Daily Archives: February 10, 2010

Video Feature: Animal Antibiotics a Threat? – CBS News Video

Public health officials are worried that the widespread use of antibiotics on healthy animals may be putting people at risk. Katie Couric investigates this potential health threat.



Balanced Selection Includes Carcass

Balanced Selection Includes Carcass


Commercial ranchers are acutely aware of costs and of the importance of reproductive and production traits in the genetics they buy.  Long lived commercial cows that consistently wean large healthy calves over time are a key to profitability of most commercial farming and ranching operations.

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New System ID Would Apply to Interstate Commerce

New System ID Would Apply to Interstate Commerce

Jerry Hagstrom

DTN Political Correspondent

USDA will ask states and tribal nations to administer a system of animal identification to trace disease back to its source rather than continue development of a national animal identification system, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told state agriculture commissioners Friday.

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Goobers and Goliaths

Goobers and Goliaths

Steve Cornett

Beef Today

    1. goober—Basically a goober is just a kindhearted, rather oblivious goofball. It’s a term of endearment really. It comes from the ancient Scottish verb "to goub", which has to do with doing a dance and smiling sheepishly while doing so, exposing the goubs in one’s teeth.

    Source: the Urban Dictionary

Since the Cattle-Fax presentation at the NCBA convention last week, I’ve been dwelling on how their message is digested in different sectors. I’m particularly furrowed of brow over the way the folks I call the goobers—soft of tissues both cardio and cranial—react to numbers.

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Some Concerned with USDA’s Decision to Scrap NAIS

Some Concerned with USDA’s Decision to Scrap NAIS

Hoosier AG Today

Veterinarians and a Bush-era USDA official are expressing reservations about USDA’s decision to dump the National Animal Identification System.

CEO Ron DeHaven says the American Veterinary Medical Association cannot endorse Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack’s new approach to animal disease traceability because there are simply too many unanswered questions.

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Using heritability to your advantage

Using heritability to your advantage

Jeffrey W. Lehmkuhler

Assistant Extension Professor & Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Department of Animal & Food Sciences, University of Kentucky

Having a basic understanding with respect to the heritability of traits allows for an understanding how genetic selections may impact the phenotype observed and how quickly these changes may be observed in a herd. The degree to which the genes of an individual influence the phenotypic variation is described by the heritability of a given trait.

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How to tell if your cow is eating enough

How to tell if your cow is eating enough

Carl Stafford

Culpeper Star Exponent

Beef cattle nutrition is simple enough on paper but the eye of the master is needed to judge how your cattle respond to their diet. I know you can look at your hay and figure out if it is good or bad, but you can really tell about hay or pasture quality by looking at cow body condition.

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