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Bull breeding soundness examination can pay dividends

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When considering all of the traits of importance to today’s cattleman and current market prices for all classes of beef cattle, the primary focus of any cow-calf producer should be fertility. While both the male and female contribute to herd’s level of fertility and its ultimate productivity, the herd sire is the more important component. An individual cow with poor fertility will certainly impact one potential calf a year. However, the bull impacts every potential calf in a given herd or breeding pasture.A Breeding Soundness Examination (BSE) performed by an accredited veterinarian is a necessary management tool for improving herd fertility levels. Through a BSE, a bull is given a physical and semen evaluation to determine his status as a satisfactory potential breeder on the test date. The physical examination portion of the test can include the evaluation of body condition, feet and legs, eyes, and the organs of the reproductive system. The semen evaluation looks at characteristics such as sperm motility, percent normal cells, and percent primary and secondary abnormalities. The typical cost for a BSE falls in the $50 to $60 range.In spite of the obvious benefits of a BSE, a minority of producers actually semen check their bulls prior to use. Results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2007-08 National Animal Health Monitoring System study indicated that semen tests were used by 44.1% of all operations surveyed. The results varied greatly depending on herd size as 21.1% of the herds with 1 to 49 cows used a semen check. The percentage using a semen check increased steadily as cow numbers increased and the final group (200 cows or more) used the check in 62.3% of the herds. For the operations that did not use a semen check, the top two reasons for not using this technology were labor/time at 34.4% and cost at 25.2%. These reasons are questionable at best.One requirement of bulls which are offered annually at the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s Seedstock Improvement Sales (SIS) is that they be examined for breeding soundness and meet the requirements to be deemed “Satisfactory Potential Breeders.” During preparations for this year’s SIS in Hillsboro, 5 of the 38 bulls that were originally consigned failed their Breeding Soundness Examination (BSE) and as a result did not participate in the sale.Virgin bulls are obvious candidates for a BSE. However, many producers mistakenly assume a mature bull that has previously sired calves will remain a satisfactory breeder throughout his lifetime. This is simply not true as illness, injuries or perhaps even extreme winter weather can result in a change in status as a potential breeder. In fact, one of the five bulls that failed the BSE prior to the SIS was a two year old. Regardless of age and source of a potential herd sire, make sure a bull has been tested prior to use in a breeding season. Be certain a sire has the ability to settle the females he’s exposed to in a timely fashion.In past editions of the Ohio Beef Cattle Schools held around the state, there has been much discussion about the importance of short breeding seasons where most of the cows and heifers conceive on the first service. Certainly a number of issues can affect how long it takes to get the entire herd settled. Regardless, one obvious advantage of a tight breeding season is the opportunity to manage and market the resulting calves as one consistent group. However, have you ever considered the direct “economic” benefit of cows that conceive on the first cycle?Assuming adequate nutrition is available, a good calf is likely gaining about 2.25+/- pounds a day at weaning time. As a result, if he was born 21 days later than his counterpart, he could easily weigh 40 to 50 pounds less when he goes to market as a feeder calf in the fall of 2016. If feeder calves are worth only $2 per pound next fall, one missed breeding cycle could easily cost $80 to $100 for each calf that is born only one cycle late. For a cow that’s two cycles late, double those numbers.Herd health (vaccinations, etc.), cow body condition (nutrition), bull (breeding) power, bull breeding soundness and estrus synchronization programs are all factors that equate to getting cows settled early in the breeding season. Now is the time to consider the economic impact of each of these management opportunities as it relates to the harvest of your 2016 calf crop.It’s not too late to have your veterinarian evaluate your bulls for soundness before breeding season. The cost may be as little as the amount gained from settling one cow, one cycle earlier. Considering the value of feeder calves, sound beef bulls are a valuable commodity.last_img read more

