Daily Archives: June 8, 2010

Video Feature: Biosecurity in the Beef Herd

Video Feature:  Biosecurity in the Beef Herd

Dr. Ron Lemenager cover the best management practices to employ on a beef herd to insure adequate health safety and health security.

Anthrax

Anthrax

Charles L. Stoltenow, DVM, DACVPM

Carrie J. Hammer, DVM, PhD

Anthrax occurs worldwide and is associated with sudden death of cattle and sheep. Anthrax can infect all warm-blooded animals, including humans.

The anthrax organism (Bacillus anthracis) has the ability to form spores and become resistant to adverse conditions. Pasteurization or ordinary disinfectants may destroy anthrax organisms in animals or their secretions.

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The nation’s Beef Quality Assurance programs

The nation’s Beef Quality Assurance programs

High Plains Journal

The nation’s Beef Quality Assurance programs are vital to helping cattlemen give the beef consumer a wholesome eating experience, according to program coordinators.

To inform cattle producers in the South Central Texas area, a free Beef Quality Assurance program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 22 in Marion, said Jerry Warren, Texas AgriLife Extension service agent for agriculture in Bexar County.

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Unrefined salts vital to livestock and plant health

Unrefined salts vital to livestock and plant health

TERRI ADAMS

The Prairie Star

For years, health care professionals, knowing of the importance of salt and minerals to human health, have used them in hospital IVs. Now research coming out of major universities is showing that animals and even plants benefit from the proper use of salts and minerals.

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Award-Winning Cattle Operations Safeguard Land, Water

Award-Winning Cattle Operations Safeguard Land, Water

Kurt Lawton

DTN

For cattle producers, sustainability goes beyond the loving care for animals, the land and water. It’s also about maintaining economic viability in the face of down markets, increasing regulations and extreme activism by those who demand their beef be raised on idyllic pastures—viewing everything else as a factory of unhappy animals in unhealthy conditions.

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What will happen if a Foreign Animal Disease is identified on my premise?

What will happen if a Foreign Animal Disease is identified on my premise?

Extension.org

If a foreign animal disease such as Foot and Mouth disease is identified on your property, you will receive prompt and thorough instructions from state and federal animal health regulatory agencies about what to do.

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Proper Fly Control Begins With Correct Timing

Proper Fly Control Begins With Correct Timing

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Identifying timelines or setting deadlines often lends itself to successful management. Obviously, things like calving season and breeding season are a given and some of the most important for the operation. Planning often revolves around weather and end product marketing.

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Stretch Summer Pasture With Windrow Grazing

Stretch Summer Pasture With Windrow Grazing

Hay and Forage Grower

Beef producers with surplus pasture growth might consider doing something other than haying some of it, says Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist.

Windrow grazing, also called swath grazing, is usually used in winter and  is a hybrid between haying and grazing, says Anderson.

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Uncertain Future for Beef Exports

Uncertain Future for Beef Exports

1011Now.com

In 2003, a case of Bovine Tuberculosis in Washington State cut off all beef exports, including those from Nebraska.

Now seven years later, many countries are still refusing to accept the largest piece of Nebraska’s economy.

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Texas A&M University Forage field day

Texas A&M University Forage field day

Southwest Farm Press

At the recent O.D. Butler Forage Field Day at Circle X Land and Cattle Co., Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, offered tips for re-establishing grass in bare areas of pasture.

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Current Marketing Helping Cattle Prices

Current Marketing Helping Cattle Prices

BEEF Magazine

Currentness in fed-cattle marketing and tight supply fundamentals continue helping cattle prices weather the broader global economic storm.

Consider Friday.

Major financial indices plunged – the Dow Jones Average nose-dived 300 points, closing at its lowest level since February. All that was supposedly due to ongoing investor skittishness over finances in the European Union and a monthly jobs report that failed to impress traders.

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Juniors are “Blazing the Red Angus Trail” Through Oregon

Juniors are “Blazing the Red Angus Trail” Through Oregon

Cattle Today

Red Angus junior members from across the United States will be “Blazing the Red Angus Trail in Oregon” at the Junior Round-Up held June 25 through July 1, 2010. The Junior Red Angus Association of America (JRA) will host its 20th annual Junior Round-Up, an annual event rotated around the country each year.

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Tips for Building a Wire Gate

Tips for Building a Wire Gate

 Troy Smith

Angus Journal

It’s sometimes referred to as a fence gap, a Western gate or Texas gate. Whatever you want to call it, a wire gate is economical. And anyone capable of building barbed-wire pasture fence can fashion a gate, using the same basic materials and the same tools. It might not be as pretty as a store-bought gate made from brightly painted steel tubing, but it’s functional. And some folks think a well-built wire gate is aesthetically pleasing, too, in a rustic sort of way.

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Protecting Family Farms And Ranches

Protecting Family Farms And Ranches

Thebeefsite.com

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) are calling on Congress to protect family farms and ranches from being taxed out of business by supporting H.R. 5475, the Family Farm Estate Tax Relief Act of 2010.

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Should We All Be Vegetarians?

Should We All Be Vegetarians?

RICHARD CORLISS;Melissa August and Matthew Cooper,David Bjerklie and Lisa McLaughlin Wendy Cole and Jeffrey Ressner

TIME

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

FIVE REASONS TO EAT MEAT:

1) It tastes good 2) It makes you feel good 3) It’s a great American tradition 4) It supports the nation’s farmers 5) Your parents did it

Oh, sorry…those are five reasons to smoke cigarettes. Meat is more complicated.

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