Daily Archives: May 10, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM: Cow Population

Baxter Black, DVM:  Cow Population

(The following excerpts are from the Oklahoma Livestock Committee meeting on Species Relations. Voting members include beef cows, feedlot steers and dairy cows.)

            “Will the secretary please read the state demographer’s report?”

            “Yes, Madam Cowperson. For the first time in the history of the state, the human population will surpass the number of livestock.”

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On-campus animal harvesting facility sparks protest at Colo. State

On-campus animal harvesting facility sparks protest at Colo. State

Pat Ferrier

USA Today

Becca Bleil has a fundamental beef with Colorado State University.  A university that prides itself on being green should not slaughter animals on campus, no matter how noble the purpose, she said.  Bleil, a member of the animal rights club on campus, began a petition through change.org to protest a small animal harvesting facility included in the $20 million JBS Global Food Innovation Center planned to open on CSU’s Fort Collins campus in 2018.

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Quality Bulls Push Weaning Weights Up 75 Pounds

Quality Bulls Push Weaning Weights Up 75 Pounds

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

As calf prices tighten, value-added programs continue to gain in popularity. Now in its 16th year, the Integrity Beef Alliance is proving that meeting a series of best management practice protocols can yield significant increases in weaning and yearling weights. One of the keys to this Alliance’s success is a strict requirement regarding bull quality.

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University of Florida project to improve Brahman cattle

University of Florida project to improve Brahman cattle


With help from cattle producers through the Florida Cattle Enhancement Fund, researchers with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) hope to develop Brahman cattle that can better tolerate heat, produce more tender meat and have improved fertility.

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Manage your cattle from your easy chair

Manage your cattle from your easy chair

Jeff Melchior

Alberta Farm Express

Imagine being able to manage your grazing cattle at the touch of a button and constructing ‘digital fences’ as you move them from pasture to pasture. Or using drones to track your cattle while at the same time discovering the most nutrient-rich forage on your land.

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Cow Disposition Affects Pregnancy Rate

Cow Disposition Affects Pregnancy Rate

Glenn Selk


Now we have another good excuse to cull cows due to bad temperament.  Producers that routinely breed cows artificially realize that cows that are unruly and nervous are less likely to conceive to artificial insemination.

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Bolster your pasture needs with oats

Bolster your pasture needs with oats

Sydney Sleep

Hay and Forage Grower

Using spring-planted oats for pasture has great potential, but if not grazed correctly, the results may be disappointing. In recent years, oat pastures have become more popular. According to Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska extension forage specialist, oats can reduce the effects of drought and provide fast, early grazing. It has potential to be very productive and last through early summer.

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Pregnancy Protocol

Pregnancy Protocol

Doug Medlock

Angus Talk

Dr. Kevin Hill serves in Merck Animal Health’s technical service division and was a recent guest on Angus Talk, a weekly radio program on Rural Radio. a veterinarian is your most experienced and reliable source for pregnancy exams. I think it would be a rare circumstance, although they probably do exist, where an animal breeder does enough preg checking that they’re proficient at it.

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Summit speakers offer tips to engage and protect the future of animal ag

Summit speakers offer tips to engage and protect the future of animal ag

Animal Agriculture Alliance

The overarching message on how the animal agriculture community can protect the livelihoods of farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and industry professionals is to engage and change the perception of the industry, according to speakers at the 2017 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit. A record-setting 276 people attended the Summit, held in Kansas City May 3 and 4.

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NCBA says R-CALF is wrong on COOL

NCBA says R-CALF is wrong on COOL

Julie Harker

Brownfield AG Network

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association dismisses the call from R-CALF USA for the administration to include Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) in any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, “Who’s R-CALF? You know, when we look at a lot of this stuff, we have to actually ask the question, who’s actually moving the policy process in the cattle industry?”

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