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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Feed Mixers: Not Just a Piece of Iron

Feed Mixers: Not Just a Piece of Iron

John Dobberstein

Farm Equipment

The market for feed mixers is growing in North America, but it takes a dedicated, knowledgeable dealership to sell them successfully.

Like most pieces of agricultural equipment, feed mixers have evolved technologically over time. And they’ve become more important than ever to the success of dairy and beef farmers, as well as farm equipment dealers who pursue this market.

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Beef Cattle Association holding annual meeting

Beef Cattle Association holding annual meeting


The Hendricks County Beef Cattle Association will hold its annual meeting and banquet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Conference Center at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex.

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USDA announces plans to revise animal ID system

USDA announces plans to revise animal ID system

Ching Lee

California Farm Bureau

Responding to criticism from what it called a "vast majority" of ranchers who spoke out at public forums, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week it is revising its policy on the National Animal Identification System in favor of a more "flexible, coordinated approach" to animal disease traceability.

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Steak dinners go back 2.5 million years

Steak dinners go back 2.5 million years


Larry O’Hanlon

The discovery of a new "missing link" species of bull dating to a million years ago in Eritrea pushes back the beef steak dinner to the very dawn of humans and cattle.

Although there is no evidence that early humans were actually herding early cattle 2.5 million years ago, the early humans and early cattle certainly shared the same landscape and beef was definitely on the menu all along.

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UW-Extension Feeder Day Clinics Scheduled

UW-Extension Feeder Day Clinics Scheduled

Wisconsin Ag Connection

The University of Wisconsin-Extension will be conducting the annual Cattle Feeders workshops at the Fond du Lac Extension office on February 16 at 6:00 p.m. The program provides information regarding finishing and backgrounding cattle, which applies to both beef and Holstein feeders.

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Cattle Feeding: Phosphorus, Need It Or Leave It?

Cattle Feeding: Phosphorus, Need It Or Leave It?


Dramatic increases in the components used to formulate complete mineral supplements resulted in sticker shock for many beef cow-calf producers. Knee-jerk responses to these increased prices have resulted in some cutting mineral supplements with white salt or discontinuing feeding them all together.

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Steve Cornett:  NCBA Pushes for a More Nimble Organization

Steve Cornett:  NCBA Pushes for a More Nimble Organization

Beef Today

Let’s hope the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) gets its reorganization right this time. In December, its task force unveiled suggestions for a new structure. The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) executive committee expressed serious misgivings about whether the changes would help or hurt the chances for industry cohesiveness.

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Novus completes buy of Albion’s animal nutrition unit

Novus completes buy of Albion’s animal nutrition unit

St. Louis Business Journal

Novus International said it completed its previously announced purchase of the Albion Laboratories Inc.’s animal nutrition division for an undisclosed amount.

Clearfield, Utah-based Albion makes feed and other products for beef and dairy cattle.

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