Daily Archives: January 22, 2018

Ten design tips for Safer Cattle Pens

Ten design tips for Safer Cattle Pens

Gala Nettles

The Cattleman

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics published in 1997, cattle are responsible for the largest number of animal-related injuries. Another study by the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department of Oklahoma State University shows the majority of those happened on cow-calf operations.

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Clarence Van Dyke a visionary in the Angus industry

Clarence Van Dyke a visionary in the Angus industry

Karin Schiley

Tri-State Livestock News

When Clarence Van Dyke bought his first Angus cows he thought they would be a hobby that would be supported by his dairy cows. Now, over 60 years later, the Van Dyke Angus Ranch is an Angus breed leader, recognized for its stringent commitment to cow quality and the VDAR prefix is known worldwide.

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What’s Drugs Got to Do With It? Misconceptions Keeping Gene Editing from Revolutionizing Animal Agriculture

What’s Drugs Got to Do With It? Misconceptions Keeping Gene Editing from Revolutionizing Animal Agriculture

Oklahoma Farm Report

“Gene editing, simply put, is just a very precise way to make targeted alterations in DNA,” she said. “It’s different from traditional GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, where you tended to be bringing in maybe a piece of DNA from a different species to give plants resistance to herbicides or whatever.”

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Behind the Static, 560-lb. Weaning Weights

Behind the Static, 560-lb. Weaning Weights

Justin Sexten

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

It looks like weaning weights have gone pretty much nowhere for 15 years. That’s according to a summary of North Dakota State University’s Cow Herd Appraisal of Performance Software (CHAPS) that presents genetic progress as functionally static since 2003. I couldn’t miss that summary, well-publicized and pointed out by just about every contact and source I know.

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8 business moguls committed to putting you out of business

8 business moguls committed to putting you out of business

Amanda Radke

Beef Magazine

It’s been debunked on this blog many times before, but no matter how many times the media tells us that a plant-based diet is the more sustainable option, the reality is we would have to eat broccoli and peanut butter in bulk to ever equal the amount of nutrition we can derive from a single 3 ounce serving of beef.

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Common Diseases of Grazing Beef Cattle

Common Diseases of Grazing Beef Cattle

Dr. John Comerford

On Pasture

The incidence of bloat in cattle grazing legumes is well documented. Bloat is caused by the rapid fermentation of legume plants that produce high levels of gas as a by-product of the fermentation. This excess gas cannot be eliminated fast enough, and the animal can die from the excess pressure on the internal organs. Its effect on reproductive efficiency is indirectly related to abortions or infertility resulting from affected animals.

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Have beef cattle reached their full potential?

Have beef cattle reached their full potential?

Hannah Oates


Some argue that comparing the FCRs of chickens to cows is like comparing apples to oranges, and their points are fair. However, even when comparing the efficiencies of dairy cattle to beef cattle, beef cattle still come up short. If beef cattle were metabolically efficient like dairy cows, then by extrapolation, beef cattle would reach a weight of about 2 tons by two years of age. This is clearly unreasonable.

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