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Livestock briefs Feb. 2

No E. coli risk with wheat DDGS

Alberta Beef Producers reports that scientists from Alberta Agriculture, AAFC Lethbridge and private industry are studying the impact of wheat distillers grains on the shedding of E. coli 0157:H7. This research addresses concerns that feeding wheat dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) to feedlot cattle may increase the risk of E. coli 0157:H7.

Cattle were fed finishing diets containing no DDGS, 22.5 per cent corn DDGS, or 22.5 per cent wheat DDGS. The research has found that diet did not affect the numbers of E. coli 0157:H7 shed in manure, surviving in manure, or found on cattle hides at the end of the feeding period.

Oak Lake bison ranch big winner at U.S. event

Bison Spirit Ranch of Oak Lake, Man. swept the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion categories for bulls entered into the Gold Trophy Show at the National Bison Association annual conference in Denver, Colorado last month.

High Country Bison of Austin Texas garnered the Grand Champion Female award for a two-year-old bred heifer, and Wichita Buffalo Co., of Hinton, Oklahoma earned the Reserve Grand Champion trophy for a yearling heifer.

The association reports strong prices for breeding stock this year. Two-year-old breeding bulls brought an average of $9,321 during the association’s Gold Trophy Sale, compared to the $6,650 average in 2011. Two-year-old bred heifers averaged $4,050, yearling heifers averaged $2,856, and heifer calves sold for an average of $1,475. The animals entered into the special ranch-ready pen of five yearling heifers sold for an average of $2,950 per animal.

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