Monthly Archives: May 2010

Video Feature: Early Calf Weaning

Video Feature: Early Calf Weaning

Dr. Casey Olsen Kansas State University discusses early weaning

What can you tell me about organic parasite control in cattle?

What can you tell me about organic parasite control in cattle?

ATTRA

Flies of concern may include members of the family Muscidae that includes house flies, stable flies, horn flies and face flies. Although certain flies favor barns or confinement settings and others are found more in pasture, some eat filth, others such blood and others feed on secretions, all flies reproduce rapidly and can cause trouble that it is worth the effort to prevent.

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EPA to Check CAFOs for Permit Requirements

EPA to Check CAFOs for Permit Requirements

Hoosier AG Today

  The Environmental Protection Agency says it will initiate a new national effort to track down concentrated animal feeding operations operating without permits and determine for itself if they must be regulated. This action is the result of an agreement between EPA and the National Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Waterkeeper Alliance.

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Ohio Dairy Farm Worker Charged With Animal Cruelty

Ohio Dairy Farm Worker Charged With Animal Cruelty

Bovine Veterinarian

A dairy farm worker was charged Wednesday with 12 counts of cruelty to animals after a welfare group released a video it says shows him and others beating cows with crowbars and poking them with pitchforks.

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BeefTalk: Enter Small Cows, Stage Right

BeefTalk: Enter Small Cows, Stage Right

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

In the northern Plains cattle business, late spring and summer are fun. No matter what type of beef operation, the shift to warmer weather is appreciated. Regardless of where a producer is at, spring and summer generally mean calving followed by breeding.

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Beef Cattle SPA Workshop set for June 8

Beef Cattle SPA Workshop set for June 8

San Saba Star and News

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a cow/calf Standardized Performance Analysis (SPA) workshop on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. It will be held at the Brown County Extension Office, 605 Fisk Avenue in Brownwood, Texas. The SPA workshop and analysis is designed to help producers reduce their cost of production and improve their production and marketing efficiency.

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Figuring Out AU’s per Acres Grazed

Figuring Out AU’s per Acres Grazed

AGweb.com

   Traditionally, pastures have been stocked on the basis of animals per acre per season. This approach presents problems because of variation in animal age and weight. Weights of different kinds of beef cattle have changed dramatically in the last 15 years because of genetic improvement and/or crossbreeding.

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Elanco digs in for future growth

Elanco digs in for future growth

Indystar.com

It is one of the smallest units at Eli Lilly and Co., accounting for only 5 cents of every $1 the company rings up worldwide each year.

But the Indianapolis drug maker has high hopes for Elanco, its animal health unit, which makes growth hormones for dairy cows, muscle boosters for beef cattle, separation-anxiety medicine for dogs and a host of other products.

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Pneumonia can cost much more than just treating your sick cattle

Pneumonia can cost much more than just treating your sick cattle

Herald Scotland

Rog Wood

When pneumonia strikes cattle and they start showing visible symptoms, irreversible damage to their lungs and potential growth setbacks can only be avoided by treating animals with an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory.

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Farming not appealing to younger generations

Farming not appealing to younger generations

Marie Pollock

The Airdrie Echo

Wyatt Hanson has lived on his family farm all his life. And, like many young farmers, he once entertained the idea of someday taking over the family business.

However, with it becoming harder and harder for farmers to earn a living, Hanson said he has since changed his mind about having a future as a farmer, and has started looking to international business instead.

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Pushing U.S. Beef Into Asian Markets

Pushing U.S. Beef Into Asian Markets

1011now.com

Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), along with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) introduced a Senate Resolution today urging China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico and Vietnam to follow international guidelines and provide full market access to all U.S. beef products.

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Bovine Trichomoniasis Update Talk to Your Veterinarian, Test Your Herd

Bovine Trichomoniasis Update Talk to Your Veterinarian, Test Your Herd

Recorder Online

Lakewood, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd for Bovine Trichomoniasis.

“Testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling this infection, ” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd. ”

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Tour gives an inside look at beef farming

Tour gives an inside look at beef farming

Holly Toal

The Journal-Register

Happy cows don’t come only from California. Some local farmers have spent years raising happy cattle designed specifically for consumption.

As National Beef Month nears an end, members of the New York Beef Industry Council completed a beef farm tour that aimed to educate people across the state on how beef cattle are raised. The Western New York leg of the tour brought them to SK Herefords on Ryan Road in Medina on Wednesday, where David Schubel and Phil and Dawn Keppler calve up to 300 cows every spring on approximately 800 acres of pasture.

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NDSU Beef Faculty Candidates to Hold Seminars

NDSU Beef Faculty Candidates to Hold Seminars

The public can provide input on candidates for an NDSU beef production systems faculty position.

Beef producers and others in the beef industry will have an opportunity to provide input to help fill a beef production systems faculty position in North Dakota State University’s Animal Sciences Department.

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Study shows ground beef from grain-fed cattle healthier than grass-fed

Study shows ground beef from grain-fed cattle healthier than grass-fed

Agrilife News

Grass-fed beef may not have as many healthful traits as some perceive, according to results from a recent Texas AgriLife Research study.

Dr. Stephen Smith, an AgriLife Research meat scientist, and a team of researchers have found that contrary to popular perception, ground beef from pasture-fed cattle had no beneficial effects on plasma lipid.

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Video Feature: Failure of Passive Transfer in Calves

Farm Journal Media

Livestock risk protection insurance for feeder cattle

Livestock risk protection insurance for feeder cattle

Dillon Feuz

Tri State Livestock News

The cattle market has seen an increase in price volatility in recent years. This increased volatility translates into greater risk and uncertainty for cattle producers. For a risk seeking individual, more volatility means a possibility of receiving higher returns on his cattle.

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Local Study Shows No Difference in Beef Cattle Gains Between Well and Pond Water

Local Study Shows No Difference in Beef Cattle Gains Between Well and Pond Water

University of Missouri

Producers know that quality water is the single most important nutrient for the survival of animals.

However, quantifying the differences in cattle’s performance on good versus poor quality water is tricky to do says Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Should We Be Expanding The Cowherd?

Should We Be Expanding The Cowherd?

cattlenetwork.com

National statistics released in January of this year indicated that the U.S. cowherd had declined number-wise to a level comparable to 1959. However, the number of cattle doesn’t tell the whole story in the beef industry. In 2009, beef production, in terms of meat produced, was slightly over 25 billion pounds.

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In E. Coli Fight, Some Strains Are Largely Ignored

In E. Coli Fight, Some Strains Are Largely Ignored

New York Times

WILLIAM NEUMAN

For nearly two decades, Public Enemy No. 1 for the food industry and its government regulators has been a virulent strain of E. coli bacteria that has killed hundreds of people, sickened thousands and prompted the recall of millions of pounds of hamburger, spinach and other foods.

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