Daily Archives: July 21, 2010

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE LAST LAUGH

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE LAST LAUGH

The owner told Warren that Della had a reputation of being hard to shoe. She was an 18 year old mare whose foals were sought after for the cutting genes she passed down.

Full Story

How far does your food travel? A study follows Minnesota beef

How far does your food travel? A study follows Minnesota beef

Rachel Hutton


Is local always better? Not necessarily in terms of transportation fuel use, a recent USDA report determined. MPR looked into details of the report, recently produced by several economists and academics, including a few contributors from the U of M, and the distinction it makes between between the idea of total food miles and the amount of transportation fuel burned per pound of food.

Full Story

Cystic Ovarian Disease

Cystic Ovarian Disease

Dr. D. A. Coleman, West Virginia University

Older cows have a higher incidence of ovarian cysts with a cumulative rate of 50% over 11 years. Incidence increases up to the fourth or fifth lactation in dairy cows. Beef cows develop cysts after 4 to 6 years of age even if never bred.

Full Story

Cattle producers battling eye irritations in herds

Cattle producers battling eye irritations in herds

David Burton

Springfield News Leader

Most Missouri cattle producers find themselves 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," said Cole

Full Story

New Fencing Technology Adds Life to Operation

New Fencing Technology Adds Life to Operation

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Most have had a favorite work shirt, sweat shirt or jacket that is worn until the threads are coming loose, but it is still part of the wardrobe. Some have a pocket knife that was given to them by a mentor, family member or another person viewed with respect and would spend hours trying to find it if it got misplaced.

Full Story

Kansas heat wave has killed 2,000 cattle: state

Kansas heat wave has killed 2,000 cattle: state

Bob Burgdorfer


The intense heat and humidity that blanketed central Kansas since late last week have killed more than 2,000 cattle and one state official called the heat-related losses the worst in his 17 years on the job.

However, conditions for the cattle improved somewhat on Tuesday as the humidity has decreased and the wind has picked up, state and feedlot sources said.

Full Story

Young Rancher Needs

Young Rancher Needs

Gary DiGiuseppe

American Cattlemen

Traci Bruckner has a lot of experience with beginning cattle operations. As assistant director of the rural policy program at the Center for Rural Affairs, the Wayne, Neb. native helped lobby for the beginning farmer and rancher provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill; she’s also served on USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee 2007-09, and at one time she and her husband had their own cow/calf operation.

Full Story