efforts to solve the problem could end up making things worse. The wet harvest has led to moldy corn being an especially big problem this year. Growers in Eastern Indiana have reported major problems with vomitoxin in their stored grain.

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NCBA Urges Congress To Examine The Science In The Discussion Of Antibiotics

NCBA Urges Congress To Examine The Science In The Discussion Of Antibiotics


Kansas State University’s (KSU) Michael Apley, a veterinary clinical pharmacologist, traveled to Capitol Hill yesterday with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to educate lawmakers and their staff about the use of antibiotics in the beef industry. Dr. Apley and NCBA met with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA) to discuss H.R. 1549, Rep. Slaughter’s bill to ban the use of antibiotics in livestock.

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BeefTalk: We Want to Avoid the Word ‘Baffling’ for Good Reason

BeefTalk: We Want to Avoid the Word ‘Baffling’ for Good Reason

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

To be “baffled” would imply the progeny results based on mating plans were confusing or perplexing.

The science and art of livestock selection can be baffling. If one does a quick check on the Internet for the meaning of baffling, one finds it means “to frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing.”

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A Systematic Approach to Bull Buying

A Systematic Approach to Bull Buying

Dr. Scott P. Greiner

Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

With the onset of bull buying season, having a systematic approach to finding and identifying the “right” bull is imperative.  Bull selection is the most critical factor for genetic improvement in cow-calf herds, as the influence of the bull impacts both the immediate calf crop as well as future calf crops through the performance (and costs) of his daughters

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