Daily Archives: April 30, 2013

Baxter Black, DVM: BSE Tsunami

Baxter Black, DVM:  BSE Tsunami

One of the biggest upheavals in food production in the last ten years was the result of one of the tiniest imaginable scares.

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Researchers Explore Strategies to Time Heifer Puberty

Researchers Explore Strategies to Time Heifer Puberty

Blair Fannin

Cattle Today

Cattle producers typically wean replacement heifers at seven months of age and raise them with limited nutritional input before their first breeding. This managerial strategy is often associated with delayed puberty, particularly in tropically-adapted Bos indicus-influenced cattle, according to researchers.

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Plan Ahead When Using MLVs

Plan Ahead When Using MLVs

By Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

After a modified live vaccine (MLV) is mixed it should be protected from light and heat, and used within an hour.

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Prepping for private treaty

Prepping for private treaty


Private treaty sales are sales in which the cattle owner negotiates directly with prospective buyers. Like other forms of cattle marketing, direct sales have their pros and cons. Producers considering using private treaty as a marketing channel would be wise to do some advance preparation before implementation to achieve the best results.

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The Cull Cow Quandry

The Cull Cow Quandry

Dr. Richard Raymond

Food Safety News

Some of the most disgusting images of modern agriculture being presented to the American public are those of old cull cows being inhumanely treated and mishandled by workers in the slaughter house pens.

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Management of Young Bulls Before and After the Breeding Season

Management of Young Bulls Before and After the Breeding Season

Dr. Rick Rasby,

University of Nebraska

After removal from the cow herd after the breeding season, yearlings should be kept separate from the older bulls if possible at least through their second winter. Yearlings need to be fed or grazed on a good quality forage or pasture.

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Jean Barton: Recognizing the warning signs

Jean Barton: Recognizing the warning signs

Red Bluff Daily News

I noticed there were new safety signs on the Silencer squeeze chute, because the ranch was being proactive about safety.

"CAUTION stand clear of moving doors & panels."

"DANGER pinch points" on both ends of the squeeze chute.

They told me to look at the shop, and there I found big EXIT signs on the doors and "NOTICE authorized personnel only."

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Media mangles latest biotech innovation—hornless cows

Media mangles latest biotech innovation—hornless cows

Jon Entine


It’s always revealing how the press portrays the latest development in agricultural genetics-soberly or with the rush of hysteria that has come to define media coverage of biotechnology.

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‘The beef industry is where it’s at’

‘The beef industry is where it’s at’


Calhoun Times

Pink slime stand aside, heart disease, don’t even think about it. Naysayers of the beef industry certainly have their work cut out for them once they meet Sonoraville High School Freshman Makayla Holmes.

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Cow slaughter continues above last year’s rate

Cow slaughter continues above last year’s rate

The City Wire

Total beef production for the year to date is down 1.3% and total slaughter is down 2.1% compared to the same period last year, according to a report from Derrell Peel, extension livestock specialist with Oklahoma State University.

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