Daily Archives: November 30, 2010

Eastern Livestock Raises Questions About Too Big to Fail

Eastern Livestock Raises Questions About Too Big to Fail

Chris Clayton


USDA has pegged the losses of unpaid cattle sales at more than $131 million involved in the Eastern Livestock Co. financial collapse. However, people in the cattle industry haven’t seen a plan on how to untangle the mess of cattle sales, or heard just how Eastern Livestock began its spiral downward.

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Steve Cornett: How to Read the GIPSA Responses

Steve Cornett: How to Read the GIPSA Responses

Beef Today

USDA got tons of responses to its request for public input on its pending GIPSA rule.

Your reporter devoted several hours of his holiday weekend to trying to find a pattern. Maybe it’s just me and my preconceived notions, but what I think I see is that a high percentage of the support for the changes comes from a few cattle producers, a lot of city folks—no few of them women for some reason—and quite a few people who say they were poultry farmers who got abused by integrators.

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Don’t Limit Genetic Potential Through Bad Management

Don’t Limit Genetic Potential Through Bad Management

Bovine Veterinarian

Management impacts on marbling actually begin prior to an animal’s birth, as inadequate passive immune transfer at birth becomes an important factor in an animal’s susceptibility of bovine respiratory disease (Galyean et al., 1999). Management and nutrition practices that keep cattle from becoming sick are very important because diagnosis of cattle with respiratory diseases is very difficult.

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SDSU professor Amanda Weaver receives USDA New Teacher award

SDSU professor Amanda Weaver receives USDA New Teacher award

Tri State Livestock News

South Dakota State University assistant professor Amanda Weaver received the 2010 New Teacher award at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting in Dallas.

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Neb. Ranchers Serve Big Market With Small Cows

Neb. Ranchers Serve Big Market With Small Cows


A pair of Nebraska ranchers has been breeding miniature cattle for the past 16 years, saying their rare breed results in better temperament and better meat.

When they introduced their miniature Herefords on their ranch near Tekamah, Ali and Kenny Petersen said they were the laughingstock of the area.

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Proposed rule sparks controversy

Proposed rule sparks controversy

The Westerner

When the 2008 Farm Bill was signed into law, it included language directing USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration to establish new criteria for the U.S. secretary of agriculture to consider in determining whether an undue or unreasonable preference had occurred in violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act.

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Southwest Beef Symposium set for Jan. 18-19 in Amarillo

Southwest Beef Symposium set for Jan. 18-19 in Amarillo

Kay Ledbetter

The Southwest Beef Symposium jointly hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service is scheduled for Jan. 18-19 in the Grand Plaza Room of the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S Buchanan St., Amarillo.

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Keys to Forage Profitability

Keys to Forage Profitability

Garry Lacefield and Don Ball

Beef Today

Forage production is a broad topic. After all, there are numerous forage crops that can be grown in most any given geographical area, the soils and sites available for forage production vary greatly, various species and classes of livestock are produced on different farms and producers have widely differing resources and objectives.

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Scours An Expensive Problem

Scours An Expensive Problem

Dr. Ken McMillan


Q&A: What steps do you recommend to keep scours from cutting our calf crop? I’ve read that scours is the biggest calf killer in the United States.

Calf scours is certainly one of the most costly problems affecting the cow/calf ­producer.

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Late autumn management tips for the cow

Late autumn management tips for the cow

Dave Barz, DVM

The weather has been great this fall. The harvest is completed and most of the fall tillage work is finished as well. The warm temperatures and lack of precipitation have made it easy to maintain gestating cows.

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