Daily Archives: December 16, 2010

Video Feature: Regional Lice Issues

From Cattlemen To Cattlemen

Cattle researchers discuss lice.


The EPDs of Calving Ease in Bull Selection

The EPDs of Calving Ease in Bull Selection

Dan W. Moser, Kansas State University beef cattle specialist

Beef Today

For many years, commercial cow/calf producers have used birth weight expected progeny differences (EPD) in sire selection to minimize calving difficulty. However, some producers have expressed concern that such selection over several generations might result in heifers and cows that have calving difficulty despite lower calf birth weights, as a result of the heifers being smaller at calving.

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Butchering the Rules :: Part 2

Butchering the Rules :: Part 2

Chris Raines, Pennsylvania State University

What does “retail exempt” mean and how does it work?  Retail exempt status is what makes in-store meat cutting, whether it be at a large chain grocery store or at a mom-and-pop butcher shop, possible.In effect, they are exempt from USDA inspection during processing.  Make no mistake, however, that the meat being cut or processed is still from an animal slaughtered under USDA inspection.

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Distiller’s Grains Are Increasing In Value And Flexibility To Livestock Producers

Distiller’s Grains Are Increasing In Value And Flexibility To Livestock Producers


What is that odd looking stuff in your feed bunk? Your livestock seem to be eating it, and your lender likes it, also, you say? They do have strange preferences from time to time. You say the stuff is DGS? Don’t you mean DDGS? Oh, it’s something different! That’s why your lender likes it. There he is, down there on the end!

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Cattlemen seek lessons in collapse of New Albany broker

Cattlemen seek lessons in collapse of New Albany broker

Betsy Blaney

Louisville Courier Journal

The collapse of a Southern Indiana cattle brokerage company that owes hundreds of ranchers as much as $130 million could result in some going under and has others wondering if regulatory changes are needed to prevent similar swindles in the future.

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Quantity of hay cannot make up for quality

Quantity of hay cannot make up for quality

Tim Clark


Growing conditions in many parts of the country have been very good for producing large QUANTITIES of forage.  However, this summer’s warm temperatures and wet conditions have made producing high QUALITY hay difficult.

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FDA Reports On Antimicrobials Sold For Food-Producing Animals

FDA Reports On Antimicrobials Sold For Food-Producing Animals

Bovine Veterinarian

On December 9, 2010, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine published its first annual report summarizing sales and distribution data of antimicrobial drugs approved for food-producing animals. The Animal Drug User Fee Amendments of 2008 (ADUFA), Section 105, requires antimicrobial drug sponsors to report the amount of antimicrobial active ingredient in their drugs that have been sold or distributed for use in food-producing animals.

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NCBA Relieved By Last-Minute Death Tax Relief

NCBA Relieved By Last-Minute Death Tax Relief


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Steve Foglesong is relieved the U.S. Senate today voted to extend all expiring tax rates for two years. The Senate-passed bill would reduce the top rate of the estate tax, commonly known as the death tax, to 35 percent; increase the exemption level to $5 million; index exemptions to inflation; and include a stepped-up basis.

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Youth Activities to Stir-Up Fun at 2011 Cattle Industry Convention

Youth Activities to Stir-Up Fun at 2011 Cattle Industry Convention


Events designed especially for young people will give an extra kick to the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Denver, Feb. 2-5. The programs, for young people ages 9 to young adult, are focused on education, leadership and teamwork. They are being exclusively sponsored by Farm Credit.

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Cattleman’s work ethic, dedication set him apart

Cattleman’s work ethic, dedication set him apart


Merced Sun Star

Breeding registered Angus cattle is not an easy job.

With drought, high feed prices and dry wells, Steve Obad has had to be constantly on his toes to keep his small herd of cattle in the best of health.

Add to that a full-time job teaching agriculture at Buhach Colony High School in Atwater, and Obad doesn’t have much time for anything else.

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