Daily Archives: February 26, 2018

Artificial insemination helps improve herd genetics and reduces labor at calving

Artificial insemination helps improve herd genetics and reduces labor at calving

Raylene Nickel

Successful Farming

Artificial insemination (AI) is a critical herd-management tool for Bruce and Tena Ketchum, Plevna, Montana. For more than 25 years, they’ve used AI in both their commercial and purebred herds of Red Angus. They depend on it to provide genetic improvement as well as labor savings at calving time.

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Breeders Must Improve Heat Detection

Breeders Must Improve Heat Detection

Whitney Whitworth

Cattle Today

Artificial insemination can be one of the most powerful tools used on a ranch. It allows for use of supreme sires, control of possible disease transmission and also reduces the need to buy and keep as many bulls. It does require a great deal of planning, special training, and special facilities. If there is any area that most operations can improve on, it is in heat detection.

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Transferring Technology

Transferring Technology

Logan Jackson

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

The Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources boasts many strengths, including its vast research and work with beef cattle reproduction and genetics. The faculty, who have responsibilities in research, teaching, extension and economic development, are experts in taking their findings and sharing them with farmers, ranchers and the Missouri community as a whole.

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Idaho legislator proposes farm trespassing bill

Idaho legislator proposes farm trespassing bill

Ag Daily

A bill aimed at strengthening the state’s statutes regarding trespassing on farms is headed to the Idaho House floor, but not without opposition. Last week the Idaho House Agricultural Affairs Committee voted 14-1 to send Rep. Judy Boyle’s, Trespass Bill, HB 536 to the floor for further consideration.

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Fescue Poisoning

Fescue Poisoning

Gary D. Osweiler, DVM, MS, PhD

Merck Veterinary Manual

Fescue lameness, which resembles ergot poisoning, is believed to be caused by ergot alkaloids, especially ergovaline, produced by the endophyte fungus Neotyphodium coenophialum in tall fescue grass (Lolium arundinaceum, formerly Festuca arundinacea). It begins with lameness in one or both hindfeet and may progress to necrosis of the distal part of the affected limb(s). The tail and ears also may be affected independently of the lameness. In addition to gangrene of these extremities, animals may show loss of body mass, an arched back, and a rough coat. Outbreaks have been confirmed in cattle, and similar lesions have been reported in sheep.

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BQA Transport Program Underway

BQA Transport Program Underway

John Maday


While most Americans will never visit a cattle operation, they probably see cattle trucks and trailers on the highway, and what they see can influence their perception of the entire cattle industry. The transport phase is the most publicly visible activity in the beef-production cycle, says Chase DeCoite, associate director of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) programs for the National. Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). And beyond public perceptions, transport between pastures or between operations presents challenges and opportunities in protecting beef quality and animal welfare.

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Why NAFTA talks are crucial to ag

Why NAFTA talks are crucial to ag

Jason Henderson

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Will the U.S. eventually make good on its threat to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada? Nothing is guaranteed, but most experts say there are better odds of reaching some sort of renegotiated treaty than outright withdrawal.

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Advice for small beef cattle operations

Advice for small beef cattle operations

Emily Buxton Adams

Coshocton Tribune

Once you have those handling facilities, there is an opportunity to reduce the number of high quality bulls needed by utilizing AI and estrus synchronization programs. This will allow any size herd to maintain a much tighter calving season, thus having more similar size calves to manage and market each year. Also, purchasing bred replacement females rather than raising heifer calves give some more options.

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USDA Releases 10 Year Ag Projections: Beef consumption expected to rise

USDA Releases 10 Year Ag Projections: Beef consumption expected to rise

Traci Eatherton

Tri State Livestock News

Over the next ten years, the agricultural sector is expected to continue to adjust to lower prices for most farm commodities and relatively low energy prices. But per capita use of red meat and poultry is projected to rise from roughly 218 pounds per person in 2017 to 222 pounds by 2027, according to a new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service.

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Grass-fed beef conference set for May 31-June 1 at Texas A&M

Grass-fed beef conference set for May 31-June 1 at Texas A&M

Blair Fannin

Agrilife Today

Producers interested in learning more about grass-fed beef as well as potential marketing opportunities will receive in-depth instruction at a May 31-June 1 conference at Texas A&M University in College Station. “This is a comprehensive program covering all aspects of grass-fed beef production,” said Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in College Station and conference instructor. “We will discuss cattle types best suited for grass-fed beef options as well as sustainable production systems.

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