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Harassment, rapes, crimes against women have become daily affair in UP: Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Wednesday alleged that harassment, rapes and crimes against women have become a “daily affair” under the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, and asserted that while people suffer the “jungle raj”, the dispensation is unperturbed. Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also alleged that Dalit and weaker communities are specifically targeted with “law and order going to the pits!”.Mr. Surjewala tagged a media report on a Dalit family being run over by a car for opposing a family member’s harassment in Bulandshahr, leaving two women dead and tweeted, “Harassment, rapes and crime against women have become a daily affair in BJP’s Ajay Singh Bisht government.” “People suffer the ‘Jungle Raj’, UP BJP government remains unperturbed!” he added.On Monday, two women in Bulandshahr district were crushed to death under the wheels of a car being allegedly driven by a man who they rebuked for passing lewd comments against a member of their family. Mr. Surjewala had, on Sunday, slammed the Adityanath government over alleged atrocities against women and girls, alleging that “jungle raj-like eclipse” has been cast over law and order in the State. He had also hit out at the U.P. government over the killing of a Dalit girl in Unnao and alleged that law and order has collapsed in the State. Mr. Surjewala’s attack comes days after party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, citing several reports of killings and rapes in Uttar Pradesh, had said innocents were being subjected to cruelty, but the government was not concerned.last_img read more

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a month agoSolskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to criticise his players after defeat at West Ham.Solskjaer refused to hang his players out to dry despite their latest disappointment.He said: “The players are doing what I’m asking them to. There are key moments in games that can tip these games in our favour compared to theirs and you make maybe a bad decision on a pass – left, right, centre – but the attitude and desire is there.”That’s not the problem. It’s the quality in our decision-making, sometimes in the execution. It’s a good group to work with. They are determined. Sometimes along the road, we are going to hit some bumps, as we’ve said, some highs and lows.”This group is out there determined, they showed the desire, it was a good atmosphere in the dressing room. They’ve got the focus right.” last_img read more

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16 days agoBarcelona defender Lenglet: Griezmann handling new position

first_imgBarcelona defender Lenglet: Griezmann handling new positionby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Clement Lenglet insists Antoine Griezmann is in good spirits.There’s been talk his France teammate has found settling at Barca difficult after his €120m move from Atletico Madrid.But Lenglet said, “We’re laughing all day long. “He loves making jokes and he’s not changed at Barcelona. We all have to understand the change of position he’s made. “At Barça, he’s evolved to even playing on the wing. He works really hard for the team and helps us with his talent and sacrifice. For me, there’s no Griezmann issue.”On Ousmane Dembele, he added: “If he has the necessary continuity, I think he has all the necessary quality to return to the France squad. He’d prepared brilliantly, but then he got injured again. “Now he’s got the red card, which also put the breaks on. He is a player with huge amounts of talent, but he needs more continuity to be at his best.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Myles Jack Tweets Video Of Himself Dunking After Slipping In NFL Draft Over Knee Concerns

first_imgMyles Jack dunks a basketball and hangs on the rimMyles JackMyles Jack was once thought of as a lock to go in the top 10 of the 2016 NFL Draft, but the former UCLA linebacker was not one of the 31 players who heard their names called during the first round Thursday night. The former Bruins’ star admitted before the draft that he might need microfracture surgery on his knee. Jack missed most of the 2015 college football season after tearing his lateral meniscus during a September practice. Jack is considered one of the top prospects remaining in the draft. He tweeted out the following video, an apparent message to any of his doubters. pic.twitter.com/lwXRusQyp1— Myles Jack (@MylesJack) April 29, 2016The second round of the NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img

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Odisha govt alerts districts in view of likely heavy rain in next

first_imgBhubaneswar: With a fresh low pressure area building up over Bay of Bengal set to trigger heavy rain in many areas in the next three days, Odisha Government on Friday asked districts to remain prepared to meet the situation.This will be the third instance of low pressure area triggering downpour in the state in August. Several areas of south and west Odisha had encountered flash floods owing to incessant rainfall earlier this month. In the past two days, too, several parts of the state have experienced rainfall of varied intensity. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Vehicular traffic was disrupted in Bhubaneswar on Friday as rain lashed Nayapalli, Jaydev Vihar, Acharya Vihar, Baramunda, GGP Colony, Jharpara and Palasuni areas here. Under the influence of the cyclonic circulation, over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha and West Bengal coasts, a low pressure area is likely to form over Odisha and its neighbourhood in the next 36 hours. Heavy to very heavy rainfall are likely to occur in Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Puri districts till Saturday, the meteorological centre said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHeavy rainfall is also expected in Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Sundargarh, Angul, Khordha, Ganjam, among other areas during the period. Torrential downpour may also batter places in Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir and Nuapada districts on Sunday and Monday. Squally wind with speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely to prevail along Odisha coast and adjoining northwest and west central Bay of Bengal, the MeT Centre said. As sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough, fishermen have been cautioned against venturing into the sea on Saturday and Sunday, it added. In view of the weather forecast, revenue and disaster management department asked Collectors of the districts under very heavy to heavy rainfall warning to keep administrative machinery prepared to meet any possible situation that may arise in the event of intense rainfall. An advisory issued by the department said other districts should closely watch the situation and take appropriate steps, as may be necessary. Fire service, ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) and NDRF were asked to remain in a state of readiness for deployment for search and rescue operation, if required. The emergency cells in all the districts were asked to operate round the clock.last_img read more

