Daily Archives: October 21, 2011

High time for heifers

High time for heifers

John Maday

Drovers

A fine-looking heifer calf represents the future of a ranching operation, and for producers in a position to do so, now is a good time to add more to their herds.

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Can weight loss cause anestrus?

Can weight loss cause anestrus?

Bill Beal

Angus Journal

The lack of fresh or harvested forage as a result of drought conditions can result in underfeeding cows prior to or during the breeding season. Underfeeding delays the first estrous cycle after calving or, if weight loss occurs after cows are cycling, it may cause estrous cycles to cease.

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BeefTalk: Nothing New, Just a Reminder That Breeding Systems Work

BeefTalk: Nothing New, Just a Reminder That Breeding Systems Work

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Once the industry decided that the walls would not cave in when Hereford bulls were mated to Angus cows or vice versa, the world of beef cattle systems was created.

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IRS Increases Enforcement Action Against Farmers and Ranchers

IRS Increases Enforcement Action Against Farmers and Ranchers

John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

Enforcement action by the Internal Revenue Service has actually increased in recent months in the farming and livestock field. I know personally because of some clients who have informed me.

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JBS hits back over illegal cattle claims

JBS hits back over illegal cattle claims

Agrimoney

JBS, facing pressure from environmental campaigners, hit back at prosecutors accusing the company of handling illegally-raised cattle, accusing legal officials of poor research.

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Train employees on cattle handling

Train employees on cattle handling

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine 

At the American Meat Institute (AMI) meeting this week in Kansas City, animal handling expert Temple Grandin, PhD, Colorado State University, spoke to the audience about training employees to handle cattle in working facilities, whether at a feedlot or packing plant.

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Tennessee farmers change market, techniques

Tennessee farmers change market, techniques

Emily Kubis and Taylor Hixon

Sidelines

Efficient farming practices are needed as food demands grow alongside population, but data show smaller scale markets are the future for Tennessee’s 21st century farmers.

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Shrinking Beef Supply Spurs Record Prices as Sales Decline

Shrinking Beef Supply Spurs Record Prices as Sales Decline

Businessweek

Elizabeth Campbell

U.S. feedlots probably bought fewer cattle last month as a Texas drought reduced the number of available animals, signaling tight beef supplies, record meat prices and higher costs for restaurants such as Sonic Corp.

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‘Compassionate’ slaughter

‘Compassionate’ slaughter

Dianna Marder

Philadephia Inquirer

The sun is low in the sky on Dean Carlson’s Chester County farm, where his Scottish Highland cows tilt their mop-top heads, showing off their venerable horns.

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It’s all in the Grass: Raising Beef, Pork and Lamb the Natural Way

It’s all in the Grass: Raising Beef, Pork and Lamb the Natural Way

Carolyn White

The Fence Post

While studying Animal Science at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Jeff Downs of Kinikin Natural Foods, located east of Montrose, Colo., was appalled at the confinement conditions that he saw livestock living under.

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