Daily Archives: November 6, 2014

Circle T Ranch Proves that agriculture and urban commerce can thrive next to each other

Circle T Ranch Proves that agriculture and urban commerce can thrive next to each other.

Ellen H. Brisendine

The Cattleman

Hillwood Land and Cattle sits north of Fort Worth, surrounded by Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, highways and homes. The ranch entity known as Circle T is part of the land owned by the Perot family and is managed by Mark Baker and his team of ranch professionals.

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Acorn Poisoning in Cattle

Acorn Poisoning in Cattle

John Cothren

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

I know there are many people out there, like myself, who enjoy the cooler temperatures of fall.  Even the livestock in the fields and pastures enjoy the annual escape from the oppressive summer heat.  But with the cooling of the season, there are a few dangers for our pasture animals that need to be avoided.

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Feet, Legs and Welfare

Feet, Legs and Welfare

Kasey Brown

Angus Journal

Lameness in cattle is defined as any leg or foot problem or abnormality that affects an animal’s gait and behavior.

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Budgeting isn’t just for Dave Ramsey

Budgeting isn’t just for Dave Ramsey

Samantha Stanbery

FarmTalk

Every beef producer knows the worry of trying to have enough forage to last the winter. “Forage budgeting is for any producers who have beef cattle,” said Brian Pugh, Oklahoma State University northeast area agronomist. “It’s great whether you’re new to cattle or have been in the business for 20 years.”

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What You Don’t Hear About Animal Care

What You Don’t Hear About Animal Care

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

Here is a little experiment. Type the phrase “animal care dairy” into your favorite search engine.  Then open a second tab in your browser and type the phrase “animal cruelty dairy.”  Then compare the two lists of results. One will have links to articles about how dairy farmers are caring for their animals and how animal care is a top priority for most producers.

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Second Beef Checkoff Notice Expected this Month

Second Beef Checkoff Notice Expected this Month

Beef Producer

"The only point of agreement by all the groups that I’ve talked to about this … is ‘we need more money in the system’," Vilsack said. " I’ve got the power to create an avenue for additional money, I’m going to use that power unless the industry says … we’ve come to an understanding, this is how we would like it done."

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Mechanism of tenderness in distillers grains-fed cattle

Mechanism of tenderness in distillers grains-fed cattle

Chris R. Calkins and Michael D. Chao

The National Provisioner

In a recent University of Nebraska study, beef from cattle fed a high concentration of wet distillers grains plus solubles (WDGS) was more tender than beef from cattle fed corn only. To understand why, muscle and lipid properties of meat from the different diets were characterized.

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Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli O157 in agricultural fair livestock

Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli O157 in agricultural fair livestock

J. E. Keen, T. E. Wittum, J. R. Dunn, J. L. Bono, L. M. Durso

Citeulike

Agricultural fairs exhibiting livestock are increasingly implicated in human Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) outbreaks. To estimate livestock STEC O157:H7 prevalence at US fairs, we collected 2,919 fecal specimens at 29 county fairs in 2 states and at 3 state fairs in 2002.

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Merck takes steps to return Zilmax to U.S. cattle market

Merck takes steps to return Zilmax to U.S. cattle market

P.J. Huffstutter

Reuters

Merck & Co. is taking steps to resume sales of its controversial cattle feed additive Zilmax by changing the way the drug is administered, hoping to recapture some market share in the beef industry, where the U.S. herd has the fewest animals in more than 60 years.

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It’s Possible To Eradicate BVD: Should We?

It’s Possible To Eradicate BVD: Should We?

Burt Rutherford

BEEF

Unlike the Golden Rule, you might want to call it the Rusty Nail Rule: Do unto others before they do unto you. While that’s clearly an unethical mindset to running a business, it is, unfortunately, a strong temptation when it comes to dealing with bovine viral diarrhea (BVD).

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