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The Cattle Blog 2015

Calfhood vaccination to prevent post-weaning BRD

Phil Griebel, DVM, PhD, presented research results suggesting vaccinating newborn calves, using a modified live, intranasal vaccine, can provide protection against pathogens causing bovine respiratory disease later in life.Griebel is a research fellow at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease...
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Cattle Handling Facilites

Last week Travis and I presented to the Monroe County Cattlemen's Association.  It was a great meeting.  Part of the program included safely handling cattle and designs of cattle handling facilities.  Although many may feel that right now is not the time to spend money on facilities, I would differ...
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COOL report shows producer, consumer losses

Hello all,I was reading Feedstuffs and came across this article.  Thus the following information is taken from their site." The mandatory country-of-origin labeling rule for meat has yet to provide observed demand increases, but has resulted in increased costs which have had an adverse economic...
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USDA predicts net farm cash and income will drop in 2015

The nation's farms should prepare to see lower net cash and net income for 2015 if projections from USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) prove true. ERS is forecasting that net cash income for U.S. farms is expected to fall by 27.7 percent in 2015 while net farm income is expected to drop by...
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How much can I pay for a bred heifer?

Hello all,It's a new year and I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  Due to the hectic holiday season and breeding schedule at DSAC I haven't posted much since December, but that doesn't mean there aren't many issues for cattlemen.  I came across this article from...
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Consumers don't care that farmers are feeding the world

I was reading several articles, trying to catch up and found this very interesting article (it was on the Drovers website).  This is what the article said: "We're feeding the world" is a mantra often used by those involved in farming and food to build support for modern food production systems....
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Antibiotic alternative aids immune response

Everyone knows that there is a huge debate about antibiotic resistance and the cause(s).  I will not even address that issue in this column - there's not enough space here, plus it is a multifaceted problem.  I read the following article in...
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Cover crops info at the click of a mouse

Cover crops are receiving much attention from grain and livestock producers.  Cover crops can help reduce soil erosion, increase organic matter, improve early weed control, and provide forage for animals. They can also benefit the public by improving water quality, air quality, and wildlife...
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Mother nature has turned up the heat

It's that time of year and there are numerous management items that all livestock producers must keep in mind.  The temperature in southern IL has heated up this week with temps in the 90s during the day and high humidity.  The one saving grace is that there is a breeze. Nevertheless, cattle...
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Antibiotic kills pathogens without resistance

Sometimes I find articles that potentially have broad application; human, livestock, etc.  This appears promising, but is still many years away from practical use. For years, pathogens' resistance to antibiotics has put them one step ahead of researchers, which is causing a public health crisis...
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Looking for beef info online

IN an era when consumers have a wealth of information at their fingertips, where do they turn for recommendations on meat purchasing? That's the question assistant professor of consumer economics Kuo-Liang "Matt" Chang and a team of South Dakota State University researchers sought to answer...
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Analyst dissects latest world beef trade data

By Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University extension livestock marketing specialist Among top global beef exporters, the 2016 market situation is quite variable according to the latest USDA World Markets and Trade report for livestock and poultry. India passed Brazil in 2014 to become the No. 1...
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New app features reproduction management info, BEEF news

As they say there's an app for that.  I was reading and found this article and if you have a smart phone and use apps, then maybe consider downloading this one.University of Tennessee (UT) Extension IT Specialist Brad Greenfield and UT Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Justin Rhinehart have...
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Researchers detect antibiotic residues in feedyard dust

There has been many articles published on antibiotic resistance.  I usually try to read all of them, but this one really caught my eye.  I have NOT read the journal article, thus I have NOT seen how the analyses were performed.  Nevertheless, if what is in the article is...
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USDA proposes modifications to ADT rules

Last week, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed a series of amendments to its Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) regulations. Specifically, the proposal would modify how the agency approves livestock marketing facilities that receive animals in interstate...
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