Daily Archives: January 27, 2014

“Fawn Calf” Genetic Test Being Redesigned To Be More Accurate in Gelbvieh Pedigree

"Fawn Calf" Genetic Test Being Redesigned To Be More Accurate in Gelbvieh Pedigrees

Dr. Jared Decker

A Steak in Geonomics

On January 14th, Dr. Jon Beever of the University of Illinois sent a letter to the Board of Directors of the American Gelbvieh Association informing them that his lab had resolved issues with odd results when testing fullblood Gelbvieh animals with the DNA test for Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA, “fawn calf”).

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Data Affirm Heifers Bred at Lighter Body Weight

Data Affirm Heifers Bred at Lighter Body Weight


Evidence continues piling up that shows heifers can be effectively bred at lighter weights.  Significant amounts of data to this effect have come from Nebraska, in particular, and now, another project at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., adds more fuel to this fire of change.

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An inside look at beef processing

An inside look at beef processing

Jeannine Schweihofer

Michigan State University Extension

Ever wonder what happens between delivering a beef animal to a meat processing plant and eating a juicy steak or hamburger? Tours are hard for companies to accommodate due to safety of visitors, animals and workers. Most plants simply do not have extra space for visitors to safely view what is happening at each step

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Late-winter Lice Control

Late-winter Lice Control

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

If cattle start to rub in January-February with more cold weather ahead, consider some additional lice control. There are two types of cattle lice — chewing lice and sucking lice, explains Joe Campbell, a cattle professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI). “Both species reproduce more rapidly on the animal during cold weather.

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Success of Replacements Linked to Proper Development

Success of Replacements Linked to Proper Development

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Managing replacement heifers is a challenge for most cow/calf operators. This is a special group of females that have been selected to advance the herd. Future profitability will depend on developing these heifers in the proper manner so they calve, breed back and become productive members of the cow herd.

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Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle

Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle

Patricia Burch


I have had reports of several producers finding some dead cows in pastures recently. Several were from nitrate toxicity. Most nitrate toxicity issues occur when producers are feeding hay. So this week, I thought we would have a refresher on the particulars of nitrate poisoning of livestock.

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Post-weaning nutrition, crucial for a healthy rumen

Post-weaning nutrition, crucial for a healthy rumen

Farm and Ranch Guide

It’s no secret that getting calves off to a great start takes consistency and the ability to offer calves the nutrients they need, when they need them most. Today’s leading colostrum replacers, milk replacers and calf starters are all equipped with the most cutting edge technologies that aim to deliver the nutrients needed for optimal weight gains and structural development.

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Veterinary students join stock show’s volunteer drug-testing team

Veterinary students join stock show’s volunteer drug-testing team

Alison Noon

Denver Post

Before they’re allowed to strut into Beef Palace, beautified steers, hogs, sheep, goats and beef cattle headed for the food chain after the National Western Stock Show have to pass a drug test. Livestock for sale at the stock show this year were greeted by 15 veterinary students from Colorado State University. It was the first time students joined a team of about 60 volunteers in holding sample cups under the animals, sometimes for hours, and testing the urine.

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Gestation length in cattle affects birth weight and breed back.

Gestation length in cattle affects birth weight and breed back.

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

Gestation length is heritable.  Some breeds and some family lines within breeds tend to have gestation lengths slightly shorter or longer than the “average” 283 days. Low-birth-weight cattle often have shorter-than-average gestation length.

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