Daily Archives: July 1, 2013

Baxter Black, DVM: Boneless Chicken

Baxter Black, DVM: Boneless Chicken

KFC, formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken, is one of a handful of fast food pioneers that changed the world’s eating habits.

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Convenience Traits are Important

Convenience Traits are Important

David Kirkpatrick

American Cattleman

Convenience traits are those cattle traits that contribute directly to savings in time, facilities, drugs and labor in a cow-calf enterprise. Some examples of these traits would be temperament, polledness, structural and udder soundness, disease and pest resistance, heat tolerance, doing or fleshing ability, mothering ability and calving ease.

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US Department of Agriculture proposes rule to modify COOL

US Department of Agriculture proposes rule to modify COOL

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Tri State Livestock News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a proposed rule to modify the labeling provisions for muscle cut commodities covered under the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program.

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Reproductive Tract Scoring Can Improve Yearling Heifer Performance

Reproductive Tract Scoring Can Improve Yearling Heifer Performance

Loretta Sorensen


It’s a time-honored tradition — visually assessing potential replacement heifers to identify the oldest and largest candidates. But time has also proven that age and size can’t guarantee fertility.

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5 Ways To Avoid Heat Stress in Livestock

5 Ways To Avoid Heat Stress in Livestock

Beef Producer

Temperature plays a role in the summertime health of livestock, but there are many other factors, too

r. Dave Sparks, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension veterinarian and food animal quality and health specialist, explains that heat stress can be exacerbated by several factors, such as humidity, lack of shade, poor water quality and forage content.

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Animal abuse persists at some meat plants

Animal abuse persists at some meat plants


The Kansas City Star

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The meat industry has been scandalized in recent years by undercover videos showing horrific abuse of farm animals on their way to slaughter: workers kicking piglets like volleyballs, skinning veal calves alive and ramming a forklift into a sick cow.

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Working to raise a quality beef animal

Working to raise a quality beef animal


Messenger News

After a lifetime of working with cattle, both with his own herds and in other operations, John Robinson said he has learned, through trials and tribulations, what works best for him in raising a quality animal.

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Grazing Mineral Nutrition For Beef Cows

Grazing Mineral Nutrition For Beef Cows

Adele Harty


With the recent moisture that much of South Dakota received, grass is growing and many cattle have been moved to summer pasture. With that move and change in feed, ranchers need to be aware of the nutrient requirements of their livestock and ensure they are all being met, including energy, protein, minerals, vitamins, and water.

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Vaccine management and BQA practices among Idaho beef

Vaccine management and BQA practices among Idaho beef

Bovine Veterinarian

Vaccines play an important role in beef cattle production to aid in animal-disease prevention. However, when handled and used improperly they can lose effectiveness, resulting in carcass-quality defects.

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Alabama working to round up cattle rustlers

Alabama working to round up cattle rustlers


San Francisco Chronicle

It’s three weeks after the state’s new rural crimes unit got to work, and its leader said they’ve already arrested two "cattle rustlers" and are investigating four other cases.

It doesn’t take much digging to figure out why there are so many thefts.

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