Daily Archives: July 8, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM: Ol’ Rookie

Baxter Black, DVM:  Ol’ Rookie

Old dogs. They write songs about’em and watermelon wine. They have sayings about ‘em learning new tricks. They even name feet after them, i.e., “My ol’ dogs are shore tired!”

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Objectivity in Sorting Embryos

Objectivity in Sorting Embryos

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

In a cooperative study, researchers in human and livestock reproduction at Texas Tech University have demonstrated the potential for a new technique for evaluating viability of embryos used in embryo-transfer procedures.

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Size matters

Size matters

Pearl Benjamin

Village Soup

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.

Last month, an organization called Animal Recovery Mission released a video titled “The Biggest Undercover Dairy Investigation in History– Fair Oaks Farms and Coca Cola.” It included filmed clips of employees and animals at the largest dairy operation in the U.S., taken during a three month long investigation conducted by ARM.

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President Eisenhower: Farmer and Angus Cattle Breeder

President Eisenhower: Farmer and Angus Cattle Breeder

Wyatt Bechtel


Since the start of the United States a number of presidents have traced their roots back to farming and ranching. Many presidents maintained farms and ranches during their terms in office. Those agriculture operations also served as retreats from the day-to-day grind of serving in the White House.

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Ryegrass Works Well in Water-damaged Pastures

Ryegrass Works Well in Water-damaged Pastures

Kirsten Romaguera

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

In the days after Hurricane Michael swept through the Florida Panhandle last October, residents assessed the damage while relief workers and aid traveled into the area to start the recovery process.

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Four Ways to Keep Your Cows Bred During the Summer Heat

Four Ways to Keep Your Cows Bred During the Summer Heat

Vita Ferm

The summer heat can zap your energy faster than you can rattle off your favorite cow’s pedigree. A typical day of work will make most people tired but add in extreme heat and humidity and sometimes surviving feels like a job in itself. Imagine being a cow out on pasture, in both lactation and gestation.

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Beyond the ring and better for kids

Beyond the ring and better for kids

Holly Spangler

Prairie Farmer

Earlier this summer, I sat in on a speech contest … at a cattle show, of all places. Turns out, that’s the way of youth livestock shows these days, where kids compete in public speaking, livestock judging, photography, skillathons, grilling contests, advertising design competitions and more, all in an effort to develop skills in young people that will help them better their industry — and themselves.

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Feed grain options expanding for cattle

Feed grain options expanding for cattle

John McKinnon

Canadian Cattlemen

One of the questions I get from beef producers relates to the relative feeding value of the various feed grains. Typically this question has focused on barley, wheat and oat grain. However, increasingly producers are asking how corn grain compares as both an energy and protein source. While to some this may seem like a no-brainer, there are subtle differences between these grains that can dramatically influence feeding value.

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Fair Oaks Farms case: Witness says the video was coerced

Fair Oaks Farms case: Witness says the video was coerced


New information released from the Newton County Prosecutor Attorney’s Office says the Animal Recovery Mission’s employee coerced the abuse depicted in the Fair Oaks Farms undercover investigation video, significantly undermining the credibility of the footage and shifting the negative spotlight toward the activist organization. The founder of ARM, however, is denying the claims that the employee had anything to do with the recorded abuse.

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Producers must know how to protect cattle from summer stress

Producers must know how to protect cattle from summer stress

Brent Plugge

Kearney Hub

First, it’s important to understand the relationship between temperature and humidity, with help from the Temperature Humidity Index. The THI Cattle Chart at https://go.unl.edu/hpjy will help producers determine heat stress risk levels when planning to handle cattle during summer months.

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