Monthly Archives: December 2010

Prof. Ed Lidvall, University of Tennessee, AG leader and mentor to hundreds passes

Prof. Ed Lidvall, University of Tennessee, AG leader and mentor to hundreds passes

Maryville Daily Times

Ed R. Lidvall, Jr. passed away peacefully and with his family Sunday, December 26, 2010, at the Shannondale Health Center in Maryville. Ed was born August 5, 1923, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the first of two sons of Ed and Hattie Lidvall. He grew up there on the family farm, where he developed a life-long appreciation for agriculture and animal science.

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Telling the Grass-Fed Beef Story

Telling the Grass-Fed Beef Story

Dr. John Comerford, Pennsylvania State University

Meat Geek

Beef customers are being told many things about their food these days.  The advertisements for beef products shout this product is safer, this one is healthier, this one is better for the environment, and many other claims of value.

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Cow/Calf Producers Set For A Good Year

Cow/Calf Producers Set For A Good Year

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

Jay Wade Johnson farms and ranches in a place called Happy, Texas. It’s an address that pretty much describes his feelings about the direction the beef business is headed these days.

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A glimpse of beef’s economic value to rural America

A glimpse of beef’s economic value to rural America

Greg Henderson


Last week the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538, a 9.7 percent increase over the 2000 population.

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FDA’s Role in Animal Health: What FDA Does and Does Not Regulate

FDA’s Role in Animal Health: What FDA Does and Does Not Regulate

Ashley Steel

Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act gives FDA the legal authority to approve and regulate drugs for animals. Before a drug company can market an animal drug, the company must get the drug approved by FDA.

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Steve Cornett: Beef’s Big Year

Steve Cornett: Beef’s Big Year

Beef Today

It’s the last column of the year, so I sat me down and made a list of candidates for most important developments of the year. In the order in which they popped to mind, here they are:

1.     Ethanol and corn prices—I get calls when I pick on ethanol, but I don’t mind.

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Why manure use on cropland is a good investment

Why manure use on cropland is a good investment

AG Professional

With Nebraska being one of the nation’s top livestock producers, the state has a lot of manure that can serve as a valuable resource for crop production.

Benefits of manure include the nutrients supplied, especially the nitrogen and phosphorus needed for most Nebraska soils, and its soil amendment effects. The soil amendment effects often result in increased productivity for several years after application.

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R-CALF urges Senate to strengthen beef import rule

R-CALF urges Senate to strengthen beef import rule

North Platte Bulletin

In meetings with Democrat and Republican staff members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the leaders of the Ranchers-Cattlemen’s Action Legal Fund and United Stockgrowers of America said the United States has given beef export markets a legitimate reason to impose strict age restrictions on U.S. beef.

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Global Opportunities For U.S. Seedstock

Global Opportunities For U.S. Seedstock

Kim Watson Potts

Beef Today

This May marked a milestone in Russia, with the first-ever bull sale taking place. Bill Davis, co-owner of Rollin’ Rock Angus Ranch near Sidney, Mont., was in attendance for the event, representing the American Angus Association.

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Expert on behavior coming to Virginia

Expert on behavior coming to Virginia

Carl Stafford

Culpeper Star Exponent

Temple Grandin is the featured speaker at Virginia Forage and Grassland Council and Virginia Cooperative Extension beef programs in January. Known as an international expert in animal behavior, Dr Grandin designs livestock handling facilities and is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State.  

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Vaccines — Their Use, Handling, and Care

Vaccines — Their Use, Handling, and Care

T. R. Thedford, DVM

Oklahoma State University

All livestock producers use vaccines at one time or another in the day-to-day operation of their farms. If these products are not properly handled, little or no immunity will result from the use of the product. In addition to being costly, the false sense of security gained by the producer could result in severe losses before the actual cause of the disease is discovered.

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Delay Implant, Increase Beef Quality

Delay Implant, Increase Beef Quality

Black Ink Basics

Many feeders administer growth implants on the front end of the finishing phase, keeping far from the harvest date so as not to hinder marbling development. But research at South Dakota State University in the mid-1990s proved marbling is a consistent component that can develop throughout an animal’s life.

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Winter Watering – Generations of Innovations

Winter Watering – Generations of Innovations

Alan Hedstrom

American Cattlemen

I had a one of a kind Grandpa. Well, maybe we all say that about people that we admire who have lot of knowledge. Sometimes we would get to work together in the corncrib with Grandpa and my uncles on the day the corn sheller would come to Grandpa’s farm.

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Grazing cornstalk residues: What do you need to supplement?

Grazing cornstalk residues: What do you need to supplement?

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

In many areas of the United States, cornstalk residue is available in the fall and winter for beef cows to graze. Allowing cows to harvest their nutrient needs is a lot more economical than carrying harvested forages to them. Grazing cornstalk residue is effective in reducing feed costs.

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Cattlemen consider eliminating brand inspectors

Cattlemen consider eliminating brand inspectors


The Nebraska Cattlemen have floated a plan to do away with the state’s nearly 60-year-old brand-inspection requirement.

Branding, which dates to the 1800s, was started to counter cattle rustling. Brand inspection became state law with the creation of the Nebraska Brand Committee in 1941.

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Ask the Vet:  Are brand name cattle really any better than generic cattle?

Ask the Vet:  Are brand name cattle really any better than generic cattle?

Dr. Ken McMillan


I am going to assume by "generic" you mean crossbred cattle and by "brand name" you mean purebred.

I think in most cases the only people who need purebred cattle are the ones in the purebred business producing seedstock—including bulls for registered and commercial producers and cows and heifers for other purebred breeders.

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What is a pregnant heifer worth in today’s market?

What is a pregnant heifer worth in today’s market?

Harlan Hughes


Though 2010 weaned-calf prices are improved from 2009, higher calf prices alone aren’t sufficient to trigger expansion; higher profits per cow are needed. And that may come if the effects of recent stronger export demand trickle down to weaned-calf prices over the next few years.

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FMD greatest threat to livestock industry

FMD greatest threat to livestock industry

Mindy Ward

Missouri Farmer Today

Bill White has seen his share of animal diseases.

As director of the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory on Plum Island in New York, White and his team serve as a line of defense for a disease outbreak in the United States. His laboratory is often the first to diagnose human and animal viruses in the world.

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Farmers shouldn’t own animals, but Michael Vick can. Excuse me?

Farmers shouldn’t own animals, but Michael Vick can. Excuse me?

Rick Berman

The Daily Caller

When the CEO of a “Humane Society” says convicted dog-fighting kingpin Michael Vick “would do a good job as pet owner,” it should raise more red flags than a Chinese parade. That’s just what happened two weeks ago as Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), endorsed Vick’s future as a dog owner.

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Beef or Chicken? A Look at U.S. Meat Trends in the Last Century

Beef or Chicken? A Look at U.S. Meat Trends in the Last Century


New York Times

A lot of meat and poultry gets eaten during the holiday season. Did you ever find yourself wondering: Hmm, what’s the trend line over the past 100 years for U.S. per-capita consumption of beef vs. chicken vs. pork vs. turkey?

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