Daily Archives: November 4, 2009

Video Feature: Nutritional Evaluation of Cow Herds

The nutritional status of the beef cow herd is linked to reproductive success, calfperformance and profitability. This has been established both scientifically and in practical “on farm” applications.

“%IMF or Marbling Score…Which is it? How can I tell?”

“%IMF or Marbling Score…Which is it? How can I tell?”

Patrick Wall, Director of Communications, The National CUP Lab

With all of the incentives to raise Choice and Prime cattle, it’s easy to see why so much selection pressure has been placed on marbling. However, the industry has done a poor job of explaining how producers can use ultrasound to select for quality grade, how ultrasound “measures” marbling, and why it’s done in such a confusing fashion.

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Care of Newly Purchased Feeder Cattle

Care of Newly Purchased Feeder Cattle

Bonnard L. Moseley, College of Veterinary Medicine, Homer B. Sewell, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

The way cattle are handled shortly before loading, during hauling, and the first two weeks in the feedlot has a great influence on the overall performance of feedlot cattle. There is no one program that will give best results for all feeder cattle, nor will the same results occur each year. "Cattle sense" is developed by close observation and experience.

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Manage Foot Rot to Protect Cattle Herd Performance

Manage Foot Rot to Protect Cattle Herd Performance

Hereford World

Producers who recognize foot rot and develop strategies to prevent and treat it can successfully protect their cattle herd’s performance. Causing an estimated 75% of all lameness diagnosed in beef cattle, foot rot, or interdigital dermatitis, can be detrimental to the health of a herd and profits of an operation.

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The Beef Center Contains All Things Beef

The Beef Center Contains All Things Beef

Thebeefsite.com

The Beef Center, http://www.thebeefcenter.com, hosts a wide range of production beef information in a variety of formats.

Producers can find Extension factsheets, YouTube videos, podcasts and PowerPoint presentations with narration on everything from nutrition and health to reproduction and waste management, said Ron Lemenager, Purdue Extension beef management specialist.

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Right Culling Program Can Boost Returns, Head Off Trouble

Right Culling Program Can Boost Returns, Head Off Trouble

Becky Mills

DTN/Progressive Farmer

Kay Richardson generally culls his cows at fall weaning. But they best be looking sharp year-round because for this producer, culling never ends.

"Culling is really a continuous process," says the Evinston, Fla., producer. "I might make the decision anytime."

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High Accuracy Sires Equal Market Value

High Accuracy Sires Equal Market Value

Sara Brown

Beef Today

Breeding cows to high accuracy sires yields heifers with greater genetic potential to be good mama cows. But that’s only half the equation. What about steers from AI sires? There’s value there too, says David Patterson, University of Missouri beef researcher.

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Evaluate supplemental feeding programs carefully this winter

Evaluate supplemental feeding programs carefully this winter

David Barz, D.V.M., Northwest Vet Supply

Livestock Roundup

After the summer that never arrived, we have now entered early winter with no fall. The cold weather and early snows have most of my cow/calf producers wondering if they have enough winter feed gathered.

All people have to do is visit the local sale barn and they soon understand market cows and calves are not worth what they have been for the past several years. That leads to the question, "What can I afford for supplemental feeding?"

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Opinion: Global Warming And The “No Meat” Crowd

Opinion: Global Warming And The “No Meat” Crowd

Troy Marshall

BEEF Magazine

The key to selling any negative message is to surround it with as many true facts and good intentions as possible, and then focus on the legitimate components so that the questionable ones seem almost unimportant.

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Supplement Conversion Ratio

Supplement Conversion Ratio

Ryan Reuter

Noble Foundation

Most cattle producers are familiar with the term "feed conversion." It is simply the amount of feed an animal consumes as compared to the amount of body weight gained, expressed as a ratio. Feed conversion ratios in the neighborhood of 6:1 (6 lbs of feed per pound of gain) are common in modern beef cattle feedlots.

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EPA Suggestion Too Low

EPA Suggestion Too Low

KRVN

The Environmental Protection Agency is suggesting a national coarse particulate matter standard of 12 to 15 micrograms of dust per cubic meter of air. Coarse particulate matter is nothing more than the dust kicked up by cars or trucks traveling on dirt roads, a tractor tilling a field, or cattle moving around on dirt.

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Q&A:  Can I limit feed dried distillers grains by adding salt and feeding through a creep feeder?

Q&A:  Can I limit feed dried distillers grains by adding salt and feeding through a creep feeder?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   I don’t know why it couldn’t be used in this situation. It would be important that the salt be spread out uniformly in the ddgs and remain uniform. The diet would have plenty of phosphorus and you would need to add some calcium.

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Long-range electronic ear tags becoming technology of the future

Long-range electronic ear tags becoming technology of the future

SUE ROESLER

Livestock Roundup

All livestock producers use some system to identify and keep track of calves. Whether it’s a tag in one ear or in both, color-coded tags or all the same hue, two lines of data or four, ranchers are always looking for better and more efficient ways to identify calves.

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Durheims of ND are Red Angus Commercial Producer of the Year

Durheims of ND are Red Angus Commercial Producer of the Year

The Cattle Business Weekly

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) bestowed the 2009 Commercial Producer of the Year Award to Bruce and Lynette Durheim of Ellendale, N.D., at the National Red Angus Convention in Mahnomen, Minn., Sept. 16-19.

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Issue 2: Ohio voters approve livestock care board

Issue 2: Ohio voters approve livestock care board

The Canton Repository

Ohio voters have delivered a victory to large farm operators, approving a new industry-dominated board to oversee livestock care.

With 45 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, the issue was leading 65 percent to 35 percent.

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