Daily Archives: June 17, 2010

Video Feature: So what do you do with your carriers of genetic defects?

Video Feature: So what do you do with your carriers of genetic defects?

Dr. Terry Stewart, Purdue University, tells how to cope with genetic defect carriers in your cow herd.

Johnson County Yak War?

Johnson County Yak War?

JEREMY PELZER

Casper Star-Tribune

Somewhere in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains, a herd of yaks are on the loose — and are stirring up a political fight.

For the past five years or so, a group of the woolly Asian bovines have frequently wandered off of John and Laura DeMatteis’ Yak Daddy Ranch, irking neighboring ranchers who worry that they eat their grass and could mate with their cattle.

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High-yield agriculture slows pace of global warming, say FSE researchers

High-yield agriculture slows pace of global warming, say FSE researchers

Louis Bergeron

Stanford News Service

Advances in high-yield agriculture over the latter part of the 20th century have prevented massive amounts of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere – the equivalent of 590 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide – according to a new study led by two Stanford Earth scientists.

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This May be the Summer to Store Distillers Grains

This May be the Summer to Store Distillers Grains

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

This was an interesting winter for feeding because of the availability of distillers’ grain (DG) for cow-calf producers at a reasonable price. There were many occasions this winter when DG was priced at 70% the price of corn. Because DG has a greater energy value than corn, this made it very economical and an extremely good buy when calculated per unit of total digestible nutrients (TDN).

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Ration-Balancing Challenges

Ration-Balancing Challenges

Fae Holin

Hay and Forage Grower

Because of $3.25-plus corn and despite high alfalfa hay prices, dairy producers will probably balance rations with more corn silage, high-quality hay and byproducts and less corn grain. So predicts Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois extension dairy nutritionist.

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Your Animals’ Good Health Benefits Everyone

Your Animals’ Good Health Benefits Everyone

Bovine Veterinarian

In Marlys Miller’s article, "It’s Your Responsibility To Fend Off FADs," she highlights the concerns about foreign animal diseases and emphasizes our collective responsibility to keep them out of the USA. Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is such a terrible disease that it rightly deserves the attention it gets. However, we often forget about it until we hear of a neighboring country or a trading partner that has experienced a new outbreak.

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Helping Cattle Keep Their Cool

Helping Cattle Keep Their Cool

Laura McGinness

Angus Journal

Cattle may not worry about job security or credit history, but that doesn’t mean their lives are stress-free. For some cattle, rising stress levels correspond with rising temperatures. This can be a problem for the many cattle raised in the Central Plains, a region subject to long periods of extreme heat in the summer.

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