Daily Archives: March 25, 2010

Video Feature: Baxter Black: Tissue on the Range

Improve Reproductive Efficiency

Improve Reproductive Efficiency

Dr. Alan Bridges

Sim-Talk

Advantages of estrous synchronization and AI: By itself, artificial insemination (AI) offers numerous advan- tages to beef producers over natural service. First, artifi- cial insemination is the fastest way to increase the genetic merit of your beef herd. Artificial insemination allows for the use of genetically superior sires that have high predictability for various traits. This allows producers to choose sires that reliably and consistently deliver phenotypes that are economi- cally valuable for their operations.

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Where Things Go Wrong

Where Things Go Wrong

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

While compliance with recommended hormone administration protocols is extremely important to the success of estrus synchronization programs, other factors are important, too. Speaking at the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) workshop hosted in conjunction with the 2010 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, University of Idaho animal scientist Joe Dalton talked about insemination-related factors that have a significant influence on program results.

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Keep Cattle Dry This Wet Spring

Keep Cattle Dry This Wet Spring

University of Nebraska

Ample moisture this winter and early spring makes for a muddy feedlot situation, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef cattle specialist says.

Keeping pens clean and cattle dry is critical for cattle producers, said Terry Mader.

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Disease-related livestock rules to be outlined at meeting

Disease-related livestock rules to be outlined at meeting

Argen Duncan

QCSUNONLINE.COM

New state livestock rules prompted by a spreading reproductive disease in cattle will be outlined Monday at a special informational meeting.

Called Trichomoniasis, the disease is becoming a problem for New Mexico beef producers.

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How to Keep an Animal Calm When It’s Crucial

How to Keep an Animal Calm When It’s Crucial

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Before you decide this is a whimsical piece about a whimsical question, read on. It’s not so in either case. Animals have likes and dislikes. For Pete Eschelman, Whitley County, what keeps his beef cattle calm is more than just important- it’s essential.

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IBCA Board of Directors Begins 2010 with New Faces

IBCA Board of Directors Begins 2010 with New Faces

Hoosier AG Today

  The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) selected its officers for the 2010-2011 year at its annual business meeting during the 2010 Livestock, Forage & Grain Forum and held their first full Board of Directors meeting last week.

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Pay attention to the computer as well as the cattle

Pay attention to the computer as well as the cattle

ABC Rural (AU)

A Meat and Livestock Australia farm business adviser says Central Australian beef producers need to change their mindset about business management.

Phil Holmes says the business aspects of commercial production are not enough of a priority for pastoralists.

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USDA looking for veterinarians to work in rural areas

USDA looking for veterinarians to work in rural areas

Abilene Reporter News

There is a nationwide shortage of rural food animal veterinarians and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering incentives to entice new veterinary graduates to practice in underserved areas for a minimum of three years in exchange for part of their student loans to be paid by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Canadian Government Invests In Beef Research

Canadian Government Invests In Beef Research

Food Manufacturing

The Government of Canada is investing in research and innovation that will help beef producers remain on the cutting edge. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) will receive more than $6 million to lead a research cluster of industry experts, scientists and universities.

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Trans Ova Genetics Achieves 9001 Certification

Trans Ova Genetics Achieves 9001 Certification

AGRI MArketing

Trans Ova Genetics recently achieved ISO 9001 certification. ISO 9001 is an international standard to certify that a qualified company is capable of meeting client requirements.

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Advice for young producers from an ag lender

Advice for young producers from an ag lender

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

Ask an ag lender what it takes to be in production agriculture and many will say, “A million dollars.” While the financial aspect of farming and ranching can seem astronomical at times, production agriculture still offers amazing opportunities for young people with realistic goals in mind and a detailed financial plan in place.

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The Passing of Andy Stevens

The Passing of Andy Stevens

AGRI Marketing

Andy Stevens, former editor of THE OHIO FARMER and most recently editor of AMERICAN SMALL FARM, passed away yesterday of cancer.

As Marti Smith – who was with Andy on the magazine as ad salesperson – put it, "Andy did not become old until about nine months ago." Since last Summer it was a struggle for him. He was honored at the Ohio Farm Science Review in September but already had begun to fade.

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Local slaughterhouses come back to life

Local slaughterhouses come back to life

Samuel Fromartz

Washington Post

Huddled in a small pen in the slaughterhouse, the four sheep and two goats were quiet and still. A few men nearby in thick rubber aprons cut away at still-warm carcasses hanging on hooks.

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Grass-fed versus grain-fed beef proposes nutritional issues  

Grass-fed versus grain-fed beef proposes nutritional issues  

Cassie Monroe

Daily Vidette

In the past 30 years the nutritional values of grass-fed and grain-fed beef have been compared constantly, and finally a winner has been picked—or has it?

According to the Nutritional Journal, grass-fed beef is nutritionally more beneficial. The journal stated grass-fed animals have lower levels of unhealthy fats and higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are better for cardiovascular health.

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