Daily Archives: September 27, 2010

Video Feature: Caring for your young bull

Considering purchasing a new herd sire? Dr. Terry Stewart, Purdue University, gives you tips on caring for your new young herd sire.

Seminal Vesiculitis

Seminal Vesiculitis

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

A common problem found when a veterinarian does a breeding soundness examination of bulls is seminal vesiculitis (or inflammation of the vesicular glands). These glands — along with other glands such as the prostate — secrete fluid that transports sperm during ejaculation. When healthy, the vesicular glands look like (and feel like) two clusters of small grapes that lay on the floor of the pelvis.

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Management of Imported Fire Ants in Cattle

Management of Imported Fire Ants in Cattle

American Cattlemen

Iowa State University

Imported fire ants are now a major pest problem throughout the southeastern United States, including in cattle production operations. No methods have been developed to successfully eradicate fire ants, but research may ultimately provide a method to eliminate this pest.

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100% Grass-Fed

100% Grass-Fed

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

Cattle and beef production represent the largest single segment of American agriculture. In fact, the USDA says more farms are classified as beef cattle operations (35%) than any other type.   USDA’s 2007 Census of Agriculture classified 687,540 farms as beef cattle operations.

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Beef Checkoff Initiatives For 2011

Beef Checkoff Initiatives For 2011

Thebeefsite.com

The Beef Promotion Operating Committee this week approved investment of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Fiscal Year 2011 budget of $42.8 million on a total of 42 national checkoff programs and associated costs.

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A Step Forward In The Cure For Antibiotic Resistance

A Step Forward In The Cure For Antibiotic Resistance

Iowa State University

A research team led by Edward Yu of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has discovered the crystal structures of pumps that remove heavy metal toxins from bacteria, making them resistant to antibiotics.

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Farmers fear tighter limits on dust

Farmers fear tighter limits on dust

Rick Callahan

San Francisco Chronicle

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 kicks up in fields and along unpaved roads.

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Switchgrass As A Forage Crop?

Switchgrass As A Forage Crop?

Hay and Forage Grower

Its high yields and value as a hay or pasture crop during hot summer months have researchers looking at switchgrass as more than a renewable fuel source.

“Research has shown switchgrass can be grown successfully as both a biofuel feedstock and forage crop. There is no need, however, to grow it as only one or the other.

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Protect Against Forage Toxicity

Protect Against Forage Toxicity

Beef Magazine

Producers should be aware of toxicity concerns caused by two forages, kochia and sweet clover, commonly grazed or hayed for use in winter feeding, says Larry Hollis, Kansas State University Extension beef veterinarian.

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Calf fries are “a tradition in beef cattle ranching”

Calf fries are "a tradition in beef cattle ranching"

CARY ASPINWALL

Calf fries are something between a tradition-rich delicacy and a dirty joke.

The simple fact is calf testicles are a byproduct of the ranching industry in Oklahoma, and historically, ranchers and cowboys couldn’t afford to waste any parts.

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