Daily Archives: February 14, 2013

Pneumonia in Calves

Pneumonia in Calves

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Pneumonia can affect calves of any age. Most pathogens that cause lung infections are already present in the calf’s respiratory tract and become a problem when its immune defenses are compromised by stress.

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Possible FSIS furlough costly for producers

Possible FSIS furlough costly for producers


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) membership is highly concerned by statements from United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding the sequestration process and a possible fifteen day furlough of all Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) employees, including food safety inspectors.

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Five Things You Don’t Want to Know About Beef

Five Things You Don’t Want to Know About Beef

Talia Ralph

Boise Weekly

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Though there is a lot of murkiness surrounding the large-scale production of beef, many investigations have already dredged-up some not-so-appetizing facts about the meat supply chain.

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Indiana bill would make undercover video at farms illegal

Indiana bill would make undercover video at farms illegal

USA Today

A measure that would make it illegal to make undercover videos of a farm or business passed an Indiana Senate committee Tuesday.

In the bill’s current form, whistle-blowers — including journalists documenting stories or members of the public who post videos on YouTube purporting to show mistreated animals or inhumane working conditions — would face legal sanctions.

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Rancher shares tips on saving precious water

Rancher shares tips on saving precious water

Barry Amundson

Tri State Neighbor

Lyle Perman of Rock Hills Ranch of Lowry, S.D., near the Missouri River in far north-central South Dakota, said about 1.3 billion gallons of water fall on his 5,000-acre ranch every year.

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Calving difficulty this season can affect next year too

Calving difficulty this season can affect next year too

Oklahoma State University

Calving difficulty not only is the prime cause of baby calf mortality, it can also markedly reduce a cow’s reproductive performance during the next breeding season.

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NUBeef-BCS, NUBeef-UTS Scoring Apps Now Available

NUBeef-BCS, NUBeef-UTS Scoring Apps Now Available

University of Nebraska

Two new University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension beef apps will help producers manage their beef cow herds better.

NUBeef-BCS and NUBeef-UTS are available in the Google Play and Apple App Store, said Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, who developed the app along with UNL EdMedia’s Mark Hendricks.

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Feeding beef cows in winter

Feeding beef cows in winter


Feeding beef cattle during the winter can be a challenging experience if being profitable is also one of your goals. Proper nutrition is a key component for a successful cow/calf operation.

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How grass-fed beef is reshaping ag and helping the planet

How grass-fed beef is reshaping ag and helping the planet

Christopher Weber


Bartlett Durand is the rare local-food entrepreneur who has no trouble turning a profit: Durand’s Black Earth Meats processes and sells grass-fed beef, and these days grass-fed beef sells like crazy.

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Cattle market hits a big rock

Cattle market hits a big rock


U.S. live-cattle futures are trading lower Tuesday, weighed down by protracted weakness in beef demand and poor processing margins for meatpackers.

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