Daily Archives: March 15, 2019

Why Animal Rights Is the Next Frontier for the Left

Why Animal Rights Is the Next Frontier for the Left

Emily Atkin

The New Republic

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.

. . . Crucial elements of the contemporary progressive agenda—protecting the environment; protecting marginalized communities; rolling back the unfettered capitalist exploitation of the planet and its inhabitants; and expanding our understanding of what constitutes a victim—all overlap with the issue of animal rights. As those particular priorities claim center stage in ambitious proposals such as the Green New Deal, the question of what to do about animals will become central. More than that—it will be unavoidable.

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Behavior temperament scoring in replacement heifers

Behavior temperament scoring in replacement heifers

Bruce Derksen

Canadian Cattlemen

Due to consumers’ perpetual concerns regarding animal welfare, producers are displaying a renewed interest in the study of temperament behavior in beef cattle. Producers are also searching for legitimate technology and data to keep them on the cutting edge in their operational and financial decisions. They face more and more studies out of universities and colleges, with results that may or may not be relevant to their personal operations.

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68th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

68th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course

SouthEast AgNet

The 68th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course will be held May 8-10 in Gainesville. This year’s theme is “Connecting the Dots, Calf to Carcass”, where participants can take away new knowledge about the beef cattle industry’s future direction, and more.

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Tap Into Your Toolbox

Tap Into Your Toolbox

Brent Tanner

Utah Cattleman Seedstock Edition 2019 

Tools! Every rancher has them. Every day we use them. For each individual rancher, the definition of what comprises a good set of tools is different. For some, their tools are immaculately lined up in order like the local high school marching band. Each tool in its designated place wiped clean and shining waiting for the moment to jump to work. For others the tool box may be filled with a jumbled accumulation of grandpa’s hand-me-down tools, a few discount tools that the kids gifted you for Father’s Day and whatever you found on the county road that fell off the neighbor’s pickup as he rounded the corner. Whatever your tool box looks like, one thing for certain, you are sure glad to have the necessary tool when you need it.

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Sim-Angus™ Genetics Tolerate the High Altitude Environments

Sim-Angus™ Genetics Tolerate the High Altitude Environments

Rachel Spencer

Sim Talk

The Field name has been synonymous with Colorado ranching for generations. A sign of the times, the cattle operation is now a family-owned LLC headquartered in Gunnison, Colorado. Tom Field, along with his brothers, Mike and Pat, make up the ownership of this operation with the longtime, expert on-ranch management of Mike Wilmore. Beginning in the 1880s, the ranch was a Hereford operation, like many in the Gunnison area were at their onset and remain today. When Tom Field graduated from college in the early 1980s, he purchased the first Angus genetics and began crossbreeding, making Fl black baldies.

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POMPES Disease

POMPES Disease

Macee Prause

Brangus Journal

Pompes disease is an inherited, autosomal recessive genetic condition. PD is a neuromuscular disease that can be genetically identified as: a two base pair SNP deletion known as the E7 mutation found in Brahman and Brahman-influence cattle; a nonsense mutation known as the E13 mutation found in Brahman and Brahman-influenced cattle; or a two base pair SNP deletion known as the E18 mutation more commonly found in Shorthorns or Shorthorn-influenced cattle. All three mutations are due to deficiency in essential activity acidic a-glucosidase (AAG).

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Cow Size and Success in the Beef Business

Cow Size and Success in the Beef Business

Kris Ringwald

Cow Country News

What do you do with a group of 98 heifers in which 5 percent have a frame score of 1 and 2, 11 percent have a frame score of 3, 21 percent have a frame score of 4, 28 percent have a frame score of 5, 27 percent have a frame score of 6 and 8 percent have a frame score of 7 and 8? A coffee break would be a good time to discuss the heifers and figure out a good approach to managing them. Actually, the heifers are from the breeding herds at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The center maintains two particular groups of cattle.

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Impacts of Silage (Mis)Management

Impacts of Silage (Mis)Management


Forage quality is the Achilles’ heel for any ruminant nutritionist. The better the forage is coming out of storage, the better the nutritionist. Undesirable micro-organisms include Salmonella, E coli O157:H7, other coliforms, Listeria, Clostridials, Cryptospordia, yeast and molds. Many of these organisms are normally found in the environment or may be transferred to crops when manure is applied before harvest. The key to minimizing their impact is managing the ensiling process such that they do not have the opportunity to proliferate or survive during fermentation or feed-out.

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Predicting High Androstenedione in Cows with Reduced Fertility

Predicting High Androstenedione in Cows with Reduced Fertility

Dr. Emily Taylor

American Society of Animal Science

Dr. Cupp began her discussion by briefly describing the overall goals of a cow-calf producer – heifer development and rebreeding of cows at a low cost. However, one challenge that producers have in meeting these goals, is cattle that are anovulatory. This means that for some reason, heifers and cows are not ovulating oocytes, causing a decrease in overall conception rates and subsequent calving rates.

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Tyson Foods Is Using DNA to Prove the Pedigree of Premium Beef

Tyson Foods Is Using DNA to Prove the Pedigree of Premium Beef

Lydia Mulvany

Bloomberg News

Responding to consumer demands for traceability, Tyson Foods Inc. plans to use DNA samples from elite cattle to track steaks, roasts and even ground beef back to the ranches the animals grew up on. Consumer research keeps showing that shoppers are demanding to know where their food comes from, said Kent Harrison, vice president of marketing and premium programs at Tyson Fresh Meats.

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