Daily Archives: May 23, 2012

Dealing with a Common Disease in Cattle- Pinkeye

Dealing with a Common Disease in Cattle- Pinkeye

Heather Larson


When talking with cow/calf producers in South Dakota many would agree that they typically see cases of pinkeye every year to some extent. According to an USDA study, producers stated that pinkeye was the second most common disease in calves greater than 3 weeks and the leading condition affecting breeding age beef heifers.

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Leveling the bovine-fertility playing field

Leveling the bovine-fertility playing field

Roger Meissen


All bull semen is not created equal, but Peter Sutovsky has found a way to level the bovine-fertility playing field.

Research from the University of Missouri reproductive scientist identifies faulty sperm and takes them out of the equation for artificial insemination (AI) of cattle.

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Prolapse Problems

Prolapse Problems

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The decision to cull cows that have experienced prolapse should be based in part on what kind of prolapse you’re dealing with.

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Does Wal-Mart Help or Hurt Rural Economies?

Does Wal-Mart Help or Hurt Rural Economies?

Mike Ferlazzo

Beef Today

Small towns in Iowa (between 3,000 and 20,000 population) that have hosted Wal-Mart stores showed moderate increases in total retail sales in the 15 years following the stores’ opening, according to a new study by two Iowa State University economists.

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Animal respect & spring precipitation

Animal respect & spring precipitation

Steve Paisely

Tri State Livestock News

Two issues have dominated my thoughts during the last week – animal care and spring precipitation.

Topping the list is the HSUS video concerning the hog farm near Wheatland, WY – very near where my family lives.

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No cow left behind

No cow left behind

Steve Suther

The Fence Post

If you’ve been on a fast track to improve genetics, perhaps you implemented your own version of this bill a long time ago. If not, you may want to consider a version that ensures you maintain control of your future. No Bovine Left Behind: It has a kind of ring to it, sort of like the clang of extra change, realized in more pennies per pound.

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The battle of ecology and economy as seen through the eyes of a hybrid farmer

The battle of ecology and economy as seen through the eyes of a hybrid farmer

Jonathan Bender


Fifty cattle that are hormone and antibiotic free roam farmer Chris Boeckmann’s land. They share the 185 acres with his other livestock – 50,000 turkeys that he’s raising for Cargill Inc.

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Beef Experts Discover New Cut of Steak

Beef Experts Discover New Cut of Steak

Garrett Snyder

Los Angeles Times

If there was a Nobel prize for meat, the team of researchers at Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) would probably be a shoe-in this year.

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Proposed child-labor rules would destroy family farming

Proposed child-labor rules would destroy family farming

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)

National Provisioner

. . . The DOL is still proposing to do away with successful farm-safety programs such as cooperative extension, 4-H, and FFA, which play a critical role in training and certifying young people to safely carry out farm and ranch activities.

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Grass Weight

Grass Weight

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

The cost of cattle production is rising and producers seeking to put more grass weight on their cattle are finding that sound pasture management has never been more attractive and/or profitable.

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