Daily Archives: September 30, 2010

Fenceline weaning reduces stress

Fenceline weaning reduces stress

Mark Keaton

Baxter Bulletin

Weaning time can be stressful for cows and calves. Spring calving herds soon will be planning to wean the calves. Removal of a calf from its mother is second only to birth in creating stress. Under traditional weaning systems, changes in environment, diet composition, and pathogen exposure can reduce animal performance and result in health problems. In response to these challenges, interest in fenceline weaning has grown in recent years.

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Coming this October: Minnesota deemed TB-Free

Coming this October: Minnesota deemed TB-Free

The Cattle Business Weekly

Nearly five years after detecting bovine tuberculosis (TB) in northwestern Minnesota, the Board of Animal Health has received notification that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will upgrade the majority of Minnesota to TB-Free in October 2010. 

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Blach anticipates optimistic future, especially for cow-calf producers

Blach anticipates optimistic future, especially for cow-calf producers

Kindra Gordon for Angus Productions Inc.

Cattle Business Weekly

Cattle-Fax economist Randy Blach painted an optimistic picture for beef producers as he addressed the more than 600 attendees at the National Angus Conference Sept. 15 in Bozeman, Mont. The conference was followed by two and a half days of tours at several well-known Montana Angus seedstock ranches.

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Strategic Supplementation of Young Cows for Reproduction

Strategic Supplementation of Young Cows for Reproduction

Rachel Endecott, Extension Beef Specialist, Montana State University

Maintaining a yearly calving interval is imperative for a beef cow to remain a profitable calf producer in the herd, and can be a demanding task for young range beef cows. Even with supplementation, young cows experience a period of negative energy balance and weight loss before and after calving, and their response to supplementation may vary from year to year. Poor reproductive performance of first–and second–calf cows is a challenge faced by cow-calf producers in the West.

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Promised a State Lifeline, Family Farms Are Still Waiting

Promised a State Lifeline, Family Farms Are Still Waiting


New York Times

John De Maria will never forget the day in May 2006 when Gov. George E. Pataki came to the farm his family has owned since 1939 and announced that it would do something that at times had seemed impossible: it would survive.

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NCBA Members Assist in Push for Common Sense

NCBA Members Assist in Push for Common Sense


The providers of food for a growing global population encouraged their elected leaders to sign a letter led by U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) expressing concerns regarding EPA’s stringent regulations void of science and reality. NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel Tamara Thies said their efforts paid off.

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Lucas, Inhofe say environmental regulations threaten jobs, rural America

Lucas, Inhofe say environmental regulations threaten jobs, rural America


The group heard from representatives of farmer, rancher, water and energy organizations who expressed concerns about regulations on pesticides, herbicides, dust, ozone levels, hydraulic fracturing and other matters.

Tamara Thies, chief environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said the EPA was moving toward the toughest regulation on dust in U.S. history.

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Cook receives Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award

Cook receives Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award

Sarah Lewis

M.K. “Curly” Cook, who served 31 years at the University of Georgia, was awarded the prestigious Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award at the Georgia 4-H Gala in Atlanta in August.

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Tall fescue and Kura clover for beef stockers

Tall fescue and Kura clover for beef stockers

University of Wisconsin

Do orchardgrass, fescue or legume/grass combinations produce more meat on growing, pastured beef animals? Do beef steers, beef heifers or dairy steers show the most gain on pastures? Researchers in the departments of Animal Sciences and Agronomy at UW-Madison recently finished a three-year study to answer these questions.

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Animal-welfare news sways meat consumers

Animal-welfare news sways meat consumers


News coverage of animal-welfare issues causes U.S. consumers to cut back on meat purchases and spend their money instead on non-meat items, a study indicated.

The university study, the first known examination of how news coverage affects U.S. pork, poultry and beef demand, found increased coverage of pork and poultry animal-welfare issues from 1999 to 2008 reduced consumer demand.

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