Daily Archives: July 12, 2010

Video Feature: Genetic Selection in Beef Cattle

Video Feature: Genetic Selection in Beef Cattle

Austin Moore talks with Extension beef cattle specialist, Dave Lalman about how genetic selection can impact the economics of beef production and how to select for cattle that best fit your production system.

Q&A:  Do you recommend blood tests for pregnancy testing beef cattle? If so, which ones?

Q&A:  Do you recommend blood tests for pregnancy testing beef cattle? If so, which ones?

Just Answer

There are blood tests out there for pregnancy testing in cattle and the common test is progesterone levels. A pregnant cow level will be >3.0 ng/ml.

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John Harrington:  Is That Barbecue Sauce On Your Shirt Or Just Red Ink?

John Harrington:  Is That Barbecue Sauce On Your Shirt Or Just Red Ink?

DTN

London can have its Wimbledon and Paris its Tour de France. But true thrill seekers always set their calendars by Bassett’s annual barbecue sales in early July. Reviewing the red-hot price summary Friday morning, I can quickly tell that the special auction once again lived up to its reckless reputation.

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Commingling When Selling Calves Is Growing

Commingling When Selling Calves Is Growing

Boyd Kidwell

DTN/Progressive Farmer

Every cattleman doesn’t always have enough calves to fill a trailer. But that shouldn’t mean he gets paid less for good, healthy, preconditioned animals. That’s where commingling works best.

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Cattle producers at drought’s door need a plan

Cattle producers at drought’s door need a plan

University of Arkansas

Arkansas’ cattle producers need to be ready with a drought management plan in the face of a forecast that’s promising less rain and higher temperatures, said Dr. Tom Troxel, associate department head for Animal Science for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

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Feeding Wheat Grain to Livestock? Get it Tested for Vomitoxin First

Feeding Wheat Grain to Livestock? Get it Tested for Vomitoxin First

Candace Pollock

The Ohio State University

In a year when overly wet conditions and a head scab outbreak are significantly impacting Ohio’s wheat crop, there is no room for assumptions that grain is toxin-free and safe to feed to livestock.

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The Eyes Have It:  Cattle Producers Battling Eye Irritations in Herds this Summer

The Eyes Have It:  Cattle Producers Battling Eye Irritations in Herds this Summer

University of Missouri

Most Missouri cattle producers are doing battle this summer with eye irritations in their herds according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. The source of the irritations likely is the pinkeye bacteria, Moraxella bovis.

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Clover-linked condition killing cattle across Bluegrass

Clover-linked condition killing cattle across Bluegrass

Scott Sloan

Lexingron Herald Leader

It’s been a tough year so far for Central Kentucky’s cattle producers as they struggle to contain a potentially fatal condition called "frothy bloat" that has taken a toll on herds.

The damage has become so severe that state officials have petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include the condition in a program that allows farmers to request federal reimbursement for losses.

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Living History: Good fences, good neighbors

Living History: Good fences, good neighbors

EILEEN HALLET STONE

The Salt Lake Tribune

Over an early-morning cup of joe in the backyard of my Sugar House home, I waited for Western Fence Co. to put up a stronger wooden replica of what had recently been torn down. For a moment, it was refreshing to be living without boundaries and enjoying neighborly landscapes, decks and flowerpots. Then I felt ambivalent.

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Extension Sought For Comments On GIPSA Rules

Extension Sought For Comments On GIPSA Rules

KRVN

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has requested a 120-day extension to the public comment period for USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed rule on livestock marketing. The proposed rule suggests major changes to the way producers can market their cattle.

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Spotlight on organically raised beef

Spotlight on organically raised beef

Heidi Price

Examiner.com

For years there has been a debate over whether organically raised animals are healthier options than those conventionally raised. Despite the different views taken by our nation’s residents, organic products are becoming more and more popular. Further, buying ‘local’ has become a hot topic among the current generation.

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Locally raised meat is a natural choice

Locally raised meat is a natural choice

Telegram.com

Christine Miller

 ‘Where’s the beef?” an old TV commercial queried.

If you’re looking for hormone-free, grass-fed beef (or poultry), it’s right here in Central Massachusetts.

A number of local farms produce natural, grass-fed meats and poultry, which is sold on the Internet, at farmers markets and co-ops, or Community Supported Agriculture programs.

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Don’t Forget to Look at Your Cattle This Summer

Don’t Forget to Look at Your Cattle This Summer

University of Missouri

Summer schedules on the farm are busy and can be even more hectic if a producer has employment off the farm. But sometime between putting up hay, clipping pastures and combining fescue or wheat, checking the cattle needs to be high on the priority list.

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Researchers Create Model for Integrated Beef, Corn, Ethanol Production Systems

Researchers Create Model for Integrated Beef, Corn, Ethanol Production Systems

Cheryl Anderson

DTN

A new model created by South Dakota State University researchers outlines how the beef, corn and ethanol industries can work together in an integrated system.

The research team found possible economic benefits for corn farmers who could background beef calves, according to Dr. Cody Wright, extension beef specialist at the SDSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences.

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Meatpacking plant eyes $60M expansion

Meatpacking plant eyes $60M expansion

Mlive.com

A proposal totaling more than $60 million calls for expanding the JBS slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant in Gun Plain Township, south of Plainwell, according to state and local officials.

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