Daily Archives: February 22, 2018

Baxter Black, DVM:  Heifer’s Hood Ornament

Baxter Black, DVM:  Heifer’s Hood Ornament

I read somewhere that the average “practice life span” of a large animal vet is eight years. After they quit L.A. practice they go into small animal practice, government work, industry, university, research or some other less hazardous profession.

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FARM Act would exempt farms from emissions reporting

FARM Act would exempt farms from emissions reporting

Nicole Heslip

Brownfield Network

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager says grassroots support from ag groups was critical in securing support from both sides of the aisle for the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act.  “The FARM Act exempts agriculture from having to report poop smells to the government under the superfund law.”

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Is it feedlot, grass-fed, or something in between?

Is it feedlot, grass-fed, or something in between?

Matt Poore

Hay and Forage

In recent years, there has been a broader choice in finished beef available to consumers. The supply of “grass-fed beef” has risen, and it always raises some controversy within the industry because it gives consumers a clear choice in the kind of production system the beef comes from.

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The Importance of Convenience Traits in Beef Cattle

The Importance of Convenience Traits in Beef Cattle

David Kirkpatrick

University of Tennessee

Convenience traits are those cattle traits that contribute directly to savings in time, facilities, drugs and labor in a cow-calf enterprise. Some examples of these traits are temperament, polledness, structural and udder soundness, disease and pest resistance, heat tolerance, doing or “fleshing” ability, mothering ability, and calving ease. Many are not highly heritable but contribute to the ease of participating in and enjoying the beef cattle industry.

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Is Leptospirosis Lurking?

Is Leptospirosis Lurking?

John Maday

Drovers

Cow-calf profits depend largely on reproduction, with relatively small reductions or gains in calving rates having significant impact on annual returns. And while reproductive diseases such as leptospirosis can play a role, a broad approach toward addressing infertility can provide lasting benefits.

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James Coffelt minimizes labor inputs and finds innovative marketing channels for his cattle.

James Coffelt minimizes labor inputs and finds innovative marketing channels for his cattle.

Gail Keck

Ohio Farmer

The view to the east from James Coffelt’s ranch house shows few signs of human influence, with rolling grasslands, tree-covered ravines and a sparkling pond. In reality, though, the landscape was once reshaped by strip mining and then restored as rangeland.

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Does the Severity of Winter Temperatures Have an Impact on Spring-Born Calf Birth Weights?

Does the Severity of Winter Temperatures Have an Impact on Spring-Born Calf Birth Weights?

Dr. Glenn Selk

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Does the severity (coldness or mildness) of the winter have an impact on spring-born calf birth weights? Ranchers have asked that question during many springs and veterinarians have speculated for years. The debate rages on! This is obviously a difficult subject to research because you cannot have a “control” group of cows to compare to a “treatment” group that is exposed to a cold winter while still running on the same pasture. Therefore research data on this subject is limited.

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