Daily Archives: May 9, 2013

EPD Numbers Can be “Smoking Gun” When Investigating Cattle Problems

EPD Numbers Can be “Smoking Gun” When Investigating Cattle Problems

The Stock Exchange

One southwest Missouri beef cow producer called University of Missouri Extension this spring when he had a serious problem on his farm. That producer had lost seven of nine calves born to fist-calf heifers due to dystocia (fancy name for calving difficulty).

Eldon Cole, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist with over 40 years of experience, got the farmer’s call and agreed to make a farm visit to help determine the problem.

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Livestock farmers feeling the pressure

Livestock farmers feeling the pressure

H. Scott Hurd, DVM, Ph.D

The Prairie Star

There are many pressures on livestock farmers today. Many of these pressures are not the typical economic and resource challenges faced by all businesses, but additional political pressures related to antibiotic use in food production.

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Getting Intense About Forages

Getting Intense About Forages

By Barb Baylor Anderson

Progressive Farmer

No matter what day of the year it happens to be in southern Illinois, Cliff Schuette can always look out his door and see his Simmental-Angus cow herd grazing. It’s by design.

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How to Breed Cows and Heifers Naturally

How to Breed Cows and Heifers Naturally


It’s as simple as this: Put grass in front of cow, put bull behind cow. In other words, natural breeding is simply putting a herd bull out with a herd of cows or heifers and letting him do his job for a few weeks or couple months, then pulling him out again.

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Mother, daughter working Montana ranch together

Mother, daughter working Montana ranch together

Gayle Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

When Janet Endecott and her daughter, Rachel, spend a nice spring day on horseback sorting pairs or watching new calves being born, they are humbled to be ranchers. "The ranching way of life is always different," Rachel explains. "There is always something new and changing, but the whole way of life is rewarding, and you can always see progress."

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Culinary Students Learn About Beef Industry

Culinary Students Learn About Beef Industry


The beef checkoff, through the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative in conjunction with Hedgeapple Farms of Buckeystown, Md., organized an educational beef tour on Saturday, April 20. Two classes of culinary students from the Howard Community College (HCC) of Columbia, Md., attended the one-day event, gaining a first-hand look at the beef industry.

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Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Set for Aug. 5-7

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Set for Aug. 5-7

Freestone County Times

The 2013 TAM Beef Cattle Short Course will be held Monday, August 5 – Wednesday, August 7, 2013 in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M University.

BCSC is the largest beef educational event in the country. It is a three day seminar that represents the culmination of knowledge from industry leaders and experts.

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Current State Genomic Selection Tools for Beef Cattle

Current State Genomic Selection Tools for Beef Cattle

University of Nebraska

Genomic technology and its application are rapidly evolving. Dr. Matt Spangler, UNL Beef Genetics Specialist, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, recently recorded a brief webinar discussing the current application of genomic tools including testing for genetic defects, paternity, genomic enhanced EPDs, and the potential for marker-assisted management.

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David Sirota’s latest beef: Eating meat causes climate change

David Sirota’s latest beef: Eating meat causes climate change

Howard Portnoy


How Sirota thinks this is hard to understand. The link between cow flatulence and greenhouse gas emissions is so old-hat that the Environmental Protection Agency attempted to persuade Congress in 2007 to pass a “flatulence tax,” charging farmers $175 for each dairy cow and $87.50 per head of beef cattle.

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Ag, livestock remain major sources of greenhouse gas emissions

Ag, livestock remain major sources of greenhouse gas emissions

AG Professional

Global greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector totaled 4.69 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2010 (the most recent year for which data are available), an increase of 13 percent over 1990 emissions. By comparison, global carbon dioxide emissions from transport totaled 6.76 billion tons that year, and emissions from electricity and heat production reached 12.48 billion tons, according to Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online service (www.worldwatch.org).

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