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April 16, 2014
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PHAGE “COCKTAIL” WIPES OUT E. COLI

A study conducted at Perdue suggests that bacteriophage treatment could be an effective tool to help ensure the safety of food products. An injection of bacteriophages, also known as “phages”, nearly eradicated a toxin-producing strain of E. coli in ground beef and spinach, in some cases decreasing E. coli concentrations by nearly 99%. This treatment is a way to use the natural antibacterial properties of phages to limit E. coli and other food born pathogens to make foods safer for consumption.
FEEDLOTS PREP FOR DISASTER

Over the past 18 months the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the Panhandle Planning Commission have worked together with feed yard managers, county judges, emergency planners and state and federal officials to develop new business plans and biosecurity measures for the agriculture population in the Texas Panhandle. This program opened people’s eyes to what could happen and why it’s important to protect Panhandle agriculture. 30% of the beef that is fed in the U.S. is fed in the Panhandle.
LIVESTOCK INDEMNITY SIGN-UP APRIL 15

Senator John Hoeven recently reminded North Dakota farmers and ranchers who suffered livestock losses to contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office beginning April 15 to sign up for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). The 2014 Farm Bill provides LIP for the life of the farm bill, including coverage for the current fiscal year. It covers 75 percent of the value of animals lost with an aggregate limit of $125,000.
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Pick Your PVP

Process Verified Program, that is

- by Merridee Wells

- Photo by Sage Pool


Process Verified Programs, or PVP’s as they are commonly called, are another of the many new-fangled phrases which are becoming commonplace in our cattle industry today. Breed associations draw them like a gun while marketing programs dazzle you with their PVP requirements and the auction companies brag on their value-added benefits.


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Prep For the Cold

Make sure your cows are nutritionally ready


- by Gilda V. Bryant

- photo by Lucie Wiese



























Minerals are important for herd health, reproduction and efficiency during winter.  However, that is only part of the picture.  Extra protein and energy are vital during cold, wet weather.  Producers should also be aware of forage and by-product supplementation quality, as well as body condition scores. 



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An Ounce of Prevention
- by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM





















A drive through the unloading pen with seven-foot tall pipe fence, double gates with two latches and two chains, a trained technician and a seven-foot perimeter fence; this litany of security measures clicked off in my brain as I ran toward my truck instinctively yelling “loose bull!”.  Only moments before, 747, a dog-gentle 2200 lb, five year-old Limousin bull, had calmly walked off the trailer and into the large animal hospital.  He had come for an exam to determine the cause of his lethargy and malaise. 



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Battle the Bad Bacteria

Your secret weapon? Ionophores

by Melissa Albertson

photo by Malloree Barnes

As you consider all the different products available to help increase the performance for your herd, you can’t ignore the proven benefits of feeding ionophores: improved feed utilization, increased gain, prevention and control of coccidiosis, and cost effectiveness. Even so, while ionophore use is extremely common in feedlot finishing diets, they still are an underutilized product in grazing operations.


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Takin’ it to the Yards

with this custom-built Safety Training Trailer

By Gordon  Moore














Photo Courtesy of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association

This is a great idea; a fully-equipped Safety Training
Trailer that you can take direct to the feedyard crew.


It was just about tim
e to take a break and get a well-deserved cup of coffee.  Two pen riders rode by a third, a young man who was hurrying to catch up with his friends.  But first, he had one more pull to get down the alley before he could fill a cup.  He called to them that he would join them in about 10 minutes.  After several minutes of the young man not showing, the two riders remounted and began looking for him.  They found him at the end of the alley where they had last seen him.  He was lying on the ground …  seriously injured.


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The Sky’s the Limit
 Controlling High Altitude Sickness

by Merridee Wells

Photo by Tayler Teichert


For all you flatlanders who have taken a vacation to the mountains, if you felt drowsy, lethargic or had shortness of breath, you may have experienced some of the same symptoms that cattle do when they graze in elevations above 5,000 feet.  The bovine condition, known among ranchers as high altitude sickness or brisket disease, can eventually lead to congestive heart failure in affected animals. 


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