Daily Archives: April 4, 2013


Why is Beef Research so Important to Cattle Producers?

In this first episode of the Beef Research School, Brad Fournier of ALMA, Dr Reynold Bergen of the CCA and producer Darren Bevans talk about the importance of research to the beef industry.

Indicators of Longevity

Indicators of Longevity

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Are longer postpartum intervals and higher rebreeding rates of early-calving cows associated with longevity? Many veteran cow-calf producers would affirm that, and research has demonstrated a relationship between a cow’s ability to consistently calve early and the length of her productive life.

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Merck Animal Health launches BRD blog

Merck Animal Health launches BRD blog

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Merck Animal Health has announced its sponsorship of “BRD Report: From the Fence Post,” a blog focused on raising awareness of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), as well as providing industry professionals a central resource to access information vital to the prevention, treatment and management of the disease.

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Grass Tetany Management for Cattle Grazing Lush, Cool-Season Pastures

Grass Tetany Management for Cattle Grazing Lush, Cool-Season Pastures

University of Nebraska

Grass tetany is caused by magnesium deficiency and can occur in cattle grazing lush, growing cool-season pastures. It can occur in beef cows during early lactation and is more prevalent in older cows. The reason is thought to be that older cows are less able to mobilize magnesium reserves from the bones than are younger cows.

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Proposed animal-cruelty law questioned by activists

Proposed animal-cruelty law questioned by activists

Alastair Bland

Chico News Review

The sharp twist of irony comes close behind a new proposed law from several California Republicans, including local Assemblyman Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) and Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), that would make it a crime to photograph or otherwise record animal cruelty and not report it to law enforcement officials within 48 hours. Ranchers and beef industry lobbyists say Assembly Bill 343 will help to protect animals.

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Cow Type Should Fit Your Overall Goal

Cow Type Should Fit Your Overall Goal

Walt Davis     


Many of you have heard my story about how I took a herd of profitable little cows – about 1,050-lb. average – and turned them into a herd of unprofitable big cows. The problem most breeders suffer is not with selection and breeding; it is simple to make animals bigger or smaller, or heavier-milking.

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Nolan Ryan’s All-Natural Beef: Tough talk about tenderness

Nolan Ryan’s All-Natural Beef: Tough talk about tenderness

Sam Gazdziak

National Provisioner

When it comes to Nolan Ryan’s All-Natural Beef, however, tenderness isn’t just a word that’s thrown around. Every steak that bears his name is guaranteed tender, and those steaks have to go through a rigorous set of standards to even make it to the consumer.

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UT gets $700,000 in USDA grants to study drought, solutions

UT gets $700,000 in USDA grants to study drought, solutions

Duane Gang

The Tennessean

Last year’s drought was the worst in 50 years. In Tennessee, more than a third of the state’s weather stations set records for heat. The temperature in Nashville hit 109 degrees, and June was the city’s second driest on record.

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Milk Fever in Beef Cows

Milk Fever in Beef Cows

Janna Kincheloe


Minerals are critical to the health and performance of grazing livestock, and deficiencies and excesses can cause weight loss, decreased reproductive performance, and a variety of nutritional disorders. Milk fever and grass tetany are two metabolic issues that can occur as a result of mineral imbalances this time of year.

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Cattle industry watchful of beef demand’s effect on consumer preferences

Cattle industry watchful of beef demand’s effect on consumer preferences

Donald Stotts

Southwest Farm Press

The pressure for higher wholesale and retail beef prices is expected to increase through 2014, and that is leading to concern among some in the beef industry.

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