Daily Archives: March 5, 2013

Stanley Stout Center opens at Kansas State University

Stanley Stout Center opens at Kansas State University

Greg Henderson

Drovers

A standing-room only crowd witnessed the Grand Opening of the Stanley Stout Center on the campus at Kansas State University on Friday, March 1, 2013. The new facility was dedicated to the well-known and respected auctioneer who passed away in May of 2006.

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Added enzymes reduce costly bloat losses

Added enzymes reduce costly bloat losses

EurekAlert

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research animal nutritionist is trying to decrease the severity of frothy bloat, the major non-pathogenic cause of death and reduced performance in cattle grazing hard red winter wheat in the southern Great Plains.

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Did Diane Sawyer smear “pink slime”?

Did Diane Sawyer smear "pink slime"?

Reuters

A year ago, Beef Products Inc. had four state-of-the art plants, more than 1,300 employees and was expanding aggressively.

The meat company was the leading maker of "lean finely textured beef," a low-fat product made from chunks of beef, including trimmings, and exposed to tiny bursts of ammonium hydroxide to kill E. coli and other dangerous contaminants.

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Finding cost savings in the beef cow-calf budget

Finding cost savings in the beef cow-calf budget

Frank Wardynski

Michigan State University

Beef cow-calf producers have seen rapidly increasing prices for calves but input cost may be outpacing calf price increases. Finding areas to cut costs without impacting performance is critical for producers to remain profitable.

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Commercially-available DNA Tests for Beef Cattle

Commercially-available DNA Tests for Beef Cattle

Alison Van Eenennaam

University of California-Davis

Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS) is the process of using the results of DNA-marker tests to assist in the selection of individuals to become the parents in the next generation of a genetic improvement program. Selection may be based on test results associated with simple traits such as coat color, horned status, or simply inherited genetic defects.

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Commercial Cattleman Builds Back His Herd Using DNA Marker Technology

Commercial Cattleman Builds Back His Herd Using DNA Marker Technology

Burt Rutherford

BEEF

By combining a low-density DNA marker test on its commercial cows and calves with a high-density test on the bulls they buy, the Vest Ranch is positioning itself to rebound from drought.

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Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit set for March 26

Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit set for March 26

Oklahoma State University

Cattle producers wanting to increase their awareness about trends in the beef industry that promote profitability should register now to attend the March 26 Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit in McAlester.

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Technology improves reproductive efficiency

Technology improves reproductive efficiency

TIM HEARDEN

Capital Press

Aggressively tracking and managing the reproductive capacity of bulls and replacement heifers can bolster a cattle operation’s long-term economic health, two experts say.

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62nd Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

62nd Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

University of Florida

This course addresses the issues for beef cattle enterprises at an elevated level of management skill with practical applications for every producer, in Florida and beyond.

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Beta Agonists: The Dummying Down of Commodity Beef?

Beta Agonists: The Dummying Down of Commodity Beef?

John Cecala

Buedel Meats

Our nation’s cattle supply is at a 60 year low, yet we are producing more edible beef today than sixty years ago. U.S. cattle numbers in 1980 were 111 million head producing 21 billion pounds of beef. In 2011, U.S. cattle numbers were 92 million head producing over 26 billion pounds of beef.

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