Daily Archives: September 13, 2010

NAIS Is Dead But the Problem Lives

NAIS Is Dead But the Problem Lives

Urban C. Lehner


Excuse me, please, while I rush in where angels fear to tread. Fools do that, the English poet Alexander Pope said, and I risk being counted a fool for voicing what I think about the now-defunct National Animal Identification System, which is that whatever replaces it will sooner or later end up looking a lot like it.

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Knock out respiratory disease in beef calves

Knock out respiratory disease in beef calves

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian

But after 3 weeks of age, almost one-third of beef calf deaths are from respiratory disease. W. Mark Hilton, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Beef Cattle, Purdue University, generally sees respiratory issues and summer pneumonia in calves between 2–4 months of age.

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Find your niche for beef farming success

Find your niche for beef farming success

High Plains Journal

Cow-calf producers in southwest Missouri raise a wide variety of type and grades of feeder calves according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Cattlemen Look for Link Between Genetics and Health

Cattlemen Look for Link Between Genetics and Health

Cattle Today

Seasoned cattlemen have long suspected a link between calf genetics and health, and a mounting body of research is proving them right. Uncovering that connection might lead to new tools for managing disease resistance.

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BeefTalk: 2010 Production Benchmarks Are In

BeefTalk: 2010 Production Benchmarks Are In

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

In reality, the need is to grow profitable cattle that a producer can appreciate and still meet industry needs.

Each year, the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) summarizes the average performance of beef cattle herds that are utilizing the CHAPS programs. The NDBCIA has been keeping records since 1963 and presents these annual evaluations as five-year rolling benchmark values for average herd performance for several traits.

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Promoting Your Farm & Agriculture with Blogging

Promoting Your Farm & Agriculture with Blogging

Jan Hoadley

Associated Content

Today’s consumer is often far removed from the farm. They moved away, have kids of their own or sometimes it’s their parents that moved away and the kids never see food grown. The disconnect is pronounced but as agvocates take to social media it’s easy for people to connect with farms. Farmers can make use of this form of social media in several ways.

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Some Folks Need A Refresher On Economics 101

Some Folks Need A Refresher On Economics 101

Troy Marshall


Some of the industry comments made this week were simply surreal, demonstrating a very limited knowledge or concern about basic economics. For example, the idea was advanced this week by one blogger that the money invested in the muscle-profiling project, which resulted in cuts like the flat iron steak, were a waste of dollars.

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Competition in cattle industry sizzling issue

Competition in cattle industry sizzling issue

Steve Porter

Northern Colorado Business Report

A proposal by JBS USA to buy an Arizona feedlot is shining a spotlight on the state of fair competition in the U.S. beef industry.

JBS S.A., which is headquartered in Brazil and does business in the United States under Greeley-based JBS USA, is planning to spend $24 million to buy McElhaney Feedyard, a 130,000-head cattle-feeding operation in Welton, Ariz.

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Fertilize, Then Stockpile, Grass Pastures

Fertilize, Then Stockpile, Grass Pastures

Hay and Forage Grower

Fertilizing tall fescue and bermudagrass pastures in late summer, then letting the regrowth accumulate for fall or winter grazing, can pay dividends, reminds John Jennings, University of Arkansas Extension forage specialist.

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FarmVille vs. Real Farms

FarmVille vs. Real Farms

Shane Snow


With all those millions of Facebook and iPhone users tending to virtual crops and sharing them with friends, have you ever wondered how their toils stack up against actual real-life farmers?

How does our output of digital (and decidedly less tasty) tomatoes compare with our worldwide production of real tomatoes? And perhaps most importantly, who are these casual croppers, and are they anything like their plow-toting counterparts?

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