Pinkeye leaving mark on cows
University of Georgia
Back to school means more potential outbreaks for pink eye, a bacterial disease also called conjunctivitis. Thanks to increased rainfall this summer, pinkeye is also affecting the cattle industry.
Tech in beef industry
TriState Livestock News
As we look to the future and consider the predictions of population growth throughout the world, it raises questions on how food will be produced. Some continue to stress the needs to go back to the basics and feel many technological advances are a detriment to the environment while others feel we must adapt technology if we will have an ample affordable food supply for the world population.
MU researcher tells value of timed breeding of cow herd at field day
High Plains Journal
Cow herd breeding that took three weeks of intensive labor has been cut to three hours. Jordan Thomas, University of Missouri graduate student, reviewed breeding history for farmers touring Greenley Center Field Day, Aug. 6.
Lots of Variables in Zilmax Ban’s Long-Term Impact
Sales in the U.S. and Canada of feed additive Zilmax will be temporarily suspended, Merck & Company’s animal health division announced Friday.
The announcement followed Tyson Foods Inc.’s move to suspend purchases of cattle fed Zilmax as of Sept. 6. The Tyson decision caused futures markets to spike Thursday, Aug. 8, but the long-term impact on prices depends on a number of variables, experts say.
Many Factors Affect Availability, Price of Hay
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Hay is in short supply and very expensive this year in many parts of the country, especially in the West and Southwest where drought is extensive. Peter Robinson, extension specialist at the University of California–Davis, says most of California has been in a drought situation for several years.
Every Living Thing Is A Genetic Defect Carrier
Jared E. Decker
Here’s the bitter pill. Every living thing – including you – carries a large number of broken genes. In humans, on average, we carry one broken, lethal copy and one normal copy of about 20 genes.
Halt in Zilmax sales fuels demand for rival cattle feed product
Tom Polansek and P.J. Huffstutter
Merck & Co’s decision to suspend sales of its Zilmax cattle feed additive has caused such a surge in demand for rival Eli Lilly & Co’s Optaflexx that Lilly is telling some new customers it cannot immediately supply them, customers told Reuters.
Drought conditions evaporating Hawaii’s cattle industry
Green pastures are hard to find in Leeward Maui.
Some Hawaii farmers say this year’s drought is the worst they’ve seen.
Nebraska issues warning on fungus danger to cattle
Nebraska cattle producers are being warned to keep watch for a grass fungus that poses problems for livestock.
The ergot (UR’-guht) fungus has been confirmed in several nearby states, including Missouri and Iowa.
Cargill Suspends Purchase Of Beef Fed Zilmax
Cargill announced it will suspend the purchase of beef cattle fed Merck Animal Health’s beta agonist feed additive Zilmax (zilpaterol), after a transition period to clear its current supply chain.
Green chopped corn in beef cow rations
Farm and Ranch Guide
In many areas of southern Minnesota, pastures are running out and grass quality is declining quickly. For many outfits, hay inventories are critically low and buying additional roughage is really not practical from a supply or cost perspective.