Daily Archives: January 30, 2013

Baxter Black, DVM:  SHIPPING MR. GERALD’S HEREFORD

Baxter Black, DVM:  SHIPPING MR. GERALD’S HEREFORD

Todd’s neighbor has raised good Hereford cattle as long as he has known him.  As years went by Mr. Gerald, the neighbor, let his herd dwindle in numbers.  Then last winter he fell and injured his knee.

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Despite Extension, Ag Policy Could See Changes and Cuts

Despite Extension, Ag Policy Could See Changes and Cuts

Pat Westhoff

Beef Today

Although Congress extended the farm bill until Sept. 30, the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri says several factors may cause Congress to revisit the legislation sooner rather than later.

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Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic Diseases

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

People who spend a lot of time around animals are more at risk for zoonotic diseases, those illnesses that can be passed between animals and humans.

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Deal with Cold Stress in Cattle

Deal with Cold Stress in Cattle

Iowa Ag Connection

When temperatures plunge into the single digits and the winds howl, people pile on the outerwear and look for warm food and beverages to help ease the chill.

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Study finds spring calving more likely if barometer on the rise

Study finds spring calving more likely if barometer on the rise

Mycattle.com

Beef cattle due in the spring are more likely to give birth when the barometer is on the rise, but warm temperatures are more likely to be a birth trigger for beef cows due in the fall, according to researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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In Passing: B.C. “Bud” Snidow

In Passing: B.C. "Bud" Snidow

BEEF

Longtime American Hereford Association (AHA) employee and friend of the Hereford industry B.C. “Bud” Snidow, 95, of Fairway, Kan., passed away Jan. 26, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House from a brain tumor.

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Still-potent U.S. drought robs cattle ranchers of wheat pasture

Still-potent U.S. drought robs cattle ranchers of wheat pasture

Theopolis Waters

AG Canada

Oklahoma rancher Kent Donica has given up. The drought that has ravaged pastures on his ranch and throughout the region has won.

Since last September, Donica has sold nearly all of his 800 cattle because there is no pasture to feed them and he now works as a ranch hand nearby to make ends meet until it rains again.

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Rangeland science faces new challenges

Rangeland science faces new challenges

Feedstuffs Foodlink

When severe droughts and overgrazing in the late 19th century brought livestock mortality, soil erosion and loss of native forage plants to the western U.S., the profession of rangeland science was born.

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Winter Management

Winter Management

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

This past year has been a trying one with drought and other less than desirable conditions. As such, many cows went into this winter thin, which can have traumatic effects on production. As cows head into the last third of gestation, and start calving, then begin the rebreeding process, the effects of these problems will be manifested. The key to a successful management program is having a plan.

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A Break for Embattled Ranchers

A Break for Embattled Ranchers

STEPHANIE STROM and HIROKO TABUCHI

New York Times

Reflecting diminishing fears over mad cow disease, Japan eased its decade-old restriction on imports of American beef on Monday, but industry experts said beef producers faced many more challenges to reverse a prolonged slump that has pared the nation’s herd to its lowest level in 60 years and sent prices soaring.

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