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Growth Hormones and the Environment

I consider myself a scientist first then an educator.  It can be "entertaining" to read what the latest research is.  Most is nothing to be excited about but those with headlines that pertain to animal agriculture usually will receive more than a cursory look.  The most recent article that I read pertains to growth hormones and the environment. The aforementioned article "Coupled revers...

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Consumers don't care that farmers are feeding the world

Posted by Teresa Steckler -

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. However, the latest research from The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) shows that most consumers don'...

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2015 Feed Composition Tables

Every year I am asked about the nutritional value of feedstuffs and each year Beef Magazine provides a feed composition table in either on-line form or as a downloadable PDF file.  This table provides 280 commonly used cattle feedstuffs and their nutritional breakdown; however,...

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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 impact on the entire beef and pork industry, according to new research fr...

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Calfhood vaccination to prevent post-weaning BRD

Posted by Teresa Steckler - Disease

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 Organization and professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. ...

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Grass tetany prevention

Pastures and small grain fields are finally green, and livestock producers have already put their livestock out on pasture.  However, keep in mind the risk of grass tetany. Grass tetany is caused by low blood magnesium (Mg) level. Magnesium is one of the macro minerals required by animals and it is involved in crucial metabolic functions such as the transmission of nerve impulses and muscl...

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