Daily Archives: July 13, 2010

Animal Welfare Grows Weaning Success

Animal Welfare Grows Weaning Success

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Though seldom viewed through the same prism, the breeding and management decisions that add up to weaning performance are the same ones that add to cattle welfare.  Consider deciding which bulls to breed to which cows.

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Factors affecting calf value

Factors affecting calf value

Drovers

During the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009, Kansas State University researchers collected market data on 8,200 lots comprised of more than 84,000 feeder cattle marketed through cattle auctions in Dodge City, Kan. and Carthage, Mo. Data recorded for each transaction included lot size, sex, color, breed, condition, fill, muscle, frame size, weight uniformity, freshness, horn presence, time of sale, weight, and price.

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Farmers and Ranchers, the Ultimate Environmentalists

Farmers and Ranchers, the Ultimate Environmentalists

Farm Bureau Blog

Yesterday I had the unique opportunity to take part in a survey administered by two K-State geography students. This survey was gauging how those of us in agriculture viewed climate and the environment around us. As I answered I realized those of us in agriculture go to great lengths to protect our environment. Here is what I shared with them.

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Keeping young calves healthy can be easier than you think

Keeping young calves healthy can be easier than you think

American Angus

When weaning season is put on fast-forward, maintaining calf health is all about pushing “play” at the right time. Pulling calves from the cow at half the conventional age changes the timeline of health protocols, but that’s not a bad thing.

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40 years of industry experience offers opinion about antibiotic use in livestock

40 years of industry experience offers opinion about antibiotic use in livestock

Meat Science and Muscle Foods, Penn State University

Not long ago some articles featuring FDA’s suggestions for phasing out antibiotic use in meat animal production (though the headlines just said meat, which is woeful).  Of course, a flurry of E-mails ensued between myself and many colleagues — looking for information that could support or refute some of the more questionable points being made. Anyway, this response came from Dr. Bill Henning, Professor Emeritus of Animal Science and Food Science at Penn State.

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Steve Cornett:  Beef’s Stake in Immigration

Steve Cornett:  Beef’s Stake in Immigration

Beef Today

If you saw the New York Times piece last week on how the Obama administration is conducting “silent raids,” you might have noticed that Gebbers Farms replaced its illegal workforce with legals. But toward the end, we find this passage:

    "Show me one American —just one — climbing a picker’s ladder," said María Cervantes, 33, a former Gebbers Farms worker from Mexico who gave her name because she was recently approved as a legal immigrant.

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Producers weigh in on anti-agriculture threats

Producers weigh in on anti-agriculture threats

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

“How many of you would have came here today if this summer meeting was advertised as an animal welfare conference?” asked Jim Krantz, Miner County Extension educator at the Summer Feedlot & Marketing Considerations Meeting held at Wobig Farms in Canova, SD on July 7, 2010.

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