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Woman who gave water to pigs headed to slaughter found not guilty

first_imgMILTON, Ont. – A Toronto woman who gave water to pigs on a truck headed to an abattoir didn’t break the law since she didn’t harm the animals or prevent them from being slaughtered, an Ontario judge ruled Thursday as he found the activist not guilty of a mischief charge.Anita Krajnc also did not intend to hurt the pigs or mean to cause the slaughterhouse to reject them, Justice David Harris told a Milton, Ont., courtroom packed with animal activists.Court heard that on June 22, 2015, Krajnc was dumping liquid from a water bottle into a truck carrying pigs in Burlington, Ont., as the vehicle approached a slaughterhouse.Despite the Crown’s argument that Krajnc gave the pigs an “unknown substance,” potentially contaminating the food supply, there was no evidence she gave them anything but water or that the slaughterhouse was concerned about such a risk, Harris said.But the judge rejected a defence argument that Krajnc should be cleared because she was acting in the greater good, and suggested she may have been motivated in part by the prospect of drawing attention to her cause.“This may be the most ironic aspect of this case,” Harris said. “The fact that Ms. Krajnc gave water to a pig received little attention initially.”“Conversely, the act of prosecuting Ms. Krajnc has probably led to enough bad publicity for the pork industry that it might be said that the prosecution actually accomplished what they accused Ms. Krajnc of trying to do.”Cheers erupted in the courtroom as Krajnc, an activist with the group Toronto Pig Save, was acquitted on the charge of mischief laid in connection with the incident. She had pleaded not guilty, although she admitted to giving the pigs water.Outside court, Krajnc acknowledged that the case has bolstered her cause and said she hoped it would encourage others to stand up for animal rights.“This is how social movements get their word out, we go outside our comfort zone and we do what’s right,” she said.James Silver, one of Krajnc’s lawyers, said the court ruling “acknowledges that compassion is not a crime,” which he deemed an important victory.Her other lawyer, Gary Grill, nonetheless expressed some disappointment that the judge “missed the greater arguments…about Anita acting in the public good.”“Should the matter arise again, we’ll be ready to make that argument all over,” he said.A spokesman for a group representing farmers said he recognized Krajnc was trying to do the right thing but said the ruling was a letdown.Pat Jilesen, director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, said that for farmers, it was a matter of protecting food safety.Krajnc’s behaviour, no matter how well-intentioned, “puts not only the animals at risk, it puts people at risk,” he said.The Crown had argued that the pigs were the property of a farmer, and Krajnc was interfering with his property.In his decision, Harris said the activist had not interfered with anyone’s property.But he took issue with the defence equating Krajnc giving water to pigs with people giving water to Jews transported on cattle trains during the Holocaust, calling the comparison “offensive.”He also rejected comparisons to historic rights activists such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Susan B. Anthony.Harris said that while it is legal for activists such as Krajnc to tout a meat-free lifestyle and put pressure on governments to change the law, “they must however do this within the confines of the law that currently exists.”Krajnc had testified that she was treating the pigs as she would want to be treated.The pigs’ owner, farmer Eric Van Boekel, testified that he complained to police because he was worried there were contaminants in the water, and that could lead the slaughterhouse to turn his hogs away.last_img read more

