Daily Archives: December 29, 2011

National Western eyes new locations

National Western eyes new locations

The Cattle Business Weekly

For the last 10 years the National Western Stock Show Executive Committee has been researching options for relocating or rebuilding on the current site of the old Denver Union Stockyards north of downtown Denver.

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Beef Sire Selection & Management Seminar set

Beef Sire Selection & Management Seminar set

Dave Seibert

University of Illinois

Illinois cow-calf producers will have the opportunity to learn about the most important decisions for their enterprises at the Beef Sire Selection & Management Seminar from 3:45 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Wilkey’s Café in the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport.

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Feedlot Bloat

Feedlot Bloat

Nicolas DiLorenzo, University of Minnesota

Now, the animals have been stepped-up to the high-grain diets and they are close to their maximum intake capacity. We have already overcome the plague that respiratory diseases are in those newly arrived.

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Bill For Critical Grazing & Environmental Provisions

Bill For Critical Grazing & Environmental Provisions

Thebeefsite.com

A $915 billion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through September 2012 passed Congress over the weekend and is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk.

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Do vegetarian diets cause more harm to animals?

Do vegetarian diets cause more harm to animals?

Mike Archer

Beef Central (AU)

The ethics of eating red meat have been grilled recently by critics who question its consequences for environmental health and animal welfare. But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more sustainable agriculture, adopting a vegetarian diet might be the worst possible thing you could do.

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Extra Energy of Young Females After Calving

Extra Energy of Young Females After Calving

University of Nebraska

The 1996 Nutrient Requirements for Beef Cattle indicates that the first-calf-females post-calving needs to consume a diet that is between 62% and 64% TDN and 10% to 11% crude protein, depending on level of milk production.

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Dealing Proactively in the Ongoing Battle with Bovine Respiratory Disease

Dealing Proactively in the Ongoing Battle with Bovine Respiratory Disease

Oklahoma Farm Report

With the winter season now officially here, any movement of cattle can raise the risk of respiratory disease.

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MO Farm Bureau battles HSUS ballot efforts

MO Farm Bureau battles HSUS ballot efforts

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

Agriculture’s fight to keep the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) from changing the ballot initiative process in Missouri continues. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst tells Brownfield they are working with other groups on initiative petition reform and on fighting the HSUS initiative petition

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How Does Meat in the Diet Take an Environmental Toll?

How Does Meat in the Diet Take an Environmental Toll?

Scientific American

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Our meat consumption habits take a serious toll on the environment. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the production, processing and distribution of meat requires huge outlays of pesticides, fertilizer, fuel, feed and water while releasing greenhouse gases, manure and a range of toxic chemicals into our air and water.

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Two Very Different Ways to Fatten Beef Cattle

Two Very Different Ways to Fatten Beef Cattle

Barry Estabrook

The Atlantic

The first is of the Harris Ranch Beef Company feedlot along Interstate 5, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. There, up to 100,000 cattle at a time are crowded on top of their own excrement into one square mile of what can be euphemistically called mud (winter) or dust (summer).

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