Daily Archives: October 27, 2016

More than a dozen animals disqualified at 2016 state fair

More than a dozen animals disqualified at 2016 state fair

Tom Bechman

Indiana Prairie Farmer

There is more at stake than just the reputation of 4-H and the Indiana State Fair when 4-H’ers and parents or other adults choose to use drugs against the rules to gain an edge in the show ring. “It’s also about food safety and protecting the food supply,” Doug Huntsinger says. Huntsinger is executive producer of the Indiana State Fair. Recently, he took time for an exclusive interview with Indiana Prairie Farmer to clear up rumors and present facts about drugs in animals and cheating at the Indiana State Fair.

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The Top 10 excuses heard by veterinarians

The Top 10 excuses heard by veterinarians

Mark Parker

FarmTalk

10. He couldn’t buck on three legs so I wasn’t in any hurry to fix him.

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Emergency Response

Emergency Response

The Cattle Business Weekly

A semi truck hauling cattle is involved in an accident and there are cattle loose on a busy roadway and also trapped in side the trailer. How exactly should emergency management handle the situation? The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association, Minnesota Beef Council and AgStar Financial Services hosted emergency personnel and veterinarians from around the state to learn the answer to scenarios like that this month.

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Other options for cows’ diets can work when forage is short

Other options for cows’ diets can work when forage is short

iGrow

Drought conditions across South Dakota this growing season decreased the supply of forage available to some livestock producers. However, research has shown that a variety of feedstuffs can be used to meet cows’ nutrient requirements with similar performance to hay or hay plus supplement rations, said Julie Walker, SDSU Extension beef specialist.

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Cattle feeding chat builds bridges

Cattle feeding chat builds bridges

Miranda Reiman

Farm Forum

When it’s just not possible to bring 600 people from across the globe to the feedyard, the next best thing is to bring a little of that Herington, Kan., family operation to them.

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Protecting animal health at livestock shows

Protecting animal health at livestock shows

Robert Fears

Progressive Cattleman

Livestock shows are big events in most states and draw large crowds from both urban and rural areas. Urbanites attend because these shows provide a rare opportunity to view livestock in the flesh and at close range.

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10 reasons why cheating in 4-H livestock shows must stop

10 reasons why cheating in 4-H livestock shows must stop

Tom Bechman

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Eleven animals were disqualified from the Indiana State Fair in 2016 for drug violations. Two more were stripped of their awards later when it was discovered the animals were too old according to the rules. Cheating of various types in livestock shows in general, and 4-H shows in particular, didn’t start in 2016. It’s been an ongoing issue since the first purple banner was awarded.

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