Artificial insemination helps improve herd genetics and reduces labor at calving
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.
Breeders Must Improve Heat Detection
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.
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.
Idaho legislator proposes farm trespassing bill
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.
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.
BQA Transport Program Underway
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.
Why NAFTA talks are crucial to ag
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.