Daily Archives: April 5, 2010

Will Cows Get Pregnant in the Coming Breeding Season?

Will Cows Get Pregnant in the Coming Breeding Season?

Dr. W. Dee Whittier, Extension Veterinarian, Cattle, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, VA Tech

The winter of 2010 has broken a number of records.  Beef cows on most farms have probably been affected to a significant degree by the winter.  The seventy days of snow cover that we experienced in Blacksburg have altered cow diets for the worse while unusually cold temperatures and wind chills have markedly increased nutrient requirements.

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State of Indiana Lowers Taxes on Farm Land

State of Indiana Lowers Taxes on Farm Land

AgriMarketing

A bill signed in to law by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will mean Indiana farmers will pay about $75 million less in property taxes over the next three years.

Indiana Farm Bureau tax specialist Katrina Hall says Senate Enrolled Act 396 significantly reduces both the assessed value of the state’s farmland and the taxes on that land by amending the formula used to set the base value for an acre of Indiana farmland.

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Can You Afford Conventional Fertilizer on Pasture?

Can You Afford Conventional Fertilizer on Pasture?

Job Springer, Samuel R. Noble Foundation

Beef Today

When visiting with cattle producers across southern Oklahoma and northern Texas, I often hear that commercial fertilizer is too expensive to purchase for their operations. These comments have come from both cow-calf producers and stocker operators. To help determine if fertilizer prices are pricing them out of the market, there are two options a producer can consider to see if they can afford conventional fertilizer.

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BeefTalk: Bulls Deserve a Good Vaccination Program

BeefTalk: Bulls Deserve a Good Vaccination Program

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Bulls can get sick, too. As a kid, I remember finding our bull dead.

The bull was at the end of a grove of trees, the victim of blackleg. Not far away were two dead calves.

Young minds are impressionable, so that day left a mark. Today there is no excuse to lose cattle to blackleg.

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Cowboy checkoff fight grows

Cowboy checkoff fight grows

Alan Guebert

 Farm Forum

Of all the political hot rocks farm groups are juggling now in Washington, D.C. – cap-and-trade, cuts in crop insurance, shrinking farm program budgets – I’ll bet you a cup of coffee you cannot name the issue that recently united ag heavyweights as diverse as the American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union.

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Rural veterinarians in shortage in Oregon

Rural veterinarians in shortage in Oregon

RICHARD COCKLE

Oregonlive.com

Veterinarian Kasey Nash performs a pregnancy test, her gloved left arm inserted past the elbow into a heifer’s nether regions.

"Sorry, mama," she murmurs while probing the cow’s uterus. She glances at rancher Jan Bauer and whispers, "I hope she doesn’t pee in my eyes."

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Ranchers see need for processer

Ranchers see need for processer

James Shea

Times-News

Farmer George Lenze owns a cattle ranch in Pisgah Forest. Up until last year, he ran a cow/calf operation, where the farm raises calves and sells the young animals to feedlots in the fall.

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Lawsuit: Where’s The Beef?

Lawsuit: Where’s The Beef?

Centralillinoisproud.com

A shut-down livestock auctioneering company is suing a Knox County farmer after more than three-thousand cattle went missing and are unaccounted for.

The Galesburg "Register-Mail" reports the suit  filed earlier this month by Galesburg Livestock Sales seeks two-point-four-million dollars in damages from Ed Malone of Abingdon, for the missing cattle.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church Strikes Out At Meat

Evangelical Lutheran Church Strikes Out At Meat

Joe Roybal

BEEF Magazine

Do these beef-industry myths sound familiar?

    * The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry produces one fifth of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to global climate change.

    * Eating less meat means you are using fewer resources for your personal diet and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, while making a commitment to global food security.

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Cattle Feeding Margins near $170 per head avg.

Cattle Feeding Margins near $170 per head avg.

The Cattle Business Weekly

Cattle feeding margins improved another $22 per head last week, pushing profit levels to near $170, according to estimates developed by Sterling Marketing, Inc., Vale, Oregon.

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Bleeding Calf Syndrome: The Facts

Bleeding Calf Syndrome: The Facts

Thebeefsite.com

Also known as idiopathic haemorrhagic diathesis of calves, or blood sweating disease, the cause of this newly identified disease is unknown. The Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) is working with other organizations to investigate this disease.

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Ohio State University Extension Response to HSUS Current Situation

Ohio State University Extension Response to HSUS Current Situation

Andy Kleinschmidt

Andy Kleinschmidt’s Lifestream

It has been brought to our attention that a piece of literature was distributed at the 2010 National 4-H Conference titled, “Mission Humane – Everything Teens Need to Speak Up for Animals”, published by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). According to the information that we have, it was distributed  during two break-out sessions on March 23rd, titled, "Animal Instincts: Service-Learning and Animal Welfare"

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 Breeding the Perfect Bull

 Breeding the Perfect Bull

Jeanne Marie Laskas

Smithsonian.com

A Texas cattleman used genetic science to breed his masterpiece – a near-perfect Red Angus bull. Then nature took its course

There once was a bull, an astonishing bull with a handsome, wide muzzle, stunning scrotal circumference and a square frame solid as a sycamore. He was the son of Cherokee Canyon, the grandson of Make My Day—a noble pedigree.

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Producing beef in the middle of horse country

Producing beef in the middle of horse country

Tim Thornberry

Lexington Business Journal

The gently rolling pastureland of central Kentucky is home to arguably some of the best horses and beef cattle anywhere, and Walnut Hall Farms, located in the heart of horse country in Fayette and Scott counties, has both.

Justin Sautter and his family have managed Standardbred horses (trotters or pacers) and beef cattle at Walnut Hall for more than 100 years. And since 2009, they have been in the business of selling the beef that comes from their Angus and Charolais herds.

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Meredith Volk, Simmental Leader passes

Meredith Volk, Simmental Leader passes

Norfolk Daily News

Meredith was born on Oct. 28, 1946, in Norfolk, the son of John W. and Doris E. (Darr) Volk. He was baptized on Nov. 17, 1946, and confirmed on March 26, 1961. He graduated from Battle Creek High School and then received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

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