ASA Fall Focus: BOLT
Bruce Golden, Theta Solutions LLC
A Steak in Genomics
Historically, Simmental has been one of the leaders in the development of genetic prediction. There has been evolution of statistical models used to predict genetic merit (EPDs). Each time the EPDs got better and better. To predict EPDs, you do two things; first you build the problem on the computer then you solve the problem.
Has beef export market recovered from BSE impacts of 2003?
Following the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in December 2003, U.S. beef and beef product exports fell. Since 2003, USDA has led a multi-agency, full-court press, dedicating significant resources to restore foreign market access for U.S. beef. As a result, U.S. beef shipments had regained pre-BSE volumes by 2011 and even reached record values by 2014.
Prussic Acid Misconceptions – Dr. Ted McCollum
“The cyanide(prussic acid) in plants does not exist in a free, liberated state. The cyanide is part of a larger molecule called a cyanogenic glycoside. In members of the sorghum family this compound is Dhurrin; in chokecherries, wild cherries, mountain mahogany, among others, and the kernels of almonds, peaches, apricots and apples this is Amygdalin (laetrile) and Prunasin; in cassava, white clover, flax and lima beans this is Linamarin. These compounds themselves are harmless; the breakdown and liberation of the cyanide is the insult.
3 weaning methods compared; which one rises to the top?
There has been much discussion in recent years about the best way to wean calves. But any discussion about weaning needs to keep several considerations in mind, including: age of calves, low stress handling, whether you’re selling off the cow or planning to precondition and bunk break at home, available labor and time, quality of fences, location of the herd, etc.
K-State Ranching Summit planned for Oct.7
Kansas State University
Registration is now open for the K-State Ranching Summit. This first-time event is designed to equip managers with the skills to address the challenges of ranching in the business climate of today and tomorrow.
Stockmanship, Cattle Handling and BQA Featured at Eastern Iowa Workshops
Iowa Beef Center
Beef producers who want to learn more about improving animal movement and performance through reduced stress on livestock are invited to attend one of three workshops in eastern Iowa on Sept. 19-20. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Denise Schwab said the stockmanship and handling portion of each workshop features nationally recognized cattle handling expert Dr. Tom Noffsinger of Nebraska.
Anaplasmosis: The Seedstock Perspective
Anaplasmosis continues to plague cattle operations across the country, and, as it appears to spread, producers find themselves with a growing list of questions regarding the silent killer. Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek helps answer some of the purebred producer’s most pressing questions.
Breed all the cows at one time
If your opinion of artificial insemination (AI) for the beef cattle herd is “been there, done that,” you may want to give it another look. New protocols and synchronization methods have eased the pressure.
Genetics: New technique greatly enhances survival rates in frozen embryos
An embryo freezing process known as vitrification has been refined to the point where it is consistently achieving pregnancy rates of 50 percent or greater, promising ‘game-changing’ benefits for the beef industry.
Deadly Lightning Strike Kills 19 Cows in Texas
Nineteen cows are dead in east Texas after lightning struck the tree they were standing underneath during the storm. “All of a sudden, a lightning bolt came down and the cows just fell,” said Victor Benson, who shared his eyewitness account with KLTV, an ABC-affiliate in Tyler, Texas.