Daily Archives: November 13, 2014

Early results suggest waiting longer to breed with sexed semen

Early results suggest waiting longer to breed with sexed semen

Gabriel Bombardelli, Henrique Soares, and Ricardo Chebel

Bovine Veterinarian

Automated systems for estrous detection (e.g. pedometers, activity monitors) are becoming more popular in the U.S. dairy industry, particularly in the Midwest. The use of such systems presents opportunities to increase the percentage of the herd inseminated in estrus (heat) and reduce the use of reproductive hormones.

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Nine-Weight Carcasses Rock

Nine-Weight Carcasses Rock

John Harrington


In the 1980s, "nine-weight carcass" was a four-letter word, at least according to the packer lexicon. Indeed, if you were randy enough to further spice your conversion with expletives like "yield grade 4," "excessive days on feed" and "overfat," the puritans at IBP could actually be seen blushing. (Or was it high blood pressure?)

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Merck announces approval of secondary feeding label for Zilmax

Merck announces approval of secondary feeding label for Zilmax

Cattle Trader

Through a commitment to cattle, its customers and the industry, Merck Animal Health announced the Food and Drug Administration approved of a second feeding method for the beta agonist Zilmax and has made significant progress on its Five-Step Plan to Ensuring Responsible Beef.

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A new option for control of BRD in beef cattle

A new option for control of BRD in beef cattle


Zoetis announced a new label claim for DVOCIN (danofloxacin mesylate) Sterile Injectable Solution for control of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in high-risk cattle. Previously approved for treatment of BRD, a large multi-site study demonstrated that ADVOCIN was safe and effective for the control of BRD in beef cattle at high risk of developing BRD.

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Beef checkoff debate rages on

Beef checkoff debate rages on

Ken Anderson

Brownfield AG News

“The fact that the Secretary did publish this Notice of Inquiry in the Federal Register actually just adds to our resolve to push back on what he is proposing,” says Colin Woodall, NCBA’s vice president of government affairs. “What he is proposing is a duplicative process which ultimately is going to waste a lot of producers’ dollars. Those are dollars that do not need to be wasted.”

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Effects of Three Dehorning Techniques on Behavior and Wound Healing in Feedlot Cattle

Effects of Three Dehorning Techniques on Behavior and Wound Healing in Feedlot Cattle

Clem Neely, Dan Thomson, Chad Kerr and Chris Reinhardt

Kansas State University

Most feedlot cattle today do not have horns due to polled genetics or dehorning at an early age. However, some horned cattle are still received at feedlots, and it is a common practice to dehorn or tip horns when cattle arrive.

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Producers should self-evaluate winter feeding annually

Producers should self-evaluate winter feeding annually

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Cattleman

It can be easy for cow-calf operations to underfeed or overfeed. But by having a basic knowledge base, producers can increase profitability and lower reproduction complications in their herd.

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Madison Butler, Vincennes, Ind., chosen to represent the Angus breed in 2015

Madison Butler, Vincennes, Ind., chosen to represent the Angus breed in 2015

American Angus

Madison Butler, Vincennes, Ind., was crowned as the 2015 Miss American Angus during the Association’s Awards Recognition Breakfast held Nov. 6 as part of the first-ever Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show in Kansas City. Butler is a freshman at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan., where she is studying food science. She is the daughter of Rob and Casey Butler.

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Acorns Can be Deadly

Acorns Can be Deadly

Sam Barringer, DVM

West Virginia University

During periods of decreased forage availability, cattle may seek out acorns as a food source. Acorns can be an important part of the diet in the fall; however, acorns have the potential to cause fatal poisoning.

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USMEF Elects New Officer Team

USMEF Elects New Officer Team


On Nov. 7, 2014, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its annual Strategic Planning Conference in Arlington, Virginia, with election of new officers. Leann Saunders of Castle Rock, Colorado, is USMEF chair, succeeding Mark Jagels of Davenport, Nebraska.

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