Daily Archives: August 9, 2010

Salt solves tetany problems in short term, but . . .

Salt solves tetany problems in short term, but . . .

Dale Blevins

Cow chemistry keeps revealing secrets as Dale Blevins delves deeper into the causes of grass tetany, a nutritional disorder than kills cows.

Blevins, a University of Missouri plant scientist, studies the makeup of grass that the afflicted cows eat. He’s making progress.

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BIF scholarships, fellowships give students support

BIF scholarships, fellowships give students support

High Plains Journal

Students with a passion for the beef industry were offered competitive scholarships to assist with their educational and travel expenses to attend the 42nd Annual Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Meeting.

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If Voters Want To Control Livestock Production, Are They Willing To Pay The Freight?

If Voters Want To Control Livestock Production, Are They Willing To Pay The Freight?

The Farm Gate

The prior generation always advised, “Be careful what you ask for, because you may just get it.” That sage advice could have a rather drastic outcome if the public referenda on livestock management and animal welfare continue to pass. The outcome may be voters rhetorically asking themselves, “What in the sam hill have we done to ourselves?”

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Proposed livestock buying rules stir discord

Proposed livestock buying rules stir discord


Des Moines Register

The Obama administration has started a new fight with conventional agribusiness, this time over the way hogs, cattle and poultry are bought and sold.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing rules for marketing livestock aimed at curbing the power of big packers such as Tyson Foods and Cargill Inc. to control the prices paid to producers.

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Livestock herds dwindling with economy

Livestock herds dwindling with economy

Wally Northway

Mississippi Business Journal

Today’s economy means people are eating out and purchasing meat products less often, but cattle and hog producers have learned to make the most of tough times.

John Michael Riley, a Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist, said producers work hard to keep their product affordable when money is tight.

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Why BVD Vaccination Caused An Abortion

Why BVD Vaccination Caused An Abortion


Cattle that are pregnant and vaccinated with a MLV may on a rare occasion abort their fetuses due to infection with the vaccination virus. IBR/BVD are two viruses that can result in early embryonic deaths, stillbirths and weak calves. This will cause a reduction in calf crops due to decreased pregnancy rates, abortions and greater calf mortality.

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Beef industry dogged by E. coli contamination issue

Beef industry dogged by E. coli contamination issue

Dave Sjeklocha, DVM

BEEF Magazine

Since 1993, our industry has struggled mightily with E. coli O157:H7 – a strain of bacteria that lives in the intestines of healthy cattle and is also found on the hide. Undercooked ground beef and raw produce are the most common sources of human infections with E. coli O157:H7, which can be deadly.

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