Daily Archives: August 10, 2010

Smaller-framed cows may help contain input costs

Smaller-framed cows may help contain input costs


The Prairie Star

Cows and their calves are different sizes here but ARS research is aiming for a smaller-framed cow herd. 

Grazing as long as possible in the winter and having a smaller-framed cow herd that eats less are some of the ways that may help keep input costs low and ranches profitable, says Dr. Scott Kronberg, an ARS research range scientist with an animal focus.

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Bull management at the end of the breeding season

Bull management at the end of the breeding season

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Typical recommendations for the length of the breeding season are 60 days for mature cows and 45 days for yearling heifers. Some producers use shorter breeding seasons to make age and weight at weaning more uniform.

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Social Networking at Kansas Ag Tech Field Day

Social Networking at Kansas Ag Tech Field Day

The Cattle Business Weekly

Social networking has been a popular demand for those related to agriculture. It’s becoming an avenue to connect with producers who share a common interest. Social networking in agriculture will be explored at the Kansas Agricultural Technology Field Day set for Aug. 10.

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National Animal ID Rules Being Developed

National Animal ID Rules Being Developed

Hoosier AG Today

  The National Animal Identification System – begun in 2004 – aimed to pinpoint an animal‘s location within 48 hours of a disease being discovered. But the voluntary program got less than a 40-percent participation rate among farmers and ranchers and was discontinued by USDA

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Skip April Weaning For All-Calving Beef Herds

Skip April Weaning For All-Calving Beef Herds


The best way to wean calves from a fall-calving cow herd in April is to delay until July, said Rob Kallenbach, MU Extension forage specialist.

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AngusSource enters July with a bang

AngusSource enters July with a bang

High Plains Journal

The American Angus Association’s USDA Process Verified Program is gearing up for what looks to be a great month.

AngusSource and Gateway calves are selling in several video auction markets during July, including the Western Video Market sale, July 12 to 15. The sale features an impressive 85 lots totaling more than 8,300 head of AngusSource and Gateway calves from 43 consignors.

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Nebraska lab in Sandhills prepares for open house

Nebraska lab in Sandhills prepares for open house


Several cattle and natural-resources management sessions are being planned for the annual open house at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory near Whitman.

Presentation titles include: "Preserving and Protecting Nebraska’s Most Precious Asset: The Family Business"; and, "New Prospects for the Old Ranch."

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‘Locally grown’ may mean healthier, but not always

‘Locally grown’ may mean healthier, but not always


Dennis Thompson

"Locally grown" has become a catchphrase for healthy and environmentally friendly foodstuffs. It’s a concept that has made many Americans scan their supermarkets’ shelves for signs that the foods they buy have been raised nearby.

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Optimism abounds among cattle producers

Optimism abounds among cattle producers

Blair Fannin

Southeast Farm Press

"You have to ask yourself, ‘am I running as many cattle as I can carry? Am I carrying enough cows with enough grazing capability that I have?’"

Both experts and producers spoke positively about the future of the cattle business while attending the 56th annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station.

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Mad Cow Disease: A Canadian Cattlewoman’s Perspective

Mad Cow Disease: A Canadian Cattlewoman’s Perspective

Associated Content

As many of you are aware of, Mad Cow Disease is simply a layman’s term for the more tongue-twisting, often unpronounceable scientific term of BSE or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. BSE is an incurable degenerative

 disease of the Central Nervous System of most ruminants and humans, and is caused by a misfolded protein called a prion.

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Researchers Look at Genes That Affect Vaccine Response

Researchers Look at Genes That Affect Vaccine Response


South Dakota State University livestock research is trying to determine whether the genes cattle inherit help determine the way they respond to vaccinations.

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Livestock exporter helps grow agricultural business in Missouri

Livestock exporter helps grow agricultural business in Missouri

Springfield News Leader

Michelle Brooks

He doesn’t operate a farm or raise livestock of his own, but Tony Clayton is consumed by agriculture.

His office hours at Clayton Agri-Marketing Inc. mirror the Asian clocks and calendars, and he earns a lot of frequent flier points from the more than 180 nights per year he’s traveling around the globe.

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Shorthorn University held in North Dakota

Shorthorn University held in North Dakota

The Cattle Business Weekly

On July 16-18 Shorthorn enthusiasts from across the country gathered for the annual Shorthorn University Tour held in Eastern North Dakota. Shorthorn University aims to broaden breeders’ awareness of the entire beef industry by giving attendees contact with influential leaders in an effort to gain resources, learn industry techniques, and provide opportunities to build relationships with fellow cattlemen.

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USDA to require livestock ID

USDA to require livestock ID

Matt Volz

Federal officials looking to head off livestock disease outbreaks are drafting regulations that would require farmers to identify animals that move across state lines.

The aim is to reduce illness and deaths by making it easier for officials to trace brucellosis, tuberculosis and other diseases to a particular group of animals, location and time.

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