Daily Archives: February 17, 2012

Genetic Factors in Vaccine Response

Genetic Factors in Vaccine Response

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

Many factors enter into vaccination response. Animals that are sick, nutritionally stressed or suffering from other types of stress (such as weaning and/or bad weather) may build less-than optimum immunity. Young calves that still have maternal antibodies (passive transfer of immunity from colostrum) may not respond to certain types of vaccine.

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BeefTalk: Understanding Things We Do Not Control

BeefTalk: Understanding Things We Do Not Control

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Discussing beef value always generates a lively response. The relationship between seller and buyer always rests in fairness. However, the documentation of what is fair is difficult, if not impossible.

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Misconceptions of Large Operations Quashed

Misconceptions of Large Operations Quashed


The American Meat Institute (AMI), in conjunction with the American Meat Science Association (AMSA), has launched the fifth installment of seven new myth-crushing videos. The new video aims to set the record straight about myths associated with the environmental impact of large modern cattle operations.

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In search of breeding efficiency

In search of breeding efficiency

Dan Yates

The Western Producer

University of Saskatchewan re-searchers are closing in on a test that would make it easier to gauge bull fertility.

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FDA Approves New Elanco Product

FDA Approves New Elanco Product


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of HeifermaX® with Rumensin® at its elevated dose of up to 40 g/ton (90 percent dry matter) in two- and three-way feeding combinations for feedlot heifers.

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Animal Industry Report Released by Iowa State Animal Science Departmen

Animal Industry Report Released by Iowa State Animal Science Department

Iowa State University

An annual report of research related to animal agriculture at Iowa State University is available online.

The animal science department has included the research projects completed in 2011 for beef, dairy, horses, poultry, sheep, swine and companion animals. The research relates to production efficiencies, environmental quality, animal product food safety and animal behavior and well-being.

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Collaboration to study cattle feed efficiency

Collaboration to study cattle feed efficiency

Land and Livestock Post

By combining the GrowSafe technology with the grazing beef production knowledge and research expertise of the Noble Foundation, the collaboration intends to benefit consumers and producers, improve the competitiveness of the cattle industry and even contribute new data to global research communities, which may have application beyond the cattle industry.

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UNL Extension Offers Beef Cow Herd Profitability Workshops on March 8

UNL Extension Offers Beef Cow Herd Profitability Workshops on March 8

Calving, breeding and summer pasture grazing are key production times for cow calf producers. To help producers manage these important aspects of their cow herd enterprise, UNL Extension will offer two beef profitability workshops on March 8.

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Pleasing Every Customer Takes More of the Best

Pleasing Every Customer Takes More of the Best

Laura Nelson

Cattle Today

A wider price gap between Select grade boxed beef and Choice or better—the Choice/Select spread—always comes back to supply and demand. Consumers vote with their dollars, and recent shifts in merchandising put much more high-quality beef on the ballot, just as those supplies began to fall off.

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Ray Blew — nurseryman, rancher, skier, ’47 Bulldog

Ray Blew — nurseryman, rancher, skier, ’47 Bulldog

Jack Hummel


Eighty-one-year-old Ray Blew may be the most accomplished man in Cumberland County.

He owns a beef cattle ranch in Ecuador best described as “bigger than anything in New Jersey.’’

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