Monthly Archives: May 2012

Veterinarian: Time strategic deworming right

Veterinarian: Time strategic deworming right

Dr. Jon Seeger

High Plains Journal

Strategic deworming success is the result of precise timing. Once perfected, cow-calf producers can expect to see many benefits to their operations–not only in their wallets but in the health and productivity of their cattle as well.

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Debate Continues Over Use of Antibiotics in Feed

Debate Continues Over Use of Antibiotics in Feed

Stephen B. Blezinger, PhD, PAS

Cattle Today

In the previous part of this series we examined the more practical aspects of the antibiotics that are commonly fed to cattle for a variety of purposes. In this third and final installment of this series we’ll continue the discussion looking at specific medications and their use.

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Udder Heritability

Udder Heritability

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Udder quality is mostly a genetic issue, making bull selection especially important. Check the dam’s udder scores when choosing a bull.

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Cattlemen defining sustainability

Cattlemen defining sustainability

Drovers

What is sustainable beef? As the saying goes, ask 10 different people and you will get 10 different answers but in my opinion, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Cow Longevity Important, But Affected By Many Things

Cow Longevity Important, But Affected By Many Things

Burt Rutherford

BEEF

While focusing on longevity is important for any commercial producer, it’s also important to focus on the many traits that cause cows to be culled early.

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After decades of ranching, Florida cattlemen feeling squeeze

After decades of ranching, Florida cattlemen feeling squeeze

JEFF HOUCK

Bradenton Herald

RandyBarthle climbs from behind the wheel of his well-used GMC truck into a herd of grumpy looking Brahman cattle.

Several of the dusty-white beasts watched curiously in the late morning sun as he drove across their grazing pasture on the 8,100-acre Barthle Brothers Ranch in San Antonio, in Pasco County northeast of Tampa.

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Mineral deficient livestock less productive

Mineral deficient livestock less productive

The Western Producer

Bison, like cattle, get mineral deficiencies if they do not receive supplements.

An absolute deficiency may take two or more years to develop, but skimping on minerals and vitamin supplementation can lead to poor growth and disease and parasite problems.

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Beef Producers Encouraged, Enthusiastic About Foreign Marketing Opportunities

Beef Producers Encouraged, Enthusiastic About Foreign Marketing Opportunities

AgriMarketing

Beef checkoff dollars continue to be invested in foreign marketing activities to build global demand for beef and maintain beef’s positive image. And although the export train has had a steeper hill to climb and export volume has slowed as compared to this time last year, the United States is still four percent above last year’s record value, and export value for every fed steer and heifer slaughter remains above $200.

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Texas farmers use business wile to weather drought

Texas farmers use business wile to weather drought

CBS

Texas’ devastating drought has traumatized farmers and ranchers, who will likely tell stories about surviving the blistering heat and parched landscape of 2011 for generations.

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Dr. Griffin Awarded as BQA Educator of the Year

Dr. Griffin Awarded as BQA Educator of the Year

Story by Robyn Scherer

For many people, education is the key to success. This is true for all industries, including the beef industry. One of the most important educational tools has been beef quality assurance, which was created to help beef producers have a safer, more consistent product.

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Use ear tags to their fullest potential

Use ear tags to their fullest potential

FarmTalk

Numbered ear tags appear in the ears of a high percentage of cows and calves in southwest Missouri. They are obviously put there for a reason but some producers may not be using the full potential of those tags for herd management according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Registration Open for 2012 Cattle Industry Summer Conference

Registration Open for 2012 Cattle Industry Summer Conference

Thebeefsite.com

J.D. Alexander, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president, said cattlemen and women need to register today to attend the 2012 Cattle Industry Summer Conference to secure a spot at what he said will be an action-packed conference.

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A Turning Point for E. Coli Testing?

A Turning Point for E. Coli Testing?

John Munsell

Food Safety News

We just might be witnessing a watershed change in USDA attitudes regarding testing for E. coli O157:H7, corrective actions subsequent to adverse lab test results, and tracebacks to the true source of contamination.

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BeefTalk: Those Cows Can’t Catch Me Now

BeefTalk: Those Cows Can’t Catch Me Now

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The calving season was delayed, but all is good. A passing comment was heard: “Those cows can’t catch me now that I don’t have all those heavy coveralls on!” Again, all is good.

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Three Challenges To Cow-Calf Profitability

Three Challenges To Cow-Calf Profitability

Troy Marshall

BEEF
With incredibly strong market fundamentals, everything seems poised for a run of great things for the beef industry, but spoilers do lurk out there.

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Economist: Weigh every option before considering restocking beef herds

Economist: Weigh every option before considering restocking beef herds

North Texas e-News

Restocking may be an option that many ranchers are considering, but rainfall and other factors will weigh heavily into the decision-making process, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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Animal scientist Temple Grandin supports ‘pink slime’

Animal scientist Temple Grandin supports ‘pink slime’

Tim Carman

Washington Post

Without "lean finely textured beef,” says Temple Grandin, major cattle producers might as well take a "truckload of cattle and say, ‘We’re just going to throw these cattle in the garbage.’"

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OIE Countries Agree to Welfare Guidelines for Livestock

OIE Countries Agree to Welfare Guidelines for Livestock

Rudy Ruitenberg

Businessweek

Countries in the World Organization for Animal Health agreed on general welfare guidelines for livestock production and a text on conditions for cattle raised for meat, the intergovernmental organization said.

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New Angus regional manger for the far Eastern region begins June 1.

New Angus regional manger for the far Eastern region begins June 1.

The American Angus Association welcomes Will Mayfield of Pulaski, Tenn., as the new regional manager for Delaware, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. His duties begin in late May of this year.

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Properly Transitioning Calves to Grass Means Profit for Producers

Properly Transitioning Calves to Grass Means Profit for Producers

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Stocker operators have a tough job in the beef business. A tough, but rewarding experience working through cattle with varied amounts of risk hoping to add pounds with limited inputs if Mother Nature is in good humor and provides needed forages for added weight gain.

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