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WENTZVILLE, MO – Firefighters were able to save a cow stuck in a muddy pond at a farm on Buckner Road near the area of Highway Z and N at around 9:00am Wednesday. They were on the scene for about an hour. The animal appears to have been stuck for several hours before rescue workers arrived.
A backhoe provided by a neighbor filled in the mud puddle the cow was stuck in after the rescue. The animal does not appear to have suffered any injuries during the incident. She immediately went over to a nearby field to munch on some grass after the rescue.
ASHLAND, Pa. — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it sent a letter to Ashland’s mayor asking if the organization could put a statue of a cow near the borough’s famous Mother’s Statue.
PETA representatives said they sent the letter to Ashland’s mayor last week before Mother’s Day. Their hope was to get the borough to help them honor all mothers, including non-human ones. The inscription on the proposed statue would say, “Respect and honor all mothers. Go vegan.”
The people Newswatch 16 spoke with are not in favor of a cow statue in the borough.
“I don’t like it,” Teresa Harbist of Ashland said. “A cow next to the Mother’s Statue? No. That’s degrading. I can’t believe it. Whose idea was that?”
In 1938, the Mother’s Statue was placed in the borough by the Ashland Boys Association. The organization formed after many coal miners in the area lost their jobs in the late 1800s. The statue symbolizes all of those workers returning home to Ashland. The Mother’s Statue has been important to Ashland since it was put up 80 years ago, which leaves many people in the borough wondering why anyone would want to put a cow statue next to it.
“I think it would be better somewhere else,” Amber Jeglosky of Ashland said. “I just don’t know where.”
Newswatch 16 spoke to a representative from PETA who said the organization wants the cow statue to be placed near the Mother’s Statue to honor all mothers, including non-human ones. PETA wants to spread awareness for mother cows, which PETA believes are abused in the dairy industry.
Still, the idea does not sit well with people in Ashland.
“(The statue) has nothing to do with cows and vegans,” an Ashland resident said. “So, I would put the statue somewhere else.”
Ashland’s borough manager said he did not receive a copy of the letter but did review the post on PETA’s website. He declined to comment further on the statue or the letter.
PETA said it won’t place a statue at the Mother’s Memorial unless it has permission to do so.
Cow disease Mycoplasma bovis could be in every region of the country, warns Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor.
“There is not a region that is free from this, given the movement of animals which is part of the normal New Zealand farming system,” O’Connor told the Herald.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today said that the disease had been confirmed at a Waikato farm.
“It’s the sad reality that there will be other farms come back as infected as we continually test properties that are identified as being at risk,” O’Connor said.
Animals that had been moved to other regions, such as north of Auckland, were being tracked, he said.
“It is possible, and indeed likely, that they will come back as infected herds as those animals have spread the disease.”
O’Connor said a decision would be made in the next two weeks on whether to halt slaughtering cows in a bid to eradicate the disease.
“It will be a decision we’ll be making, with industry, as to what extent is it possible to contain and eradicate or indeed has it gone too far.”
He said all infections so far had been linked back to the original infected properties.
“If we can identify all those movements, eventually we can wind that back. “
Tirau farmer and veterinarian Ian Scott said he would be disappointed if the Government moved towards a containment option and gave up on eradication.
“These animals that are now being identified as being positive … as long as those farms have connections back to the original source properties then this is a normal part of a disease eradication process. From my point of view, I’d be disappointed if everyone throws their hands up in the air and says, ‘It’s all too hard’,” Scott said.
Federated Farmers national dairy chairman Chris Lewis said most farmers “still want to eradicate it but the timeline has changed a little bit”.
“To eradicate it we need a good plan in place and we also need the backing of MPI, but also the backing of the industry group to make this happen, and most importantly the backing of the farmers.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters the Government was trying to manage the issue.
“But I have to say, from all of the evidence I’ve seen, [it] seems to be a direct consequence of poor systems, processes and biosecurity investment. And we are having to now deal with that.”
Ardern said she believed the full scale of the problem had not yet been seen.
“But we are working very closely with industry to make sure we have a full and adequate response.”
Biosecurity New Zealand’s response director Geoff Gwyn said it was disappointing to find the disease in another of New Zealand’s key dairying regions.
“It was, however, not a huge surprise given the sheer number of farms we are uncovering that have received cows and calves from affected farms,” Gwyn said.
“It’s a reality of New Zealand’s farming system that large numbers of animals are sold and moved across big distances. This response is serving to underline just how much movement takes place and it is this, coupled with poor record-keeping through NAIT [national animal identification and tracing] that is making our job very challenging.”
O’Connor has said changes will be made to the Nait system.
National MP Tim van der Molen said a lack of communication on the issue had left farmers feeling unsupported and fearful for the future.
