Daily Archives: June 9, 2011

Modernizing The Beef Business – Part 1

Modernizing The Beef Business – Part 1

Burt Rutherford

BEEF Magazine

If you bought a new pickup in 1965, you got the best technology Detroit had to offer – an AM radio and 2×2 air conditioning; that is, two windows and two hand cranks to roll ’em down with. Buy a new pickup today and it’s like climbing into the cockpit of an airplane.


Bio-facility sits in tornado alley

Bio-facility sits in tornado alley

The Cattle Business Weekly

Officials say lab design will withstand high wind speeds

The agricultural industry has much to lose if the proposed bio-defense lab in Manhattan, Kan. faulters in a major storm. Officials say the facility will be able to withstand a tornado, but some people are still skeptical.


Insecticide-impregnated cattle ear tags

Insecticide-impregnated cattle ear tags

Brandon Sears

The Richmond Register

Insecticide-impregnated cattle ear tags release small amounts of an insecticide which are distributed over the animal during grooming or rubbing.


Ultrasound’s Roots are Still Strong and Growing

Ultrasound’s Roots are Still Strong and Growing

Walter & Associates

When Dave Nichols and Dr. Doyle Wilson hatched the notion of using ultrasound in beef production on that infamous plane ride nearly two decades ago, the idea was to indentify seedstock with a propensity for heavy marbling.

Dr. Harlan Ritchie, Michigan State University Professor of Animal Science says, “Marbling is the essence of quality grade.”


Animals Fleeing Floods Cause People Problems

Animals Fleeing Floods Cause People Problems

Bonnie Coblentz

Cattle Today

Flooding from the Mississippi and other rivers is disrupting even the wildlife as it brings activities to nearly a standstill in many areas of the Delta.


Bovine Trichomoniasis Reported in Arkansas

Bovine Trichomoniasis Reported in Arkansas

University of Illinois Extension

An emergency regulation aimed at stifling the spread of Trichomoniasis, a protozoal disease that can cause abortion and infertility in cattle, goes into effect June 15, said Tom Troxel, associate head-animal science, for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.


Drought Third Worst in Texas History

Drought Third Worst in Texas History

Beef Today

Is this the worst Texas drought ever?

The answer is no, but it certainly is one of the worst, according to Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M University professor and Texas state climatologist.


Feed costs eating into profitability

Feed costs eating into profitability

Cindy Snyder

Farm and Ranch Guide

Record high feed costs ate into livestock profits last month and economists don’t see much relief through the summer.


Pregnancy Loss Followed By Infertility Can Impact Production Over A Long Period Of Time

Pregnancy Loss Followed By Infertility Can Impact Production Over A Long Period Of Time

Southern Livestock Standard

The U.S. cattle industry has not seen significant changes in the clinical syndrome caused by Leptospira hardjo-bovis (LHB); yet, the disease continues to burden cow/calf producers with reproduction implications that can become costly and widespread within the herd.


Dealing with Excessively Wet Conditions on Beef Cattle Operations

Dealing with Excessively Wet Conditions on Beef Cattle Operations

Jane A. Parish and Justin D. Rhinehart, Mississippi State University

Recent rains in many areas of Mississippi have created challenges and problems for beef cattle operations. September and October are typically some of the driest months of the year, but this year they have been some of the wettest. Potential concerns on beef cattle operations this fall are discussed here.