Daily Archives: July 3, 2013

Mobile livestock pose threat for disease spread

Mobile livestock pose threat for disease spread

Jeff DeYoung

Missouri Farmer Today

At any given time, nearly one million pigs are in transit on gravel roads and highways. Every day, more than 50,000 cattle are placed in feedlots.

This volume, Jim Roth said, makes the U.S. very vulnerable to foreign animal diseases (FAD).

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Thermal App Lets Your Phone Pinpoint Heat Stress

Thermal App Lets Your Phone Pinpoint Heat Stress

Virginia H. Harris

Progressive Farmer

In the wake of a drought that won’t soon be forgotten by farmers, students at the University of Missouri put the final touches on a smartphone app that will help cattle producers determine levels of heat stress in their animals.

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How Old is that Cow?

How Old is that Cow?

University of Arkansas

Without a record of birth, cattle producers often turn to oral examination to estimate the age of cattle.  Cattle are aged by examining the eruption and decay of permanent incisors  As cattle age, tooth decay and loss can affect cow well-being.

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Managing summer pneumonia in pastures

Managing summer pneumonia in pastures

Bovine Veterinarian

When you turn your cow-calves out on pasture, chances are they are going to look alert and healthy. However, as the heat comes on in the heart of the summer, warning signs will begin to appear for those paying attention.

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Some Producers Double Cropping Wheat to Combat Hay Shortage

Some Producers Double Cropping Wheat to Combat Hay Shortage

Beef Producer

Rainy weather in some parts of the country is holding back hay-making, leading to a real concern for some farmers who wonder what they will get a hold of to supplement a lack of forages.

In the eastern Corn Belt, for example, some producers are choosing to combat lower hay inventories by double-cropping oats with wheat for their beef rations.

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Crossbred or Straightbred? Tom Brink Says That’s Not The Question

Crossbred or Straightbred? Tom Brink Says That’s Not The Question

Burt Rutherford       

BEEF

“I will tell you this: 13 years in the cattle feeding business will change your mind about genetics, and it will change your perspective about what this country is doing with its genetics. Yes, we have made a lot of progress; but we also have a very, very long way to go.” That was Tom Brink’s opening statement during the recent Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meeting in Oklahoma City.

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Water Quality Conditions Associated with Cattle Grazing and Recreation on National Forest Lan

Water Quality Conditions Associated with Cattle Grazing and Recreation on National Forest Lands

Leslie M. Roche, Lea Kromschroeder, Edward R. Atwill, Randy A. Dahlgren, Kenneth W. Tate

PLOS

There is substantial concern that microbial and nutrient pollution by cattle on public lands degrades water quality, threatening human and ecological health. Given the importance of clean water on multiple-use landscapes, additional research is required to document and examine potential water quality issues across common resource use activities.

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