Daily Archives: April 3, 2012



I was asked by the author of Confessions of a Horseshoer* if he could use one of my quotes in his book.  I agreed.  He sent me a copy.

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Do’s and Don’ts for AI Success

Do’s and Don’ts for AI Success

Katrina Huffstutler

The Cattleman

There aren’t many shortcuts in the cattle industry — no easy button, no crystal ball. But there are tools that aid genetic improvement. One of the most powerful and effective is artificial insemination (AI).

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Induced calving is useful tool if used carefully

Induced calving is useful tool if used carefully

Bill Beal

Angus Journal

Induced parturition can be a useful tool for controlling the timing of calving. Calf delivery can be induced up to two weeks prior to term without detrimental effects on calf viability. However, cows induced to calve early are more likely to retain the placenta after calving and need to be monitored closely.

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Eastern Livestock Execs Going to Jail

Eastern Livestock Execs Going to Jail

Katie Micik


Thomas Gibson, owner of Eastern Livestock Company, earlier this week pled guilty to Kentucky state charges that he engaged in organized criminal activity and committed 172 acts of theft.

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Prevention Is The Best Strategy In Hardware Disease

Prevention Is The Best Strategy In Hardware Disease

Heather Smith Thomas


When it comes to eating, cattle don’t usually sort their food, which means they can ingest foreign matter when eating hay or processed feed. Among that foreign material can be metal objects, such as pieces of wire, nails, or metal flakes from feeding equipment. These objects generally settle into the reticulum to cause what’s called “hardware stomach.”

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AgriLife Extension begins cattle herd education

AgriLife Extension begins cattle herd education

Texas AgriLife Communications

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service is beginning a statewide educational initiative focusing on rebuilding cattle herds within the state.

"For the past two decades, we have seen a continual de-cline in cattle numbers within the state," said Ron Gill, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist and associate de-partment head for animal science at Texas A&M Univer-sity in College Station.

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Beef cow mineral approach: Determine the needs, match the source

Beef cow mineral approach: Determine the needs, match the source

Brett Wessler


All cows, feeds and minerals are not created equal. Performance objectives and reproductive efficiency are dictated by recognizing the cow’s mineral needs as they apply to her stage of production, analyzing the mineral levels of the diet she consumes and selecting a mineral supplement that meets her needs by complimenting minerals found in the feed.

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Bull Nutrition Impacts Semen Production

Bull Nutrition Impacts Semen Production

SDSU iGrow

While breeding season may still be a ways off, bull nutrition now can have an impact on semen production, says Adele Harty, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

"It’s critical that we have nutrition where we need it to be, well in advance of breeding season," Harty said during a recent iGrow Radio Network interview.

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How many HSUS members?

How many HSUS members?

Rick Berman

Kearney Hub

If Litchfield rancher Kevin Fulton is one of the Humane Society of the United States’ members in Nebraska, who are the other 50,999? It seems most of them don’t exist. Fulton wrote about his HSUS membership March 17 in a letter to the editor, “Proud to be humane farmer.”

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The Next 10 Years for Brazil’s Meat Industry

The Next 10 Years for Brazil’s Meat Industry

Alastair Stewart


It’s not something I write about often, but Brazil is of course the world’s leading meat exporter.

The chicken, pork and beef industry has diverse faces, ranging from backyard swine operations in Bahia to massive, sparsely populated cattle ranches in Rondonia, to the state-of-the-art chicken processing plants in Santa Catarina.

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