Daily Archives: January 9, 2014

Using DNA from exceptional carcasses to produce cows, bulls

Using DNA from exceptional carcasses to produce cows, bulls

Troy Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

Cloning is not new. Most livestock people can remember hearing about "Dolly," the cloned sheep. That was back in 1996, and cattle, horses and other species have been cloned since then. According to West Texas A&M reproductive physiologist Dean Hawkins, researchers are still looking for ways that somatic-cell nuclear transfer, or cloning technology, can benefit livestock production.

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How Much Can I Afford to Pay for a Bred Female to Restock After the Drought

How Much Can I Afford to Pay for a Bred Female to Restock After the Drought

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

This is not an easy question to answer as it depends on several different factors. In evaluating how much an operation can afford to pay for a bred female several things need to be considered.

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A Proposal to Tax Animal Antibiotics

A Proposal to Tax Animal Antibiotics

Urban C. Lehner

DTN

Like many public debates, the controversy over the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture often resembles a broken record. Again and again we hear the same old arguments. So on the rare occasion when someone says something new, as two Canadian economists did recently in the New England Journal of Medicine they merit a hearing.

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Protect livestock from the artic blast and sub-zero wind chills

Protect livestock from the artic blast and sub-zero wind chills

Steve Leer and Jennifer Stewart

AgAnswers

With the coldest temperatures in nearly 20 years predicted in Indiana in the next few days, two Purdue Extension livestock specialists are urging livestock producers to take proper measures to care for their animals.

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January Beef Management Seminar returns to southern Indiana

January Beef Management Seminar returns to southern Indiana

Jennifer Stewart

AG Answers

Purdue Extension will offer its 2014 Beef Management Seminar on Jan. 18 in Bedford for producers interested in learning more about how nutrition, genetics and environment influence meat quality.

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Many things to consider when choosing sites for livestock buildings

Many things to consider when choosing sites for livestock buildings

FarmTalk

A good philosophy when siting livestock buildings is to always prevent odor problems rather than cover them up, according to Iowa State University engineers.

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Select beef cutout tops $200

Select beef cutout tops $200

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Boxed beef prices have been moving upward, and on Monday reached a new milestone with the Select cutout gaining $4.16 per hundredweight to average $201.38 per hundredweight. Prices moved even higher on Tuesday, with the Choice cutout gaining $1.77 to average $207.31 per hundredweight and select gaining $2.18 to a new high of $203.56, according to USDA’s National Daily Cattle and Beef Summary.

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Lower Feed Costs Will Boost Cowherd Returns In 2014

Lower Feed Costs Will Boost Cowherd Returns In 2014

Harlan Hughes

BEEF

My current projections for the production of 2014 calves for this study herd suggest a slight increase in earned net returns, thanks to lower feed-cost projections for 2014.

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Survey Shows Feedlots Dedicated To Calm Handling Of Cattle

Survey Shows Feedlots Dedicated To Calm Handling Of Cattle

Ruth Woiwode and Temple Grandin

BEEF

A number of recent undercover videos chronicling apparent abuse by workers of animals on dairies and pig farms have received widespread public play. Such sensational videos are very instrumental in forming public perceptions regarding the treatment and handling of livestock in the U.S.

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