Daily Archives: December 28, 2017

Brands a lot more than fire or freeze on a hide

Brands a lot more than fire or freeze on a hide

Jaclyn Wilson

Midwest Messenger

I’d love to say that I’ve spent December diligently working on ranch projects. While that is true on some accounts, it seems that the majority of my time has been focused on work surrounding the Nebraska Brand Committee (NBC). I was appointed to NBC a little over two years ago and it’s been a whirlwind ride ever since. What was described as an “appointed committee that meets quarterly” has turned into some weeks a fulltime job.

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Red Angus Teams up With Kansas State University to Publish Valuable Data From Cow-Calf Veterinarians

Red Angus Teams up With Kansas State University to Publish Valuable Data From Cow-Calf Veterinarians

Red Angus.org

Results from a detailed survey of cow-calf veterinarians compiling their recommendations on vaccine protocols, health management, and production practice recommendations were recently published in The Professional Animal Scientist, the publication for the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. The study, “A Survey of Recommended Practices Made by Veterinary Practitioners to Cow-Calf Operations in the United States and Canada,” was initiated by the Red Angus Association of America in partnership with the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station, and provides valuable insight into how these practices can be best applied in individual cowherds.

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Davis Hired as AHA Director of Communications & Public Relations

Davis Hired as AHA Director of Communications & Public Relations

American Hereford

Kendra Davis joins the American Hereford Association team as the director of communications and public relations. As director of communications and public relations, Davis will coordinate marketing and promotion for the AHA. She will also contribute to the AHA website and weekly communication to Hereford producers.

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Fescue Foot Still a Concern in Southwest Missouri

Fescue Foot Still a Concern in Southwest Missouri

David Burton

Bovine Veterinarian

According to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, one visit involved a 60-acre pasture that had not been grazed since March. “The farmer wondered what the risk of fescue foot and other related problems brought on by ergot alkaloids would be if pregnant heifers were allowed to graze it,” said Cole.

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Hay Testing for Efficient Winter Feeding

Hay Testing for Efficient Winter Feeding

Christine Gelley

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

As this year comes to an end, most Ohio graziers are probably feeding a good portion of hay as a part of their animals’ daily ration. Even if there is a supply of stockpiled forage available, we tend to make hay available just in case they need a little extra. It is likely that grain is also part of that daily ration. Well, how do you know how much hay, grain, and pasture they need?

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USDA needs to get out of the regulation business

USDA needs to get out of the regulation business

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

I’ve noticed the social media twits are aflame because USDA withdrew one if its organic rules — in this case a rule which tried to define and regulate animal welfare as part of the organic standards. I say bring on more deregulation.

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CAB opts for USDA grading modernization

CAB opts for USDA grading modernization

Steve Suther

The Fence Post

It’s no big deal, literally, but grading rules that applied needless discounts to a tiny fraction of carcasses are no more for most beef. As of Dec. 18, all graded beef in the U.S. can be evaluated for the most youthful “A” maturity category based on dentition as well as traditional skeletal metrics when assigning quality grades.

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Low-stress handling more effective than conventional stockmanship

Low-stress handling more effective than conventional stockmanship

Carol Ryan Dumas

Capital Press

Fourth-generation Montana rancher Whit Hibbard worked livestock for nearly 40 years before he was introduced to low-stress handling. It took him that long to understand the way he had handled livestock had a cost. And he was slow to put that together because he never got a bill for the losses incurred from bad handling, he told ranchers at his stockmanship school sponsored by University of Idaho Extension.

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FMD drill helps for preparedness

FMD drill helps for preparedness

Jennifer Carrico

High Plains Journal

Having a plan of what to do in the case of a foreign animal outbreak such as foot-and-mouth disease is important for livestock producers. Members of the National Pork Board staff perform FMD preparedness drills around the country to help livestock producers, emergency management personnel, veterinarians, feed mill operators and the general public to understand how the disease would affect daily operations.

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Hereford’s genetic evaluation takes quantum leap forward

Hereford’s genetic evaluation takes quantum leap forward

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

The American Hereford Association (AHA) recently implemented a completely new, ground-breaking genetic analysis. Hereford now has the most sophisticated and up-to-date genetic analysis in the industry.

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