Daily Archives: February 4, 2011

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Cattlemen who calve heifers before their spring calving cows have either tagged the first calves or are checking their calving supply checklist.  The opportunity and time for good pre-calving management intentions are quickly moving to the category of should have done….

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PETA deftly plays the Super Bowl

PETA deftly plays the Super Bowl

Greg Henderson


And, of course, there is PETA, the animal rights extremists who are trying to squeeze in their latest promotion that has been called “veggie porn.” PETA likes cutting ads that step over the proverbial line, and their latest effort does just that.

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Science Is No Longer The Only Answer

Science Is No Longer The Only Answer

Troy Marshall


With prices soaring, it’s easy to forget our industry faces some serious challenges. As an industry, we’ve always relied heavily on science as the main weapon against those who attack us.

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Severe weather hurts business

Severe weather hurts business

Kevin Welch

Amarillo Globe News

It will be a cold day in – well – Amarillo before a wind chill of minus 30 degrees keeps cattle raisers from taking care of their charges, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

One of the biggest challenges when the wind is wailing and the air is more than chilled?

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Southeast Missouri State University opening cattle DNA research lab

Southeast Missouri State University opening cattle DNA research lab

Melissa Miller

Southeast Missourian

Years ago, farmers had a simple way of determining which cows to breed.

"A farmer would say, ‘There’s a good-lookin’ cow. There’s a good-lookin’ bull. Let’s mate ’em,’" said Dr. Mike Aide, chairman of Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture.

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Bitter cold hard on livestock

Bitter cold hard on livestock

The Grant Tribune Sentinel

Bitter cold temperatures and extremes in wind chills likely will continue this winter in the High Plains and upper Midwest regions of the U.S.

These conditions are particularly stressful for groups of cattle that have not adequately acclimated to such conditions, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef specialist said.

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Environmental Regulations Create ‘Perfect Storm’

Environmental Regulations Create ‘Perfect Storm’


More than 750 cattle producers from around the country gathered at the 18thannual Cattlemen’s College ® held during the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show today. One highly attended session featured an update from Tamara Thies, NCBA’s chief environmental counsel.

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Beef Talk: Grass and Beef – The Future?

Beef Talk: Grass and Beef – The Future?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

One can only speculate, especially when it comes to the future. However, one item that is not speculation is the fact that we are changing.

Reports continue of high grain and beef prices and the subsequent acknowledgement that cheap food prices very well may be a thing of the past.

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NCBA President Denounces Government Overreach

NCBA President Denounces Government Overreach

Hoosier AG Today

  National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Steve Foglesong addressed nearly 5,000 cattlemen and women Wednesday as he officially kicked off the organization’s 2011 convention in Denver. Foglesong advised the attendees to reflect on 2010 successes but focus on possibilities for 2011.

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Avoiding Calving Problems

Avoiding Calving Problems

L. R. Sprott

American Cattlemen

Beef heifers experience calving difficulty, or dystocia, more frequently than do mature cows. Dystocia is characterized by prolonged or difficult labor due to heavy birthweight and/or small pelvic area of the dam. Death of these calves, and sometimes their dams, is a result of injuries received during difficult delivery.

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