Daily Archives: August 23, 2013

BeefTalk: Vaccinate and Prepare Valuable Calves for Market

BeefTalk: Vaccinate and Prepare Valuable Calves for Market

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Vaccinate calves now in anticipation of weaning and preparation for sending the calves to market. I hope the calves already have had some vaccinations during branding or early summer cattle work, so now would be a good time to do booster vaccinations.

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Modified-Live vs. Killed Vaccine Debate Continues

Modified-Live vs. Killed Vaccine Debate Continues

Troy Smith

Hereford World

If you thought the debate was over, think again. Disagreement remains regarding whether an inactivated (killed) or modifiedlive virus vaccine should be used when immunizing pregnant cows and heifers. The discussion was rekindled recently after a vaccine manufacturer issued a press release citing instances where reproductive failures followed use of modifiedlive virus vaccine to immunize herds against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR).

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The truth about undercover videos

The truth about undercover videos


Despite undercover videos showing footage of disturbing animal abuse, it is not a normal or acceptable occurrence.  The beef industry does not condone any mishandling of livestock on the farm or ranch or in the packing facility.

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Now’s the time to start thinking about fall pasture management

Now’s the time to start thinking about fall pasture management

Tracy Turner

Ag Answers

Although it’s still the dog days of summer, producers wanting to promote a healthier pasture next spring might want to take steps now to prevent overgrazing their pastures in fall, said a forage expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Market impact of Zilmax ban

Market impact of Zilmax ban

Andy Vance

Beef Producer

Without Zilmax, the fed cattle population would likely need to be 2.3% larger to produce the same volume of beef, based on cocktail napkin economics.

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How Red Meat Affects Your Health: 7 Reasons To Avoid Beef

How Red Meat Affects Your Health: 7 Reasons To Avoid Beef

Susan Scutti

Medical Daily

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.

Most of us have (or know) some crazy uncle who smokes, drinks, and eats hamburgers daily and he just turned 95 and still there’s no sign of dementia, heart disease, cancer — nothing. (Why researchers don’t do studies on people like him, instead of the ones who get sick, I’ll never know.)

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Animal welfare consultant Grandin on Zilmax, beta-agonists

Animal welfare consultant Grandin on Zilmax, beta-agonists


Merck & Co. recruited Temple Grandin, an advocate for the humane treatment of livestock, to be on a board that will consult on the company’s Zilmax feed additive, which has been temporarily taken off the U.S. and Canadian markets following animal welfare concerns.

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