Daily Archives: February 18, 2015

Lawmakers want research halted at MARC

Lawmakers want research halted at MARC

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

More than 40 lawmakers, led by Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen, are asking Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to halt research at the Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in Nebraska immediately until new animal welfare protocols are implemented.

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Take steps to control and address weak calf syndrome

Take steps to control and address weak calf syndrome

Beef Producer

Calves with weak calf syndrome are typically born with no noticeable problems, but are so weak that they may fall over on their side and usually come around slowly, according to Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations for the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

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Cow with BSE was born in Alberta; birth farm identified

Cow with BSE was born in Alberta; birth farm identified

CTV News

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says a beef breeding cow found with mad cow disease on an Alberta farm was born in the province at a different farm. Association spokesman John Masswohl says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency identified the birth farm.

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Starting calves off right

Starting calves off right

Rob Eirich

Tri State Livestock News

Calving season for many producers is near, which means it is time to develop a Herd Health Plan (HHP) to start those newborn calves out on the right track, promoting good health. An appropriate herd health plan/protocol ensures that all cattle are raised in the best health.

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Good Outcome Rare With a Down Cow

Good Outcome Rare With a Down Cow

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Young cows that are nursing have very high nutritional needs. They are still growing, trying to make enough milk and hopefully getting ready to breed back in two or three months after calving.

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Keep Vaccines from Freezing in Cold Weather

Keep Vaccines from Freezing in Cold Weather

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Shannon Williams, Lemhi County Extension educator in Salmon, Idaho, says one of the biggest challenges when working cattle in cold weather is keeping vaccines, syringes and needles from freezing.

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International Livestock Congress set for March 4 and 5 in Houston

International Livestock Congress set for March 4 and 5 in Houston

High Plains Journal

The 2015 International Livestock Congress-USA will bring together an elite group of livestock and meat industry international leaders to discuss a variety of proactive strategies that address the ever-changing beef industry.

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Spring Ranch Management University set for March 30-April 3

Spring Ranch Management University set for March 30-April 3

Kay Ledbetter

AgriLife Today

The next Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be March 30-April 3, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station. The Ranch Management University is an intensive five-day event that targets new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners, Redmon said. It is held each spring and fall at the G. Rollie White Visitor’s Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

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Sustainability at the Heart of Beef Cattle Genomics

Sustainability at the Heart of Beef Cattle Genomics


Time and effort spent on improving genomic accuracy is driving the long term sustainability of cattle production and has enabled the industry to leapfrog a generation of cattle.

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Discussing memes: ‘If you’re cold, they’re cold too’

Discussing memes: ‘If you’re cold, they’re cold too’

Hannah Thompson

Progressive Cattleman

In agriculture and livestock production, it is becoming increasingly more important to be beyond reproach. As undercover activists lurk in our barns and consumers become more and more attuned to animal care issues, we have enough on our plate with trying to explain humane, necessary and science-based practices that may not look pleasant on the surface (such as dehorning calves or moving a down cow) to tolerate any mistreatment or cruelty.

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