AgriLife Research to study prenatal stress impacts in cattle
A $382,800 federal grant will fund research to identify the impacts of prenatal stress on beef cattle DNA, white blood cells, other tissue and subsequent changes in genetics related to temperament, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Ron Randel, AgriLife Research physiologist, said the three-year grant will finance research focused on the “effect of prenatal stress on DNA methylation and correspondence with gene expression in cattle” at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton.
Employing an effective recordkeeping strategy can help in more ways than one.
The late nights of backtracking expenses and income, the headaches of identifying to which entity those expenses belong and the seemingly endless conversations with the accountant are finally over — for now. As the 2017 tax season comes to a close, now is the time to evaluate recordkeeping methods from last year and to adopt new ones to increase efficiency for 2018.
Why Red Devon?
We all have reasons for the choosing the breed of livestock we raise. Don explains why Red Devons work for him. First off let me be up front this is not an endorsement for Red Devon cattle, this is just one man’s opinion. This past December we bought a small herd of Red Devon cattle. And since this past December I have tried to explain to several of my cohorts in the cattle raising fraternity why Red Devon cattle. And I have to listened to questions such as, “Do you really believe that those little red cows will work for you?”
FMD vaccine allowed on mainland
Western Livestock Journal
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has authorized the movement of a modified, non-infectious version of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus from the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York to the U.S. mainland for the purposes of continued vaccine development and study.
Senators call for a review of beef merger
The Cattle Business Weekly
A group of U.S. Senators are calling for a national security review of the Brazilian acquisition of a U.S. beef company. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, along with Ranking Senate Agriculture Committee Member Debbie Stabenow, and others, are urging the Committee on Foreign Investment to review the proposed purchase of National Beef Packing Company by Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods.
Temple Grandin has long been an agent of change and says individual farmers can be, too
Livestock producers, you are doing good things — at least Temple Grandin thinks so. “I have been in this industry for 45 years, and there has been a lot of improvement,” she said at Alberta Farm Animal Care’s Livestock Care Conference last month. But the problem is that so few people — including, sometimes, producers themselves — realize the gains that have been made.
Pre-birth nutrition can impact calf’s lifetime performance
High Plains Journal
Some aspects of a calf’s life-time performance are affected by nutrition while in utero. The nutrients present in the pre-birth environment can affect life-time productivity and influence if the calf becomes a good cow or a bad cow, according to Professor Jim Drackley, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois. When the individual calf’s gene expression is modified, it impacts its life-time performance. The calf’s genetic DNA, however, does not change.
Good Management Helps Reduce Grass Tetany
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Spring is here according to the calendar, but cold temperatures and many water-saturated soils have not made rotational grazing very favorable yet. However, the ground has firmed considerably the last few days in our area and predicted warmer temperatures should promote grass growth so that pasture rotations may be starting soon.
Here’s why you should use indexes rather than single-trait EPDs
Beef producers raise cattle for many reasons, But without profitability, a production system is not viable or sustainable. At least that what Darrh Bullock thinks. “There are different methods of how we reach profitability, but it is the end goal,” the animal science professor at the University of Kentucky told producers on a recent webinar hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and eBEEF.org. The webinar — Show me the money, EPDs for profit — discussed the advancement of genetic evaluation from single EPD traits to the use of a selection index.
Oklahoma wildfires cause cattle deaths
Global Meat News
According to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, 1,100 cattle had died since the fire sparked over two weeks ago, with numbers expected to rise. The devastation has prompted the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association to invite President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to visit Oklahoma to survey the damage caused by the wildfires.