Daily Archives: June 12, 2012

Hot Days Require Special Attention

Hot Days Require Special Attention

Clifford Mitchell

Handling animals correctly has long been at the top of the list at most ranches; despite what the enemies of the beef industry try to tell society. Using sound, safe techniques usually leads to a more efficient operation.

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Potential Consequences of FMD Outbreak Examined

Potential Consequences of FMD Outbreak Examined


An economics professor with Iowa State University estimates the American pork industry would lose an average of $1.8 billion per year over 10 years in the event of a foot and mouth disease outbreak in the United States, writes Bruce Cochrane.

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Grandin to Speak at Livestock Identification Conference

Grandin to Speak at Livestock Identification Conference

South Dakota Ag Connection

Dr. Temple Grandin will be speaking at the International Livestock Identification Association’s (ILIA) annual conference on July 24 at 8:30 a.m. MDT in Rapid City.

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BVD or BVD-PI? What is it? What’s the difference?

BVD or BVD-PI? What is it? What’s the difference?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Persistently Infected (PI) cattle with Bovine Virus Diarrhea (BVD) can spread the BVD virus, infecting the cattle around them.

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Can Cattle Producers Continue to Pass On Crossbred Advantages?

Can Cattle Producers Continue to Pass On Crossbred Advantages?

Oklahoma Farm Report

At the recent Alltech International Symposium on the Future of Agriculture held in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Dave Lalman, professor of animal science at Oklahoma State University, gave a presentation on the metamorphosis undergone by beef cattle in the United States over the last century.

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Pfizer Animal Health to Become “Zoetis”

Pfizer Animal Health to Become “Zoetis”

Beef Today

Pfizer Inc. today announced the next steps in the strategic alternatives review process for the company’s Animal Health business.

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Distillers grain a viable option for drought management

Distillers grain a viable option for drought management

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

Mixing wet distillers grain with a poorer quality forage and feeding it to cattle could be used as a drought management strategy. According to University of Nebraska Beef Range Systems Specialist Aaron Stalker, researchers have studied using wet distillers grains as a substitute, rather than a supplement, for pasture, based on pasture rental rates.

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ABS Global Names New Enterprise Account Director

ABS Global Names New Enterprise Account Director


Josh Vrieze has joined the ABS Global team as an enterprise account director and will be based out of the DeForest, Wis. office.

"Josh comes to ABS with a successful resume in sales and management and a focus in the agricultural field," said Jack Hippen, general manager of ABS North America.

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U.S. beef herd at lowest level in 50-60 years

U.S. beef herd at lowest level in 50-60 years

Elizabeth Campbell

City Wire

The U.S. cattle herd has shrunk to the smallest since three years before Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald’s Corp. hamburger stand, reducing supply and raising prices even as domestic demand sinks to a two-decade low.

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Creep feed conversions variable to say the least

Creep feed conversions variable to say the least

Glenn Selk


Feed conversions of calves fed creep feeds have been quite variable to say the least.  Conversions of 5:1 or five pounds of grain consumed to one extra pound of calf weight are very rare and the optimum that can be expected when producers are using a "typical" high energy creep feed.

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