Daily Archives: January 31, 2011

Research reveals value of selecting calm cattle

Research reveals value of selecting calm cattle

Justin Ammon

Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

Recent research has demonstrated the value of cattle with calm temperaments and the price producers pay for keeping wilder animals in their herds.

A five-year Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station study found that cows with poor temperaments can affect the entire herd and reduce producers’ bottom lines.

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BeefTalk: Source and Age Verification

BeefTalk: Source and Age Verification

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist,  NDSU Extension Service

One could say the future of beef starts with a calving book. Certainly, source and age verification starts with a calving book. Now is the time to be planning on getting cattle ready for source and age verification for next fall.

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(200) Cows done in by bad spuds

(200) Cows done in by bad spuds

Terry Devitt

University of Wisconsin

Anyone taking the recent, mysterious deaths of 200 steers in a Portage County, Wis., feedlot as a sign of the apocalypse can rest easy. The cows, according to the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, were done in by bad spuds.

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The Industry Needs A Tea Party Movement

The Industry Needs A Tea Party Movement

Troy Marshall

BEEF

The U.S. cattle industry needs a Tea Party-style movement. I’m not talking about revolution or politics per se, but a grassroots involvement to make sure our voice is heard.

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U.S. cattle herd lowest since 1958

U.S. cattle herd lowest since 1958

Des Moines Register

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said today that as of Jan. 1 of this year, the 92.6 million head of cattle in the U.S. were the lowest total herd in 53 years.

The USDA said the 2010 calf crop of 35.7 million head was the smallest calf crop since the 34.9 million born during 1950.

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For those showing calves, success takes patience

For those showing calves, success takes patience

John Henry

Fort Worth Star Telegram

It’s just a little after 1 p.m. Friday when Megan Lee-Smith leads her "little" girl into the parade route.

Black Beauty, in her maiden voyage on the show cattle stage, didn’t appear to make any attempt to hide her anxiety.

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Bull tests positive for rabies in central Illinois

Bull tests positive for rabies in central Illinois

KWQC

A bull in central Illinois has been diagnosed with rabies. State officials say the animal began showing symptoms Monday. It then tested positive and was destroyed.

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Improper cow nutrition proves costly for beef producers

Improper cow nutrition proves costly for beef producers

AG Answers

Thin cows can be economically devastating as beef producers head into spring calving season, said Purdue Extension beef specialist Ron Lemenager.

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Winter pinkeye

Winter pinkeye

Kenny Barrett Jr., DVM, MS

Tri State Livestock News

You will be hard pressed to find a fly in South Dakota this time of year. We have always been taught flies cause pinkeye. So where does winter pinkeye come from? Obviously there must be more to the story; and there is.

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Farmer has big plans to make the Valley beef central

Farmer has big plans to make the Valley beef central

Rebecca Martinez

Staunton News Leader

For all the cattle raised in Augusta County, they sure don’t stick around.

Calves were sold, often in lots, at the Staunton Union Stock Yards Friday. Most of them will be sent to Pennsylvania or the Midwest, where there are enormous feedlots and meat processing facilities. The buyers there stand to make a bigger profit by finishing, processing and selling the beef.

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