Daily Archives: September 16, 2010

Prostaglandins, Rumors and Facts

Prostaglandins, Rumors and Facts

Mel DeJarnette, reproductive specialist, Select Sires

Have you ever told a story at the coffee shop and heard it retold several days later with the details completely changed? Have you had first hand knowledge to an event for which friends or the media gave bogus or exaggerated reports? It’s sad to say, but it appears to be happening more and more these days. Sometimes, I wonder how much I can believe of anything I hear over the news wire anymore. Rumors and half-truths seem to travel faster than facts.

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Ranchers’ Guide to Custom Cattle Feeding

Ranchers’ Guide to Custom Cattle Feeding

American Cattlemen

Custom cattle feeding refers to sending cattle to a commercial feedyard that specializes in feeding and managing cattle until they are ready for slaughter. A rancher should consider this practice as a marketing alternative or for market timing purposes.

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Managing Pastures for the Stocker Operation

Managing Pastures for the Stocker Operation

Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Effective and efficient use of grazed forages is the foundation of many stocker operations.  In the foot hills and mountains of the Mid-Atlantic that usually translates into a tall fescue based program. 

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NCBA Legislative Conference Begins With Beef Nutrition

NCBA Legislative Conference Begins With Beef Nutrition

Thebeefsite.com

The cattle producers from across the US gathered in Washington this week, for the 2010 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Legislative Conference.

The event kicked off with Beef 101, an educational program to showcase beef cookery and nutrition.

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Open cows at preg check?

Open cows at preg check?

The Cattle Business Weekly

Open cows can cost cattle producers in fewer calves to sell the next year. When checking cows for pregnancy, it can be disheartening when a percentage of the herd is not pregnant. Confusion over how and why this happened can plague producers, but it is important to come up with a definitive diagnosis to identify these unknowns and prevent the same problem in the future.

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A look at how Cargill processes beef in Colorado

A look at how Cargill processes beef in Colorado

Minneapolis Star Tribune

After grazing on pasture until they weigh 700 to 800 pounds, cattle are sent to a feedlot. On average, they spend six months there, adding 500 pounds on corn-based feed.

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Running on Empty

Running on Empty

Wes Ishmael

Angus Journal

‘With one in six people going hungry, one child dying every six seconds and 80% of Sub-Saharan African countries facing higher food prices than a year ago, the poor and the hungry are facing one of the biggest crises in our lifetimes,” said Josette Sheeran, executive director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) at a meeting of G8 nations last June. The G8 consists of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, France and Russia.

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Nebraska Verified

Nebraska Verified

New USDA process verification program designed to promote beef born and raised in Nebraska

Recently a new certification program designed to promote Nebraska beef through the USDA Process Verification Program (PVP) was created by Integrated Management Information, Inc., a leading provider of verification and Internet solutions for the agricultural/livestock industry under the Where Food Comes From brand.

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Kentucky Proud and Alltech Angus Take the Long Way Home

Kentucky Proud and Alltech Angus Take the Long Way Home

David Mudd

Call them pedestrian prophylactics.

They were the prescribed footwear on a mid-April field day in Bourbon County sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council, and to me they were a surprise.

In the fifteen years I’ve been writing about food and agriculture I’ve walked amongst lots of livestock and hiked lots of pastures–mostly on organic farms, or those at least bent on sustainable practices. And even with the relatively heightened awareness and concern on those farms about herd health and invasive weeds, I was never asked to bag my feet before entering.

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The fight to keep your burger safe from E. Coli

The fight to keep your burger safe from E. Coli

MIKE HUGHLETT

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Amid the cattle carcasses zipping down the disassembly line and the herd of workers wielding the sharpest of knives, there’s a war going on each day at Cargill Inc.’s sprawling beef plant on the northeastern Colorado plains.

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