Daily Archives: July 17, 2014

EPA Administrator calls Cattlemen’s Concerns Ludicrous

EPA Administrator calls Cattlemen’s Concerns Ludicrous

NCBA

During a trip to Missouri to meet with farmers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy hosted a press conference to address what she called the “ludicrous” concerns of many farmers and ranchers pertaining to the proposed “waters of the United States” rule under the Clean Water Act.

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Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Footrot

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Footrot

Laura Mushrush

Drovers

“Iodine in a salt-mineral mix, or some other supplement mix are really helpful to not only prevent cases, but minimize the severity if they do occur,” he says. “Trace minerals such as copper and selenium are highly beneficial for immune response, priority determined by what region of the country you’re in. Copper is more so in the Midwest and selenium in the West, Great Lake region and Southeast.”

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Reasons vary for early weaning

Reasons vary for early weaning

Jeff DeYoung
Iowa Farmer Today

Weaning calves early is nothing new at Iowa State University’s McNay Research and Demonstration Farm. And, if there is one thing they have learned, it’s every year is different.

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Leachman patent lawsuit stirs debate at BIF

Leachman patent lawsuit stirs debate at BIF

David Cooper

Progressive Cattleman

A civil lawsuit filed in April by Leachman Cattle of Colorado and Verified Beef against the American Simmental Association (ASA) sparked new debate at the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Symposium held June 19, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Calf health in the shadow of drought

Calf health in the shadow of drought

Lyndee Stabel

Farm and Ranch Guide

For any feedyard, fall is a challenging time. Calves coming in when weather is widely variable are always at risk of health problems, and drought conditions in recent years only magnified the issue.

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida is Committed to Building a Brand

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is Committed to Building a Brand

Belinda Hood Ary

Cattle Today

We have all enjoyed a good western. Who hasn’t spent the day watching the John Wayne movie marathons or even more recently, Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones in Lonesome Dove, battling the elements and the Indians to acquire more rangeland for their herds?

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Industry advancements and the genomics era

Industry advancements and the genomics era

Troy Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

It is said the beef cattle industry is in the "genomics era." The ability of cattle breeders to utilize DNA technology to enhance animal selection decisions is owed, in no small part, to the work of geneticists and biochemists at the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). So said Steve Kappes, deputy administrator for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), during the 2014 Beef Improvement Federation symposium June 18, in Lincoln, Neb.

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Cattle Feeders Summer Seminar set for August 11

Cattle Feeders Summer Seminar set for August 11

Iowa Beef Center

Cattle prices are at an all-time record high, but high prices don’t necessarily equate to high profits. With tight margins, it’s important for cattle feeders to focus on the management and marketing skills needed to maintain profitability. That’s why Iowa Beef Center (IBC) at Iowa State University (ISU) is helping sponsor a Cattle Feeders Summer Seminar next month.

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Southeastern Livestock Network Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Southeastern Livestock Network Celebrates 10th Anniversary

BEEF

One small voice can easily be ignored. When that sound is amplified with more than 50,000 other voices, a powerful alliance demands attention. Ten years ago, several state cattlemen’s leaders noticed a need for a unified front and developed the Southeastern Livestock Network (SLN).

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Genomics enhance beef cattle breeding

Genomics enhance beef cattle breeding

Jared Decker

University of Missouri

Selecting breeding animals on how they look, by phenotype, worked for centuries. Progress in improving cattle was made just on appearance. Now genotype pushes phenotype back to horse-and-buggy days. It’s data and what’s inside that counts.

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