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FDA releases report on antimicrobial sales

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published its fourth annual report summarizing the sales and distribution data of antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals. Additional data tables have been added to this latest 2012 report to provide more detailed information...

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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 traits like feed efficiency and disease resistance that are expensive or difficult to measur...

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Effects of frame-size and time-on-pasture on carcass and beef traits of grass-fed beef

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Pasture

by Taking Stock Contributor By Anne Zinn, ASAS Communications A two-year study appearing in the October issue of the Journal of Animal Science examined the effects of frame size and time-on-pasture (TOP) on carcass composition and tenderness in a forage-based finishing system...

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Cost Of Developing 2014 Heifer Calves Will Be Record High

I found this article by Harlan Hughes ( a North Dakota State University professor emeritus ) ; an interesting read. With cattle prices up and feed costs down, many producers outside the major drought areas are contemplating holding back additional replacement heifers from their 2014 c...

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Calm cattle and carcass quality

Easily excitable cattle can be dangerous to themselves and cattle-handling personnel. And according to a recent project conducted at North Dakota State University, they may also have lower quality carcasses than calmer cattle. The study, which was conducted from August 2013 to February 2014, looked at the relationship between temperament, feeding behavior, growth performance and carcass c...

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Century-Old Mystery Solved; Bluetongue Transmission Cracked

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Disease

For more than a century, a livestock disease mystery has stumped producers and veterinarians alike—how does bluetongue disease overwinter? The answer is the virus survives the winter by reproducing in the tiny midges that transmit it, report veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis. The disease cycle was confusing—bluetongue is most prevalent when midges...

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