Daily Archives: March 18, 2014

Did my heifer die of blackleg?

Did my heifer die of blackleg?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Uncertainty regarding the reason for the loss of a heifer should be cleared up with a necropsy, not with assumptions that blackleg has hit the herd.

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Animal welfare for youth: Part 1 – what is animal welfare?

Animal welfare for youth: Part 1 – what is animal welfare?

Melissa Elischer

Michigan State University Extension

Animal welfare is hot topic locally, nationally and internationally. Consumers are asking for more information regarding how food animals are raised and cared for. New local and national laws are being passed with guidelines for housing, transportation, care and euthanasia.

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Vets to Prescribe Antibiotics for Livestock Feed

Vets to Prescribe Antibiotics for Livestock Feed

Newswise

Two Colorado State University veterinarians, Paul Morley and Josie Traub-Dargatz, are among eight nationwide who penned a policy paper giving guidance on use of antibiotics for livestock, and they can offer an inside line on the hot issue of antibiotics in livestock feed.

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10 Reasons to Consider Artificial Insemination for Commercial Herds

10 Reasons to Consider Artificial Insemination for Commercial Herds

Debra Murphy

Real Agriculture

Purebred cattle breeders have relied on artificial insemination (AI) and estrus synchronization as a part of herd management for decades. That got me thinking — what’s stopping commercial breeders from doing the same? Time? Money? Aren’t these reasons we should be considering AI?

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UF/IFAS beef cattle reseach project showed a $ 49 advantage per exposed cow with Timed AI

UF/IFAS beef cattle reseach project showed a $ 49 advantage per exposed cow with Timed AI

Cliff Lamb

University of Florida

Estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) are reproductive management tools that have been available to beef producers for over 30 years. Synchronization of the estrous cycle has the potential to shorten the calving season, increase calf uniformity, and enhance the possibilities for utilizing AI.

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Are Your Bulls Ready for the Breeding Season?

Are Your Bulls Ready for the Breeding Season?

Robin Salverson

Beef Today

Breeding season is a few months away. However, it is time to start thinking about Breeding Soundness Exams (BSE) for your bulls. Herd bulls influence overall herd fertility more than any other single animal. Therefore a proper BSE for all herd bulls should be a very high priority.

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Reducing Losses When Feeding Hay to Beef Cattle

Reducing Losses When Feeding Hay to Beef Cattle

Robert Kallenbach

University of Missouri

Feeding hay to cattle is expensive. Recent analyses show that hay costs between $0.02 and $0.07 per pound of dry matter; usually more than double the cost for the same amount of nutrients from pasture.

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Stress reduces productivity

Stress reduces productivity

Stockmanship and Handling Cattle on the Range

Steve Cote

Cattle are very sensitive to how they are handled. Even an hour of rough handling can produce long-term stress and negatively effect their health and productivity.

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Low Stress Livestock Handling For People and Livestock

Low Stress Livestock Handling For People and Livestock

Steve Tonn

University of Nebraska

Handling livestock can sometimes be stressful for both people and the animals. A lot depends on our attitude, methods, and our understanding of how an animal behaves. Trying to load a balky horse into a trailer, gathering or herding animals in a pasture, or trying to pen or catch animals for treatment can all be stressful situations and even unsafe at times for all involved.

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What’s in a (meat) label?

What’s in a (meat) label?

Dr. Richard Raymond

Feedstuffs Foodlink

THE U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) has a labeling division headed up by Rosalyn Murphy-Jenkins, and one of her very important tasks is to make certain that labels on packaged meat and poultry are "accurate and not misleading."

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