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2010-05-11 07:29:31

The traditional practice of finishing cattle on corn may not be the only way to achieve high marbling, a desirable characteristic of quality beef. Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered that high-quality beef and big per-head profits can be achieved by starting early-weaned cattle on corn and finishing them on a diet high in co-products. "The goal is to get the highest quality beef product in the most profitable way," said U of I animal scientist Dan Shike. "If you can...

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2010-03-10 14:55:00

A baby elephant that keepers believed to have died during a strenuous 9-day labor was born alive at an Australian zoo on Wednesday, defying expert judgments that consider such an outcome would have been a "miracle". The Taronga Zoo, based in Sydney, said Monday that the calf died after becoming trapped in the womb in such a position that they believed it had no chance of surviving the birth. But the baby elephant was delivered showing signs of life early Wednesday morning and by afternoon...

2010-02-23 16:48:00

Illegal drug residues found in animals sold for human consumption SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Maryland veal calf dealer has agreed to shut down as part of a consent decree of permanent injunction, which he entered into after being charged with repeatedly violating federal law and U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations by selling veal calves with illegal drug residues in their edible tissues. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO)...

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2009-12-22 10:18:27

Are Swedish dairy cows getting sufficient sleep? The exact duration of sleep a dairy cow needs is unknown today. However, new research at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) aims at studying how much sleep a dairy cow needs and if there are any connections between the need for sleep and serious health problems such as mastitis and lack of energy early in lactation. It is well known that people need sufficient sleep in order to feel well. Research on humans and different...

2009-10-30 17:07:10

When 100 m sprinters launches themselves from the starting blocks, the race can be won or lost in the first few strides. Acceleration through the first few strides is the key to winning gold. So when Stephen Piazza was approached by an American football star, who sprints in his position of wide receiver, to find out how he could improve his technique and training regime, Piazza decided to focus on the athlete's ankles to try to discover what gives elite sprinters the edge over ordinary...

2009-09-18 09:05:40

Looking at the genetic makeup of cattle to determine their value is nothing new. An examination of a small sample of hair or blood can reveal if a calf has any genetic diseases that will lower the market price. Now, a team of clinicians and diagnosticians and genetic researchers at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are looking to test those calves earlier...before they are born...even before their mother is pregnant. Dr. Jim West and Dr. Paul Plummer are researching a...

2009-08-24 13:41:35

An Australian scientist says he has found, contrary to theory, young Arctic muskoxen conserve heat nearly as well as do adults. Biologist Adam Munn of the University of Sydney said young animals theoretically should have a harder time holding heat because they have larger ratios of surface area to body volume, meaning more of their body mass is directly exposed to the cold. That theory appeared to hold true for muskoxen, with scientists reporting high death rates for muskox calves during...

2009-08-20 13:45:00

A new study finds that young muskoxen conserve heat almost as well as adults, a finding that runs contrary to a longstanding assumption among scientists that young animals should be more vulnerable in extreme cold. The study, by biologist Adam Munn from the University of Sydney, Australia, will be published in the forthcoming issue of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.Surviving freezing winters is tough for any animal, but it is generally assumed to be tougher on the young. Young animals...

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2009-07-07 15:13:06

A new study finds that age, training or participation in high impact sports do not appear to be a factor in the development of Achilles tendon problems among older athletes. Pain in the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone, typically results from small tears or swelling in the tendon.  Such "overuse" injury is often characterized by swelling and pain when rising onto the toes or pushing off when walking.  The precise cause is unknown. Dr. Nicola Maffulli...

2009-06-16 14:55:44

Authorities in Florida said paramedics and veterinarians rescued a 3-month-old calf that fell down a 12-foot-deep well. Marion County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Peveeta Persaud said Thomas Wesley Harrell went to feed his cows early Monday morning when he discovered the female calf had fallen down the well, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Tuesday. Daniel Jodoin, a paramedic with the Marion County Fire Rescue, was the first to be lowered into the well to examine the animal and report on the...


Latest Calf Reference Libraries

British White Cattle
2014-07-12 11:57:42

The British White is a breed of cattle with a confirmed history during the 1600s but may have originated before that. Its exact origin is unknown but herds of the British White were found in Britain and Ireland dating back centuries. Original herds were kept in the Park of Whalley Abbey in the Forest of Bowland near Clitheroe. During the 1800s most of the cattle were transported to Norfolk and sold in small lots, mainly to nobility. In the early 1900s, only around 130 registered British...

British Friesian Cattle
2014-07-12 11:44:10

The British Friesian is a breed of cattle from the United Kingdom. The modern British Friesian dominated the dairy cattle population from the 1950s through the 1980s. Stock as well as semen were exported during this time throughout the world. The original Friesian breed was imported to ports of England and Scotland during the 1800s until it was stopped in 1892 when a threat of foot and mouth disease became a concern. By the end of 1912 there were 1,000 bulls and 6,000 cows registered in...

Belgian Blue Cattle
2014-07-09 14:37:46

The Belgian Blue is a breed of beef cattle originating in Belgium. It was developed in the 1800s by crossbreeding local cattle with a Shorthorn breed from the United Kingdom. It is quite possible that the Charolais cattle was also used in the development of the Belgian Blue. A modern breed of the Belgian blue was developed in the 1950s by Professor Hanset while working at an artificial insemination facility in the Liege province. The breed was introduced to the United States in 1978 by...

Australian Charbray Cattle
2014-07-09 12:40:07

The Australian Charbray is a breed of beef cattle that originated in Australia. It was developed by crossing the Charolais and Brahman breeds. Most Australian Charbray are about 75 percent Charolais and 25 percent Brahman. It is a large breed, very muscular with loose skin, possibly by being introduced to Bos indicus blood. It has a cream to light red color as an adult. The calf is usually born a light tan but will change to a creamy white in a few weeks. The Charbray is a hardy breed,...

Arouquesa Cattle
2014-07-04 10:20:33

The Arouquesa is a breed of cattle from Portugal and is in protected geographical status. Its range of habitat is restricted to the Northern Portuguese districts of Viseu, Aveiro, Porto and Braga. It is a small breed with the cow only reaching a height of about 48 inches and weighing between 790 and 950 pounds. The bull is slightly bigger at about 52 inches high and will weigh about the same as the cow. The color is a light brown, but the bull will be a little darker than the cow. There...

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Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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