Daily Archives: May 9, 2012

Economics of de-worming spring born calves

Economics of de-worming spring born calves

Dr. Glenn Selk


Parsons, Kansas — For many years, the average value of a pound of added gain on feeder calves was considered to be 55 to 60 cents. In today’s market place that figure is no longer accurate.

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The ‘Meatpacking Maverick’ and USDA’s New Traceback Policy

The ‘Meatpacking Maverick’ and USDA’s New Traceback Policy

Helena Bottemiller

Food Safety News

If you follow food safety policy, there’s a good chance that when you think of traceback, you think of John Munsell. Once dubbed the "meatpacking maverick," Munsell has been extremely critical of the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t routinely track the source of E. coli O157:H7 beef contamination unless people are sick.

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Cattleman Adds Profits by Tracking Feed Intake

Cattleman Adds Profits by Tracking Feed Intake

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

Steve Whitmire knows exactly how much more money he could make by improving feed efficiency in his herd. "If I improve feed efficiency by 20%, I make $120 more per head from the cattle in my feedlot, and my bull customers can run 120 cows on the same pastures where they now have 100 cows."

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Bringing ‘Cowsense’ to DC

Bringing ‘Cowsense’ to DC

U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.)

Farm and Ranch News

Take a walk through the halls of the federal bureaucracy that now occupies Washington, D.C., and you might have a hard believing that our country was founded by farmers and ranchers. This is especially true in light of a new rule being proposed by the Department of Labor to restrict the ability of farmers and ranchers to hire young people to work in agriculture.

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All in the family at Shat Acres

All in the family at Shat Acres

Judy Simpson


But like many other farms, to make ends meet, Shat Acres’ Ray Shatney and Janet Steward have to do more than just raise prize winners. "We have had to diversify. We used to just sell breeding stock and now we sell beef to high end markets in the Montpelier and Burlington area, so it has worked out real well for us and for the restaurants and gives us a market for our beef animals," Shatney said.

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Raising Cattle To Make Beef…

Raising Cattle To Make Beef…


The most frequently asked question that I receive from urban dwellers is, “How can you take care of animals for several months and then send them off to be killed?”  Quite honestly, this is a question that I ponder regularly as I think about why I believe that it is an admiral vocation to raise food animals.

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Eating Meat is Ethical, Says Dr Temple Grandin

Eating Meat is Ethical, Says Dr Temple Grandin


"Humans and animals evolved together. Our brains are tuned into animals. Research with epilepsy patients who had monitors implanted in their brains, showed that the amygdala responds more to animal pictures, compared to pictures of landmarks or people. “

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J.D. Alexander Leading the Herd Through Example

J.D. Alexander Leading the Herd Through Example

Robyn Scherer

The Fence Post

On the Eastern side of Nebraska in Pilger lies a cattle feedyard that feeds nearly 5,000 head of cattle a day. J.D. Alexander and his son, Josh, run the operation that has been in his family for three generations.

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Antibiotics Given to Cattle for Same Reasons as Humans

Antibiotics Given to Cattle for Same Reasons as Humans

Stephen B. Blezinger, PhD, PAS

Cattle Today

In Part 1 of this series we began a discussion on the use of antibiotics in livestock and the debate this practice has incited for years. In particular the use of antibiotics that are fed to livestock and poultry are of particular concern because many individuals feel that it leads to an increased resistance to therapeutic antibiotics by bacteria that affect humans.

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Angus Producers “Come Home to Kansas” this Fall

Angus Producers “Come Home to Kansas” this Fall

The 2012 National Angus Conference and Tour is planned for Oct. 3-5.

American Angus Association® members and supporters have a chance to “Come Home to Kansas” during the 2012 National Angus Conference & Tour (NAC&T). Held Oct. 3-5 in Wichita, Kan., the event includes trips to both the Flint Hills and the western region of the state.

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