Daily Archives: August 19, 2020

What Happened at the NCBA Summer Conference. . . A Lot!


What Happened at the NCBA Summer Conference. . .  A Lot!

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Plan to prevent, prepare to treat calf scours

Plan to prevent, prepare to treat calf scours

Morgan Marley

Angus Journal

Sometimes the best treatment plans fail, and leave lasting effects on calf performance. That’s why Mark Alley, senior technical service veterinarian at Zoetis, says ranchers should try to get ahead of the problem.

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Soybeans in silage: Making it possible and palatable

Soybeans in silage: Making it possible and palatable

Dan Undersander

Progressive Forage

Soybeans can be harvested as a hay or silage crop. Soybean forage, similar to most legumes, tends to be high in protein and low in fiber (relative to grasses), making soybeans an excellent forage if harvested properly.

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NCBA Adopts Policy To Support U.S. CattleTrace

NCBA Adopts Policy To Support U.S. CattleTrace


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) board of directors adopted a new policy in support of U.S. CattleTrace and its mission of advancing disease traceability in the U.S. cattle industry. The policy resolution was brought forward by state cattlemen’s associations in Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

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In Idaho history, agriculture headlines before statehood often mentioned ‘Texas cattle’

In Idaho history, agriculture headlines before statehood often mentioned ‘Texas cattle’

Arthur Hart

Idaho Statesman

“TEXAS CATTLE” was the headline on a Statesman story on Sept. 7, 1869. The cattle had been driven all the way from Texas to Owyhee County, and would winter on the Bruneau River near the mouths of Sinker and Reynolds creeks. In November, J.H. Whitson wrote a letter to the Statesman “warning of ‘Spanish Fever’ which is caught from Texas cattle by native stock, killing them off. It is also notorious that Texas cattle are now being driven into our Territory in large numbers.”

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COVID-19 shifts feeder cattle placement pattern

COVID-19 shifts feeder cattle placement pattern

Lee Schulz

Wallaces Farmer

Almost all July 1 inventory estimates in USDA’s biannual Cattle Report were within 1 percentage point of July 1, 2019 levels. Several factors complicate interpreting the numbers. The list includes large slaughter disruptions in April and May, the prevailing backlog of fed cattle, changes in timing and weight of feedlot placements, drought in some areas, and a less stable economic outlook.

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OSU survey targets key elements of beef cattle production

OSU survey targets key elements of beef cattle production

The Claremore Daily Progress

“We are integrating information from producers, veterinarians and feedlot operators to get the full picture, which will be helpful information for our beef producers across the state,” said Courtney Bir, OSU Extension agricultural economist and research team member.

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CRISPR in Cattle – Part 1

CRISPR in Cattle – Part 1

Tim Hammerich


“CRISPR is a tool that can be used to introduce useful genetic variation into our cattle breeding programs. And it enables us to do targeted alterations to the genome and maybe inactivate genes that make cattle susceptible to disease, or give them the ability to be more heat tolerant. Traits that will better suit them to the environment and to have improved health.”

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History of America’s meat-processing industry

History of America’s meat-processing industry

Andrew Lisa

Jackson Progress Argus

The animal industry produces 52 billion pounds of meat and 48 billion pounds of poultry every year. That comes from 2.2 million sheep and lambs, 32.2 million cattle and calves, 121 million hogs, 242 million turkeys, and an astonishing 9 billion chickens—again that’s the number of animals whose lives are sacrificed for human consumption every single year in the U.S. alone.

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USDA advances RFID tag program for cattle disease traceability

USDA advances RFID tag program for cattle disease traceability

Beef Magazine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently awarded contracts to purchase up to 8 million low-frequency radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags, which will help increase overall animal disease traceability in cattle and bison.

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