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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Just say “G’day” to Yellow Tail

Just say "G’day" to Yellow Tail

Greg Henderson


The next time you hoist a glass of your favorite wine you could be contributing to a group that seeks to prevent your ability to earn a living. That is, if your favorite wine is Yellow Tail.

The Humane Society of the United States has announced that they will receive a $100,000 donation from a campaign they call “tails for tails.” Specifically, HSUS says, “Through ‘tails for tails,’ Yellow Tail is donating $100,000 to support us and our programs to help animals, including our Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest.” Through the end of March, consumers will see special Yellow Tail displays bearing the HSUS name and logo in stores across the country.

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Water: an important nutrient to maintain beef cattle health

Water: an important nutrient to maintain beef cattle health


Water is an important nutrient for animals and small changes in water management can benefit animal health according to Megan N. Brew extension agent and co researchers at the University of Florida in the US.

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Public Lands: Cows vs. RATs

Public Lands: Cows vs. RATs

By Jodi Peterson

New West

The Forest Service and the BLM have just announced the 2010 fee for grazing one cow and calf on public land.

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Farmers reach out to city kids about connection to land

Farmers reach out to city kids about connection to land

 Alex Frazer-Harrison

Calgary Herald

For Dave Lantz, being a farmer is much more than anyone with a nine-to-five city job would understand.

For him, it’s a challenging way of life that sees him dedicated to bringing a century-old family tradition into a new millennium.

"I was probably the only kid in Grade 1 who knew exactly what I wanted to do when I left school," he says. "I’ve never wanted to do anything but farm and I’ve been involved in it all my life — and I intend to stay involved in it all my life."

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Skipping meat may help environment

Skipping meat may help environment

Jullian Clair

Auburn Plainsman (AL)

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Eat less meat; save the planet.

This is part of the mentality of supporters of the Meatless Monday campaign.

According to meatlessmonday.com, eating less meat is not only good for a diet, but beneficial for the environment.

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More than 200 exhibitors will showcase products and services at 35th Annual TSCRA Trade Show

More than 200 exhibitors will showcase products and services at 35th Annual TSCRA Trade Show

North Texas e-News

More than 200 exhibitors will showcase their products and services to cattle producers across the state at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) 35th Annual Trade Show during the cattle raiser convention March 19-21.

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Care of the Newborn Immediately After Calving

Care of the Newborn Immediately After Calving

Dr. Glenn Selk, Professor-Animal Reproduction Specialist, Animal Science – Oklahoma State University

Delayed passage through the birth canal in the face of a faltering placenta compromises oxygenation of the calf. Although the calf is able to breathe as soon as its nose passes the lips of the vulva, expansion of the chest is restricted by the narrow birth canal.

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Inspections Reveal Harmful Drugs In Ohio Meat

Inspections Reveal Harmful Drugs In Ohio Meat


A Five On Your Side Investigation reveals how potentially harmful drugs in Ohio beef could enter the food supply.

Investigator Ron Regan found eight Ohio beef and dairy farms have received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the last 15 months.

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