Daily Archives: May 5, 2010

Video Feature: Using the CIDR to Synchronize Estrus

Video Feature:  Using the CIDR to Synchronize Estrus

Dr. Allen Bridges shows how to incorporate the use of the CIDR in a synchronization program for beef cattle.

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE BORDER GAP IN UNDERSTANDING

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE BORDER GAP IN UNDERSTANDING

People who live in Chicago, Washington DC or San Francisco inner cities lock their doors at night.  They are careful where they travel within the city.  They all have friends who have been mugged, had homes burglarized, cars stolen or lives taken.

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An Unforgettable Life Experience

An Unforgettable Life Experience

Rob DeFreese

Simmental Register

I knew that there would be about 10 days before I needed to be at the first calving ranch, so Jerry quickly assigned me a project to start working on in the office. I was to look at a list of the top 50 most-used-bulls with the ASA, to see which had been tested for genetic defects. The ones that had no testing results required me to locate a unit of semen or other form of DNA and ship it to Dr. Beever in Illinois, for testing. It wasn’t a difficult task, but one that had a lot of steps before it could be completed.

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Battle over slow food heats up in heartland

Battle over slow food heats up in heartland

Carolyn Lochhead

San Francisco Chronicle

From Pennsylvania church ladies to Iowa dairymen, the locavore, small-is-good, organic food movement born in Northern California has penetrated America’s heartland, where it is waging a pitchfork rebellion, much of it on the Internet, against the agricultural establishment.

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Swift Level is a picture of the future of farming

Swift Level is a picture of the future of farming

Monica Orosz

Charleston Daily Mail

Jennifer Jones wakes up every morning in the place that has always felt like home, the rolling hills of Greenbrier County.

Here, she is endeavoring to turn an 1820s farm that has been in her family since 1930 into a model for the future of West Virginia farming.

And the future, she hopes, will be more like the past.

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Producers Suggest Safety Net Changes to House Agriculture Committee

Producers Suggest Safety Net Changes to House Agriculture Committee

Chris Clayton

DTN

Farmers in Iowa told congressmen changes are needed in the farm safety net’s new revenue program as lawmakers cautioned about the fiscal challenges they will face trying to write the next farm bill.

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Outsmarting Flies On the Ranch

Outsmarting Flies On the Ranch

Heather Smith Thomas

BEEF Magazine

The battle against flies is constant, but a combination of tactics can keep them at bay. Beyond chemical options, there are also biological methods to add to the mix; and being familiar with the various habits and behaviors of different flies can provide the most effective combination of tactics.

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Healthy Cattle, Healthy Profits

Healthy Cattle, Healthy Profits

Certified Angus Beef

Beef cattle experts share expansive database on feedlot health.

Treating cattle for sickness in the feeding phase may be costing more than you thought.

“Of course healthy cattle have lower treatment costs. But they also perform much better in the yard and on the rail. That combination sets up the huge gaps between who makes money feeding cattle and who doesn’t,” says Gary Fike, beef cattle specialist for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB).

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Demand for beef drives prices up

Demand for beef drives prices up

DAN PILLER

Des Moines Register

As Dorothy Law of rural Woodbury County walked out of the Dunlap Livestock Auction, she could only marvel at the sudden turn of fortunes in their little cattle operation.

"During this last winter, I wondered if our cattle would even survive," said Law, who with her husband, Jim, and sons has farmed 500 acres and feeds about 30 head of cattle near Cushing in Woodbury County.

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Feds looking into meatpacking deals?

Feds looking into meatpacking deals?

Nebraskastatepaper.com

An obscure federal agency appears ready to take a deep, investigative plunge into the meatpacking industry.

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CattleSense: Stocker Strategies

CattleSense: Stocker Strategies

Bovine Veterinarian

Stocker operators are well aware that current strong calf prices equate into a high level of front-end investment for their summer enterprises. Under these conditions, it may seem that the last thing anyone would want to do is spend more money.

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Purely organic: Wyoming ranchers go beyond green

Purely organic: Wyoming ranchers go beyond green

Sarah De Buse Nelson

The Coloradoan

After exploring various cattle production methods, Cindy and Mike Ridenour and their daughter Mary realized grass-fed beef was the way to go for nutritional and ecological reasons.

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Officials pounce on possible cattle TB cases, but worry

Officials pounce on possible cattle TB cases, but worry

North Platte Bulletin

Nebraska director of agriculture Greg Ibach has some concerns with the USDA’s new animal traceability plan, according to an April 14 report on the Brownfield (ag news) Network.

Earlier this year, USDA announced that it is scrapping the controversial National Animal ID system in favor of the new state-directed program after an outcry of opposition from livestock owners.

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AgriLife Extension teams with Sul Ross State University on ranch business program

AgriLife Extension teams with Sul Ross State University on ranch business program

Steve Byrns

Texas A&M University

ALPINE – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Sul Ross State University are teaming up to conduct the program, "Managing the Farm and Ranch as a Business" on May 21 in Alpine.

The free one-day program will start at 7:45 a.m. with registration and conclude at 5 p.m. and will be held in Room 130 of The School of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences located on the Sul Ross State University campus. To find the meeting site, go east on Highway 90 to the Sul Ross Ag and Natural Resource Center.

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FDA plans new standards for food, livestock transport

FDA plans new standards for food, livestock transport

Drovers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking commercial food transporters to follow new guidance the agency is issuing today to reduce the chances of physical, chemical, biological and other risks during transportation of foods while the agency reviews current food safety transportation regulations.

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