Daily Archives: May 6, 2013

Cow temperament does affect reproductive efficiency and profitability.

Cow temperament does affect reproductive efficiency and profitability.

Sara Gugelmeyer

We’ve all been there. It’s time to gather to wean or vaccinate or whatever, and there are those few cows that run over everybody and head to the backside. Dad’s yelling at you, and Mom’s yelling at him, so all the cows scatter, and the whole thing dissolves into something about which Baxter Black would write. Well, now there’s some proof.

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Why private equity just paid $1.3 billion for a cow-tagging company

Why private equity just paid $1.3 billion for a cow-tagging company

Leo Mirani

Yahoo Finance

BC Partners, a London-based private equity firm, beat out nearly a dozen competitors to acquire Allflex, the world’s leading maker of electronic tags for animals. Allflex was valued at $1 billion in January and sold for $1.3 billion, suggesting an intense bidding process.

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Foot-and-mouth has devastating effects

Foot-and-mouth has devastating effects

Barbara Duckworth

Producer.com

“When we first identify the first case, from all the studies we have seen, it is actually not the first case. Time has passed, and that case can be somewhere else,” said Sebastian Heath at a foot-and-mouth forum at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture conference in Louisville April 15-18.

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The Importance Of Weaning And Castration

The Importance Of Weaning And Castration

W. Mark Hilton

BEEF

I often hear that farmers and ranchers are the nation’s original champions of animal welfare, and I believe it. But, if you’re not weaning and castrating your calves before you sell them, you can’t wear the animal welfare ribbon.

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Don’t Ignore Fire Insurance Coverage For Your Hay

Don’t Ignore Fire Insurance Coverage For Your Hay

Hay and Forage Grower

Review your hay fire insurance coverage before your growing season gets too busy, advises University of Idaho Extension forage specialist Glenn Shewmaker.

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Impact of management practices and distillers’ grains feeding on the prevalence of E. coli O157 in feedlot cattle

Impact of management practices and distillers’ grains feeding on the prevalence of E. coli O157 in feedlot cattle

Doug Powell

BarfBlog

Recent reports indicated that feeding distillers’ grains (DG) to cattle increased fecal shedding and prevalence of E. coli O157. In Minnesota, feeding DG with solubles (DGS) to livestock became widespread within the last 10 years, but there is no report about the prevalence of E. coli O157 in beef cattle in this state.

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New opportunities in beef cattle genomic testing

New opportunities in beef cattle genomic testing

Drovers

Angus Genetics Inc. and GeneSeek, a Neogen Corporation subsidiary headquartered in Lincoln, Neb., are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the GeneSeek Angus GGP-HD test. Results from this advanced test will be incorporated into Angus genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs), which are available on a weekly basis through the American Angus Association National Cattle Evaluation.

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