Daily Archives: November 12, 2015

An antibiotic is important for managing anaplasmosis

An antibiotic is important for managing anaplasmosis

Robert Fears

Progressive Cattleman

Bovine anaplasmosis is an infectious disease of cattle that causes destruction of red blood cells and is initiated by the bacteria Anaplasma marginale. Bacteria are controlled with antibiotics, and one type, tetracycline, is used in feed or mineral mixes to reduce Anaplasma marginale populations in infected cattle.

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Satisfy the protein needs of pregnant cows

Satisfy the protein needs of pregnant cows

Heather Smith Thomas

Canadian Cattleman

Cows require different nutritional levels at different stages of gestation. Nutrient requirements in early gestation are not much different from maintenance requirements, but as the fetus grows larger the cow’s nutrient needs increase. And if a cow is lactating, she needs a much higher level of protein and energy than when she is pregnant.

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Sitz to lead American Angus board

Sitz to lead American Angus board

The Cattle Business Weekly

The American Angus Association® announced new members and officers elected to its Board of Directors during the 132nd Annual Convention of Delegates in Overland Park, Kan. Those serving the Association for three-year terms are: James Coffey of Hustonville, Ky.; Chuck Grove of Forest, Va.; Mike McCravy of Bowdon, Ga.; Don Schiefelbein of Kimball, Minn.; and Mick Varilek of Geddes, S.D.

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Farm produces aeronautics, beef

Farm produces aeronautics, beef

Tom Doran

Agri News

A nursery rhyme told us the cow jumped over the moon, and while cows can’t fly, there is a connection on a Crawford County farm. The Flying S farm combines grass-fed beef cattle production with a growing business that has done work for NASA and other aeronautical companies. Across the road on the beef side, a venture that began in 2005, Flying S grazes about 200 cows, most of which are South Polls — Red Angus, Hereford, Senepol and Barzona mix — on several hundred acres. The South Poll grass-fed cattle were developed by Teddy Gentry of the group Alabama.

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Selling Directly to Buyers: How to Price Your Products

Selling Directly to Buyers: How to Price Your Products

Gordon Groover, Dr. Theresa Nartea, Dr. Kimberly L. Morgan

Va Tech

Did you know farmers who sell unprocessed foods to retail outlets typically receive just 11.6 cents of each dollar that the buyer pays for the item? The remaining amount is allocated to industry groups such as food processors, packaging and transportation, retail trade, food services, energy, finance and insurance and legal services

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Task force wants antibiotic resistance at top of public health agenda

Task force wants antibiotic resistance at top of public health agenda

Darrin Pack

Ag Answers

A national task force report on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance in animal agriculture highlights the need to make finding solutions a top public health priority, said Willie Reed, dean of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Kentucky’s Cattle Farmers are Getting Older

Kentucky’s Cattle Farmers are Getting Older

Nicole Erwin


  Kentucky is the largest producing cattle industry east of the Mississippi River. Those cattle farmers, however, are getting older. According to a recent survey by The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association the average cattle producer in the Commonwealth is 62-years-old.

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The Cattle Conundrum

The Cattle Conundrum

Larry Shover

Fox Business

For years, news of real and otherwise contrived commodities scarcities have given investors good reason to be scared into protecting themselves with long commodity exposure. Like a new college football coach promising immediate victory for an otherwise losing tradition, commodity prices do what they have always done. They promise much, burn red-hot, and eventually crumble.

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Texas Beef Industry Loves Corn-Fed Beef. Nature Doesn’t.

Texas Beef Industry Loves Corn-Fed Beef. Nature Doesn’t.

Eric Nicholson

Dallas Observer

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Cattle, like other mammals raised on a pasture, eat grass. But if there’s one things humans do well, it’s mess with nature, and so hundreds of years ago humans began sharing their discovery that feeding cattle corn makes them grow fatter more quickly.

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Research strategy on animal ag/antibiotics

Research strategy on animal ag/antibiotics

Julie Harker

Brownfield Ag News

A national strategy has been unveiled for food animal production’s role in reducing antibiotic resistance. It comes from a task force of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

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