Daily Archives: September 25, 2012



Dear Mr. Black,

I’ve enjoyed your columns but I disagree with you about animal rights activists and the ACLU.  I find it hard to find much fault with an organization that dedicates itself to ethical treatment of animals and one who protects our civil rights.  I wish you the best.

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Treat a Fever or Not?

Treat a Fever or Not?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

There’s some debate as to whether it’s best to treat a fever or not.

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Interesting times in the beef industry: Part II

Interesting times in the beef industry: Part II

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Mother Nature seems to have a stranglehold on many areas of the United States where beef cows reside. Little to no precipitation in areas that grow corn and soybeans has resulted in record-high prices in both of those commodities. As the price of corn goes up, the price of other feedstuffs we feed our cattle goes up as well.

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Stopping the initial signs of scours            

Stopping the initial signs of scours            

Bobbi (Kunde) Brockmann  

Progressive Cattleman

Stress caused by this summer’s drought across much of the country means that calves born this fall may have higher susceptibility to scours.

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Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or Blue Tongue

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or Blue Tongue

Dave Barz

Tri-State Livestock News

Today was a great day, slight north wind and seventy degrees. Enough to make a little fat boy thankful the heat is over. As if this drought wasn’t enough, now we have a new problem in our cow herds. If you have a cow drooling and walking tender footed (lame) you probably have Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or possibly Blue Tongue.

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Beware of toxic plants and pasture in late summer

Beware of toxic plants and pasture in late summer

Darrell Rankins

Cattle Today

Numerous poisonous plants are present in many cattle pastures. However, most of the time cattle avoid these plants and they do not cause problems. On occasion, cattle will consume the plants to an extent that toxicity is exhibited.

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Grass-fed beef starts to sizzle

Grass-fed beef starts to sizzle

Renée Frojo

San Francisco Business Times

The Bay Area’s beef industry is experiencing a revival.

After nearly four decades of diminishing ranches, consolidated processing facilities and the growing dominance of corn-fed beef, consumers are once again developing a healthy appetite for free-range, grass-fed cattle.

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Follow BQA Guidelines When Culling Cows

Follow BQA Guidelines When Culling Cows

University of Nebraska

October and November are typical months for calf weaning, pregnancy checking of cows, and cow culling. On very rare occasions violative residues of pharmaceutical products have been found in carcass tissues of cull beef cows.

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Red Angus Association Of America Now Offering GE-EPDs Powered By HD 50K

Red Angus Association Of America Now Offering GE-EPDs Powered By HD 50K

Pfizer Animal Health

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) and Pfizer Animal Health have partnered to provide more reliable genetic predictions for RAAA members and their commercial customers. Breeders can now take advantage of genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) powered by the High-Density 50K (HD 50K) platform from Pfizer Animal Genetics.

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Ranchers eat hamburger, lots of hamburger

Ranchers eat hamburger, lots of hamburger

Amy Kirk

The Daily Republic

Cattle producing families are connoisseurs of beef. They get their extensive knowledge of beef quality, flavor, and tenderness from having eaten a substantial quantity of hamburger.

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