Daily Archives: June 15, 2010

A Guide to Udder and Teat Scoring Beef Cows

A Guide to Udder and Teat Scoring Beef Cows

Dr. Rick Rasby, University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

The conformation of a beef cow’s teats and udder are important in a profitable cow/calf enterprise. Females with poor udder and teat conformation are a management challenge for commercial cow/calf producers.

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Battle Lines Are Drawn Over Animal Welfare

Battle Lines Are Drawn Over Animal Welfare

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

The camera opens on a herd of Black Angus cattle huddled in a cold, snowy lot. A square-shouldered cowboy strides out in a tan duster, black cowboy hat and jeans. In his right hand he’s holding a bottle of Yellow Tail wine. With his chin jutted out and shoulders pulled back, he stares straight into the camera. He’s serious.

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Select Sires Looks to the Future with the Opening of New Facility

Select Sires Looks to the Future with the Opening of New Facility

Holstein World

Select Sires Inc. has completed a new global production facility located in Plain City, Ohio. In late November 2009, construction began for the development of two state-of-the-art production facilities across from the international headquarters location that will enable Select Sires to continue to grow and invest in the future of its customer-owners.

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AJBA Hosts Youth Leadership Seminar

AJBA Hosts Youth Leadership Seminar

Cattle Today

The American Junior Brahman Association will host a free youth leadership seminar at the 2010 AJBA “All American” National Junior Brahman Show. This seminar will be open to youth showman of any breed, ages 8 to 21.

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EU becoming bigger importer of Nebraska beef

EU becoming bigger importer of Nebraska beef

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

Some Nebraska beef producers have taken the source and age verification program to a new level, and have entered their calves in a non-hormone treated program, according to Lynn Gordon, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Ag Promotion and Development Division Administrator.

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Bison are back as consumer market picks up

Bison are back as consumer market picks up


Bismarck Tribune

Kevin Kraft’s bison bump and jostle the pickup box, demanding a handout.

Their massive horned heads poke over the side of the truck and except for their powerful bulk and the chuffing sound from their nostrils, these could be friendly but aggressive dogs sniffing for treats.

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Heat Stress Can Reduce Pregnancy Rates

Heat Stress Can Reduce Pregnancy Rates

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist , Oklahoma State University

The effects of heat stress on reproductive performance of beef cows has been discussed by many animal scientists in a variety of ways.  After reviewing the scientific literature available  up to 1979, one scientist wrote that the most serious seasonal variation in reproductive performance was associated with high ambient temperatures and humidity.

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Max Thornsberry:  The Backbone of America?

Max Thornsberry:  The Backbone of America?

Recently, I viewed a video from YouTube entitled “One Nation Under God.”  The video references a painting created by a very talented artist:  John McNaughton.  You can find this painting at http://www.McNaughtonart.com.

Mr. McNaughton paints symbolism.  Each item in the painting has a meaning, with each face, each person, representing some major event in U.S. history.

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FDA Needs Food Safety Overhaul: Report

FDA Needs Food Safety Overhaul: Report

US News and World Report

Amanda Gardner

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isn’t equipped to handle problems with the food supply and is in need of a major revamping, a government panel of experts reported Tuesday.

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New Beef Cuts Unveiled At 2010 Beef Symposium

New Beef Cuts Unveiled At 2010 Beef Symposium


The Beef Checkoff Program will officially debut new cuts from the beef round and value-driven retail merchandising techniques at the first-ever Innovative Beef Symposium scheduled for August 25-26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.

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Hay Quality versus Hay Quantity

Hay Quality versus Hay Quantity

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Harvest date is a very important factor that determines the quality of the hay cut from native grass meadows. Producers often strive for the best combination of quantity and quality of forage from the hay that they store for winter feed supplies. Research from Kansas State University range and pasture researchers sheds light on the optimum native range cutting dates.

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The great rush to over capacity, again

The great rush to over capacity, again


AG Weekly

Over the last six or more years of presentations to farm and ag policy groups, we have included several slides on the potential for a rapid increase in production, given the right set of circumstances.

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Stockmanship and Stewardship Tour Promotes Cattle Handling

Stockmanship and Stewardship Tour Promotes Cattle Handling

Cattle Today

The checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and producer education programs are once again teaming with industry partners to present an educational cattle-handling seminar to producers. The Stockmanship and Stewardship Tour, funded in part by your beef checkoff, travels the country and uses live cattle-handling demos to inform cattlemen about the importance and benefits of proper cattle handling — and its critical role in increasing consumer confidence in beef.

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Reducing hay harvest losses

Reducing hay harvest losses

Greg Lardy

Tri State Livestock News

Haying season is underway. By paying attention to the details when harvesting, you will be able to reduce loss and produce the highest quality hay possible for your operation, making the most of your investment in equipment and other inputs.

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FDA Must Implement Risk Based Approach To Food Safety

FDA Must Implement Risk Based Approach To Food Safety


To more proactively tackle food safety problems, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should implement a risk-based approach to pinpoint where along the production, distribution and handling chains there is the greatest potential for contamination and other problems, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

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