Daily Archives: November 23, 2012

Nitrates Can be a Problem in Some Forages

Nitrates Can be a Problem in Some Forages

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Cattle Today

From time to time we hear about a producer that runs into a problem with nitrate toxicity in his herd. This year, in many parts of the country, conditions are particularly good for the accumulation of nitrates in certain forages.

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Approving antibiotics – what’s the problem?

Approving antibiotics – what’s the problem?

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

FDA logo In an era of instant-everything, it’s hard to understand why we can’t develop, research and bring to market new antibiotics for animals that can solve disease issues as well as prevent antibiotic-resistance in the human population.

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Lighter Heifers Lose Nothing

Lighter Heifers Lose Nothing

Barb Baylor Anderson

Angus Journal

If the drought has ravaged your feed options and your budget, researchers in Montana may have a solution. Heifers being prepared for breeding will still perform at lighter weights. A two-year study completed on the state’s rangelands shows heifers can eat 20% less during the seven months between weaning and breeding with little to no impact on pregnancy rates.

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Technology transforms Texas farming and ranching

Technology transforms Texas farming and ranching

JOHN MCCAA

WFAA

The days when farmers and ranchers worried only about water are long gone. Last year’s drought, the worst in the state’s history, drove many out of business and affected nearly all of them.

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Demand for grass-fed beef is growing

Demand for grass-fed beef is growing

Georgia Gustin

Los Angeles Times

Grass-fed beef accounts for only about 3% of the market, but demand is growing 20% a year, a study shows. It’s a result of the backlash against corn-fed cattle.

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Texas home to rare Japanese cattle

Texas home to rare Japanese cattle

Charles Gonzalez

KSAT

A 90-minute drive East of San Antonio, through winding back roads eventually gets you to the Heartbrand Ranch, which is home to Akaushi cattle from Japan.

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Tech firm bullish on genetic testing tool

Tech firm bullish on genetic testing tool

Herald Business

A bull’s worth is in his genomes.

The genetic map of a bull’s hereditary information can tell farmers how healthy his offspring will be, says the chief executive officer of Performance Genomics Inc.

“The best bulls have the best genomes,” Michael Dennis said in an interview Wednesday.

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