Daily Archives: May 12, 2015

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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Will Upper Midwest feedlot expansion continue?

Will Upper Midwest feedlot expansion continue?

Nicole Kenney

Iowa Farmer Today

Lately, attention has been given to the 2 percent increase in U.S. cow inventory, which brings the cow herd to 26.9 million. Two percent may sound like a small increase; however, the increase recorded from 2014 to 2015 is equal to a recovery of 18 percent of the cows dispersed from 2006 to 2014.

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Scientists produce transgenic calves with higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids

Scientists produce transgenic calves with higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Researchers in China report they have successfully produce 14 transgenic beef calves with significantly higher than normal levels of healthy Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids using  somatic cell nuclear transfer.

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Are We Embracing Science and Technology?

Are We Embracing Science and Technology?

Jared Decker

A Steak in Genomics

In the United States it has become popular to distrust or outright dismiss a scientific perspective. We see this trend on the nightly news, in print articles, and on social media.

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Watch protein content in lush spring cattle pastures

Watch protein content in lush spring cattle pastures

Beef Producer

Lush spring pastures may be too high in protein, contributing to poorer cow performance and slower breed-back in some cases, University of Illinois Extension beef educator Travis Meteer said.

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The BQA beat drums on

The BQA beat drums on

Burt Rutherford


It seems like nearly a lifetime ago, and for some it has been, that people in the beef business started talking about the need for a program of centralized information on animal health products and best management practices on how to use those products appropriately.

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Livestock auction connects people with agriculture

Livestock auction connects people with agriculture


New Jersey Herald

Just a few doors down from the Hackettstown municipal building, the smell of straw and sounds of chickens and lowing cattle waft out of two pale blue buildings as a man’s voice rattles off numbers over a loudspeaker.

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Dairy Producers Hold the Knife

Dairy Producers Hold the Knife

Nate Birt


In light of high beef prices, dairy producers see the value of their animals in the marketplace, notes Bryan Doherty, Stewart Peterson.

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It’s about putting a face to agriculture and having a dialogue

It’s about putting a face to agriculture and having a dialogue

Animal Agricultural Alliance

 “It’s about having a dialogue, not just telling a story,” said Cameron Bruett, chief sustainability officer and head of corporate affairs for JBS USA, Inc. at the 2015 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit.  “We have this huge modern disconnect with agriculture; most of the consumers’ interaction with agriculture is the grocery store.”

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NCBA Urges Secretaries to Reject Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Flawed Recommendations

NCBA Urges Secretaries to Reject Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Flawed Recommendations


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association submitted comments today to the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture on the flawed advice in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report.

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