Daily Archives: May 21, 2013

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Faces of the Cattle Business

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Faces of the Cattle Business

The cattle business today has evolved into several distinct segments.

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Plan Ahead For a Successful AI Program

Plan Ahead For a Successful AI Program

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Many producers feel artificial insemination, or AI, is a way to get the best bull genetics for less. But getting a high AI rate takes planning and the know-how to make it work.

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Phosphorus best management practices help protect water quality

Phosphorus best management practices help protect water quality

Dr. Dirk Philipp, University of Arkansas—Fayetteville

With the storm season in full swing, intensive rainfall events increase the likelihood of water quality impairments through sediment transport and P intake into surface waters. Several BMPs for phosphorus management are available and can be implemented relatively easily by landowners.

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Identifying Johne’s Disease with Accuracy

Identifying Johne’s Disease with Accuracy

Sandra Avant

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Detecting the costly, contagious Johne’s disease in cattle is now easier, thanks to USDA scientists.

Johne’s disease, also known as paratuberculosis, is estimated to cost the U.S. dairy industry more than $220 million each year. It also affects sheep, goats, deer, beef cattle and other animals, causing diarrhea, reduced feed intake, weight loss and sometimes death.

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New animal identification rules aid disease traceability

New animal identification rules aid disease traceability

Robert Wells

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

On March 11, 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiated the Animal Disease Traceability Program (ADTP) to track interstate livestock movement. According to the USDA, "Animal disease traceability, or knowing where diseased or at-risk animals are, where they have been and when, is very important to ensuring a rapid response when animal disease events take place.

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Hay supplies almost gone

Hay supplies almost gone

Jonathan Knutson


A poor 2012 hay crop followed by a late spring has nearly exhausted the Upper Midwest’s hay supply, forcing many ranchers to make tough decisions that can include selling livestock.

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Getting to know our true stakeholders

Getting to know our true stakeholders

Emily Meredith

Bovine Veterinarian

The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently kicked off its 12th annual Stakeholders Summit with a wide range of speakers, from online moms to the former Under-Secretary for USDA Food Safety Inspection Service.

While the speakers came from different backgrounds and had very different personalities, one theme resonated above all the rest. In the first presentation of the day, Joe Miller, General Counsel for Rose Acre Farms, stated about consumers: “they don’t need to know us, we need to know them.”

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Drought and Grass Tetany … Are the Two Related?

Drought and Grass Tetany … Are the Two Related?

Jon Albro


Drought followed by Grass Tetany.  Sound like a contradiction?  It can happen, especially when pastures were grazed heavily during a drought and /or during dormancy.  Spring growing conditions, combined with some moisture on relatively “denuded” pasture ground, means the only forage that’s available to grazing cattle is the lush fast growing new grass. 

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Drought accelerates use of drugs to beef up cattle

Drought accelerates use of drugs to beef up cattle

Roxana Hegeman


Cattle feeders in the U.S. are coping with reduced herds and high corn costs in part by increasing their use of growth-inducing drugs designed to bulk up animals, get more pounds of beef from each carcass and circumvent the drought’s withering effects on the food cycle.

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Dr. David Hawkins to be Honored with Saddle and Sirloin Portrait

Dr. David Hawkins to be Honored with Saddle and Sirloin Portrait

Officials of the Kentucky State  Fair Board have announced that the 2013 Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery inductee is Dr. David Hawkins. Formed in 1903, the Saddle and Sirloin Gallery is a collection of over 350 portraits of distinguished livestock industry leaders.

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