Daily Archives: July 5, 2012

Preventing and Relieving Heat Stress in At-Risk Cattle Herds

Preventing and Relieving Heat Stress in At-Risk Cattle Herds

Oklahoma Farm Report

“They’re going to be off feed. One of the things we’ll commonly see, very commonly, is with them standing in a water source if they’re pasture animals with a pond available that they can stand in. They’ll stand in the water to cool themselves. Or, if they’re watering out of some sort of tank, they’ll be standing with their head over the water tank trying to pick up a little coolness from that water. “

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Terrorist activity has no place in American agriculture

Terrorist activity has no place in American agriculture

Bill Donald

Tri State Livestock News

One reward of ranch life in rural Montana is that after a hard-days’ work, I get to fall asleep listening to the bawl of mama cows near the house. I imagine farmers and ranchers across the nation can relate to that calming sound.

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Stay Ahead by Marketing Cattle Now

Stay Ahead by Marketing Cattle Now

Kim Watson Potts

Beef Today

With the holiday in the middle of the week, cattle trade in the country has slowed down significantly, says Cattle-Exchange’s Frank Loschke.

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Cow’s Gas Causing a Stink with EPA

Cow’s Gas Causing a Stink with EPA

NBC 29

 The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is constantly thinking of new ways to reduce greenhouse gases. But its latest idea is definitely creative. The EPA wants to tax livestock for having gas.

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Beef Tax Could Increase Global Emissions

Beef Tax Could Increase Global Emissions

Thebeefsite.com

Imposing a 10 per cent tax on US beef production could actually increase greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide because of deforestation to create new cattle pasture in Brazil. That is according to a team from the US, who found that producing one less kilogram of beef in the US per year could induce carbon-equivalent emissions of 37–85 kg. They termed this production shift "leakage".

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Consolidation Leads to North American Meat Association

Consolidation Leads to North American Meat Association

Cattle Today

July 1 is the start date for the North American Meat Association (NAMA) the brand new association created by the consolidation of the two venerable meat industry association leaders – the National Meat Association (NMA) and the North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP). On that date, both associations literally will cease to exist – and the entirely new association NAMA will start.

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Feeding Quality Forum dates set for August

Feeding Quality Forum dates set for August

Mycattle.com

When you’re feeding cattle, information can be worth more than the feed. That’s why many customer- and consumer-oriented feeders plan to take in the 7th annual Feeding Quality Forum in Grand Island, Neb., on August 28th, or Amarillo, Texas, on August 30th.

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Restricting Feed Can Be a Big Boost for Efficiency

Restricting Feed Can Be a Big Boost for Efficiency

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor

Scrawny, mismanaged calves no one else wants are Rich Porter’s niche. Limit-feeding is one secret to making them pay. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)Rich Porter thrives on ugly cattle. His order buyers in Georgia and Kentucky sit on their hands as their counterparts compete to outbid each other for the sleek, preconditioned calves that bring top dollar. Then Porter’s buyers scoop up the scrawny, malnourished and mismanaged bull calves that appear to have more value than they cost. At least they don’t pay for beauty.

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Have a plan to address heat stress in cattle.

Have a plan to address heat stress in cattle.

North Dakota State University

Being proactive is the best way to deal with heat stress in cattle.

“Once cattle are in a severe state of heat stress, you may be too late to help them,” cautions Carl Dahlen, a North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. “Having a solid management plan in place to address heat stress could pay big dividends in the form of maintained animal performance during periods of heat and in avoiding death losses in severe cases.”

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Five freedoms of cattle welfare

Five freedoms of cattle welfare

 Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Happy 4th of July! As we celebrate Independence Day in this country and the freedoms we have as individuals, it’s a good time to reflect on what individuals in our cattle industry are doing to promote the “Five Freedoms” of cattle welfare.

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