Meet Cosmo, a Bull Calf Designed to Produce 75% Male Offspring
Northern AG Network
Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have successfully produced a bull calf, named Cosmo, who was genome-edited as an embryo so that he’ll produce more male offspring. The research was presented in a poster at the American Society of Animal Science meeting.
5 ways to prevent transportation stress in cattle
Transportation stress is an unavoidable factor for any beef operation. The effects of transportation stress in cattle is a challenge to rectify, however, the negative health effects incurred by transporting animals can be limited by implementing a number of good management practices. These key steps are simple and can be easily adopted by your operation today.
Mystery Seeds From China Showing Up on Indiana Doorsteps
Hoosier AG Today
Mystery seeds from China have been showing up at people’s homes in Utah, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Now, they’re showing up in Indiana as well. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture confirms there are a handful of cases here in the Hoosier state of seeds showing up in packages that look like jewelry or other small items. Don Robison, seed administrator for the Office of the Indiana State Chemist, says if you receive these seeds by mail, do not plant them or throw them away.
The toolbox of today’s cattleman consists of more than just a hammer and nails
Social media is an easily accessible tool that perhaps we as an industry haven’t fully embraced. Before you dismiss my comment as the ramblings of a young 21-year-old who is attached at the hip to her smartphone, bear with me for a moment.
USDA Seeks Nominees for the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board
Western AG Reporter
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominees for the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. Nominations are due August 12, 2020, for 24 producers and four importers. All but one member will serve three-year terms beginning February 2021 and ending February 2024. One importer will complete a one-year term due to a resignation.
Sunburn can cause significant problems for livestock
With the arrival of summer when animals become more exposed to ultraviolet light, cases of photosensitization can occur. In ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats), many causes can be caused by ingestion of certain plant species. As well, infectious causes such as liver flukes or leptospirosis can spark cases. The bottom line is that liver damage results in an accumulation of a byproduct in the skin leading to the susceptibility to sunburn.
Ballot measure to widen wolves’ comeback could threaten partnership between conservation community and agriculture
A lone black heifer wailed, wandering into white mist as night fell across a sage-studded plateau in the middle of where a wolf pack has moved into northwestern Colorado. Rancher T. Wright Dickinson looked on, frowning, aggrieved — an arch conservative westerner whose family has run cattle here since 1885 on high country spanning three states that ranks among the last large open landscapes.
USDA report is first step in beef price investigation
The purpose was to examine “whether any regulated entities violated the Packers and Stockyards Act by taking advantage of the situation through price manipulation, collusion, restrictions of competition, or other unfair practices.” The report found no wrongdoing, according to Meat and Poultry.
Temporary Fence Repair is a Must!
Heather Smith Thomas.
Recently I saw a photo that made me laugh: an old barbed-wire fence with each wire held in place by duct tape wrapped around the wire and the post. I’ve never resorted to duct tape, but I’ve used other innovative and unusual methods to patch a fence when the proper tools or materials were not readily at hand.
Divisions Deepen in the Cattle Industry Over Price Discovery
Victoria G. Myers
Cattle producers from one end of the country to the other are convinced their markets were long-ago hijacked by the “Big Four.” Namely, they blame Cargill, JBS, National Beef and Tyson—who collectively control more than 80% of the U.S. slaughter market for beef—for pricing inequities.