Daily Archives: November 29, 2010

Gary Minish named provost-senior vice chancellor

Gary Minish named provost-senior vice chancellor

Tom Woolf

The Saluki Times

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Rita Cheng today (Nov. 18) announced the appointment of Gary L. Minish as provost and senior vice chancellor.

Cheng selected Minish from among four finalists. His appointment, effective Dec. 15, is subject to ratification by the SIU Board of Trustees.

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Cold weather management for calves and cows

Cold weather management for calves and cows

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

Justin Rhinehart, assistant professor with University of Tennessee Extension, offers some good advice on cold weather beef management.

Cold weather can have a drastic impact on the performance of cattle. In fact, it can have as much of an effect on production as hot weather. Understanding how cattle deal with cold will help you understand how to bring cattle through winter without losing performance or wasting resources.

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GIPSA clarification wanted

GIPSA clarification wanted

High Plains Journal

After hearing more of the same and reading the letter to the editor ("Another Washington idea that rural America just can’t afford," Nov. 22, Page 4-B), I have to ask. KCA and R-CALF have never in all the years I have been involved (since day one) ever said or believed that all cattle should be priced the same as commodities like corn or wheat.

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Luke Bowman Joins Select Sires’ Beef Team

Luke Bowman Joins Select Sires’ Beef Team

Select Sires Inc. has hired Luke Bowman as Beef Public Relations and Communications Coordinator. In this role, he will coordinate all aspects of public relations for the beef program, organize beef training within the Select Sires federation, assist with photography and video of newly acquired and current lineup sires, oversee production of the annual Beef Sire Directory and development of other promotional materials. Bowman will be based out of his home in Greens Fork, Ind.

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BeefTalk: Simple Bull Rankings Fill the Bull Pen

BeefTalk: Simple Bull Rankings Fill the Bull Pen

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The Dickinson Research Extension Center utilizes many bulls and always evaluates bulls at the time of purchase and periodically throughout their life span. Perhaps the most challenging evaluation is to ask if the bulls meet the current objectives of the breeding program or expected market for the calves.

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Proof at last: eating meat is not bad for the environment

Proof at last: eating meat is not bad for the environment


In an interview last year for a spiked debate about the future of food, animal-rights philosopher Peter Singer put the green case against eating meat: ‘I believe that if we aim to get to a sustainable place in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, it’s going to be very hard to have large herds of cattle and sheep as we do at present.

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GIPSA Comment Period Ends; What Now?

GIPSA Comment Period Ends; What Now?

Joe Roybal


With the public comment period having ended this week for the proposed GIPSA rules on livestock marketing, what happens now?

While there’s a lot of conjecture on what exactly will happen next, what can happen is several fold, says Colin Woodall, chief of legislative affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

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Be Diligent on Genetic Defects When Buying Bulls

Be Diligent on Genetic Defects When Buying Bulls

W. Mark Hilton, DVM


While pregnancy testing a group of cows for a client recently, he mentioned that his 2½-year-old herd bull was lame. On closer inspection, I saw the bull had a corkscrew claw on the lame rear foot. The owner was quite disappointed to learn it was possibly a genetic defect and that the bull should go to slaughter.

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100% Grass-Fed: BQA Part 3

100% Grass-Fed: BQA Part 3

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

I don’t think that what is required by the BQA Program is anything that any BEEF producer can’t uphold.  Committing to the BQA way of producing BEEF & Dairy BEEF isn’t going to cost you anything more than what you’re currently doing, In the long run it could actually save you money!

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Septicemia in calves

Septicemia in calves

Heather Smith Thomas

Western Cowman

On occasion a calf develops an infection in which bacteria or their toxins get into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body, creating a condition called septicemia. Some types of toxin-forming bacteria (usually gaining entrance to the body via the GI tract, after damaging the gut lining and slipping through it) cause very rapid death.

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