Daily Archives: June 18, 2014

Udder Heritability

Udder Heritability

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Udder quality is mostly a genetic issue, making bull selection especially important. Check the dam’s udder scores when choosing a bull.

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Robert “Bob” Totusek, Oklahoma State Educator, Leader Passes

Robert “Bob” Totusek, Oklahoma State Educator, Leader Passes

Stillwater News Press

Bob attended Oklahoma A&M College and was actively involved in the A&M meats and livestock judging teams. He then obtained his Ph.D. at Purdue University, before joining the animal husbandry faculty at Oklahoma A&M College in 1952.

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American International Charolais Association: Pathway to Genomic-Enhanced EPDs

American International Charolais Association: Pathway to Genomic-Enhanced EPDs

Jared Decker

A Steak in Genomics

The cost of DNA sequencing has rapidly dropped in the last 15 years. In 2001 it cost about $10,000 to sequence a million base pairs of DNA. In 2014 it costs under 10 cents to sequence a million base pairs.

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Hong Kong Market Reopens for U.S. Beef

Hong Kong Market Reopens for U.S. Beef

USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the United States and Hong Kong have agreed on new terms and conditions that pave the way for expanded exports of U.S. beef and beef products to Hong Kong.

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Cattle and trees co-exist in silvopasture

Cattle and trees co-exist in silvopasture

Kelli Kaderly-boylen

Progressive Forage Grower

Closed-canopy woods and the ground cover plants and soils in them are often more sensitive to livestock damage and should not be heavily grazed. He says the types of trees also make a difference, and many trees, such as maples, have most of their roots near the soil surface where they can be damaged by livestock overuse.

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Niche and Value Added Marketing: Organic beef

Niche and Value Added Marketing: Organic beef

Shannon Sand

Drovers

The organic movement started in the United States (U.S.) in the early part of the twentieth century. The organic movement gained more visibility in the 1960’s and 1970’s when labeled organic produce began showing up in the market place (Kuepper 2010).

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Precision feeding the beef herd: Part 1, learning from the dairy industry

Precision feeding the beef herd: Part 1, learning from the dairy industry

Frank Wardynski

Michigan State University

Precision agriculture can be many different things. Using precision agriculture management practices frequently results in minimizing inputs and saving dollars. While there are few new technologies available to allow beef producers to more precisely feed the cow herd, established methodologies have existed to do just that.

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Pilger Tornado Destroys Cattle Farm

Pilger Tornado Destroys Cattle Farm

Ashlee Pitzl

KMTV

Monday’s twisters killed more than 300 cattle at a farm just north of Pilger. The owners of Herman Dinklage, Inc. say the storm also destroyed their barn, equipment and house.

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Researchers create better methods to detect E. coli

Researchers create better methods to detect E. coli

phys.org

Kansas State University diagnosticians are helping the cattle industry save millions of dollars each year by developing earlier and accurate detection of E. coli.

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Commercial herds could benefit from returning to heterosis

Commercial herds could benefit from returning to heterosis

Sue Roesler

The Prairie Star

Despite proven research that heterosis, or hybrid vigor, can improve the commercial cattlemen’s herd, it seems to have lost footing in the industry recently.

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