Daily Archives: June 2, 2010

Oklahoma Cattleman Bill Jacobs Killed in Weekend Crash

Oklahoma Cattleman Bill Jacobs Killed in Weekend Crash

Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Assn.

The Oklahoma cattle industry and the Hereford breed lost a long-time leader this week. A single-vehicle crash claimed the life of James W. (Bill) Jacobs Saturday May 29th about 12:45 p.m. on State Highway 7, 3.5 miles east of Sulphur.

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1998 Bill Jacobs Profile that appeared in The Cattleman Magazine

Grain-fed healthier than grass-fed? And a bit of a commentary

Grain-fed healthier than grass-fed? And a bit of a commentary

Chris Raines, Penn State Dept. of Dairy and Animal Science

Sources for confusion are everywhere, and it’s especially true of the meat we eat.  We read about nitrites being bad then being good, about which names the same cuts can be called, and very popularly, grass-fed versus grain-fed and perceived “healthfulness.”

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USDA Quells Small Meat HACCP Fears

USDA Quells Small Meat HACCP Fears

Helena Bottemiller

Food Safety News

To remedy what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently called "a widespread lack of understanding" in validating Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems for meat processors of all sizes, the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued guidance this Spring to clarify some of the rules.

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Kentucky Hereford Feeder Calf Sale Repeats Success

Kentucky Hereford Feeder Calf Sale Repeats Success

The second Kentucky Certified Hereford Influenced Sale replicated the success of the first sale that was hosted last October. On May 11 sellers earned premiums of more than $4 per hundredweight (cwt.) for heifers and about $3 per cwt. for steers compared to the weekly average price for each weight range. The 733 head of Hereford and Hereford-influenced calves were sold at the Blue Grass Stockyards South in Stanford, Ky.

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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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Set Aside Some Pasture Forages, Watch Profitability Grow

Set Aside Some Pasture Forages, Watch Profitability Grow

Becky Mills

DTN/Progressive Farmer

A typical year for Jim Lavender used to mean feeding 400 to 600 rolls of hay. Today the Moundville, Ala., producer is looking at a 90% reduction in hay feeding, cutting back to just 40 to 60 rolls.

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Herpes virus of cattle

Herpes virus of cattle

Kenny Barrett Jr., DVM, MS

Tri State Livestock News

Most herpes viruses are parasitic to a specific host species. They are ubiquitous in nature with many species affected by their unwelcome guest. Everyone knows someone chronically nagged with a winter-time cold sore.

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Grain and Protein Supplements for Beef Cattle on Pasture

Grain and Protein Supplements for Beef Cattle on Pasture

Homer B. Sewell, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

Feeding grain to cattle on pasture can be a profitable way to grow and finish cattle on many Missouri farms. Some purposes for supplementing pasture with energy and protein are:

    * To lower the feed cost of beef gains.

    * To increase the number of stocker cattle grazed per acre.

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Family Affair: Watsons keep farming legacy alive

Family Affair: Watsons keep farming legacy alive


The Index Journal

Robert Watson Sr.’s father, Horace, gave him his first Angus cow at about age 10. Robert’s love of agriculture started at an early age and endures today.

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Should You Vaccinate during Breeding Season?

Should You Vaccinate during Breeding Season?

Dan Goehl, DVM

Beef Today

Vaccinating two months into the breeding system is not the ideal time for vaccination, in my mind. If this is the only option for vaccine, then it can be worked with.

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Nicolette Hahn Niman on Private Label Food and Organic

Nicolette Hahn Niman on Private Label Food and Organic

The Faster Times

First, a little background on Niman: She is a lawyer by trade, and she was the Senior Attorney for the environmental organization Waterkeeper Alliance, under Robert Kennedy, Jr., where she was in charge of the organization’s campaign to reform the concentrated livestock and poultry industry. Before that, she was an attorney for National Wildlife Federation.

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Plan now for BIF conference

Plan now for BIF conference


Discover how the latest in beef genetics and production provide a unique gateway to profitability at the 2010 Gateway to Profit, hosted by the Beef improvement Federation (BIF). This annual conference is an international gathering of progressive commercial and seedstock beef cattle producers, veterinarians, academics and allied industry persons who want to hear, share, learn and apply the science of genetics to beef production.

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Kaatz Resigns From SGBI

Kaatz Resigns From SGBI

Southern Livestock Standard

After ten years of loyal service, Ervin A. Kaatz, Jr. has resigned from his position as Executive Director of Santa Gertrudis Breeders International.

During his term as SGBI Executive Director (2000-2010), Kaatz was dedicated to improving the Santa Gertrudis breed image as well as the services available to SGBI members.

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Summer mineral supplementation

Summer mineral supplementation

Ivan G. Rush

Tri State Livestock News

Most all cattle are out to pasture now and fortunately most of the intermountain high plains area has received great moisture and although the pastures are slow in getting started, it appears we are starting off with a great grazing season. Many are making decisions on proper mineral supplementation.

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Will Agriculture Win in the Global Warming Debate?

Will Agriculture Win in the Global Warming Debate?

Sara Schafer,


Global warming can easily be turned into a joke…especially when there’s a 50-degree day in May. But the government isn’t laughing about global warming; it is making plans for legislation to reduce the U.S.’s carbon footprint.

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