Daily Archives: July 28, 2011

Winning . . . At What Cost?

Winning . . . At What Cost?

Andy Vance

The Angle

I’ve been around show cattle for the latter two-thirds of my life. From my first 4-H calf to my love of county and state fairs, I have a thing for going to shows and looking at high quality cattle.

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An Open Letter to 4-H Livestock

An Open Letter to 4-H Livestock

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

I am writing to voice my concern over several incidents that have occurred at county fairs across the Midwest this summer. While seemingly isolated incidents they represent a trend that could result in the loss of your popularity and the ability of your exhibitors to bring you to the fair.

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Growing up on livestock farm linked to increased risk of blood cancers

Growing up on livestock farm linked to increased risk of blood cancers


Growing up on a livestock farm seems to be linked to an increased risk of developing blood cancers as an adult, indicates research published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Fast-forward EPDs, accuracy values

Fast-forward EPDs, accuracy values

John Maday


To better understand the number of progeny equivalents associated with genomic-enhanced EPDs (GE-EPDs) powered by High-Density 50K (HD 50K), EPDs were reviewed for almost 500 head, both before and after the addition of DNA information.

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Potential Effects of Rift Valley Fever in the United States

Potential Effects of Rift Valley Fever in the United States

Centers for Disease Control

Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) has been the cause of disease outbreaks throughout Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and the infection often results in heavy economic costs through loss of livestock. If RVFV, which is common to select agent lists of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture, entered the United States, either by accidental or purposeful means, the effects could be substantial.

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Texas ag losses could set new record amid drought

Texas ag losses could set new record amid drought

AG Professional

Randy McGee spent $28,000 in one month pumping water onto about 500 acres in West Texas before he decided to give up irrigating 75 acres of corn and focus on other crops that stood a better chance in the drought.

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Beef processor gets probation in calf cruelty case

Beef processor gets probation in calf cruelty case


A Texas Panhandle beef processor has been placed on a year’s probation after a judge granted deferred adjudication of the animal cruelty case against him and five workers at his plant.

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Be aware of dehydration in cattle

Be aware of dehydration in cattle

Geni Wren, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

With drought in some areas and excessive heat warnings in others, water intake and hydration of cattle is critical right now. Be aware of clinical signs of dehydration in cattle. Robert Ovrebo, DVM, offers this information on cattle dehydration.

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Drought May Be Causing Rabies Spike in Texas

Drought May Be Causing Rabies Spike in Texas

Ari Auber

The Texas Tribune

The drought is not only scorching lawns and sparking wildfires across Texas. The number of animal rabies cases — particularly among skunks — has more than doubled since this time in 2010 in the Central Texas region, and the increase may be due to the state’s nine-month drought, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Watch For Poisonous Plants During Drought

Watch For Poisonous Plants During Drought


Certain plants, like some weeds and ornamentals are toxic, and during times of dry conditions when no other pasture feed is available, livestock may be inclined to consume them, says Steve Boyles, Ohio State University (OSU) Extension beef specialist.

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