Daily Archives: May 19, 2010

Video Feature: Grass Tetany: A Primer

Video Feature: Grass Tetany: A Primer

Dr. Ron Lemenager discusses the prevention, symptoms and causes of the metabolic disease grass tetany.

Improving Cowherd Reproduction Via Genetics

Improving Cowherd Reproduction Via Genetics

Dr. Wade Shafer

Simmental Register

A beef cow’s job is not an easy one. She is expected to conceive at slightly over one year of age to calve by the time she is two, and rebreed shortly after that while weaning a healthy, viable calf. Furthermore, we demand that she consistently repeats this cycle for the rest of her life — one stumble and, in the words of California’s terminating Governor, hasta la vista, baby!

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Creative Fencing for Rotational Grazing

Creative Fencing for Rotational Grazing

Blair Hunewill

Cattle Call

Calving season has been moving along and we haven’t really had too much excitement.  After a branding two weeks ago my mare stepped on my foot and broke a toe.  While quite painful, I’m not sure even that could count as excitement.  The weather has varied from sunny and in the seventies to snow.  I sold half a load of feeder calves and bought their replacements at a healthy profit.

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Cow Body Condition Changes after Calving

Cow Body Condition Changes after Calving


Body condition at the time of calving is the most important factor affecting rebreeding performance of normally managed beef cows. Body condition changes before and after calving will have more subtle effects on rebreeding especially in cows that are in marginal body condition.

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Avoid Heat Stress When Moving or Working Cattle

Avoid Heat Stress When Moving or Working Cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Hot weather can be very hard on cattle, especially when humidity is high (which makes it more difficult for the animal to dissipate body heat), or when cattle exert and overheat. Moving or working cattle in hot weather can become life-threatening if the stockman doesn’t pay attention to signs of heat stress.

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What the Choice-Select Spread is Trying to Say

What the Choice-Select Spread is Trying to Say

Steve Suther

Beef Today

Cattle are sold by the pound, but the price per pound can make as much difference as total weight, when it comes to the bottom line.

That’s why producers who aim for profit weigh everything that goes into that price.

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TAMU Beef Center Show Cattle Camp dates set for May, June

TAMU Beef Center Show Cattle Camp dates set for May, June

Texas A&M University

The fifth annual Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Show Cattle Camp will have two sessions May 28-30 and June 4-6 at the TAMU Beef Center in College Station.

"There is no question that the 4-H and FFA members who exhibit cattle in the state of Texas represent some of the most competitive and well respected exhibitors in the nation," said Paul Maulsby, beef center manager.

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Farming humanely sets them apart from the herd

Farming humanely sets them apart from the herd

Genevieve Rajewski

The Boston Globe

It’s cold, but the Black Angus cattle don’t seem to mind; they lazily pull mouthfuls of hay from their feeding rack. As Jodee Coke wanders among them, the cattle seem to be a synchronized herd of contented chewers.

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Japan Declares State Of Emergency

Japan Declares State Of Emergency

 Kelly Heffernan-Tabor


The Japanese government is under fire for its handling of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in southern Japan where a state of emergency has been declared.

An outbreak of foot and mouth disease was discovered among cattle in southern Japan almost a month ago.

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Beef Cattle Reproduction Symposium Scheduled August 5 & 6 In Nashville, Tennessee

Beef Cattle Reproduction Symposium Scheduled August 5 & 6 In Nashville, Tennessee

Bovine Veterinarian

Nashville, Tennessee – Cow-calf producers find themselves challenged by rising input costs. Given the magnitude of increased expenses, producers are intently focused on the bottom line while seeking both economic and production efficiencies.

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Whew! That was close

Whew! That was close

J. Neil Orth

Charolais Journal

“Economics have forced beef producers to become willing to embrace tools to produce a more efficient, higher valued product, regardless of end point. Beef is still preferred by the consumer, safe and affordable. ”

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A Guilt-Free Hamburger

A Guilt-Free Hamburger


Wall Street Journal

Maybe that juicy steak you ordered isn’t a heart-attack-on-a-plate after all.

A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that the heart risk long associated with red meat comes mostly from processed varieties such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs and cold cuts—and not from steak, hamburgers and other non-processed cuts.

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Dentist invents dentures for cows

Dentist invents dentures for cows


Millions of cows around the world suffer from a common problem. When they reach eight years of age, their teeth have been worn down to the point where they can no longer eat properly. They are then deemed unproductive and are sent to the slaughterhouse.

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Guess what HSUS is FOR?

Guess what HSUS is FOR?

Sally Schuff

Feedstuffs Foodlink

It has been apparent for some time what The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is against, but the livestock industry is struggling to understand exactly what HSUS is for.

How hard is HSUS working with the industry to develop livestock systems that meet its goals for animal care?

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Why America is Losing Its Ranchers

Why America is Losing Its Ranchers

Bill Bullard, CEO, R-CALF USA

It was not long ago that the American landscape, from oceanto- ocean and border-to-border, was dotted with cattle owned and cared for by U.S. farmers and ranchers. Their ranching operations were perhaps the most common of small businesses in America, and a blind throw of a dart at a United States map was as likely as not to hit upon a U.S. ranching operation.

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