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ISSUE DATE: 07/26/2010

At the end of the trail

By Kylene Scott

Life is messy. It’s even messier if you own livestock. One task livestock owners often dread is having to make the decision to euthanize an animal.

As a responsible animal owner or one who cares for livestock, it is important to have the proper equipment on hand and to know how to humanely euthanize an animal when it is deemed necessary.

The term euthanasia is derived from the Greek terms “en” and “thanatos.” Together they mean “good death.” An American Veterinary Medical Association paper on the subject of euthanasia states, “If an animal’s life is to be taken, it is done with the highest degree of respect and distress-free as possible.”

Scientists accept and have documented animals experience pain, distress, breathlessness, thirst, hunger, nausea, sickness, anxiety and fear. J.K. Shearer, professor and dairy Extension veterinarian, explains further.


NEWS

Farmers defend way of life with Facebook, Twitter
Farmers markets embracing electronic payments
Iowa receives broadband improvement funding
Join the fun at the Finney County Fair
MANA and EPA agree to voluntary plan on endosulfan
Missouri Young Farmers and Young Farm Wives State Tour set for Aug. 1 to 3
More Technological Advances Critical for Adequate Food Supply
National Weather Service website features helpful information for farmers
New agreement improves safety net for producers
Texas A&M System helping build Peru's ag capacity
USDA announces projects to restore and enhance wetlands
USDA announces recent AWA and HPA enforcement actions
USDA sets new standards for federal ground beef purchases

CROPS

Colorado wheat growers supplying new Snowmass variety
Cutting and attracting a crowd
Ethanol industry scrambles to keep incentives
Field day features biofuel, traditional crops
Finally in Limon
Meet Carsten, Dan and Gabriel of Hoffman Harvesting
Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council elects chairman
Most parts of Nebraska have precipitation surpluses
Nebraska officials to pitch ag products in Asia
No serious diseases spotted, but billbug damage found in corn
Sammons crew returns to the field after a break
Southern rust, grey leaf spot confirmed in Barton County
Trying to cut in Colorado
Wrapping up in Goodland, Kan., hitting the road

LIVESTOCK

As Colorado ranches disappear, so do their brands
At the end of the trail
AVMA Applauds Legislation to End Shortage of Veterinarians in Rural Areas
Beef Stocker Unit provides timely beef research to producers
Champions selected at 2010 Kansas Junior Angus Show
Dairy bill would save family farms with stable prices
Feed efficiency important factor in hog production costs
Genetics plays part in hog nutrition, management
High Plains states market purebred cattle in Russia
Hog producers should be cautious about mycotoxins in grains
K-State Summer Beef Conference will focus on value optimization
LMA names new president
Mother and son arrested for cattle theft
National Farmers decries Ohio case of animal cruelty
Pfizer recalls Terramycin
South Korean chain specializes in chilled U.S. pork skirt meat
Texas youth parade Angus champions at state show
Tool Available to Help Livestock Producers
U.S. Cattlemen's Association heads to DC for Capitol Hill fly-in

EDITOR

Healthy choice
It's about more than the ribbons
Rough week for USDA (and America)

COLUMNS

It's about the kids
Just a scoop full
Just a scoop full
Keyless door locks available for farm buildings
Micronutrients coating technology precisely delivers nutrition
New air cart debuts
New grain bag offers flexible option for every contingency
The end of capitalism?
The story behind the history

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Abundant sunshine, limited moisture pattern continues
Ada livestock auction report
Alfalfa steady, movement moderate
Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache cattle auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Corn, soybean crops improve due to much-needed rain
Corn, soybeans see double-digit losses
Crops flourish in heat
Crops rated in mostly good condition
Dalhart livestock sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Excessive heat pressures crops, moisture supplies
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
High Plains direct cattle sales report
Hot and humid weather
Joplin regional cattle sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock report
OKC West livestock market report
Pasture conditions well above a year ago
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Salina cattle sales report
Small grains ripening
Some areas still need additional moisture
Some hay moving slowly, others still steady
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock market report
Summer weather returns for much of Wyoming
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat harvest winding down, should be complete very soon
Winter wheat progressing rapidly
Woodward livestock market report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Cattle producers at drought's door need a plan
Focus on Forages II meeting is July 27
Future of Wyoming ranch secured through easement, bequest
Hay Storage Cost Analyzer Available
MU FSRC field day at Linneus set for Aug. 3
Nip seedheads early to cut July mowing

FAMILY

Add flavor to cooking by growing herbs
Arkansas Extension to host lawn-watering workshops
Contemporary Barber ideal for sloping lot
Desserts you drink
East Texas breeder developed turgrass used on World Cup soccer fields
Extension Master Gardener recruitment open house
For a property full of wildlife, plan accordingly
Iowa State to host All Horticulture Field Day
Kansas couple honored by 4-H
Meditation for 6-26-10
Post-Alex rains may ignite mosquito population explosion
Raising an active family has long-term benefits
Simply Delicious
Sprouting Healthy Kids: A Farm to School Gathering set for July 27
Summer care for the vegetable garden
Topeka's art community
Traumatic exposure-poetry by Joe Kreger
UW Extension sponsors bonsai workshop in Cody

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