Daily Archives: June 28, 2011

Beef Quality Assurance: Reducing Disease Transmission

Beef Quality Assurance: Reducing Disease Transmission

Kansas State University

Beef cattle are more likely to be infested with disease by a human handler, than another animal. K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian Dr. Larry Hollis says it’s both easy and relatively inexpensive to reduce disease transmission to animals during vaccinations, ear tagging, and other invasive procedures.

Designing a Bud Box

Designing a Bud Box

Drs. Ron Gill and Rich Machen

The Cattleman

There is nothing magical or mystical about a Bud Box. It is a facility design that allows the handler to be positioned correctly to facilitate cattle flow out of the box into either the crowd alley leading to a chute, or to a trailer load out.

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Internet Sales Offer Advantages to Buyers and Sellers

Internet Sales Offer Advantages to Buyers and Sellers

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Technology has certainly changed the lifestyle of most Americans. E-mail transmissions and texting have almost made the personal phone call obsolete.

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E. Coli and the Misuse of Antibiotics

E. Coli and the Misuse of Antibiotics

Andrew Gunther

Huffington Post

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.

When it comes to food and farming, unfortunately it often takes a major public health scare to bring about necessary changes in policy and practice. Unless you have been on another planet you will have no doubt heard the news of the horrific food poisoning outbreak in Europe which has killed 24 people and left almost 2,500 sick.

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What’s in Your Beef?

What’s in Your Beef?

Lindsay Iadeluca

NBC News

I’m sure we’ve all heard of people eating strange things before; grown men eat rats, squirrels, goldfish…. (We could provide YouTube links, but you know what? We’re not gonna.)

But now people are eating grass… well sort of.

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Area ranchers, farmers fear overregulation

Area ranchers, farmers fear overregulation

Jerry Lackey

Abilene Reporter News

The first White House Rural Council was recently created by executive order from President Barack Obama. The new federal interagency council will coordinate and promote outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands in partnership with federal, state and tribal agencies.

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Scientists working on ‘test-tube’ beef

Scientists working on ‘test-tube’ beef


Dutch scientists say a time will come when there will not be enough livestock to feed the population. Consequently, lab-grown beef, chicken and lamb could become the norm.

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Genetic relationships between marbling score and fertility

Genetic relationships between marbling score and fertility

David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.

The Fence Post

Cattlemen recognize that getting a live calf on the ground is the basis for most all other performance traits. For seedstock suppliers, buyer inquiries concerning other economic traits beyond reproduction have become increasingly more frequent. No matter the genetic traits, is it possible that selecting for one compromises selection for another? What about marbling score and reproductive traits in beef cattle?

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UNL Beef Specialist Warns About Cattle Heat Stress

UNL Beef Specialist Warns About Cattle Heat Stress


A University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef specialist is warning cattle producers to watch for signs of heat stress in their herds.

Beef specialist Terry Mader says current moisture levels in the Central and Northern Plains will contribute to high humidity in the near future, which can be disastrous to cattle which have not adapted.

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57th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug 1-3

57th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug 1-3

North Texas e-News

The short course features numerous educational sessions and workshops. These sessions will include information covering cattle production, forage management, nutrition, reproduction, record keeping, brush busting, cattle handling, landowner issues, and much more.

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