Daily Archives: June 22, 2017

Genetics key to livestock disease relief

Genetics key to livestock disease relief

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Ask people in the research business if they have a wish list, and many will answer in the affirmative. “There are always different things you want to see done,” says Jim Reecy, an animal scientist and director of the Office of Biotechnology at Iowa State University.

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Johne’s or Hardware?

Johne’s or Hardware?

Dr. Ken McMillan


Johne’s disease is a chronic wasting disease. Cattle are most susceptible when they are young. Infected cows shed the bacteria in their stool and young cows ingest the manure. Infected cattle can take years to show clinical signs. The most common symptoms are diarrhea and weight loss

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When Livestock Eat Weeds You Have 43% More Forage*

When Livestock Eat Weeds You Have 43% More Forage*

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

It’s that time of year when I remind you that you can teach your ruminant livestock to eat your weeds so that you have as much as 43% more forage, and you don’t have to worry about herbicide.

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Bovine Emergency Response Plan (BERP) Program

Bovine Emergency Response Plan (BERP) Program

Heidi Carroll


The scene of an accident is not the place to build your team! The BERP program was the featured discussion for the May Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Lisa Pederson with North Dakota State University discussed how and why the program began, who the audience is for the program, and the impact this program is having.

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Temple Grandin: Back off and ease cattle stress

Temple Grandin: Back off and ease cattle stress

Janelle Atyeo

Tri-State Neighbor

Temple Grandin has spent a lifetime preaching proper livestock handling techniques, and while she’s seen much improvement at cattle yards and slaughterhouses across the world, there are still bad habits that make her fume.

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Yep! An auctioneer’s chant still sells what others want to buy

Yep! An auctioneer’s chant still sells what others want to buy

Chad Smith

Today’s Producer

“The mechanics don’t change much,” said Jim Birdwell, a longtime purebred cattle auctioneer from Fletcher, Okla. “From the purebred standpoint, we still do sales basically the same way we did when I started back in 1972.”

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US packers line up to sell beef to China

US packers line up to sell beef to China

Agri Pulse

Four companies and six packing facilities are now listed by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service as compliant under the export verification (EV) program that the U.S. and China agreed upon, and their beef is being shipped to the Asian nation.

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