Daily Archives: February 24, 2010

Be Aware of Breeding Guarantees When Buying Bulls

Be Aware of Breeding Guarantees When Buying Bulls

Wes Ishmael

Cattle Today

Run enough bulls long enough and it’s not a matter of whether one will become unusable; it’s a matter of when and how many.

There are just too many moving parts for it to be otherwise: the vagaries of Mother Nature, disease, intrinsic bull behavior, vast geography, rotten luck.

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Getting To Know HSUS

Getting To Know HSUS

Bovine Veterinarian

Layer by layer, the facade of the Humane Society of the United States is being peeled back revealing the group’s far-reaching objectives. The world is learning that at the center is an animal rights group with much more on its agenda than saving dogs and cats.

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Assisting the Posterior Presentation (Backwards Calf)

Assisting the Posterior Presentation (Backwards Calf)

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Any cow calf producer that has spent several years in the cattle business has had the experience of assisting a cow or heifer deliver a calf that was coming backwards.  Understanding the physiology and anatomy of the calf and mother will improve the likelihood of a successful outcome.

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Indiana Moves on Livestock Care

Indiana Moves on Livestock Care

Hoosier AG Today

  Indiana could have livestock care oversight in place by mid March after the Indiana State Senate passed H.B. 1099 by a vote of 50-0. The bill earlier passed the House by a 94-0 count. It now goes to Governor Mitch Daniels for his signature. The bill gives ultimate power in deciding standards for livestock and poultry care to the already existing Board of Animal Health.

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Time for Bull Check-ups

Time for Bull Check-ups

David Burton, University of Missouri extension

Beef Today

While you may be busy with cavling season, it’s not too early to start planning for breeding season by making sure your bulls are ready. Here are some tips from Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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HSUS and PETA

HSUS and PETA

Dr. Max Thornsberry

AGweb.com

From the Center for Consumer Freedom: This is a great organization!!!

Despite the words “humane society” on its letterhead, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not affiliated with your local animal shelter. Despite the omnipresent dogs and cats in its fundraising materials, it’s not an organization that runs spay/neuter programs or takes in stray, neglected, and abused pets

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Indiana animal care standards may go from idea to reality in three months

Indiana animal care standards may go from idea to reality in three months

Kristy Foster

Farm and Dairy

In what some would describe as a whirlwind, the state of Indiana could have livestock care oversight established by the middle of March.

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New federal guidance will impact organic livestock producers

New federal guidance will impact organic livestock producers

Sebeka-Menahga Review Messenger

Minnesota’s organic livestock producers are expected to benefit from a new federal rule that more clearly defines pasture requirements for organic ruminant animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats.

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America’s infatuation with tainted beef

America’s infatuation with tainted beef

Daily Lobo/University of New Mexico

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.

I want to eat cows. I want to eat ribs, burgers, steaks and even bottom round roast (the butt). I would love to swim in the fluffy meat pillows of steak goodness, indulging my continuously growing gluttony. But, the Man keeps screwing my meat fantasy. I can’t, in any good conscience, eat beef.

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Environmental regulations squeeze ranchers’ profits

Environmental regulations squeeze ranchers’ profits

Pat Kopecki

Wilson County News

Agricultural producers, hit hard by everything from droughts to flooding and wildfires, continue to face difficulties in meeting environmental regulations.

Those attending the 2010 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Antonio in January had an opportunity to hear more about environmental regulations and their impact on producers from Tamara Thies, chief environmental counsel of the NCBA, and others.

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Winter Cow Nutrition Impacts Reproduction

Winter Cow Nutrition Impacts Reproduction

Dr. Dan Larson, Ruminant Nutritionist

Beef Today

Managing a dry cow during the winter is often overlooked.  Yet, it is a critical period for calf production and to get the cow in condition for a successful breeding season.  The goal of a cow management strategy is to limit cost without sacrificing calf production or rebreeding.

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Congressional Members, Livestock Groups Hold Educational Briefings On Antibiotics

Congressional Members, Livestock Groups Hold Educational Briefings On Antibiotics

Bovine Veterinarian

WASHINGTON  – Today, livestock and poultry groups hosted educational briefings on Capitol Hill to share the facts about the importance of tools like antibiotics in raising healthy food animals. The informational sessions were co-hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association through beef checkoff funding, the National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council, National Milk Producers Federation, National Turkey Federation, American Meat Institute and National Meat Association.

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The rain in Spain leaves bulls skinny and in pain

The rain in Spain leaves bulls skinny and in pain

Yahoo News

The rain in Spain is usually good news, but it’s been coming down hard pretty much every day for two months in Andalusia and Extremadura, the southern regions where most of the country’s fighting bull ranches are. The ground is soaked and so are the bulls, heralding an odd and unpredictable start to the bullfighting calendar.

Among other problems, all that water causes the bulls’ hooves to swell and soften, and makes their joints sensitive, sapping their mobility.

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Southeastern calves still improving, study says

Southeastern calves still improving, study says

Drovers

For decades, cattle from the southeastern U.S. have sold at a discount compared to cattle from the Midwest. Data says they deserve better, according to a beef cattle specialist with Certified Angus Beef LLC. Earlier this month, Gary Fike presented on feedlot performance and carcass traits at the Southern Section meetings of the American Society of Animal Science in Orlando, Fla.

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BRSV in cattle

BRSV in cattle

David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.

The Fence Post

Many producers pick up the vaccine bottle, draw the reconstituted vaccine into the syringe for administration, and immunize their cattle against bovine respiratory disease. The primary concern often involves infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) and bovine virus diarrhea (BVD). For those that look at the bottle closely, they see BRSV. So what is bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV)?

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