Daily Archives: January 24, 2012

What’s a cow worth? Determining the value of a cow important to success

What’s a cow worth? Determining the value of a cow important to success

DALE HILDEBRANT

Farm & Ranch Guide

Knowing the value of your stock cows is important, whether you are working out a budget for your herd, or getting ready to purchase additional cows for your herd, according to Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock specialist at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center.

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Bull Soundness

Bull Soundness

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Most veterinarians and animal scientists agree a bull should be checked before every breeding season.

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BQA Value-Added Beef

BQA Value-Added Beef

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

The BQA program’s early emphasis was on assuring the real and perceived safety of beef. Gary Smith, Colorado State University Monfort Chair and professor of meat sciences, says BQA programming has been instrumental in building beef demand in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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Colostrum is vitally important for newborns

Colostrum is vitally important for newborns

Greg Lardy

Tri State Livestock News

Colostrum is the first milk produced by the cow following parturition and it contains immunoglobulins which are vital to the development of an active immune system in newborn calves.

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Sufficient nutrients vital for beef cows

Sufficient nutrients vital for beef cows

INFORUM

A summer of excessive moisture and good grass growth followed by record high temperatures and record low precipitation this winter has provided many northern Plains cattle producers with the opportunity to extend their grazing season well beyond normal.

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Home, Home … on Less Range

Home, Home … on Less Range

FELICITY BARRINGER

New York Times

Significant amounts of forage — nature’s free “service” to the cattlemen — will either be dessicated (under the warmer and drier projection) as the arid conditions in southeastern California inch northward or will be replaced by less-digestible scrub and brush (under the warmer and wetter projection), the study projects.

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Okla. drought leads to abandoned livestock

Okla. drought leads to abandoned livestock

SEAN MURPHY

KTEN

State and agriculture officials launched a program Monday to help local law enforcement agencies overwhelmed with trying to care for an increasing number of abandoned animals and livestock.

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Justices block law stemming from Chino meat recall

Justices block law stemming from Chino meat recall

The Press Enterprise

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked portions of a 2008 California animal slaughter law passed after revelations of abuse at a Chino meatpacking plant led to the largest beef recall in U.S. history.

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UNL leads $25 million project targeting E. coli threat to food safety

UNL leads $25 million project targeting E. coli threat to food safety

University of Nebraska

The project targets Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, or STEC, which cause more than 265,000 illnesses in the United States annually. Eating contaminated food or having direct contact with fecal matter from infected cattle and other ruminants cause most of these illnesses.

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Access to Water Critical for Wintering Beef Cattle

Access to Water Critical for Wintering Beef Cattle

Rhonda R. Gildersleeve

University of Wisconsin

Cattle need daily access to water to meet their needs during winter months, although the total amount consumed decreases compared to warmer weather conditions.

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