Daily Archives: April 12, 2010

Video Feature: Alex Avery – Conventional Beef Production’s Economic and Environmental Advantage

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Belated Bull Preparation

Belated Bull Preparation

Clay Wright

Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

When spring-calving season is over or almost complete, then the next breeding season is already beginning or just around the corner. During a 75-90 day breeding season, it’s not uncommon for a bull to lose 100 to 200 pounds – sometimes even more. For that reason, your bulls should be in a body condition score (BCS) of 5.5 to 6.5 and consuming primarily a high roughage diet (hay or pasture).

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Carcass Ultrasound:  Working Together to Make Beef Better

Carcass Ultrasound:  Working Together to Make Beef Better

Walter & Associates CUP Lab

A change in leadership at two premier beef science entities holds potential for an enhanced collaborative relationship between the two.

      “We’ve always worked closely. Now we have the opportunity to take that even further,” says Dr. John Pollak, as he exits the Executive Directorship of the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC) and takes the helm of the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). Aside from making the move from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, to the plains of central Nebraska, Pollak moves from academia to a branch of the USDA with 250 employees and six research departments.

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Common Internal Parasites of Cattle

Common Internal Parasites of Cattle

University of Missouri

Although there are many species of worm parasites harbored in the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts of cattle, only a few target species are clinically and economically important. These include the brown stomach worm Ostertagia the coccidia Eimeria bovis and the lungworm Dictyocaulus. These are of great significance throughout the United States and worldwide, with Ostertagia considered the single most important parasite of cattle. And this is true for native Missouri cattle as well as for cattle imported into Missouri.

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Bull-Proof Fences

Bull-Proof Fences

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

OK, when this article was given a title it was with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Anyone who has kept a bunch of bulls around for any length of time knows there is no such thing as a bull-proof fence. One bull might not be so hard to keep contained, but putting two or more together results in fighting to establish and re-establish the pecking order. Sooner or later, they’re going to tear up some fence, regardless of its construction.

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Advertising, marketing and promoting a brand

Advertising, marketing and promoting a brand

Amanda Nolz

Beef It’s What’s For Dinner. The Business Breed. The Best Cross For Profit. Making Black Better. Discover the Power of Protein in the Land of Lean Beef. All these phrases are slogans used in the beef industry that are easily recognizable, often repeated and catchy.

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Keys to cow pregnancy: Puberty, postpartum anestrus

Keys to cow pregnancy: Puberty, postpartum anestrus


Farm and Ranch Guide

Getting cows pregnant isn’t always as easy as it sounds, but understanding puberty and postpartum anestrus can make it a bit easier.

Gary Williams, Texas A&M University, addressed these topics Jan. 28 at the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle symposium held in conjunction with the 2010 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show, in San Antonio Texas.

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Balancing grazing land with need to store hay

Balancing grazing land with need to store hay

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

Tennessee’s pastures are greening, and for livestock farmers, spring means it’s time to switch from feeding stored hay to having their animals graze in green fields.

But grazing pasture can affect the quality of stored hay. "This spring’s pastureland is next winter’s feed," says University of Tennessee Extension forage specialist Gary Bates.

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Keeping with tradition – Circle Arrow Longhorns

Keeping with tradition – Circle Arrow Longhorns

Loretta Sorensen

The Fence Post

A definite air of the Old West is apparent at the Circle Arrow Longhorn ranch at Harrisburg, Neb. That’s exactly the way Roy and Judi Lyles designed it to be.

While they thoroughly enjoy the traditional western aspects of their ranch, their primary focus is raising high quality, healthy grass fed Longhorn beef. Their genetics trace back to some early Texas Longhorn herds.

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Proper Scour Prevention Means Healthy Calf Crop

Proper Scour Prevention Means Healthy Calf Crop

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

A cattleman’s calendar often takes on dates and time periods that are known to impact the bottom line. Each red checkmark usually has some significance, working through a general protocol to come up with specific results. Calving season is often the beginning of a laundry list of events that will take place until calves are weaned and passed on to the next stage in the production system.

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Grass Alfalfa Mixtures Instead of Pure Alfalfa

Grass Alfalfa Mixtures Instead of Pure Alfalfa

Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor of Agronomy, Agronomy & Horticulture, University of Nebraska

Hay growers in our area often plant new fields to alfalfa without even thinking about other alternatives. For lots of folks, pure alfalfa is the best choice, but for many of you it might be better to mix in some grass, like orchardgrass, smooth brome, or festulolium, with your alfalfa.

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Calving 911 – when to call the vet

Calving 911 – when to call the vet

Kenny Barrett Jr., DVM, MS

Tri State Livestock News

Veterinary clinics servicing cow-calf clients are busy all over with calving season in full swing. Many conversations with producers occur after bankers’ hours over an untimely fetal extraction. Topics of conversation wander and vary while the veterinarian prepares a suitable patch of hide through which a calf will soon emerge.

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Cows Found To Actually Reduce Nitrous Oxide

Cows Found To Actually Reduce Nitrous Oxide

Red Orbit

A new study found that cattle grazed on the grasslands of China actually helps reduce the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide.

Environmentalists have been urging people for years to stop eating meat because the of methane produced by cattle.

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Former Novato couple turns pampered pastures into gourmet beef

Former Novato couple turns pampered pastures into gourmet beef

Rob Rogers

Marin Independent Journal

Springhill Ranch looks like a golf course. There’s not a weed in sight on its green, perfectly manicured hills, not a speck of mud, and certainly no flies. It’s not until owner Karen London appears on her ATV – followed by an excited herd of mooing cattle – that it becomes clear that Springhill’s immaculate fields are actually a cow pasture.

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Beef Industry Faces Down Chickens, Economy, Misconceptions

Beef Industry Faces Down Chickens, Economy, Misconceptions


Montana State University Extension Beef Specialist John Paterson said ranchers and farmers are now using mass media techniques, such as Facebook, Twitter and other modern media to rally support for the beef industry when attacked by animal rights organizations.

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