Daily Archives: May 4, 2012

Leo McDonnell Honored with BIF Pioneer Award

Leo McDonnell Honored with BIF Pioneer Award

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored Leo McDonnell with the Pioneer Award during the organization’s 44th annual meeting and research symposium in Houston, Texas, April 18-21.

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Parasite Predictions

Parasite Predictions

Rita Brhel

The Cattle Business Weekly

Fran Wallace saw her first mosquito of the year by the end of March, was spraying herself to ward off ticks before checking pastures on Easter weekend, and noticed biting flies on her livestock by mid-April. A cow-calf producer near Nelson, Neb., she said that she doesn’t remember ever feeling the need to use pour-on insecticide this early in the season before.

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BeefTalk: Are Your Cows Ready for Breeding?

BeefTalk: Are Your Cows Ready for Breeding?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Well, what is, is. After a long and fairly nice winter, cattle are moving slowly to the cool-season grasses. Many have calves at their side, while others are waiting to calve. However, most of the cows have calved, so the cows and calves are in the process of being worked.

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Quality replacement heifers becoming a rare commodity how to keep them in the herd

Quality replacement heifers becoming a rare commodity how to keep them in the herd

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

As Dr. Patsy Houghton looks over the pens of replacement heifers being developed at Heartland Cattle Company, she sees a rare commodity.

“It is very difficult to find quality replacement heifers right now,” said Houghton, who is the owner and general manager of the McCook, NE, heifer development facility.

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Think You’ve Had Kobe Beef? Think Again.

Think You’ve Had Kobe Beef? Think Again.

Jacob Bourne

Patch.com

Sorry foodies, it turns out that unless you’ve traveled to Japan, there’s no way you’ve eaten real Kobe beef. Not even if you’ve ordered it from Michael’s On Main, Cafe Cruz or Miyako Japanese Restaurant.

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Drought, mild winter makes trouble for Texoma cattle producers

Drought, mild winter makes trouble for Texoma cattle producers

Will Hogan

KTEN

Last year’s drought and this year’s mild winter could mean trouble for area livestock producers.

Grass supplies were already short after last year’s drought, but after this mild winter, spring grasses are growing in abundance.

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The straight facts about monitoring mad cow disease

The straight facts about monitoring mad cow disease

Jennifer Wessel

Visalia Times-Delta

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked about bovine spongiform encephalitis, or mad cow disease, this month, I would be a very happy person.

One of my main jobs as a food animal veterinarian is to serve as a first line of defense against foreign animal diseases.

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