Monthly Archives: April 2010

Q&A:   What do the corn processors remove to get hominy?

Q&A:   What do the corn processors remove to get hominy?

Dr. Terry Mader, Professor of Animal Science University of Nebraska

A:    Hominy traditional is a by-product of the dry corn milling (not necessarily related to ethanol production) process whereby the starch granules are extracted in a dry form to make brewers grits, cornmeal, and related products.

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Stockpiling forage saves feed dollars

Stockpiling forage saves feed dollars

Roy Roberson

Southeast Farm Press

Cattle and forage producers at a recent field day at the Butner Beef Cattle Field Laboratory in Bahama, N.C, saw the benefits of stockpiled fescue forages to a winter beef cattle feeding program.

Extension Livestock Commodity Coordinator Matt Poore, says stockpiled forage is more nutritious, leads to better animal performance, reduces environmental impact of winter feeding and is more economical than mechanical harvest with hay or silage feeding.

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Virginia Angus Leader in “second life” Floyd Dominy Passes

Virginia Angus Leader in “second life” Floyd Dominy Passes

Washington Post

Big Dam Builder and Public Servant Glen Canyon Dam Builder, Floyd E. Dominy, 100, died April 20, 2010 at his home, "Bellevue Farm," in Boyce, Virginia.  . . .

Bellevue Farm became a symbol of excellence for Virginia Angus cattle and received the "Get of Sire Award" from the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association in 1978 and in 1979. In addition, Dominy was named "1979 Seed Stock Producer of the Year" for Virginia.

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Nearly 3,000 pound steer sold at MT auction

Nearly 3,000 pound steer sold at MT auction

KCFW

A nearly 3,000 pound Hereford who kept the herd in line on an Avon cattle ranch for years has been sold for $1,670 at auction.

Owner and breeder Bill McIntosh says he hates to see Cletus go, but he’s got to be practical and beef prices are up.      

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Rotation plan for cattle insecticide ear tags

Rotation plan for cattle insecticide ear tags

Brandon Sears Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Richmond Register

Insecticide impregnated cattle ear tags have been a popular means of pasture fly (horn fly and face fly) control for over 20 years. The insecticide in them is transferred to the animal’s hair coat as it grooms and rubs. Insecticide protection lasts for 12 to 16 weeks and the fly control program travels with the animal as it goes from pasture to pasture.

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Hurt Predicts Record Beef Prices

Hurt Predicts Record Beef Prices

KTIC

Even though retailers are trying to keep beef prices down, consuming beef this spring and summer could be more expensive, eclipsing the third quarter of 2008 when the average retail beef price hit a record $4.46 per pound. Purdue University Extension Economist Dr. Chris Hurt says retailers have reduced their margins.

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Farm home to rarity — triplet calves

Farm home to rarity — triplet calves

Jeremiah Tucker

Portage Daily Register

Born on a cold, rainy April evening, a set of calf triplets have become instant local celebrities.

Roger Spear, who was there when the red angus calves were born on his parents’ farm in eastern Sauk County’s town of Merrimac, said area ranchers and farmers had never seen a cow give birth to triplets.

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Addressing DNA Technology In Beef Cattle

Addressing DNA Technology In Beef Cattle

Thebeefsite.com

The use of DNA technology, past, present and future, in beef cattle will be addressed at a June 7 conference at the US Meat Animal Research Centre in Clay Centre.

Attendees will learn about recent advances in the application of DNA technology as it relates to making selection decisions in beef cattle, said Matt Spangler, UNL Extension beef genetics specialist.

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Silent Partner

Silent Partner

Becky Mills

Angus Journal

William and Linda Rushton are fully committed to using top artificial insemination (AI) sires in their Angus herd. But William’s banking career and Linda’s full-time job in a real estate office don’t leave many daylight hours for their cattle, especially during their January-February breeding season. To add to the challenge, the Saluda, S.C., couple do all the work themselves.

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Where’s the Beef? Circuit Asks in Grazing Flap

Where’s the Beef? Circuit Asks in Grazing Flap

The Westerner

The 9th Circuit ruled that an Oregon cattle rancher who won a permit to use federal grazing lands must prove that it is not harboring someone else’s cows on the land. "The issue in this case boils down to a simple question: Where’s the beef?"

