Daily Archives: September 16, 2013

What if cows roamed free?

What if cows roamed free?

Keenan Bishop

The State Journal

“As people who care about animals” is a phrase that was used in an article on the Internet in which a vegan is imploring ovo-lacto vegetarians to become more militant in their beliefs or to “damn more and more animals to lives and deaths of total misery (from the book “Vegan Freak”). But…“people who care about animals” describes cattle producers better than those that oppose our way of life. I contend that they don’t care as much about animal welfare as we do.

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Producers Reminded To Register For 2013 ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase

Producers Reminded To Register For 2013 ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase

Savant7.com

Those interested in what’s happening in the area of beef nutrition research at Iowa State University should register by Sept. 25 for the "Beef Nutrition Research Showcase" set for Oct. 3. The event will offer a look at the variety of related research underway at ISU, including at the ISU Beef Nutrition Farm.

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What’s the matter with Kansas? It’s running out of water due to cattle production

What’s the matter with Kansas? It’s running out of water due to cattle production

VL Baker

The Daily Kos

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.

A new study from Kansas State University gives a picture of what’s the matter with Kansas. Basically Kansas farmers have been living in a bubble of water exuberance, drawing down water from The High Plains Aquifer, which supplies 30 percent of the nation’s irrigated groundwater, at more than six times the natural rate of recharge.

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Protect newborn calves from flies during fall calving

Protect newborn calves from flies during fall calving

Frank Wardynski

Michigan State University

Heat and high humidity levels that returned to the Midwest brought nuisance flies to beef cattle. Producers who have begun fall calving season should give special attention to newborn calves. Biting flies are the most dangerous to newborn calves. Particularly, stable flies and horn flies are of greatest concern due to their ability to overwhelm newborns.

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American Chemical Warfare

American Chemical Warfare

Statesboro Herald

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.

If that were not enough, Americans also unwittingly ingest a not inconsiderable levels of BGH, bovine growth hormone by way of dairy products and beef. The clever Moe,s restaurant ad. That depicts a child with a luxuriant beard is not far from the mark.

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Agriculture classes will raise cattle for school lunches

Agriculture classes will raise cattle for school lunches

Palladium Item

Plans are under way for the school’s students to raise their own beef cattle during agriculture classes this year, the same cows that will be slaughtered, butchered and, ultimately, turned into the hamburgers that will be served in the cafeteria.

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1 Drought; 2 (Or More) Questions

1 Drought; 2 (Or More) Questions

Burt Rutherford

BEEF

In some parts of cattle country, the grass is greener than it has been in years. And it has cattlemen and analysts alike thinking that herd rebuilding is just around the corner.

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Liver function and feed efficiency in cattle

Liver function and feed efficiency in cattle

Lisa Guenther

Livestock Blog

A seemingly unlikely organ plays a significant role in feed efficiency.

“The liver accounts for only 1.2 per cent of body weight in bovines, but the organ itself consumes 25 per cent of all the energy utilized by cattle.

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Ranchers should promote cattle

Ranchers should promote cattle

Vic Schoonover

The Lawton Constitution

"I know a producer who keeps track of all of the previous buyers of his calves," Selk said. "He makes an effort to locate and contact other potential buyers of his weight and breed of calves.

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Sample costs for finishing beef cattle on grass

Sample costs for finishing beef cattle on grass

Ganaderia Mexico

Production decisions, potential returns, budgets and production loans are considered in a cost analysis of grass finished beef systems by the University of California in light of recent demand shifts to value added, grass fed beef products.

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