Daily Archives: October 14, 2011

Black Nightshade Can Poison Livestock

Black Nightshade Can Poison Livestock

Hay and Forage Grower

Livestock producers who plan to graze crop residue or feed weedy alfalfa hay this fall should be aware of the dangers imposed by a particular weed, warns Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage agronomist.

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Acorn Poisoning in Beef Cattle

Acorn Poisoning in Beef Cattle

Informed Farmers

Acorns contain gallotannin. In the rumen, gallotannin is broken down to gallic acid and tannic acid. Tannic acid causes ulcerations in the mouth, the oesophagus, and the rest of the intestines.

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BeefTalk: Biofuel and Beef Cattle Systems

BeefTalk: Biofuel and Beef Cattle Systems

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Beef cattle systems are the key to beef cattle management. What type of system or, more simply put, how that system is defined determines the daily operation of the unit.

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Texas Ranch Keeping Lost Art ALive

Texas Ranch Keeping Lost Art ALive

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

The legendary trail drives of the “Old West” probably will be imprinted in folklore forever, but the evolution of the railroad kept this glorified period to a relatively short time in American history.

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Antibiotic issue continues to simmer

Antibiotic issue continues to simmer

John Maday


As cases of antimicrobial-resistant strains of human diseases gain media attention, the use of antimicrobial drugs in food animals comes under increasing scrutiny, both here and internationally.

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USDA Has a Major Image Problem

USDA Has a Major Image Problem

Greg Vincent

Beef Today

 About a year ago an Illinois farmer called me from his combine cab. He was questioning the need for USDA to continue reporting because in his mind they are always wrong. I listened.

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Obama’s state menu: Japanese beef from Texas

Obama’s state menu: Japanese beef from Texas

David Jackson

USA Today

The White House has released the menu for tonight’s state dinner for South Korean President Lee Myung Bak, and the main course comes from Japanese cattle bred in Texas.

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US farmers like free trade deals

US farmers like free trade deals

Michael J. Crumb


U.S. farmers on Thursday celebrated the approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, saying the pacts will increase demand for their products, though American consumers shouldn’t see a drastic increase in overall food prices.

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A new look at bovine coronavirus

A new look at bovine coronavirus

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) cases continue to be a major problem in both beef and dairy operations.  The morbidity and mortality impact and the loss of production often continue in spite of vaccinations against other infectious agents

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Alfalfa As A Grazing Crop?

Alfalfa As A Grazing Crop?

Hay & Forage Grower

Roundup Ready technology may help put alfalfa in more graziers’ paddocks, says Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky forage specialist.

“A lot of people now are putting in alfalfa for the sole purpose of grazing. If they can get baleage off of it, and if they can get a hay crop, that’s a bonus,” he says.

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