Daily Archives: April 24, 2012

BSE found in central California, USDA confirms

Drovers.com   4:30 EST 4-24-2012

America’s fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed today in a press briefing by the USDA. John Clifford, USDA’s chief veterinarian, said a dairy cow expressing an “atypical” case of BSE was found at a rendering facility in central California and the carcass is being held under State authority and will be destroyed.

Pregnancy diagnosis: Is there a risk?

Pregnancy diagnosis: Is there a risk?

Bill Beal

Angus Journal

Pregnancy diagnosis is a common procedure used by cattle producers to manage reproductive performance and improve the economic efficiency of their herds. Use of rectal palpation to detect pregnancy includes the potential risk of causing embryonic death.

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Cattle Identification Tattooing Tips

Cattle Identification Tattooing Tips

Dr. Ken McMillan

The Progressive Farmer

Many producers use tattooing as a means to ID cattle. Here’s how veterinarian Ken McMillan uses the technique.

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Understanding Genetic Potential

Understanding Genetic Potential

Gary Digiuseppe

American Cattlemen

With a sample of hair, tissue or blood, cattle producers can find out whether the offspring of their breeding animals are more likely to produce tender beef, deliver calves more easily, or even survive at all.  And the companies that test the samples are only scratching the surface.

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Beefalo & Cattle Stocking Rates

Beefalo & Cattle Stocking Rates

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

   Traditionally pastures have been stocked based on the number of cattle per acre per season. This approach has presented problems in the past because of variation in the cattle’s ages and weights. Weights of beef cattle have changed dramatically in the last 15 years because of genetic "improvements" and/or cross breeding such as the Beef Cattle breed known as BEEFALO.

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What Does the Intensive in Intensive Grazing Mean?

What Does the Intensive in Intensive Grazing Mean?

Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor of Agronomy, University of Nebraska

What do you think of when you hear the phrase intensive grazing? Many small pastures with lots of fencing? Moving animals to new pastures almost daily? Lots of animals completely grazing small areas before moving to fresh pasture?

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Does giving antibiotics to animals hurt humans?

Does giving antibiotics to animals hurt humans?

MATTHEW PERRONE

San Luis Obispo Tribune

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The bacon you had for breakfast is at the center of a 35-year debate over antibiotics.

That’s because the same life-saving drugs that are prescribed to treat everything from ear infections to tuberculosis in humans also are used to fatten the animals that supply the chicken, beef and pork we eat every day.

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A red light on green food rhetoric

A red light on green food rhetoric

RICK BERMAN

Macon Telegraph

On Earth Day, we’ll hear all kinds of ideas on how to improve the environment, from the small (recycle that bottle) to the big (get off oil). And, no doubt, we’ll hear a few about how we need to change what we eat to improve the planet.

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Black Ink:   Familiar or loaded words

Black Ink:   Familiar or loaded words

Steve Suther

The Fence Post

By its simplest definition, a cliché is something you have heard before. Writers are taught to avoid using them unless it is with a twist or to “shine new light on” something previously unexplored or even imagined.

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Don’t overlook semen handling and storage

Don’t overlook semen handling and storage

Shantille Kruse

Farm and Ranch Guide

As the last calves are born and breeding season approaches, many producers are ordering CIDRs and synchronization drugs, calculating postpartum intervals, and carefully observing for signs that the cow herd is ready to be bred again.

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Calving rates a concern

Calving rates a concern

Jonathan Knutson

Agweek

Area beef cattle producers are watching to see what impact a July 2011 heat spell will have on calving rates this spring.

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