Daily Archives: January 7, 2019

Nose pump provides water in cold weather with no electricity.

Nose pump provides water in cold weather with no electricity.

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Cold weather can create challenges in pastures where there’s no electricity for pumping water or heating a stock tank. Jim Anderson, a rancher near Rimbey, Alta., Canada, solved winter water problems by creating a system in which cattle themselves pump water that won’t freeze. He uses a piston pump, like the old-fashioned well in which a person works a handle up and down to lift water.

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Ultrasound for pregnancy shows accuracy and growth in popularity

Ultrasound for pregnancy shows accuracy and growth in popularity

Danielle Schlegel

Progressive Cattleman

Pregnancy detection. If only it were as easy to do as it is to say. Luckily, for those who regularly find themselves tasked with determining what females in a herd are open or bred, manual palpation isn’t the only option.

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Mycotoxins may also infect pasture grasses

Mycotoxins may also infect pasture grasses

Tim Lundeen

Feedstuffs

Throughout history, outbreaks of illness and disease in people and animals have occurred where the true cause was unknown, and such challenges have fueled the pursuit of identifying causal agents such as a bacteria, viruses or fungi, Biomin ruminant technical manager Paige Gott wrote in a recent post on the Biomin “Mycotoxins” blog.

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Are Your Pastures Poisonous?

Are Your Pastures Poisonous?

Dr. Dennis Hancock

University of Georgia

What would you do if you found out that there was a poison hiding somewhere in your pastures? What would you do if you found out that it was lowering your weaning weights by 60-90 lbs/head or reducing gains on your stockers by 40%?

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Hidden revolution in beef genetics

Hidden revolution in beef genetics

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

“Before, as a commercial bull buyer, you ran the risk of making incorrect bull-buying decisions if you weren’t using EPDs. That risk is now significantly greater,” says Matt Spangler, beef genetics specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Learn from feeder calf buyers

Learn from feeder calf buyers

Robert Fears

Progressive Cattleman

Cow-calf producers can easily become complacent with their type of cattle and management style. Complacency, however, sometimes prevents the capture of premium prices for feeder calves.

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These are the technology advances that could end animal farming

These are the technology advances that could end animal farming

Angela Chen

The Verge

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

On the very first page of The End of Animal Farming, author Jacy Reese makes it clear that the book is not about why animal farming is bad. There have been plenty of books chronicling the damage caused by factory farms, but his book is about how to solve animal farming itself.

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Temple Grandin reveals her two greatest fears to Georgia 4-H members

Temple Grandin reveals her two greatest fears to Georgia 4-H members

Sadie Lackey

On The Farm Radio

emple Grandin, world-renowned animal agriculture consultant and advocate for the autism community, is no stranger to overcoming challenges. So when Grandin stepped to the podium and told a crowd of young people to think their problems through and face what scares them, they listened.

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Finding a different niche in the beef industry

Finding a different niche in the beef industry

George Haws

North Platte Telegraph

his is ranching country, where cattle graze on pastures throughout the Sandhills, grass ravines of southwest Nebraska and beyond. Over winter, cattle feed on stalks in harvested cornfields. As cattle approach market size, they are transitioned to a diet high in corn grain to produce tasty steaks, ribeyes and other cuts. Most cattle are raised with antibiotics and growth hormones. Those are all practices that are recommended by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and backed up by research, said Travis Mulliniks, range nutritionist for UNL Extension, based in North Platte.

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How a Uruguayan town revolutionised the way we eat

How a Uruguayan town revolutionised the way we eat

Shafik Meghji

BBC

“The company claimed it used every part of the cow except for the moo,” said Diana Cerilla, guiding me into the heart of what she calls the ‘killing room’. In the 1930s, as many as 1,600 cows a day – plus thousands of sheep, pigs, chickens and other animals – met their end in this slaughterhouse, before being processed, packaged and exported around the world. I scanned the grisly array of hooks, pulleys, wheels, chains, conveyors and scales, immobile but ominous, and started to shiver.

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