Daily Archives: March 8, 2010

Video Feature: From Beef Cattle to B-roll: Beef Cattle Producer Becomes Media Producer

Clyde Lane saw the need to preserve content that was being presented to producers in the beef cattle industry by recording and producing short, informational segments on the many aspects of cattle production.



Cowboys are nothing if not ingenious. It takes that sort of out-of-the-box mentality to allow them to solve the myriad of problems that arise when you combine horse, cow and rope!

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Management tools improve herd fertility

Management tools improve herd fertility

Tim Hearden

Capital Press

Small steps can add up, physiologist tells ranchers

A few simple management tools can help ranchers maximize the fertility of their bull and cow herds, experts advise.

For instance, removing a calf from its mother for a couple of days has been shown to be effective at helping her begin estrus, said Les Anderson, a beef cattle specialist from the University of Kentucky.

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Ellsworth family takes livelihood from farm to table

Ellsworth family takes livelihood from farm to table

Bill Kirk

Pierce County Herald

As Dave Capatske continues to raise beef cattle, he’s increasingly become a part of bringing the meat to the public.

Capatske has long sold his cattle right off of the family farm, six miles east of Ellsworth. Late last year, he began making meat from those cattle available at a retail outlet in the village’s midway district.

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Maintenance adds value to beef cattle

Maintenance adds value to beef cattle

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

As spring approaches, beef producers can add value to their calves by performing recommended management practices.

Suggested practices include castrating, dehorning, implanting, and preventing pinkeye.

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Reproductive herd health

Reproductive herd health

Jean Barton

About 85 beef cattle ranchers attended the Reproductive Herd Health workshop sponsored by Tehama and Shasta counties’ cattlemen’s associations, University of California Cooperative Extension, Shasta Farm and Equipment, Hawes Farm and Ranch, Northern California Farm Credit, Pfizer Animal Health, Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic and Shasta Livestock Auction Yard.

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Michigan testing animal-disease alert system

Michigan testing animal-disease alert system

Rosemary Parker

Kalamazoo Gazette

Whether it’s two pet ducks in the backyard pond, a flock of peacocks on a country estate or a single steer to fill the family freezer, every animal can harbor diseases and, if undetected, can spread through an area like wildfire, threatening commercial livestock farms.

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Breeders have a stock whose price is rising

Breeders have a stock whose price is rising


Lehigh Valley Live

”This female will be a moneymaker, folks. Do not miss this opportunity," called the auction manager, Chris Shivers.

Bids quickly jumped to $8,000, $8,500, $9,000 — then stalled at $10,000.

”We’re talking about a female seven months bred to one of the hottest bulls in the breed," Shivers reminded the crowd. "This is a tremendous female."

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You are what your dinner ate

You are what your dinner ate

Helayne Waldman

Indianapolis Examiner

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’m all in favor of the consumption of animal products that have been humanely and sustainably raised, eating the diet nature designed for them, and free from hormones and antibiotics. Unfortunately, animal products of this purity are hard to come by.

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Long-term planning for calving season

Long-term planning for calving season

High Plains Journal

We are already well into the calving season and cattle producers have been thinking about the most likely and most costly hazards to their cows and calves. They can use this knowledge to plan for their prevention. Minimizing the risk of these hazards requires long- and near-term planning. Calving problems may occur because of factors of the calf or the dam.

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Bill would bring back horse slaughterhouses

Bill would bring back horse slaughterhouses

Angie Leventis Lourgos

Chicago Tribune

Jim Sacia loves his nine horses. So when it comes time for them to die, they’ll meet their end naturally or at the hand of a veterinarian.

But that’s not the fate of thousands of unwanted horses across the country. They are shipped to Mexico or Canada for slaughter or they die of starvation or neglect.

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Johanns Presses Japanese Ambassador on Lifting U.S. Beef Ban

Johanns Presses Japanese Ambassador on Lifting U.S. Beef Ban


In a meeting Friday with Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Sen. Mike Johanns continued to push for Japan to lift its partial ban on U.S. beef. Johanns highlighted the inconsistency between Japan’s continued ban on safe U.S. beef and beef products compared to America’s fair treatment of Japan after reports of faulty Toyota vehicles and parts.

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Bovine Respiratory Disease: New Research to Tackle Major Concern for Cattle Industry

Bovine Respiratory Disease: New Research to Tackle Major Concern for Cattle Industry

Science Daily

A multi-disciplinary team of Oklahoma State University scientists and practitioners is tackling one of the most challenging concerns of Oklahoma’s $4.6 billion cattle industry: Bovine Respiratory Disease.

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Tradition makes way for next generation as cattle breeders cast eye on global market

Tradition makes way for next generation as cattle breeders cast eye on global market

 Richard Cuthbertson

Calgary Herald

Gavin Hamilton still marvels at the fortitude of his grandfather who in 1891 homesteaded east of Innisfail after arriving from Scotland.

"There was no roads, there was no transportation," Hamilton said Wednesday. "They basically lived off the land. Everything they did was physical labour."

Raising beef cattle has been a long tradition in the Hamilton family and there is no better way to illustrate that history than through the Calgary Bull Sale.

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Farm couple grows green

Farm couple grows green

Nick Gardiner

The Recorder and Times

Charleston Lake trout have nothing to fear from 480 Red Angus beef cattle and heifers on Charlie and Kim Sytsma’s Eighth Line Farm upstream on Elbe Creek.

More than 1.5 kilometres of cedar-rail fencing protects the stream from "cattle nutrients," or cow dung, that would otherwise wash downstream through different tributaries to Charleston, Temperance and Wiltse Lakes.

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