Daily Archives: March 2, 2010

Video Feature: Baxter Black: Jose and the Hoo Doo Cow

Hear an enlightening tale about a mysterious cow. From US Farm Report

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An open letter to Wayne Pacelle, president of Humane Society of the United States

An open letter to Wayne Pacelle, president of Humane Society of the United States

Congressman Zack Space • Ohio 18th District

Chillicothe Gazette

Ohioans have spoken about animal care

Dear Mr. Pacelle,

I was disappointed and troubled to hear of the recent decision by the Humane Society of the United States to move forward with attempts to further their political agenda and force it on the people of Ohio. This news proves that clearly you and your organization have not been listening.

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First Animal Rights State Caucus Formed

First Animal Rights State Caucus Formed


Recent news from California shows how animal rights supporters are continuing to gain influence over elected officials.  Several state legislators recently joined forces to create the first state based “Creature Caucuses.”  These groups are meant to bring animal rights minded policymakers together in order to push legislation pleasing to groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and PETA.

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High-Tech DNA Tests Take Productivity to Next Level

High-Tech DNA Tests Take Productivity to Next Level

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer/DTN

Feed efficiency is the Holy Grail of the cattle business. Feed accounts for 70% of the cost of running a cow/calf operation, so even a small improvement in feed efficiency goes straight to the bottom line.

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Filling in the Gaps

Filling in the Gaps

Dr. Bryan McMurry

American Cattlemen

The perfect forage for cow/calf production doesn’t exist. Even when we do a good job insuring that our cows have the best possible forage available to them there remain nutrient gaps—differences between what the forage provides and the cow requires—that, when ignored, can impact productivity.

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Montana State Veterinarian Calls For Brucellosis Vaccinations

Montana State Veterinarian Calls For Brucellosis Vaccinations


A series of meetings have taken place across Montana to discuss the preliminary proposal on statewide Official Calfhood Vaccination (OCV) for brucellosis.

"There are advantages to becoming an OCV state, and it’s a good time to have that discussion," said Dr Zaluski, who, as chair of the US Animal Health Association’s subcommitttee on brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area, has helped the department play a leadership role in the development of brucellosis policy. "It’s a hot topic, though, and there will be concerns."

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General Partnership Agreements Offer Producers Most Flexibility

General Partnership Agreements Offer Producers Most Flexibility

Cattle Today

At one point or another, most cattle operations form a partnership with another person or entity. Perhaps it is a partnership on a single head of cattle (e.g., a flush cow, a bull in a stud, a show heifer) or perhaps it is a more long-term partnership where profits and losses will be shared among family members or cattle operations.

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Prime cuts

Prime cuts

Michelle Andujar


"Different genetics create a variance in the meat product. Angus has a different cell structure than Holstein," said R.L. Freeborn, a fourth generation cattle rancher from Redmond, Oregon, and the founder of Kobe Beef America, the first company to raise Japanese Kobe cattle in the U.S.

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Vets of all kinds needed

Vets of all kinds needed

Donna Boynton


Dr. George Saperstein is a second-generation veterinarian. His father ran a practice that served small animals, but Dr. Saperstein went in a different direction when he decided to become a mixed practitioner.

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Corn in storage could get moldy

Corn in storage could get moldy

Kylie Saari

The Sentinel

Last year’s cold, wet summer is about to cause trouble.

As temperatures finally start to rise this spring, grain producers may find the wet corn they put into storage last fall become a breeding ground for mycotoxins – molds that can effect the taste and safety of their product.

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Bringing veterinarians back to the public animal welfare debate

Bringing veterinarians back to the public animal welfare debate

Rachael Whitcomb


The time has come for veterinary medicine to put up a united front to maintain its position as the leading source for animal welfare expertise.

That was the consensus at the Joint International Educational Symposium on Animal Welfare, developed and co-sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

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Texan gives UNL $20 million

Texan gives UNL $20 million

Leslie Reed

Omaha World Herald

The story of Texas cattleman Paul F. Engler is a classic up-by-the-bootstraps saga.

Engler, now 80, is a legend among U.S. cattle feeders for helping establish the feedlot industry in Texas. He made news in Nebraska Monday when he announced a $20 million gift to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to help aspiring ag entrepreneurs.

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Campbell County cattle farmers start direct sales of beef

Campbell County cattle farmers start direct sales of beef

Chris Mayhew

Campbell County cattle farmers are ready to sell freezer-ready cuts of beef directly to people seeking to buy food locally.

The sales during two information sessions for people considering joining the program as buyers will be at the University of Kentucky’s Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service, 3500 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 15.

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Hormones in my organic food? Yep.

Hormones in my organic food? Yep.

Christopher R. Raines

Penn State “Meat is Neat” Blog

I recently ate at a local restaurant and, of course, noted the “hormone-free grass-fed beef” on the menu.  I asked the server if those were the teeniest, tiniest cows they’d ever seen — no response.  As many opportunistic farmers seek ways to add value (excellent thinking!) to the food they produce, they naturally turn to specialized food production claims (very doable).

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Cutting edge of the Cow-Calf industry

Cutting edge of the Cow-Calf industry


Ottumwa Courier

Jarrett Greiner had never been around the miniature Herefords before, but he looked like a pro.

It made some sense, really. The Herefords were half-sized versions of their more common cousins, complete with red coats and white faces.

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