Daily Archives: July 2, 2010

Choose Cattle Vaccines Correctly

Choose Cattle Vaccines Correctly

Southern Livestock Standard

When trying to improve profitability, one of the most important factors for producers to consider is the reproductive health and performance of their herds. This is especially true because one open cow can cost a producer nearly $400 annually.

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From BIF:  Hair Shedding Rate may Affect Weaning Weight

From BIF:  Hair Shedding Rate may Affect Weaning Weight

Barb Baylor Anderson

Angus Productions

How quickly cows shed their winter coats in the spring may have an effect on their calves’ weaning weights. Research led by Trent Smith, Mississippi State University, with funding from the American Angus Association, shows a probable link between the two.

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Max Thornsberry:  We May Have Won One

Max Thornsberry:  We May Have Won One

Beef Today

I have a short letter from a U.S. Representative from Missouri addressed to my great-grandfather, John Thornsberry. The letter is dated October 1921. It was a significant enough letter that both the letter and the envelope were saved by my great-grandmother and placed in the folds of our family Bible.

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NCBA 2010 Summer Conference

NCBA 2010 Summer Conference


Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), are gearing up for their Summer Conference in Denver, Colorado, July 28 through August 1, 2010.

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Animal Groups, Ohio Farmers Strike Deal On Cruelty

Animal Groups, Ohio Farmers Strike Deal On Cruelty

Bovine Veterinarian

Animal welfare groups led by the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to abandon a fall ballot issue against animal cruelty as part of a deal with state farm groups brokered by Gov. Ted Strickland.

The agreement was struck just ahead of Wednesday’s signature deadline. Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle said supporters had collected ample names to qualify for the ballot and had polling showing strong support.

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Livestock care amendment won’t be on ballot

Livestock care amendment won’t be on ballot


The Daily record

The Humane Society of the United States has abandoned its drive to place an animal care-related constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

The decision came late Wednesday afternoon, the day the group was supposed to turn in petitions to the Secretary of State, after negotiating with Gov. Ted Strickland and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

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BeefTalk: A Herd of Cows Is a Group of Individuals

BeefTalk: A Herd of Cows Is a Group of Individuals

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

In many respects, the beef industry can become trapped between caring for the group and caring for the individual.

Animals are individuals. A group of animals is a commingled set of individuals. At no time do the individual animals actually become a component of a group. That is a fundamental principle that those who engage in animal husbandry come to understand.

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Minnesota summer cattle tour soon

Minnesota summer cattle tour soon

The Cattle Business Weekly

The West Central Cattlemen will welcome beef producers, agri-businessmen, and consumers to the annual MN State Cattlemen’s Summer Tour and Trade Show July 13.

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Pa. quarantines cattle over well water concern

Pa. quarantines cattle over well water concern


The state agriculture department has quarantined 28 head of cattle at a central Pennsylvania farm after officials say the animals consumed wastewater that leaked from a holding pond for a natural gas well on the property.

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Beef for Whole Foods: How a Big Deal With Tribal Ranchers Collapsed

Beef for Whole Foods: How a Big Deal With Tribal Ranchers Collapsed

John Lancaster

New West

Public Relations Campaign Promoting Local, Grass-Fed Indian Beef Couldn’t Push Heralded Pact Beyond Middleman

Indians and whites have been doing business together since the time of Columbus—almost invariably to the Indians’ detriment.

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Want a better pasture? Go for a walk

Want a better pasture? Go for a walk

Lisa Nicely

The Crescent-News

Want to find a better way to utilize pasture space? Just take a walk.

A pasture walk will be held on July 29 at Onyx Ayr Morgans LLC/ Morgan Horse Farm at 12681 Ohio 49 just south of Antwerp. The walk will focus on ways to better utilize pasture space. The farm, which owned by Karl Mielke, has seven acres of pasture that is divided into four segment lots. Hay is made off three lots with orchard grass, timothy and clover mix.

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Heavy rains may have led to nitrogen loss in some South Dakota fields

Heavy rains may have led to nitrogen loss in some South Dakota fields

The Cattle Business Weekly

Widespread heavy rains in the last weeks may require additional nitrogen applications for corn fields in South Dakota.

That’s according to South Dakota State University plant and soils scientist Ron Gelderman, who said soil type – along with rainfall – can make a difference in the amount of nitrogen lost.

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Acquisitive JBS unveils another US takeover

Acquisitive JBS unveils another US takeover


The world’s biggest meat group said it had paid $24m for McElhaney Feedyard, an Arizona-based cattle feedlot operation with capacity for 130,000 head at a time.

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Animal Geneticist Honored at BIF

Animal Geneticist Honored at BIF

Sara Brown

Beef Today

 Former colleagues and industry leaders gathered at Beef Improvement Federation to recognize one of the most influential animal breeder in the cattle industry.

Richard “Dick” Quaas, a leader in quantitative genetic research, was honored by former students, as well as industry colleagues for his career-long work in animal genetics. Recently retired from Cornell University, Quaas has authored or co-authored more than 75 peer reviewed publications and was a professor of animal breeding and genetics for many years.

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Students attend feedyard camp in Canyon

Students attend feedyard camp in Canyon


Lubbock Avalanche Journal

It wasn’t a summer job as a lifeguard that enticed some students to spend part of their hard-earned summer vacations at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. It was the smell of cattle and money.

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