Monthly Archives: June 2013

BeefTalk: Good Biosecurity a Must for Beef Operations

BeefTalk: Good Biosecurity a Must for Beef Operations

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The current discussion in cattle circles about bovine tuberculosis certainly brings up mixed emotions. Producers always are concerned when situations are discovered that impact individual herds of cattle.

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The Reality of Water Management & Raising Cattle

The Reality of Water Management & Raising Cattle

Facts About Beef

Ranchers like Gary and Sue Price of 77 Ranch in Blooming Grove, Texas work to optimize water quality through conversion of cropland to wetland. The conversion minimizes sediment loading, erosion and other water quality issues.

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Temperatures, Humidity a Worrisome Combination for Heat Stress in Cattle

Temperatures, Humidity a Worrisome Combination for Heat Stress in Cattle

The Stock Exchange

Cattle producers would do well to remember a certain well-proven cliché: “If it’s too hot for you then it’s too hot for your livestock.”

Dr. Dave Sparks, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension veterinarian and food animal quality and health specialist, said while proficient livestock.

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Swing for the Fences

Swing for the Fences

Kasey Brown

Angus Journal

Humans know that there are adverse health effects to smoking, alcohol, poor diet, driving faster than the speed limit and texting while driving. When they are done independently, though, the effects are far more gradual, explains Terry Swecker, association department head and professor at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine–Virginia Tech.

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Consumers concerned about safe, quality beef more than sustainability

Consumers concerned about safe, quality beef more than sustainability

Virginia Farm Bureau

A recent study found that consumers make beef purchases based more on price, safety and quality than on sustainability.

“Consumer demand for beef is one of the most important and widely discussed, yet poorly understood, concepts affecting the beef and cattle industry,” the report noted. “It is imperative that the beef industry recognizes what drives consumer demand.”

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Governor pledges support for Tama beef plant reopening

Governor pledges support for Tama beef plant reopening

John Speer

Tama News-Herald

"It was one of the most successful legislative sessions we’ve ever had," Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared in opening a Tama County Town Hall meeting at King Tower Cafe Tuesday afternoon, June 25. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds were joined by State Representative Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) in hosting about 40 area residents.

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Observe cattle activity during breeding season

Observe cattle activity during breeding season

Frank Wardynski

Michigan State University

Observing cattle activity during breeding season can improve breeding performance. Cows and bulls experiencing undesirable conditions during breeding season can result in reduced pregnancy rates.

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