Daily Archives: July 14, 2010

When heading to a show, do you have health papers?

When heading to a show, do you have health papers?

Russ Daly

Farm Forum

  “How long are you going to be there at the vet clinic?” is not exactly what I wanted to hear on the phone at 5:30 on a Friday afternoon.  “About 30 seconds,” is what I thought about saying; instead I asked, “What exactly do you need?”  One of our clients had just realized that they would need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (better known as a “health paper”) for the horse show they were going to early the next morning.

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Researches Serve Up 5 New Beef Cuts

Researches Serve Up 5 New Beef Cuts

LaRayne Topp

Calf News

Typically only 30 percent of a beef carcass – the filet, ribs and steak cuts – make up most of its value. The remaining 70 percent is used for roasts and ground beef.

Chris Calkins, Ph.D., of Lincoln, Neb., was determined to change all that – to find a new, intermediate-priced beef cut, falling somewhere in price between a T-bone steak and hamburger.

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How I Became a Cattle Prosecutor

How I Became a Cattle Prosecutor

MICHAEL JARRETT, Assistant District Attorney in Williamson County

The Cattleman

Thievin’ cows is still big business in Texas. Here’s how a livestock Ponzi scheme in

When I came to Williamson County from Dallas in February 2008, I knew that things were going to slow down.

As I reviewed my new docket, one case stood out above all the rest. There in the back of my file drawer, where it had been clearly sent to die, was the thick, tattered, three-year-old case against Monte Sharp, who had been indicted for the first-degree felony offense of … theft of cattle.

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Sandhill Farms Named BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year

Sandhill Farms Named BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year

Sandhill Farms was honored with the 2010 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Seedstock Producer of the Year award during the 2010 BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium June 30. Outstanding seedstock operations in the U.S. and Canada have been awarded this honor annually since 1972.

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Pinkeye

Pinkeye

Jeremy Powell, University of Arkansas

Pinkeye (infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis) is a disease affecting cattle caused by the bacteria Moraxella bovis. Pinkeye typically affects cattle during the warmer months of the year. This is due to increased exposure to the predisposing factors related to this disease.

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Galloway Breed Offer Positives for Cattle Producers

Galloway Breed Offer Positives for Cattle Producers

Steve Weisman

American Cattlemen

The Galloway breed of cattle with a genetic background that goes back to the coastal lowlands of Scotland has been a choice for cattle owners in the United States since they were first brought to this country in the mid-1800s.

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Call Made for Passage of Food Safety Bill

Call Made for Passage of Food Safety Bill

Hoosier AG Today

  The heat is being turned up on food safety. A coalition of food safety groups last week ran print ads in Nevada and Kentucky designed to pressure Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to move the present food safety bill to the Senate floor and pass it.

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Gillette cattle broker rides on traditional values

Gillette cattle broker rides on traditional values

Farm Forum

Some people would say that Bob Hayden is stuck in the past. He doesn’t own a computer. He does his math by hand, only using a calculator to check his work. He still believes that a handshake and a person’s word is worth more than any contract.

 But sticking to traditional values of honesty and hard work are what have made Hayden, 84, one of the best known livestock brokers in the region.

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Bovine Respiratory Disease Takes An Economic Toll On The Herd

Bovine Respiratory Disease Takes An Economic Toll On The Herd

Bovine Veterinarian

In today’s economic environment, cattle producers are looking to maximize the performance of each animal. Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is an economic challenge to all cattle producers. This disease complex accounts for approximately 75 percent of feedlot illnesses and 50 percent of feedlot deaths. These numbers represent lost productivity as well as increased labor and medical costs to treat the cattle.

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Max Thornsberry:  Big Versus Little Is Not the Question, But Many Versus Few

Max Thornsberry:  Big Versus Little Is Not the Question, But Many Versus Few

Beef Today

Sweeping changes are looming for the U.S. cattle industry. Not in more than 80 years has the U.S. Department of Justice and the USDA shown such an intense interest in the structure of the U.S. cattle and beef industries.

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Pinkeye prevalent this year

Pinkeye prevalent this year

Drovers

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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Trying to Stop Cattle Burps From Heating Up Planet

Trying to Stop Cattle Burps From Heating Up Planet

NORIMITSU ONISHI

New York Times

To hear Athol Klieve tell it, a key to reducing Australia’s enormous carbon emissions is to make a cow more like this country’s iconic animal — the kangaroo.

Both animals are herbivores, and both eat grass that is fermented before entering their main stomachs. But while cattle belch enormous amounts of methane to digest the food, kangaroos release virtually none — they burp only harmless acids that can be turned into vinegar.

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Hot spell forces some farmers to sell cattle early

Hot spell forces some farmers to sell cattle early

Amy Trent

Lynchburg News & Advance

It’s only July, but area farmers across the region are sending cattle to market months ahead of time and unfurling next winter’s bales.

Recent hot weather has dried up grass five months ahead of schedule.

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EPA Sets Foundation for Unprecedented Dust Regulation

EPA Sets Foundation for Unprecedented Dust Regulation

Hoosier AG Today

  In the latest step in its review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the foundation for unprecedented regulation of dust. According to EPA’s Second Draft Policy Assessment for Particulate Matter (PM), issued late last week, EPA may consider regulating coarse PM at levels as low as 65-85 ?g/m3, twice as stringent as the current standard.

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Northern Arapaho tribe’s deal with Whole Foods falls apart

Northern Arapaho tribe’s deal with Whole Foods falls apart

Patricia Calhoun

Denver Westword

The idea sounded so good: In "Meat with Meaning at Whole Foods," his May 2009 post, Tyler Nemkov described how Whole Foods had contracted with California-based Panorama Meats to buy organic, grass-fed beef from a ranch owned by the Northern Arapaho tribe on the Wind River reservation.

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