Bovine viral diarrhea: Why one strain hitting so many herds?

Bovine viral diarrhea: Why one strain hitting so many herds?

Ann Hess

AgDaily

Bovine viral diarrhea virus is a coat of many colors. As Dr. Stephen Foulke, professional service veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim points out, we may call it bovine viral diarrhea virus, or BVDV for short, but diarrhea is probably one of the least common symptoms when it comes to the disease.

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How federal tax reform will, and won’t, help farmers

How federal tax reform will, and won’t, help farmers

American Agriculturalist

We’ve read stories about the Tax Reform Act will help everybody. But what do you see as the greatest opportunity for farmers to benefit? Taxpayer-friendly relief The law is one thing; yet-to-be-written regulations (details) are another. But doubling the standard deduction is likely to reduce itemizers from 30% of taxpayers to 10%. That means a less complicated national return, and who doesn’t like less complication?

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As beef production grows, MU economist hopes demand stays strong

As beef production grows, MU economist hopes demand stays strong

Samantha Athey

FarmTalk

From cattle prices to dry weather, ranchers in the Four States have a lot on their minds these days. These issues and others were hot topics at the 49th annual Beef Cattlemen’s Conference held recently in Monett, Missouri. “We start 2018 here with some higher calf prices,” said Scott Brown, University of Missouri agricultural economist. “It’s been a very nice start to the year. I, in many ways, think we could find 2018 to be very similar to the kind of year we had in 2017.”

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Baxter Black, DVM:  Heifer’s Hood Ornament

Baxter Black, DVM:  Heifer’s Hood Ornament

I read somewhere that the average “practice life span” of a large animal vet is eight years. After they quit L.A. practice they go into small animal practice, government work, industry, university, research or some other less hazardous profession.

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FARM Act would exempt farms from emissions reporting

FARM Act would exempt farms from emissions reporting

Nicole Heslip

Brownfield Network

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager says grassroots support from ag groups was critical in securing support from both sides of the aisle for the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act.  “The FARM Act exempts agriculture from having to report poop smells to the government under the superfund law.”

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Is it feedlot, grass-fed, or something in between?

Is it feedlot, grass-fed, or something in between?

Matt Poore

Hay and Forage

In recent years, there has been a broader choice in finished beef available to consumers. The supply of “grass-fed beef” has risen, and it always raises some controversy within the industry because it gives consumers a clear choice in the kind of production system the beef comes from.

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The Importance of Convenience Traits in Beef Cattle

The Importance of Convenience Traits in Beef Cattle

David Kirkpatrick

University of Tennessee

Convenience traits are those cattle traits that contribute directly to savings in time, facilities, drugs and labor in a cow-calf enterprise. Some examples of these traits are temperament, polledness, structural and udder soundness, disease and pest resistance, heat tolerance, doing or “fleshing” ability, mothering ability, and calving ease. Many are not highly heritable but contribute to the ease of participating in and enjoying the beef cattle industry.

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