Daily Archives: March 19, 2012

Animal Handling Techniques for Safely Moving Livestock

Animal Handling Techniques for Safely Moving Livestock

Megan Nielson


Quality assurance in livestock production focuses on raising safe, wholesome products for the consumer.  The way producers interact and move their livestock has been shown to affect the quality of products from those animals.  Livestock that are stressed have decreased production and adverse effects to meat quality during times of animal harvest. 

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Labor Secretary Take Heat on Farm Labor Reform

Labor Secretary Take Heat on Farm Labor Reform

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

During a recent Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Department of Labor’s Fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis came under fire for her department’s proposal to restrict activities for youth working on family farms and ranches — and do away with 4-H and FFA programs.

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Sorted semen can help rebuild cow herds

Sorted semen can help rebuild cow herds

Howell Medders


A 15 percent reduction in the number of heifers retained by producers to replenish cow herds is of particular interest, Looper said. It suggests that herds will likely decline further until market prices drop to a level that promotes the rebuilding of herds in anticipation of the next period of higher prices.

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Reducing STECs in Cattle Prior to Slaughter

Reducing STECs in Cattle Prior to Slaughter


US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and university researchers have identified several treatments administered before cattle are slaughtered, or preslaughter interventions, that could reduce Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in cattle.

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Etiologies of toe lesions

Etiologies of toe lesions

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Toe lesions are an extremely common lesion in cattle. They reduce performance significantly and often become chronic lesions. Part of the reason for this is due to the fact that lesions occurring in the toe have the potential to involve the 3rd phalanx, explains cattle lameness expert Jan Shearer, DVM, MS, Iowa State University.

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Implanting nursing calves

Implanting nursing calves

Karla Jenkins, Ph.D., PAS

Tri State Livestock News

As calving moves into full swing, many producers are thinking about vaccination programs they want to implement at branding. However, only a few are also considering how growth implants could be used as a management tool for the nursing calf.

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Beef And Water: The Efficiency Equation

Beef And Water: The Efficiency Equation


In an ad last week in the Wall Street Journal, Fidelity Investments made the claim that “It takes 635 gals. of water to make one hamburger.” The source of their claim is Global Water Partnership.

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Ractopamine and the World Health Organization

Ractopamine and the World Health Organization

Karen Graham


You may ask what the World Health Organization has to do with you, living here in Henrico’s far west end, or metro-Richmond? It has everything thing to do with all of us that eat products either grown in the U.S. or imported into this country.

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Managing weather-stressed cattle for reproductive success

Managing weather-stressed cattle for reproductive success


“The focal point for producers now should be on returning breeding animals to an adequate body condition to support productivity and health,” said John M. Davidson, DVM.

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Cattle Rustling on the Rise in Central Texas

Cattle Rustling on the Rise in Central Texas

Allison Ignacio


These days it’s cattle that are bringing in the bacon for local rangers.

A spike in beef prices, along with a smaller supply of cattle because of the drought is leading to an increase in cattle rustling, or cattle theft, across much of Central Texas.

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