Monthly Archives: October 2011

Antibiotics are only one tool

Antibiotics are only one tool

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine 

This week at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose conference in Chicago, Ron Phillips, vice president, government and public affairs for the Animal Health Institute, said consumers are confused and concerned about antibiotics used on the farm. “They have been told they are not necessary if farmers would just change their production practices,” he said.

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Proposed changes could harm cattle market

Proposed changes could harm cattle market

The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed rule change to the Packers and Stockyards Act seems to lead us down the road of unprecedented government intervention in the marketplace.

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Steve Cornett: Rain and Snow in Wheat Country

Steve Cornett: Rain and Snow in Wheat Country

Beef Today

There is moisture falling in some of the drought area this morning. I shot a picture a minute ago off the front porch. That is rain, I suppose, but it was snow not long ago.

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Protect cattle from winter weather

Protect cattle from winter weather

Tri State Livestock News

During the winter, cattle increase their production of body heat in response to severe cold by increasing their heart rate, respiration and blood flow. This physiological response may result in lower gains and reduced feed efficiency, even with increased feed intake.

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Nebraska Cattlemen Do Not Support Proposed Child Labor Regulations

Nebraska Cattlemen Do Not Support Proposed Child Labor Regulations

Nebraska Cattlemen opposes these regulations because rather than trying to find safety solutions; the U.S. Department of Labor has opted, by regulation, to effectively prohibit young workers from being employed in agriculture at all.

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Antibiotics and the healthy cow equation

Antibiotics and the healthy cow equation



When he’s not busy with birthing, feeding and moving cattle, Chuck Massengill is busy keeping his animals healthy.

And that sometimes means administering drugs.

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Build A High-Profit Beef Business

Build A High-Profit Beef Business

Harold Harpster

Wallaces Farmer

Times are pretty good for cow-calf producers – except for those in drought-plagued regions. And, the future looks even brighter for at least the next several years.

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Meat Scientists Work to Enhance Marbling in Beef Cattle

Meat Scientists Work to Enhance Marbling in Beef Cattle


Several university researchers are collaborating to find ways to increase marbling in beef cattle without adding extra days on high-concentrate diets.

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Saddle Sore

Saddle Sore

Tony Vagneur

The Aspen Times

So it was no big deal the other day when, just before we began the monstrous job of separating 750 bovine animals into pre-arranged groups, the big boss looked at me with a bit of a grin and said, “Do you think you and Josie can keep the cutting alleyway in the corrals loaded with cattle?”

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High beef prices, poor economy spawn surge in rustling

High beef prices, poor economy spawn surge in rustling

Washington Post

Even with cattle theft rampant in much of the nation’s midsection, Oklahoma rancher Ryan Payne wasn’t worried about anyone messing with his cows and calves. By his estimation, his pasture is so far off the beaten path “you need a helicopter to see it.”

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Health Benefits of Grass-fed Products

Health Benefits of Grass-fed Products

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

There are a number of nutritional differences between the meat of pasture-raised and feedlot-raised animals.  To begin with, meat from 100% Grass-fed cattle, sheep, and bison is lower in total fat. If the meat is very lean, and it will be if the animal is on a 100% Grass-fed diet, it can have one third as much fat as a similar cut from a grain-fed animal.

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Be Armed to Tell the Beef Story

Be Armed to Tell the Beef Story

Cattle Today

Agriculture stays ahead of the curve in caring for land and livestock, but that’s too much of a secret, according to a Nebraska Cattlemen environmental specialist.

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Crash into loose steer leads to courtroom beef

Crash into loose steer leads to courtroom beef

Port Clinton News Herald

An Oak Harbor couple and their insurance company are suing a Carroll Township couple for $695,000 in costs and damages after Mark McPherson crashed into one of Randy and Monica Genzman’s steers.

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BeefTalk: 2011 Production Benchmarks Are In

BeefTalk: 2011 Production Benchmarks Are In

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Once again, the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) is pleased to summarize the average performance of beef cattle herds that are utilizing the CHAPS program.

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Scottsbluff hosting Range Beef Cow Symposium

Scottsbluff hosting Range Beef Cow Symposium

Rapid City Journal

Hundreds of cattle producers and industry people are expected to attend the biannual Range Beef Cow Symposium XII when it convenes Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1 at the Mitchell Events Center at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds in Scottsbluff, Nebr.

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Eleven receive heifers through Youth Beef Experience Program

Eleven receive heifers through Youth Beef Experience Program

Heather Thorstensen


Producers donate heifers to the Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program to help young people get started in the beef cattle business. Eligible recipients are 4-H or FFA members who are 12-16 years old.

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Where the cows run home

Where the cows run home

Sally Schilling

The Daily Journal

Driving along the winding coastal highway south of Half Moon Bay, one can easily miss a tall towering ranch sign tucked between the hills in San Gregorio. Etched in the crossbar of the sign is the word TOTO, marking entrance to the Markegard family grass-fed beef ranch.

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10 tips for using new technologies in your beef operation

10 tips for using new technologies in your beef operation

Amy Radunz

University of Wisconsin

For past couple of years, I have been exploring the social media and mobile devices (smartphones, smartbooks) to see if these tools could be effective in communicating information to beef producers.

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AgriLife Research beef cattle studies focus on residual-feed intake, evaluate feed efficiency

AgriLife Research beef cattle studies focus on residual-feed intake, evaluate feed efficiency

AgriLife Today

Feed efficiency in beef cattle is getting a closer look by a Texas AgriLife Research scientist, who is evaluating both feedlot performance and feed intake to improve profitability and reduce the environmental impact of beef production systems.

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Cotton Can Be Beef-Cattle Energy Supplement

Cotton Can Be Beef-Cattle Energy Supplement

Hay and Forage Grower

Cotton or cotton plants are a suitable supplemental feed for beef cattle, says Tryon Wickersham, Texas AgriLife Research nutritionist.

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