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 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.
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.
Understanding Genetic Potential
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.
Beefalo & Cattle Stocking Rates
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.
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?
Does giving antibiotics to animals hurt humans?
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.
A red light on green food rhetoric
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.
Black Ink: Familiar or loaded words
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.
Don’t overlook semen handling and storage
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.
Calving rates a concern
Area beef cattle producers are watching to see what impact a July 2011 heat spell will have on calving rates this spring.