Daily Archives: March 3, 2010

Video Feature: I Am Angus – Gordon Keys and Bob Vantrease

Gordon Keys and Bob Vantrease are long-time friends who have a shared passion for Angus cattle. This video is part of the I am Angus series.

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University of Nevada to Close Its AG College

University of Nevada to Close Its AG College

Agri Marketing

Reno Gazette-Journal The University of Nevada, Reno announced plans Monday to close the College of Agriculture and eliminate some departments and degree programs to reduce its budget by $11 million to meet the 6.9 percent cut higher education must shoulder under the agreement reached during the Legislature’s special session.

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How’s The Calving?

How’s The Calving?

John Harrington    DTN Livestock Analyst

If you were uninhibited enough to ask a Hereford cow how her ancestors actually “won the West,” she might momentarily stop chewing her cud to bellow “tough love.”

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Reporting Abnormal Calves – Fawn Calf Syndrome

Reporting Abnormal Calves – Fawn Calf Syndrome

David Steffen DVM Ph.D., University of Nebraska

As we continue our work to characterize and head off emerging problems, we are also carefully monitoring a non-lethal condition referred to as fawn calf syndrome (FCS). Calves suspected to have FCS have been reported in Angus calves in Australia for many years and researchers there have identified the condition as an inherited trait allegedly tracing to U.S. sires. If the Australian hypothesis is correct, and there is strong evidence that it is, there are almost certainly cases unintentionally not being reported in the United States.

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What’s Wrong With ‘Eating Animals’

What’s Wrong With ‘Eating Animals’

PAUL LEVY

Wall Street Journal

Somewhere along the way, Jonathan Safran Foer or his publishers must have realized that the case he makes against American animal farming doesn’t apply tidily to Britain (or to most of Europe). So he’s added a "Preface to the U.K. Edition," in which he claims that "a remarkably similar story could be told about animal farming in the United Kingdom."

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Cattlemen’s Day features speakers, tradeshow, chance for connections

Cattlemen’s Day features speakers, tradeshow, chance for connections

Carrie Gilliam

Kansas State Collegian

K-State Animal Science department is celebrating the beef industry this Friday at the 97th annual Cattlemen’s Day in Weber Hall.

Cattlemen’s Day is a daylong event with a tradeshow, speakers and an open house.

Dale Blasi, co-chair of Cattlemen’s Day and professor in the animal science department, said Kansas State has the responsibility as a land grant university to make information available to producers.

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Pathologist’s Vaccine Conquered Scourge of Cattle

Pathologist’s Vaccine Conquered Scourge of Cattle

Wall Street Journal

Walter Plowright developed a vaccine that effectively eradicated rinderpest, a cattle virus that for centuries devastated cattle herds all over the world.

Mr. Plowright, who died Feb. 19 at age 86, was hailed for transforming cattle-based economies that had been blighted by the virus. The vaccine has also led to a marked boost in global supplies of meat and dairy products.

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Cattle played a key role in the economic growth of Phoenix

Cattle played a key role in the economic growth of Phoenix

Phoenix Examiner

Growing up in the center of Phoenix back in the 60’s, I can remember walking outside my childhood home on a breezy day and smelling a not-so-pleasant odor. I knew right away that the wind had to be blowing from the southeast.

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AI Calving Distribution

AI Calving Distribution

Ryan Reuter and Jessica Robinette

Noble Foundation

Most cattle producers know that the textbook gestation length of beef cattle is 283 days. Most also realize that biology is variable, and predicting the exact day of natural birth in most mammalian species is very difficult to do. However, some producers seem to forget these biological laws when using new technology in their breeding programs. Many producers associate artificial insemination (AI) with the cow herd behaving in very regimented and predictable ways.

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Ridgefield Farm Named Breeder of the Year

Ridgefield Farm Named Breeder of the Year

Cattle Today

Ridgefield Farm, Brasstown, N.C. was selected as the 2009 Braunvieh Association of America (BAA) Breeder of the Year at the BAA 25th anniversary annual meeting, national show and sale in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show, Denver Colo., January 13-15.

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Kansan Faces 30 Years in Prison for Cattle Fraud

Kansan Faces 30 Years in Prison for Cattle Fraud

Agri Marketing

Patrick J. Renz, 45, Rush Center, Kan., has pleaded to bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said today.

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The Choice/Select Collapse

The Choice/Select Collapse

Troy Marshall

Cow/Calf Weekly

Anyone selling on a grid certainly has noticed that the Choice/Select spread isn’t what it used to be. In fact, at the time I was writing this, the Choice/Select spread was standing at 50¢/cwt.

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Summit to Focus on Beef Safety

Summit to Focus on Beef Safety

Beef Today

Since 2003, one annual event has brought every segment of the beef industry together in one room to help bring better focus on beef safety. This year’s Beef Safety Summit, which is partially funded through the beef checkoff, will be held March 3-5 in Dallas, Texas.

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Seven Out of Ten Americans Wrongly Believe the Humane Society of the United States is a Pet-Shelter “Umbrella Group”

Seven Out of Ten Americans Wrongly Believe the Humane Society of the United States is a Pet-Shelter "Umbrella Group"

PR Newswire

According to the federal income tax return filed by HSUS for the tax year 2008, less than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of the organization’s budget consisted of grants to hands-on pet shelters. HSUS does not run a single shelter for dogs or cats anywhere, and it is not affiliated with any local "humane society" organizations.

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Managing Wheat Pasture Bloat

Managing Wheat Pasture Bloat

BEEF Magazine

“Wheat-pasture bloat sometimes called Sudden Death Syndrome is a frustrating problem, often killing the faster-growing calves that consume a greater amount of forage,” says Greg Highfill, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Extension livestock specialist.

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