“It is important for farmers across the Waikato region to be aware that it has reached our community, so they need to put precautions in place – I’d encourage them to contact MPI immediately for guidance on procedures and protocols.”
The Waikato result takes the number of infected properties across the country to 39.
A cull of 22,000 cows is currently under way, with 11,000 animals already destroyed.
O’Connor said last week that farmers should ensure any compensation claims they made were accurate to speed up the process. MPI and Dairy NZ had boosted the number of people working directly with farmers to help.
A BLACK and polled heifer stamped with “donor potential’’ stormed through the classes to overpower the bulls for the title of supreme exhibit at the 2018 Limousin National Show.
Held at Wodonga on May 3, the National Show drew 32 vendors from four Australian states with 103 entries.
Over judge Donna Robson and associate judge Kate Loudon could not go past the heifer, Progress Midnight Dreams M14, for their supreme exhibit.
The Progress Keep Dreaming K11 daughter was exhibited by Yanco’s Peter Kylstra to junior and grand champion female, and supreme exhibit.
Out of Progress Noble Empress, the 19-month-old heifer was AIed to Wulf’s Xcelcior for a September calving. Mrs Robson admired the heifer for her extra length, capacity, width and dimension.
“She is super sound, long and a very complete package,’’ she said. “She will grow into an excellent cow and has donor potential written on her.’’
The sashing of the grand champion female turned into a shoot out between Progress entries with the senior champion female, Progress Keep the Magic K8, impressing the judge with her length, exceptional udder quality, and great job on her calf. Sired by Summit Noble Magic, the apricot polled, three-year-old cow had a seven-month-old heifer calf, Progress Legends Magic, and was AIed to Myers Master Court.
Mr Kylstra was happy with a win. “I have raised and managed 42 of her ancestors and can trace her pedigree back to the foundation cows bought in 1984,’’ he said. “It is rewarding to see what I have is still competitive.’’
Body condition scoring refers to evaluating the amount of body fat in a cow (or any other animal).
Under normal grazing conditions, cows carrying more body fat are more efficient because they are more adapted to their environment. Cows (and bulls) that are more adapted to their environment are more fertile and productive.
The value of body condition scoring has been known since at least the early 1960s when Dr. J. N. Wiltbank reported that cows in better body condition, or that were increasing body condition, had a greater chance of getting bred, maintaining the pregnancy, and getting rebred earlier after calving.
Early body condition scores were simply thin, average and fat. These visually estimated the amount of fat covering the backbone, ribs, and hooks and pin bones. Later the scores were given a range of numbers from 1 (emaciated, very thin) to 9 (obese, very fat) with a score of 5 being average.
Dairy producers and Australians use a similar score but the range is 1 (emaciated) to 5 (obese) and 2.5 is average, but both evaluate condition in the same manner.
Unless cows have been deprived of forage or feed for an extended time or have been sick or are very old, few are scored 1 or 2. These scores indicate a total loss of external fat cover and even severe muscle loss. Most of the bones are easily noticeable. Allowing cows to become or remain in these condition scores is considered inhumane.
A BCS 3 cow’s backbone is easily noticed as are all her ribs. Cows are considered BCS 4 if their backbone has some fat cover and their fore ribs are covered. A BCS 5 has all ribs covered and hooks (hipbones) and pins (tailbones) are rounded.
If a cow’s ribs are covered and the area between her hooks and pins is filling in with fat, the cow is BCS 6.
A BCS 7 has a rounded appearance from her hooks to pins (with all other bones well covered).
Cow’s fatter than BCS 7 are obviously quite fat. BCS of 8 or 9 are unnecessary as there is no advantage for this additional fat and in fact could create problems at calving.
Ideally, a cow should calve in BCS 5 and a heifer as a 6. Typically, a whole BCS is lost at calving. Cows and heifers should be evaluated for BCS 60-90 days prior to calving to allow time to gradually increase it prior to calving. Once a cow or heifer calves and begins to milk, it is nearly impossible to increase condition; however, it is better to try late than never. Evaluate BCS for the entire herd but treat individuals by supplementing.
Females that calve in better BCS (up to and including a 7) tend to be easier calving (less stress, especially heifers), have more vigorous calves, produce a higher quality and quantity of colostrum and milk, go through reinvolution of the reproductive tract more quickly, and come into estrus (heat) earlier and breed earlier. This leads to calves born earlier in the season, which will weigh heavier at weaning and be worth more.
There are a number of publications on body condition scoring at the Texas A&M AgriLife Animal Science Extension website beef.tamu.edu
'Holy Cow, the Waves Are Glowing!' KQED It took four attempts for Stephen Bay to see the neon-blue waves crashing against the rocks at Torrey Pines State Beach, but when he did, just one thought went through his mind: "Holy cow, the waves are glowing!" he told NPR. "They were just lit up in …