Daily Archives: April 11, 2011

Heifer breeding considerations

Heifer breeding considerations

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

Estrous synchronization programs offer a good way to achieve a high percentage of pregnant females with less labor. The success of heifer genetics and breeding can affect the herd’s profitability for eight to fourteen years.

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Exports Matter

Exports Matter

Carol Keiser

Beef TOday

Exports matter more than ever. They account for almost 13 percent of all U.S. output–the highest rate of productivity since the government started keeping track during Herbert Hoover’s administration.

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Environmental Influences on Reproduction

Environmental Influences on Reproduction

Dr. Terry Mader

In general, we are usually not concerned about heat or cold influences on conception rate in beef cattle. However, heat stress can impact on fertility. Heat stress is known to affect oocyte viability and fertilization rate.

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Where’s the (Drug-Free) Beef?

Where’s the (Drug-Free) Beef?

Laura Cassiday

Chemical and Engineering News

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Detecting growth promoters in meat isn’t easy, says Giancarlo Biancotto, an analytical chemist at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie in Legnaro, Italy, because "classical analytical techniques often aren’t sensitive enough."

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NCBA makes statement on APHIS appointments

NCBA makes statement on APHIS appointments


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chief Veterinarian Elizabeth Parker made the following statement regarding recent appointments made at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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Organic food claims of superiority prove unsubstantiated

Organic food claims of superiority prove unsubstantiated

Jake Geis

Daily Nebraskan

Anymore, it seems that everyone who thinks they are someone is out promoting organic food. They all claim organic food is supposed to save us from the evil, antibiotic-pumping, corporate farms that are killing our children

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How to Choose Cattle for a Foundation Herd

How to Choose Cattle for a Foundation Herd


You can’t start a cow-calf herd without having some good quality animals from the outset. Knowing which cattle to look for, where to find them, and what to do with them is all important.

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Cattle Rustlers Hear The Call Of High Beef Prices

Cattle Rustlers Hear The Call Of High Beef Prices


Ranchers and livestock producers are on guard against a modern-day version on an Old-West crime. Stolen cattle are a hot ticket at the sale barn these days, and Gail Banzet of member station KOSU reports why.

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Embryo Transfer: The Winning Ticket

Embryo Transfer: The Winning Ticket

Christy Couch Lee

Hereford World

The possibilities are enticing. With the advancements of modern technology, you can produce dozens of calves from your best cows each year. Yes, embryo transfer (ET) can appear to be the golden ticket for your operation.

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Understanding Cattle & Women?

Understanding Cattle & Women?

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

   Understanding why cattle select certain forage species or certain plants/weeds within a given species is about as well understood as why women need so many shoes when they only have two feet and why they need company to go to the ladies room when out with friends?!

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