Daily Archives: July 28, 2010

Video Feature: Genetic Defects in Beef Cattle

Genetic Defects in Beef Cattle

Dr. Terry Stewart, Purdue University, discusses the genetic defects, Syndactyly and Polydactyly, Dwarfism and Osteopetrosis (Marble Bone). First in a series.

Q&A: What will happen if a Foreign Animal Disease is identified on my premise?

Q&A: What will happen if a Foreign Animal Disease is identified on my premise?


If a foreign animal disease such as Foot and Mouth disease is identified on your property, you will receive prompt and thorough instructions from state and federal animal health regulatory agencies about what to do.

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Rotation and Stockpiling Keep Cattle Grazing

Rotation and Stockpiling Keep Cattle Grazing

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Letting the fescue grow in the summer goes against conventional wisdom. Generally, it dictates keeping endophyte-infected fescue grazed down low when the endophyte concentrates in the seed heads can affect cattle performance. But it all plays into Robert Shoemaker’s management plan.

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Summer Breeding Tips

Summer Breeding Tips

Select Sires

We can’t control the summer heat, but we can change management practices to minimize its adverse effects on reproduction. Here are a few tips from Select Sires field staff about improving conception during the summer months.

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Groups to debate state of competition in U.S. cattle and beef industries

Groups to debate state of competition in U.S. cattle and beef industries

Farm Forum

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard eagerly accepted an invitation from KSDZ-FM in Gordon, Neb., to a live debate – streamed on the Internet – at 6:30 p.m. MDT on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, with leaders from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the National Meat Association (NMA). The subject will be the current state of competition in the U.S. cattle and beef industries. KSDZ-FM owner Jim Lambley will serve as moderator of the event.

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Summitcrest Farms: Genetics is future of cattle business and the future is now

Summitcrest Farms: Genetics is future of cattle business and the future is now

Kristy Foster

Farm and Dairy

The current Summitcrest Farms began as 160 acres purchased by the late Fred Johnson, although his father farmed before him. Johnson later co-founded Certified Angus Beef, and served as the first treasurer and second chairman of the national Beef Promotion and Research Board. His name is recognized internationally for his dedication to the cattle industry.

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Lardy Receives Animal Science Award

Lardy Receives Animal Science Award

Greg Lardy, head of North Dakota State University’s Animal Sciences Department, is the 2010 recipient of the American Society of Animal Science Extension Award.

The award recognizes recipients for outstanding and noteworthy contributions to Extension animal science programming. Lardy received the award at the society’s annual meeting in Denver.

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Open letter to cattle producers, rural Americans

Open letter to cattle producers, rural Americans

The Cuero Record

Dear U.S. Cattle Producers and Other Rural Americans,

The most important day in the history of your U.S. cattle industry, and perhaps all of Rural America, is soon to arrive. Never in history have two presidential Cabinet members invited Rural Americans to meet with them in the center of the United States to show their support for restoring competition to the U.S. cattle industry. Never in history, that is, until now.

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Quality beef earns praise

Quality beef earns praise

Red Deer Advocate

Anyone who’s ever bought a lottery ticket knows the importance of having the right numbers.

For Ken Malterer, the combination of AAA 30 marbling, an 88-square-cm rib eye and a 719.4-pound (326.3-kg) carcass earned him an $8,000 payout.

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Cattlemen forced to downsize with lacking rain

Cattlemen forced to downsize with lacking rain

Colin Hollister

Free Lance

California’s worst drought in decades is forcing some San Benito County and other California cattle ranchers to downsize their herds because two years of poor rainfall have ravaged millions of acres of rangeland used to feed cows and calves.

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Agriculture: our ‘economic engine’

Agriculture: our ‘economic engine’

Rafe Arnott

Coquitlam Now

Agricultural industry in Abbotsford generates $1.8 billion a year in revenues, and accounts for more than 11,300 jobs in the community, according to municipal and provincial studies.

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Beef Exports And Imports: A Story With Many Dynamics

Beef Exports And Imports: A Story With Many Dynamics

The Farm Gate

Cowboys have a love-hate relationship with the market. They love it when the market buys their cattle and ships them overseas to hungry consumers, but they hate it when cattle come into this country and dilute the demand for USA beef. That international trade thing is a two-way street that the livestock industry knows a lot about, and crop farmers know very little about.

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Report alleges misuse of U.S. beef checkoff funds

Report alleges misuse of U.S. beef checkoff funds


The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), the organization which administers funds collected on the $1 per head checkoff on U.S. cattle, has issued a statement citing improper use of checkoff funds by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the largest U.S. beef industry association.

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Q&A: I would like to know at what age beef is best for eating.

Q&A: I would like to know at what age beef is best for eating.


I read that cattle can live for 20-25 years, and most commercial beef is slaughtered at 18-24 months. Is there an optimum age for slaughter? Is there a point where they are too old too eat?

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Economist: Down Go the Cattle Numbers—Again

Economist: Down Go the Cattle Numbers—Again


“After several years of financial difficulty, producers show no interest in rebuilding the herd,” said Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt. “As a result, beef supplies will continue to decline and prices will remain strong for several years to come.

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