Daily Archives: October 26, 2011

BIF: The beef industry’s best kept secret

BIF: The beef industry’s best kept secret

Sally Northcutt

Angus Journal

Behind the scenes lies a sleeping giant — the roots of genetic prediction and the resulting expected progeny differences (EPDs) widely utilized by the industry today. The purpose of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) is subtle, but ultimately paramount when viewing the impact of genetic selection tools in the seedstock industry.

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Producers Invited to ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase

Producers Invited to ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase

Joe Sellers, Sherry Hoyer

Iowa State University

People who attend Iowa State University (ISU) football games and who also are interested in beef research have a unique opportunity awaiting them on the date of the final home ISU football game on Nov. 18. ISU’s Iowa Beef Center and beef nutrition faculty and staff are planning the “Beef Nutrition Research Pre-game Showcase” beginning that morning.

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Perform Necropsy When Cause of Death is Unknown

Perform Necropsy When Cause of Death is Unknown

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

If an animal dies and the cause of death is unknown, it often pays to have your veterinarian perform a necropsy to try to determine what happened, especially if a change in management could eliminate the risk for further deaths in the herd.

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Transport effects and shrink

Transport effects and shrink

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine 

Cattle can get transported three to seven times in their lives, and there is increasing public concern about the transport conditions of livestock.

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Spot Your Top Heifers

Spot Your Top Heifers

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

Raymond Schneider, 75, admits retirement briefly crossed his mind several years ago. But new agricultural technology has him so excited that he keeps putting aside any thoughts of slowing down.

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Pfizer Animal genetics, Certified Angus Beef Announce New Product Agreement

Pfizer Animal genetics, Certified Angus Beef Announce New Product Agreement


A new DNA test for marbling and post-weaning growth will soon help cattle producers better hit the high-quality beef target. The tool, set to debut in early 2012, will be made available under a development agreement between Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Pfizer Animal Genetics, the companies announced.

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Farm program cuts

Farm program cuts

Rich Pottorff

AG Professional

Leaders of the House and Senate Ag Committees sent a letter to the “super committee” last week suggesting that spending on agriculture and nutrition programs should not be cut by more than $23 billion over 10 years. The letter did not contain any specifics about what programs to cut or by how much, but the Committees said specific recommendations would be provided by Nov. 1.

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