Daily Archives: September 20, 2010

Low heritability of reproductive traits

Low heritability of reproductive traits

Bill Beal

Angus Journal

Genetic improvement in any trait depends on the selection of sires and dams that can pass the genes for superior performance on to their offspring. The portion of the parents’ superiority that can be transmitted depends on the heritability of the trait. The low heritability of most reproductive traits and the lack of a system for whole-herd reporting of reproductive performance limits the potential for development of expected progency differences (EPDs) for reproductive traits.

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It was one of those calving wrecks that just seemed to get worse and worse.  Clay’s brother said he had never seen a pickup give birth.

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Farmers fear dust rules won’t reflect rural life

Farmers fear dust rules won’t reflect rural life


As they begin the fall harvest, wary farmers are watching a federal debate over whether to clamp down on one of rural life’s constant companions — the dust clouds that farm machinery kick up in fields and along unpaved roads.

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State tells practitioner to quit calling himself a vet

State tells practitioner to quit calling himself a vet

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Will Winter, who says he is a holistic veterinarian, lost his license after complaints.

Will Winter has made a name for himself as a natural foods advocate, cattle health consultant and creator of a line of natural pet food.

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OSU kicks off endowed professorship honoring Temple Grandin

OSU kicks off endowed professorship honoring Temple Grandin

High Plains Journal

The Oklahoma Beef Council announces a $250,000 gift to Oklahoma State University’s newly created endowed professorship in honor of animal scientist and autistic expert Temple Grandin.

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NCBA Supports Transparency in the Marketplace

NCBA Supports Transparency in the Marketplace


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said the approval of The Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2010 (S. 3656) Sept. 15, 2010, by the U.S. House of Representatives will continue to encourage transparency in the marketplace.

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FDA looks at guidelines for livestock antibiotics

FDA looks at guidelines for livestock antibiotics

Bill Jackson

The Greeley Tribune

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to consider guidelines that would limit the use of antibiotics in livestock, but no deadline has been set on when or if those guidelines will be adopted.

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Livestock a better bet than crops, says Goldman

Livestock a better bet than crops, says Goldman


Livestock look a better bet than crops over the next year, despite a "constructive" outlook for corn, Goldman Sachs has said, forecasting that live cattle prices will average more than $1 a pound for at least the next year.

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Corn has benefits as part of livestock diet

Corn has benefits as part of livestock diet

High Plains Journal

In a world where the importance of a high-protein diet is widely recognized, consumers value the meat they eat and recognize the role it plays in keeping them healthy and strong.

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Slider Cows

Slider Cows

Frank Lake

Weekly World News

Tiny cows are being bred to be slider meat.

The Guinness World Book of Records recently named the world’s smallest cow.  It’s a sheep-sized bovine named Swallow from Rishworth near Halifax.  It measures roughly 33 inches from hind to foot.

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