Daily Archives: May 22, 2013

Safer. Calmer. Better.

Safer. Calmer. Better.

Terri Queck-Matzie

Feedlot Magazine

Handling livestock is a dangerous occupation, and every feedlot manager knows injuries can cost money – in lost time, in rising healthcare costs, and in worker’s compensation claims.

Joe Thramer at Niewohner Feedyard in Spalding, Nebraska, has turned to a creative solution to the problem.

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At Fowken Farm, the Fowler family has been turning grass into beef for 68 years.

At Fowken Farm, the Fowler family has been turning grass into beef for 68 years.

Angie Stump Denton

Hereford World

In the rolling hills of northwest South Carolina, the ability to utilize forage 10 or more months of the year is key to the profitability of a beef operation. At Fowken Farm near Jonesville, the Fowler family has been raising Hereford cattle that perform on grass since 1946.

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Salvaging alfalfa stands

Salvaging alfalfa stands

The Cattle Business Weekly

Drought conditions and freeze/thaw cycles this spring left their mark on many stands of alfalfa, says Justin Fruechte, forage and cover crop specialist with Millborn Seeds.

"Winter kill has either wiped out entire alfalfa stands or left them quite sparse," he said.

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Understanding Forage and Fiber Digestion is a Daunting Task

Understanding Forage and Fiber Digestion is a Daunting Task

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Over the last few weeks we have been taking an in-depth look at forage quality and fiber digestion in beef cattle. It becomes obvious that this is not a simple subject and that developing a comprehensive understanding of forage and fiber digestion and utilization in cattle (ruminants) is a daunting task.

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Breed the Herd in One Day

Breed the Herd in One Day

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

For brothers Phil and Jim Ham, heat synchronization is not negotiable. They breed 350 cows and heifers using AI for at least one service, and say it’s a job they wouldn’t want to attempt without synchronization.

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Raking Tips for Superior Hay

Raking Tips for Superior Hay

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Whether you are cutting, conditioning, raking or baling, all steps in the process of making high-quality hay require attention to detail. Any slipups along the way can compromise the end result. Raking is perhaps the most critical step in the process, as more leaf loss can be caused by improper raking than by any other step in the harvest process.

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In praise of animal foods

In praise of animal foods

Dan Murphy

Drovers

In comments made in response to Cattlenetwork.com’s publication of a two-part interview with British obesity researcher Zoe Harcombe last week, several readers criticized her views on health and nutrition as out-of-touch with mainstream Americans, and in a couple cases, as being antagonistic toward animal agriculture.

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U.S. food labels seen heating up North America meat war

U.S. food labels seen heating up North America meat war

Rod Nickel and Theopolis Waters

Reuters

The United States is poised to introduce stricter rules on the labeling of meat imports this week, a move that is likely to heat up a simmering trade dispute with Canada and Mexico.

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Tuberculosis in Cattle

Tuberculosis in Cattle

Sherry Westphal, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Tuberculosis of cattle (bovine TB) was once common in US cattle herds; damaging the health of cattle and, serving as an important source of human disease in the US. That was long ago. In 1917 the US began a program to protect public health by eliminating bovine TB from cattle and pasteurizing milk.

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Genomics Research May Make Bull Selection Easier

Genomics Research May Make Bull Selection Easier

Beef Producer

A team of researchers at Cornell University are applying genomics sequencing techniques previously used in corn to improve the quality of milk and meat in livestock and expedite bull selection for producers.

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