Daily Archives: August 22, 2013

Beef & “Vitamin Z”

Beef & "Vitamin Z"

Regina Schrambling


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.

I just ruined lunch with a friend by bringing up a food story that’s been surprisingly undercovered, at least in the media outlets where I spend time. That would be "Vitamin Z," a weight-gain supplement for cattle whose manufacturer has temporarily stopped selling it since feedlots and slaughterhouses started noticing the animals are looking odd ("as muscle-bound as athletes") and behaving oddly (staggering, lying down like dogs

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Coccidiosis in Calves

Coccidiosis in Calves

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease caused by protozoa that calves pick up from the environment. Most cattle encounter these protozoa and develop an immunity, but continue to shed a few oocytes in their feces, which can then contaminate feed or water and be picked up by other cattle.

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Iowa State Economists Issues Cautious Message For Farmers

Iowa State Economists Issues Cautious Message For Farmers


Iowa State University economists are cautioning farmers to be prepared for a potential downturn in the values of commodities and land.

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