Daily Archives: February 9, 2010

Video Feature: Yellow Tail is now Yellow Fail

Video Feature:  Yellow Tail is now Yellow Fail

Yellow Tail wine recently chose to donate $100,000 to the wealthiest animal rights organization in the world, the Humane Society of the United States. I say dump their wine and start supporting the family farmers and ranchers they turned their backs on.

Right Bull Sets Direction for Success or Failure

Right Bull Sets Direction for Success or Failure

Mark Parker

Progressive Farmer/DTN

There are a lot of important chores on the Oklahoma ranch Dale Johnston and his family run, but bull selection may top the list. "It sets the direction of the entire operation," says the rancher.

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Extreme Home Makeover Visits Oklahoma Ranch

Extreme Home Makeover Visits Oklahoma Ranch

Diane Johnson

Beef Today

The livestock business has its share of celebrities. Nolan Ryan. Terry Bradshaw. Mel Gibson. They are familiar with stardom. But this week a family from the center of Oklahoma is experiencing the celebrity life and it will eventually be documented on the hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

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Call for boycott of Aussie wine

Call for boycott of Aussie wine

Lake County News-Sun

The Lake County Farm Bureau wants you to say "G’day" to Yellow Tail wine.

The bureau, voice of Lake County agriculture, maintains that the Australian vintner is seeking to prevent Lake County farmers from earning a living by contributing to the Humane Society of the United States.

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Color of Fresh Meat: The Basics

Color of Fresh Meat: The Basics

Christopher R. Raines

Penn State Meatisneat

The color of fresh meat is considered one of the most influential factors related to fresh meat purchasing decisions.  To many consumers, it can be a troubling thing, to go to the self-serve retail meat case and see one steak that is a bright, cherry-red color (packaged on a tray and wrapped in film) and right beside it is a dull, purple appearing steak (packaged in vacuum).  Why the color difference? Even if those two steaks were cut from the same loin, they can appear very differently.

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Surface mining allows cattle to graze on land previously unusable say proponents

Surface mining allows cattle to graze on land previously unusable say proponents

Debra McCown

Danny Cantrell’s cattle graze on a green pasture above his Wise County home, with a panoramic view of tree-covered mountains.

Until a few years ago, the 60 acres of steep land was worthless, even for timber, he said. Then surface mining opened it up, flattening the land and giving his cattle room to graze.

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Scholarships another way for Stock Show competitors to win big

Scholarships another way for Stock Show competitors to win big


Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Some youngsters leave the Stock Show with a few ribbons.

But others, like Lesli Garrett of Canton, leave the event with money for an education.

Garrett, an 18-year-old senior at Canton High School in East Texas, earned $9,000 toward her college education at this year’s Stock Show by being a top finisher in two scholarship competitions.

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Cattle Healthline: Pinkeye

Cattle Healthline: Pinkeye

Dan Goehl, DVM


Reader Asks:    We vaccinated our beef herd last spring with a nine-way vaccine. We also vaccinated for pinkeye two times using a vaccine our vet recommended. We haven’t had any pinkeye in years. We have a closed herd, but in July we had a terrible outbreak; almost half of our herd got infected.

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State Environmental Regulations Compiled Together

State Environmental Regulations Compiled Together


To help make the task easier for animal ag producers, the United Soybean Board (USB) funded an audit that compiles environmental regulations in all 50 states into a single resource.

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Include Clover in 2010 Forage Plans

Include Clover in 2010 Forage Plans

Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

An important tool that is available to supply nitrogen to cool season pastures is the addition of clovers.  During earlier periods of inexpensive nitrogen fertilizer, clovers were considered a valuable addition to dilute infected tall fescue, improve forage quality and also supply nitrogen.

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On-Line Beef Webinars Coming Up

On-Line Beef Webinars Coming Up


There will be two beef genetics oriented webinars in February, 2010. Anyone with a computer and internet connection is invited to participate. If any beef producer would like to view the webinar and does not have internet connectivity, they are welcome to come to the Webster County UNL Extension office in Red Cloud to view the programs.

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NCBA: How one woman changed cattle care for a nation

NCBA: How one woman changed cattle care for a nation

AG Professional

This past Saturday, Feb. 6, when HBO’s Temple Grandin aired, farmers and ranchers across the country tuned in to honor Temple Grandin’s work in improving the care of cattle. Grandin, living with autism, revolutionized livestock handling by tapping into her ability to see the world in a different way to develop a deeper understanding of animal behavior.

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Producers Can Manage Genetic Defects in Cattle

Producers Can Manage Genetic Defects in Cattle


University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Beef Specialist Darrh Bullock said genetic defects have caused quite a bit of concern in the past few years among seedstock producers and now concern is spreading to the commercial industry.

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Could cows hold the cure for Crohn’s?

Could cows hold the cure for Crohn’s?

Colby Cosh


Provincial agriculture ministries, farmers and veterinarians are stepping up efforts to control Johne’s disease, a common intestinal illness that affects cattle and other ruminants. On Jan. 1, Ontario’s dairy industry launched an unprecedented four-year mass program of subsidized testing and culling of animals that have high levels of the Johne’s bacteria.

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A 90-day calving season can add $$ to your beef operation

A 90-day calving season can add $$ to your beef operation

Normal Edwards


This is the time of the year that a lot of new calves are born on local cattle farms. One of the most important management decisions in a beef operation is to establish a controlled calving season. Many producers have one in place but this is not always the case.

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