Daily Archives: July 20, 2010

Video Feature: Drovers TV

Video Feature:  Drovers TV
In this episode of Drovers TV:

-Food safety with Rob Aukerman

-Preventing losses from Anaplasmosis in beef herds

-Washington rancher Craig Vejraska discusses production costs and cow nutrition

-Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame 2010 inductees

Treating and Preventing Retained Placenta in Beef Cattle

Treating and Preventing Retained Placenta in Beef Cattle

California Cattlemen’s Magazine

The placenta (or afterbirth) is the name given to the membranes that transfer nutrients from the cow to the calf before the calf (fetus) is born. These membranes and blood vessels are made by the calf and connect to the blood supply in the uterus of the cow or heifer.

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Why Don‘t We Just Dance

Why Don‘t We Just Dance

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

There are a lot of us in agriculture today that feel like the whole world has gone crazy. For example: on the one hand_ the government wants to spend millions of dollars to make sure children get plenty of good nutritious food; while on the other hand_ they want to ban or regulate the tools needed by farmers to produce that food. It is not okay for Americans to buy or sell raw milk_ but a US coffee company can import tainted milk from China.

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 Anaplasmosis Prevention, An All Season Program

 Anaplasmosis Prevention, An All Season Program

Bovine Veterinarian

Many Oklahoma beef producers associate anaplasmosis with horse flies, and keep up a prevention program only during the fly season. Unfortunately, many of these same producers are still experiencing anaplasmosis problems well into the winter, because biting flies are only a minor vector compared to other ways the disease can be transferred.

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Hot, dry spell tough on Va herdsmen, animals

Hot, dry spell tough on Va herdsmen, animals

Culpeper Star Exponent

Virginia’s near-drought is hitting herdsmen and their cattle especially hard.

  The Virginia Farm Bureau reports that the heat and parched conditions are taking a toll on the animals and pastures.

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Family manages cattle and conservation

Family manages cattle and conservation

Lura Roti

Tri State Livestock News

As owners of one of the largest walk-in hunting areas in South Dakota, it may come as a surprise to the more than 500 sportsmen who hunt their land that ranchers Wayne and Brad Besler don’t hunt.

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Rain Can Reduce Hay Quality

Rain Can Reduce Hay Quality

J.W. Schroeder, NDSU Extension Service

Fundamentally, the goal of hay production is to provide an inexpensive feedstuff that meets the nutritional needs, such as energy, protein and minerals, of livestock.

To meet this goal, hay should be harvested in a timely manner so that the balance between yield and quality is optimized. Unfortunately, changes in the weather can ruin even the best-laid plans. As a result, hay production can be very risky. Of course, understanding the rules of the game can give the manager the advantage.

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Lethal weather:  Heat proving too much for livestock

Lethal weather:  Heat proving too much for livestock


Great Bend Tribune

The recent heat wave is taking a deadly toll on the Golden Belt livestock industry, with reports of hundreds of cattle succumbing to the extreme summer weather since last Friday.

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10-Day Beef Highlights from the 2010 Calgary Stampede

10-Day Beef Highlights from the 2010 Calgary Stampede

 Calgary Herald

Beef cattle have played an integral role since the establishment in 1912 of the Stampede, Calgary’s annual romping rangeland rumpus, and that didn’t change one iota during this year’s edition.

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Cattle Disease Outbreak Would Cripple Industry

Cattle Disease Outbreak Would Cripple Industry

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

The USDA’s scrapping of its National Animal Identification System, coupled with a shortage of production animal veterinarians in the U.S., could be the perfect storm for something like foot-and-mouth disease to spread like a wildfire across this country.

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Condition called ‘frothy bloat’ killing Ky. cattle

Condition called ‘frothy bloat’ killing Ky. cattle


A potentially fatal condition called "frothy bloat" is afflicting Kentucky cattle herds and prompting state officials to ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include the condition in a program allowing farmers to request reimbursement for losses.

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Cattle deaths mount in Kansas heat wave

Cattle deaths mount in Kansas heat wave

Bob Burgdorfer

Reuters/VAN 92.7

A blistering heat wave with 100-degree-Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) temperatures and stifling humidity has caused more than 1,000 cattle deaths in Kansas the past few days and forecasts call for the heat to continue through Friday.

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Meat with antibiotics off the menu at some hospitals

Meat with antibiotics off the menu at some hospitals

Monica Eng

Chicago Tribune

The evening’s menu featured grass-fed, antibiotic-free beef over pasta, fresh seasonal vegetables and fresh organic peaches — items right at home in the city’s finest restaurants.

Instead, the dishes were prepared for visitors, staff and bed-bound patients at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

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Meat Inspection Cutbacks Reduce Supplies of Local Meat

Meat Inspection Cutbacks Reduce Supplies of Local Meat

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

State budget cutbacks have forced the State Board of Animal Health to cut back on state meat inspection. As a result, Indiana meat processors have had to drastically cut their slaughter and production time.

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Meat Industry and Environmentalists Agree: Ethanol Subsidies Suck

Meat Industry and Environmentalists Agree: Ethanol Subsidies Suck

Melanie Warner


There’s not much that environmentalists and the people who run giant animal feedlots can agree on, except when it comes to the $6 billion the government hands over annually to the ethanol industry.

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