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Video Feature: Dr. John Miller, Governors Award winner for Excellence in Agriculture

Video Feature: Dr. John Miller, Governors Award winner for Excellence in Agriculture

Originally the meat lab here on campus was strictly for research and so we would slaughter animals for research and then would sell out from this place to local people and they would process it themselves. So one of the things we instituted was retail area so we could show students, who were our main bread and butter, the whole process. All the way from the feedlot through the slaughter process through the retailing process and out to the consumer that really broadened their aspect of agriculture.

Repetitive Cattle Deworming May Cause Drug Resistant Worms

Repetitive Cattle Deworming May Cause Drug Resistant Worms

Amy Radunz, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, UW-Madison

Dewormers have provided effective parasite control, which has resulted in returns to farmers between $20 to $200/hd.  The cost of these products is reasonable when compared to potential productions gains provided.  Sheep and goat farmers have long battled with drug resistant worms, however until recently there has not been evidence of this is occurring in beef cattle.  

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Beef Quality and Yield Grades

Beef Quality and Yield Grades

Dan S. Hale, Kyla Goodson, and Jeff W. Savell, Department of Animal Science, Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

Thebeefsite.com

A quality grade is a composite evaluation of factors that affect palatability of meat (tenderness, juiciness, and flavor). These factors include carcass maturity, firmness, texture, and color of lean, and the amount and distribution of marbling within the lean. Beef carcass quality grading is based on (1) degree of marbling and (2) degree of maturity.

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Insanity Redefined

Insanity Redefined

Max Thornsberry

As we’ve all been told by our mothers, and as any veterinarian will tell you, prevention is the best of all medicines. As cattle producers, we spend billions to prevent diseases from infecting our livestock through vaccination programs and good husbandry practices.

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Can We Pasteurize Colostrum?

Can We Pasteurize Colostrum?

Bovine Veterinarian

Controlling bacteria levels in colostrum is an important aspect of managing this important first feed for calves. Once it is collected, colostrum can be refrigerated, frozen, or have potassium sorbate added to control bacterial growth (though the latter is seldom used).

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Is It Just Me?

Is It Just Me?

J. Neil Orth

Charolais Journal

Many, not involved in production agriculture, have decided our food system is flawed. Anyone with a Twitter account, blog, Facebook page or a microphone can say whatever necessary to further a cause. They can write books, make movies and raise massive amounts of money to promote their beliefs. Their rhetoric makes for good interviews on network morning shows or 3 part series on the evening news. It doesn’t have to be truthful, factual or logical. It doesn’t even have to be possible. But make no mistake, it is loud and it is gaining momentum fast!

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Producers see value in Livestock Grazing School

Producers see value in Livestock Grazing School

AG Answers

Livestock producers who have turned to an Ohio State University Extension forage management school that teaches the basics of rotational livestock grazing have increased their profits, improved production practices and extended their grazing season, according to a recent survey.

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Grass Tetany Can Cut Herd Down Quickly

Grass Tetany Can Cut Herd Down Quickly

Becky Mills

DTN/Progressive Farmer

Grass tetany is one of those things that can hit when a producer least expects it—which is exactly what happened to Bobby Miller.

"I guess we’d been lucky until this past winter," says Miller. "But then we lost five cows—three in one day."

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“Suddenly, owning cattle looks like a stroke of genius.”

"Suddenly, owning cattle looks like a stroke of genius."

LeAnn Ormsby

Drovers

In a few short months, cattle prices have staged a seemingly miraculous comeback. In December, finished cattle were $80 per hundredweight, now they are $100 per hundredweight. Calves were $1.05 per pound, now they are over $1.30 per pound.

“Suddenly, owning cattle looks like a stroke of genius,” said Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt.

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Beef Demand and Prices May Set Record This summer

Beef Demand and Prices May Set Record This summer

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

  Cattle prices are on the rise; and, soon, retail beef prices may be, too. Retailers have reduced their margins to keep beef prices low so far this year. While retail beef prices were down 10 cents per pound in the first quarter, retail margins dropped by 20 cents per pound.

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