Daily Archives: September 28, 2010


Baxter Black, DVM:  PRINCIPLES

Sometimes you have to choose between personal principles and sympathetic understanding.  For example, as a public personality, I have deliberately chosen to decline invitations to do political fund raisers.

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Some Commonsense Comments From USDA

Some Commonsense Comments From USDA


Call it one of those blind-pig-finding-the-acorn moments, but comments made by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack a couple of weeks ago are downright positive. He was talking with cattle producers from across the nation on Sept. 15 as part of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Legislative Conference sponsored by Elanco.

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Sick Animals, Sick People, Sick Info

Sick Animals, Sick People, Sick Info

Urban C. Lehner, DTN

In the late 1950s the British scientist and novelist C.P. Snow described how people trained in the sciences and people trained in the humanities were increasingly unable to talk to each other.

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Demand for high-quality steak adds premium profits

Demand for high-quality steak adds premium profits


Steak-eating consumers want more USDA Prime quality beef. Missouri cow-calf producers can supply that growing demand in the United States and the world.

Cow-calf producers heard those messages repeated by speakers at the second annual University of Missouri Thompson Farm field day in Grundy County, Sept. 21.

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Education Focus of Hereford Annual Meeting Weekend

Education Focus of Hereford Annual Meeting Weekend

Members of the American Hereford Association (AHA) will gather in Kansas City Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 for the 2010 Annual Meeting. Hereford enthusiasts from across the U.S. will enjoy a full schedule of events and activities including educational forums, the Annual Meeting and the National Hereford Show during the American Royal.

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Monitor cattle temperature for health

Monitor cattle temperature for health

Dave Barz, DVM

In spite of our careful preparations we all have a few calf problems after weaning or when moved to larger feedlots. Through the years we have been taught to read our bunks, use low-stress handling procedures, and protocols for visually riding pens and pulling sicks. The only constant sign of illness for the past fifty years has been the calf’s body temperature

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Japanese Journalists Tour US Beef Industry

Japanese Journalists Tour US Beef Industry


A group of Japanese journalists is getting an extensive inside look at the U.S. beef industry as part of a U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) educational initiative to better inform key Japanese opinion leaders about the safety of U.S. beef.

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Teacup cattle: more beef for less space

Teacup cattle: more beef for less space

Earth Beat

Well if you can’t expand the land, why not shrink the cows? Professor Richard Gradwohld breeds ‘Teacup’ cattle which he claims provide more beef, on less space. The cows are old European breeds – which used to be much smaller – and eat grass, as opposed to corn. So not only are they healthier, says Prof Gradwohld, they taste better too.

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Cull Breeding Stock Carefully

Cull Breeding Stock Carefully

Dr. Ken McMillan


In your opinion, if a cow is in good health, at what age should you consider eliminating her as breeding stock?

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I Don’t Want To Talk About Either GIPSA Or Cows

I Don’t Want To Talk About Either GIPSA Or Cows

Troy Marshall

I’m guessing most of you are a lot like me, you don’t have any complaints about how you’ve chosen to make a living. In fact, there are only about three things I would change about my chosen career:

    * I’d like to make more money while doing it.

    * I’d like to have more time for the important things in life – God, family and friends.

    * I’d like to do what I do a whole lot better.

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