Daily Archives: December 14, 2010



My hat is off to parents who have a job in town but insist on raising their kids in a “rural lifestyle.”  50 or so thousand young people were at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last year.  I would bet at least 3.4 of them come from rural lifestyle families.

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BQA Transportation Quality Assurance

BQA Transportation Quality Assurance

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

Transportation quality assurance plays a critical role in the health and welfare of cattle.  The proper handling and transport of cattle can reduce sickness in calves, prevent bruises, and improve the quality of the meat from these animals.

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Steve Cornett:  Attempt at Satire of GIPSA Plan Fails

Steve Cornett:  Attempt at Satire of GIPSA Plan Fails

Beef Today

We love nothing at Beef Today so much as an open, honest and civil dialog. Hence, we believe we’ll lead this issue of our newsletter with a letter from Allan Sents, a bright, well-respected Kansas cattle feeder who happens to see things quite differently a lot of other bright, well-respected cattle feeders.

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Hoosier Beef Congress Continues to Defy Logic

Hoosier Beef Congress Continues to Defy Logic

Tom Bechman

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Cattle numbers were up, with 837 purebred and commercial heifers entered, plus 555 purebred and crossbred steers, and 139 cattle that went through breed and all-star sales on Saturday of the event. That’s a total of 1, 532 cattle brought to Indianapolis in the dead of winter. The popular show was held in the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds while winter featured both cold and snow outside.

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Producers Discuss Dealing With Bad Actors

Producers Discuss Dealing With Bad Actors

Hoosier AG Today

What to do when your neighbor is engaging in bad practices on his farm is a question with no easy answer. These so-called bad actors have caused serious problems for agriculture which can sometimes lead to regulations that impact the whole industry. In the first meeting of its kind, several Indiana farmers participated in a panel discussion which explored how to deal with bad actors.

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Snow as a water source for cattle

Snow as a water source for cattle

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Late last winter I received questions from a number of producers asking whether cows could get adequate water from eating snow if they didn’t have access to drinking water. Now that we are entering winter again, it seems like a timely topic for this column.

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How FMD Virus Begins Infection in Cattle

How FMD Virus Begins Infection in Cattle


US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have identified the primary site where the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) begins infection in cattle.

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The consequences of shortcuts in beef cattle production

The consequences of shortcuts in beef cattle production

Jane Parish


Taking shortcuts on a beef cattle operation can have advantages but can also produce some undesirable or unintended consequences. Sometimes taking the easy route can be a recipe for disaster in terms of production output, animal value, and/or profitability. There are many potential pitfalls for producers looking to cut corners to save time, labor, or money.

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Woman-dominated veterinary medicine is self-fulfilling prophecy

Woman-dominated veterinary medicine is self-fulfilling prophecy

DVM 360

More women than men are applying for veterinary school—making up as much as 80 percent of applicants at some schools. That’s not because men are avoiding perceived lower wages in veterinary medicine, says one researcher. It’s because male applicants are avoiding fields filled with women.

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BQA Evolution Continues

BQA Evolution Continues

Bovine Veterinarian

In a Beef Board news conference this week, veterinarian Dee Griffin from the University of Nebraska’s Great Plains Veterinary Education Center outlined the history of the Beef Quality Assurance program and its continuing importance to consumer perceptions and beef demand.

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