Daily Archives: April 6, 2010



As medical progress marches on, the use of transplants and body parts has become commonplace.

Worldwide, from India to Italy, from Iran to Indiana, the surgeries are routine.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. alone has 83,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney!  Corneas, hearts, livers and lungs do a brisk trade on the organ market.

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New Opportunities – AgChat Jiving with Extension

New Opportunities – AgChat Jiving with Extension

Penn State Dairy and Animal Science Blogs

Food producers are perhaps as dynamic of a cohort as one can find.  Within agriculture, there is a wide array of food and fiber systems, philosophies, and mindsets.  I have the fortunate opportunity to work in all facets of agriculture thanks to Cooperative Extension.  For nearly 100 years, a key mission to Cooperative Extension is to inform people about agriculture, home economics, and related topics.  Extension has adapted throughout the years, employing different methods of outreach.

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Growing Cattle on Pasture

Growing Cattle on Pasture

Dr. Bryan McMurryBeef

American Cattlemen

Growing stocker cattle on pasture is an intermediate growing phase within the beef production system. Steers or heifers (stockers) grazed on pasture are generally a low cost way of growing light-weight cattle, 300 to 500 pounds, into feeder cattle weighing 750 to 800 pounds. Profitable stocker production requires that the producer understands the factors that impact efficient, low-cost weight gain.

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Decision Aid Available for Producers Interested in Using Sexed Semen

Decision Aid Available for Producers Interested in Using Sexed Semen

Cattle Today

With the help of retired Texas A&M University Economist, Dr. Jim McGrann, Sexing Technologies (ST) is now offering an Economic Decision Aid for cattle producers interested in using sexed semen. This decision aid is the first of its kind in evaluating the expected return on investment that cattle producers could see when utilizing sexed semen in their AI programs.

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Crossbreeding . . . Simplified!

Crossbreeding . . . Simplified!

Marty Ropp


It is an absolute given that if you make your living in agriculture production you will make more money by utilizing heterosis than by ignoring its value. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of research reports repeatedly showing the value of hybrid vigor with almost no dispute. Its positive effects on reproduc- tive traits, growth and production efficiency are well documented and substantial.

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One Calving Season, or Two?

One Calving Season, or Two?

Donald Stotts

Angus Beef Bulletin

Spring and autumn have become the seasons of choice for calving seasons in Oklahoma, but tremendous differences exist as to what months within each of those seasons are primary times for most of the calves to be born.

“Deciding on the use of one calving season or two is a big first step, with many fall calving seasons having arose from elongated spring seasons,” said Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University cattle reproduction specialist. “Two calving seasons fit best for herds with more than 80 cows.”

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Breeding season nutrition for yearling replacement heifers

Breeding season nutrition for yearling replacement heifers

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Developing replacement heifers is costly, but tremendously important. First, replacements are obviously important as culled cows leave the herd if herd size is to be maintained. Additionally, these replacement females are the daughters of the latest bulls and thus should be a major source of future genetic improvement in the cow herd.

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