Daily Archives: May 21, 2010

Congenital Defects in Cattle

Congenital Defects in Cattle

R. R. Schalles, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University

H.W. Leipold, Department of Pathology, Kansas State University

R. L. McCraw, Department of Animal Science, North Carolina State University

There are many undesirable traits that show up in beef cattle. These range from poor performance and structural unsoundness to semi-lethal and lethal diseases. Many of these are caused by varying amounts of genetic influence; others are caused by environmental conditions or an interaction between the animal’s genetic makeup and the environment in which it lives.

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Meeting Your Bull’s Nutritional Needs

Meeting Your Bull’s Nutritional Needs

Kindra Gordon

‘What should I be feeding my bulls?”

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Beef Specialist Julie Walker says that is a question she is commonly asked by seedstock and commercial producers alike.

Her advice to them is this: “The goal is to have bulls that have been developed on a balanced ration that are not too thin or overly fat.” She further explains that research has shown bulls with too little or too much condition can have poor reproduction and fertility.

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The Grass-Fed Option

The Grass-Fed Option

LaRayne Topp


When Wayne Rasmussen first shared meals with his wife, Judy, they debated over the taste of asparagus. She liked hers boiled; he liked his creamed. Both are an acquired taste. Over the years they’ve been married, Rasmussen has come to appreciate his asparagus boiled.

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Questions and Answers: New Animal Disease Traceability Framework

Questions and Answers: New Animal Disease Traceability Framework

AG Weekly

Here are highlights on the new NAIS taken from the APHIS factsheet. In a nutshell, the new system is designed to utilize funding set aside for NAIS to help states and Tribal Nations own, lead, and administer the program with Federal support focused entirely on animal disease traceability.

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BeefTalk: A Few Nickels

BeefTalk: A Few Nickels

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

For 20 nickels, I can get a dose of anthrax vaccine to vaccinate a calf.

What can one get for 20 nickels?

Sorting and saving change out of one’s pants pockets at the end of day still continues. This takes place even though, in today’s credit card-driven world, the concept of change is quickly becoming an abnormality.

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Remember Fly Control for Cattle this Summer

Remember Fly Control for Cattle this Summer

University of Illinois

Fly infestations of cattle are a real concern during the summer months. Typical flying insects that can cause problems in Illinois include stable flies, house flies, horn flies, face flies, mosquitoes, horse flies and deer flies.

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Nebraska corn-fed beef adds value to ‘center of plate’

Nebraska corn-fed beef adds value to ‘center of plate’

Grant Tribune Sentinel

Nebraska’s beef producers are the best in the world–and they are experts at converting Nebraska-produced commodities like corn and distillers grains into corn-fed beef that is featured at the center of the plate the world over, the Nebraska Corn Board said in acknowledgement of May being Beef Month.

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