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US based Devon Energy says it intends to exit Canadian oilsands sector

first_imgOther foreign companies that have reduced their exposure to the oilsands in recent years include Norway’s Statoil, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil, France’s Total SA and Houston-based ConocoPhillips.In research notes, CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says the Canadian assets would likely fetch between $3.5 billion and $5 billion if sold, while Eight Capital analyst Phil Skolnick estimates they could sell for between $7 billion and $9 billion.Jackfish is south of Fort McMurray near similar operations owned by Calgary-based rivals Cenovus Energy Inc. and MEG Energy Corp.Devon says it is making the move to exit Canada (as well as from the Barnett Shale area in Texas) so that it can complete its “transformation to a high-return U.S. oil growth business.” CALGARY, A.B. – Another foreign oil company says it’s getting out of the Canadian oilsands.Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will pursue the “separation” of its Canadian assets from its core business, a move that could include an outright sale or creation of a new company to own and operate them.Devon owns the Jackfish steam-driven oilsands complex, with a capacity of 105,000 barrels per day of bitumen, as well as conventional heavy oil wells near Lloydminster, Alta., that produce about 15,000 bpd.last_img read more

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LS polls 259 pc polling till 11 am in MP

first_imgBhopal: An average 25.9 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first four hours of polling on Sunday in the eight Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh, an official said. Polling for the eight seats – Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa – in the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state was going on since 7 am, MP’s Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said. The voting figures till 11 am were: Dewas-30.2 per cent, Ujjain-28.78 per cent, Mandsaur-32.59 per cent, Ratlam- 27.74 per cent, Dhar-18.95 per cent, Indore-19.13 per cent, Khargone-29.1 per cent and Khandwa-23.26 per cent, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Prominent candidates in the fray are former Union ministers Kantilal Bhuria and Arun Yadav of the Congress, who are contesting from Ratlam and Khandwa seats, respectively. Long queues were seen at several booths in these eight constituencies, all currently held by the BJP. Some state leaders from Malwa Nimar region of the Indore constituency were also seen standing in queues to cast their votes. Altogether 82 candidates, including Bhuria and Yadav, are in the fray in the eight constituencies where there are 1.49 crore eligible voters. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Total 18,411 polling booths, including 1,157 entirely managed by women, have been set up in these seats, he said. An average 69.26 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first three phases of the Lok Sabha polls in the state, he added. Out of the total 29 Lok Sabha seats in MP, six went to polls on April 29, seven on May 6 and eight on May 12. The counting of votes would be held on May 23.last_img read more

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Tressel Suspended juniors to return for senior seasons

The five juniors suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season pledged to return for their senior seasons, coach Jim Tressel told the media Thursday. Tressel said he required each player to commit to staying a Buckeye for one more year before granting them permission to travel with the team. The NCAA suspended quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas last week after learning the players had violated NCAA rules by selling gear, apparel and memorabilia to the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor in 2009. The players must also repay between $1,000 and $2,500 each. Freshman linebacker Jordan Whiting was suspended one game and ordered to repay $150. NCAA rules prohibit athletes from receiving benefits or discounts based on their status. The suspensions, however, were pushed back until the start of next season after the NCAA decided the rules education offered by the OSU compliance department was not up to NCAA standards at the time the players sold the merchandise. “They are in the family, they are on the trip, they want to be Buckeyes in 2011,” Tressel said. “They are very remorseful for judgments they have made and they are anxious to have a great experience at the Allstate Sugar Bowl as all of us are.” Posey announced his intention to stay for his senior year during a press conference Tuesday in which the five apologized to Buckeye Nation. Should any of the five forgo his senior season, he would escape NCAA punishment. “If indeed they wanted to stay a part of our family and make the trip and have a chance to participate in one of the greatest games of all time, the Sugar Bowl, they would have to make any decisions based upon their future NFL [career] prior to us going to the bowl game,” Tressel said. “We didn’t think it would be fair to the NCAA or fair to the other people involved in the process that if someone were able to participate and have no consequences down the road. “Those decisions were made by our young people and I am excited to say that all the guys that were involved, knowing that they had options, like playing in this game and leaving, in their minds that could have been an option but it wasn’t.” The players sold Big Ten championship rings, jerseys and gold pants charms they received after beating Michigan. Disappointed that his players would relinquish such significant memorabilia, Tressel sent the group to the home of former Buckeye and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. “They said, ‘Coach, how can we let the former players know that we feel terrible about what we did?’” Tressel said. “And I said, ‘Gosh, I don’t know. Archie Griffin is the head of our alumni association, the CEO, and his office is across the street. Go see if he’ll take a visit.’ He wasn’t in the office that day, but he said, ‘You know what, come out to my house.’ He said, ‘The kids might get a different perspective when they look at my basement and see how important some of those things are to me.’” read more

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