Daily Archives: December 11, 2015

BeefTalk: How Big is the Bull?

BeefTalk: How Big is the Bull?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

If one is building a house and the door does not fit, does the carpenter throw away the hammer? No. If one is building a cow herd and the cows are the wrong size, does the producer throw away the bull expected progeny differences (EPDs)? No.

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The 27th Annual Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium

The 27th Annual Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium

University of Florida

The 27th Annual Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium will be held at the Best Western Gateway Grand, Gainesville, Florida on February 15 to February 17, 2016. The Florida Ruminant Nutrition Symposium is recognized as one of the premier conferences for gathering the latest information about advances in nutrition of dairy and beef cattle.

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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 tips for farmers Christmas shopping at the mall

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 tips for farmers Christmas shopping at the mall

FarmTalk

10. When buying clothes for your wife, steal tags from her closet — don’t try to describe her size with hand gestures.

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Challenges with Heifer Selection: How Many Should I Breed and What are They Worth?

Challenges with Heifer Selection: How Many Should I Breed and What are They Worth?

Troy Thomas

Range Beef Cow Symposium

Referencing lyrics from a song entitled “The Gambler,” the Purdue University Extension beef specialist said cow-calf producers trying to decide what to do about replacement females may find it hard to know whether to hold or fold. Some might prefer to run away.

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Nebraska study finds no ill effects of zilpaterol in finished cattle

Nebraska study finds no ill effects of zilpaterol in finished cattle

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

In a study reported in the December issue of the Journal of Animal Science, researchers from the University of Nebraska and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center compared welfare factors and animal performance between cattle fed or not fed the beta agonist zilpaterol hydrochloride during the final 21 days of finishing.

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GENOMICS: Where are we going?

GENOMICS: Where are we going?

Dr. Jared Decker

Charolais Journal

Genomics. This term has become a popular buzzword within the beef industry. But what does it mean? Genomics is analyzing the entire DNA of an animal. Rather than focusing on a specific gene or segment of DNA, in genomic applications we generate data across all of the cattle chromosomes (strands of DNA inherited as a unit).

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WTO authorizes $1.01 billion in tariffs over Country-of-Origin labeling

WTO authorizes $1.01 billion in tariffs over Country-of-Origin labeling

Janell Thomas

Beef Producer

The World Trade Organization on Monday authorized $1.01 billion in tariffs as a result of complaints from Canada and Mexico over the U.S. Country-of-Origin labeling policy.

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Investors sue South Dakota over failed beef plant investment

Investors sue South Dakota over failed beef plant investment

The Cattle Business Weekly

Thirty-five foreign investors who sunk a collective $18.5 million into a failed South Dakota beef processing plant sued the state on Dec. 2, alleging that officials misrepresented that the project was financially sound. The investors’ lawsuit claims that Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen did not have adequate financing to generate revenue or support additional financing and was already plagued by years of delays. It seeks to recover the $18.5 million invested into the plant.

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Male breeding soundness exams should include more than a semen test.

Male breeding soundness exams should include more than a semen test.

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

When they talk about getting their bulls “checked out” prior to breeding season, cow-calf producers mean the bulls will be evaluated by a veterinarian to make sure they are capable of breeding cows. However, some producers may ask the veterinarian to perform a semen test, when they should be requesting a breeding soundness exam.

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Cattle Feeding Returns Projected for Remaining 2015 and into 2016

Cattle Feeding Returns Projected for Remaining 2015 and into 2016

KTIC

As 2015 comes to a close, eyes are fixed on what will happen in agriculture in the coming year, including the cattle feeding industry. Glynn Tonsor, livestock economist for Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension, said based on the most recent “Focus on Feedlots” survey, the industry looks to be particularly bleak over the next six months.

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