Daily Archives: November 5, 2012

Have Americans Forgotten How To Work?

Have Americans Forgotten How To Work?

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG TOday

Talk to the average farmer today about how he got started in farming and he will tell you about working with his dad on their family farm from a very young age. He will reminisce about doing chores before school and after school. He will talk about spending summers detasseling corn and skipping school during planting and harvest.  This is a reality that barely exists today. Comparatively few young people today grow up on working farms, and even many of those who do will not be destined for a life in production agriculture.

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American Hereford Association’s breed-specific DNA profile features genomic-enhanced EPDs

American Hereford Association’s breed-specific DNA profile features genomic-enhanced EPDs               

Progressive Cattleman

The American Hereford Association (AHA) announces a breed-specific DNA profile enabling genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs).

In partnership with GeneSeek, a Neogen Corporation Company, the Hereford GE-EPDs are powered initially by the GeneSeek Bovine 50K and soon available through the GeneSeek Genomic Profiler (GGP).

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Create momentum in yearling heifers

Create momentum in yearling heifers

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Yearling heifers need to be on a good plane of nutrition to meet their growth needs. “Because mature cows will maintain body weight on moderate-quality forage, some ranchers forget that growing yearling heifers will not gain the weight they need to reach puberty on the same quality of forage,” says Bob Larson, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, Dipl. ACVPM, Kansas State University.

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Troy Smith

Angus Journal

In some parts of cow country, the use of cornstalks for fall and winter grazing is taken for granted. The gleaning of corn residues is practiced many places — certainly in Great Plains states. From Iowa to eastern Colorado, and from South Dakota down into Kansas, cows are commonly seen grazing farm fields. Yet many readers may be surprised to learn that cornstalks represent an underutilized grazing resource.

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Meat tenderizing can introduce E. coli into steak

Meat tenderizing can introduce E. coli into steak

Barb Glen

The Western Producer

Of all the things Agriculture Canada bacteria researcher Tim McAllister has heard about the E. coli scare in Alberta, one thing scares him: meat tenderization.

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Feedlots Face Uphill Battle

Feedlots Face Uphill Battle

Wes Ishmael   


“Not only are feedlots paying record prices for feed and essentially record prices for feeder cattle, it has been recognized for quite a while now that the supply of feeder cattle will be increasingly inadequate to maintain feedlot inventories at any price,” says Nathan Anderson, Payne County Extension director and agricultural educator for Oklahoma State University (OSU).

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ID policy for cattle at ownership change takes effect Jan. 1

ID policy for cattle at ownership change takes effect Jan. 1

Lee Standley

Denton Record-Chronicle

A requirement for adult cattle in Texas to have an approved form of permanent identification in place at change of ownership will go into effect Jan. 1, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission.

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Checking on cattle is part of formula for success

Checking on cattle is part of formula for success

Springfield News Leader

Successful beef cattle producers in southwest Missouri give varied responses when asked about their most important practices for success.

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Non-O157 STEC: Where do we go from here?

Non-O157 STEC: Where do we go from here?

Dennis R. Johnson

National Provisioner

It has been over a year since the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) declared six non-O157 STECs as adulterants on raw non-intact beef, and almost five months since the agency started testing beef trimmings for these pathogens.

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Did Farmers of the Past Know More Than We Do?

Did Farmers of the Past Know More Than We Do?


New York Times

A couple years ago, I saw a small field of oats growing in northwest Iowa — a 40-acre patch in a sea of genetically modified corn and soybeans. It was an unusual sight. I asked my cousins, who still farm what my dad always called the “home place,” whether someone had added oats to the rotation of crops being planted. The answer was no.

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