Daily Archives: February 24, 2011

Intro To Calving

Intro To Calving

Kent Hanawalt

Montana Cowboy College

To understand my life you must understand calving, as calving season is the peak season in a ranch cowboy’s life.

In Montana, most ranches are termed cow/calf operations – the herd of cows is maintained year-round to produce a new crop of calves every year.

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Dystocia: The Challenge

Dystocia: The Challenge

Ryan Goodman

Beef Today

Alright, today I started to write this long, informative post about dystocia in livestock and how much livestock producers dread these problems during birthing seasons. Instead, I will spare you the details and share with you why I find calving season such a challenge.

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Do you know your unit cost of production?

Do you know your unit cost of production?

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

When University of Nebraska Extension Educator Aaron Berger asked a group of cow-calf producers if they knew their cost of production, there was total silence in the room.

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Bud Box Bonanza

Bud Box Bonanza

Boyd Kidwell

Angus Journal

Cattle handling is steadily changing as the old ideas of driving animals with shouts and hotshots gives way to low-stress techniques using animal behavior to quietly move animals.

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Cattle Vaccine Could Reduce E. Coli Outbreaks

Cattle Vaccine Could Reduce E. Coli Outbreaks

Charlie Litton

ABC News

The battle against E. coli contamination in the nation’s food supply has a new weapon, but consumers are not likely to see its benefit anytime soon.

Epitopix, a Minnesota-based veterinary vaccine company, recently released a vaccine that promises to help prevent cattle from carrying E. coli O157 — a bacteria strain that, although harmless to livestock, can be deadly to humans.

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Grass-fed beef

Grass-fed beef

Mary Thomas

The Examiner

Cattle’s traditional and natural diet is grass, not grain.  Consuming grass-fed instead of grain-fed beef can have significant effects on overall health.  Unfortunately, in recent years large agricultural corporations have diverged from feeding cattle a natural diet of grass to unnatural grain.

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Study shows costly consequences of regulating dust

Study shows costly consequences of regulating dust

KRVN

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current review of National Ambient Air Quality Standards of the Clean Air Act could result in the regulation of coarse particulate matter (dust) at levels as low as 65-85 µg/m3, or twice as stringent as the current standard.

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UT Extension offices face more budget cuts

UT Extension offices face more budget cuts

Josh Ault

WATE

State lawmakers made serious cuts last year to agricultural programs in the state.

More than $5 million was cut from University of Tennessee Extension offices. Eighteen positions were eliminated in East Tennessee offices.

To make matters worse, federal money is expected to be taken away next month.

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New tool now available for beef producers

New tool now available for beef producers

Delta George

Fort Scott Tribune

Thanks to financial support from the Beef Reproductive Task Force, a multi-state extension group, beef producers are now able to access the Bovine Estrus Synchronization Planner on the Web at no charge.

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A farm-to-table story starring Oak Steakhouse and Yon Family Farms

A farm-to-table story starring Oak Steakhouse and Yon Family Farms

Alison Sher

Charleston City Paper

The purpose of this field trip is educational. The destination: Yon Family Farms. Bacon, Jacobson, and Palmer want to meet the farmers who raise Certified Angus Beef cattle. They want to witness firsthand the care that goes into the cows that become their steaks.

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