Animal Handling Techniques for Safely Moving Livestock
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.
Labor Secretary Take Heat on Farm Labor Reform
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.
Sorted semen can help rebuild cow herds
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.
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.
Etiologies of toe lesions
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.
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.
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.