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The Cattle Blog 2014

USDA strengthens procedures for detecting unsafe ground beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source more quickly, remove it from commerce, and find the root cause of the incident to prevent it from...
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The US Beef Cow Sector is Changing

I think that the USDA does a great job in telling us what we may know, but just don't have the data to substantiate.  While I already provided you with a link to the 2012 Ag Census, there are additional data that I think is interesting especially since it concerns beef cow operations.  The weather...
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2012 Census of Agriculture reveals new farming trends

I have been waiting for the 2012 Census of Ag.  There is always something interesting however here are the highlights.  *  The 2012 Census of Agriculture shows a nationwide drop in land devoted to agricultural production from 922 million acres in 2007 to less than 915 million acres.  -  States...
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Nutritional Value of Distiller's Grains is Changing

Producers cannot seem to catch a break.  Drought for several years has hampered hay production.  Also the rains of spring last year hampered hay production.  Commodity prices have been high; although corn is down to around $4.25.  Now plants will begin to remove most of the oil in co-products. ...
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Climate Change - Issues with Terminology and Our Future

By: Ben Potter, Farm Journal Technology Editor Climate change can be a difficult topic of discussion, especially when the mainstream media does a poor job covering it, says Chris Anderson, the assistant director of Iowa State University's Climate Science Program. "What you hear on TV is...
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Do GMO Feeds Harm Livestock?

There are a few hot-button issues that seem to be flash points in generating heated debate about the safety of our food supply. Perhaps one of the most volatile of those flash points is whether or not genetically engineered (GE) foods, often called genetically modified organism or GMOs, are...
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“2,000 Bull Project” targets cattle traits

Written by: Sandra Avant, ARS News Service Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are investigating methods to help beef cattle producers further improve genetic evaluations for routinely measured traits such as growth and calving ease. They are also targeting economically important...
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Time of feeding influences when cows calve

I found this short, but great article.  I do know that it works!As calving season approaches, think about how to make your job easier and potentially save more calves at calving. Calving season can be challenging for producers. Long hours, not enough labor, and Mother Nature are only a few...
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Effects of post-AI nutrition management on pregnancy results

Here's an interesting read.  I found this on the BovineVet website. Maintaining high levels of nutrition plays an important role in a cow's reproductive performance, but recent research from two separate studies indicates that nutritional management immediately following artificial insemination...
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Beef checkoff investment pays off: study

I found this article interesting.  With IL attempting to have a referendum, it may help shed some light. Every dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.20 to the beef industry, according to a study by Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University. "It is...
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Cause of infertility in cattle found

FOLLOWING on the discovery of a genetic mutation in certain breeds of dairy cattle that links high milk production to infertility (Feedstuffs, Jan. 13), researchers in Germany reported another genetic defect linked to infertility in cattle. To verify the small anomaly that may have "...
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Researchers Study New Class of Animal Deworming Agent

Hello all,I thought this is a rather important topic for cattlemen - parasite resistance to dewormers.  While I have provided programming to small ruminant producers about anthelmintic resistance, it is also an issue for cattlemen.  If we keep using dewormers indiscriminately, we may lose the...
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