Daily Archives: January 19, 2010

Baxter Black, DVM: HARK THE HERALD ANGEL MOMENTS

Baxter Black, DVM:  HARK THE HERALD ANGEL MOMENTS

There is a frequently told story by cowmen and veterinarians since herdsmen discovered fire. As I listened to a Georgia farmer recount his own personal version, I found myself imagining how the cow would feel?

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Kicking the Haying Habit

Kicking the Haying Habit

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Rocky Foy was growing tired of the routine. The Glendo, Wyo., rancher spent most of every summer putting up hay, and he spent most of each winter feeding it to his cow herd. It was pretty much the same routine that generations of ranchers and stock farmers have followed. After some honest analysis of his haying enterprise, however, Foy thought there might be a better way.

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Find New Ways to Squeeze Profit Out of Your Herd

Find New Ways to Squeeze Profit Out of Your Herd

Del Deterling

DTN/Progressive Farmer

To increase returns this year, Texas economist Stan Bevers says producers will have to find ways either to trim cow costs or add value to their calves to make them worth more at sale time. (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Jim Patrico)

Producers still are feeling the cost-price squeeze pinching cow/calf profits. It’s a pressure that won’t ease up until consumer demand for beef improves. And that, marketers say, won’t happen until the overall economy takes a significant upward turn. So what’s the best way to turn a profit this year?

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Feedlot specialist offers insight on managing livestock in cold weather

Feedlot specialist offers insight on managing livestock in cold weather

Farm Forum

Cold weather and winter storms can impact feedlots, but cattle feeders should try to maintain schedules regardless of weather.

That’s according to Ben Holland, South Dakota Cooperative Extension feedlot specialist, who said consistency pays off in the long run.

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Manage Your Forage Dollars Wisely

Manage Your Forage Dollars Wisely

Sara Brown

Beef Today

Marc deManigold knows it’s time to change the ration. At Grace Farms in northern Missouri, cows are about 60 days from calving, a time when unborn calves are rapidly developing and cows are beginning to produce colostrum. He knows his alfalfa hay has more of the nutrients cows need at this time—and he has the numbers to prove it.

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Cattle Industry ID Meeting Statement of Principles

Cattle Industry ID Meeting Statement of Principles

Livestock Marketing Council

A meeting of cattle organizations representing the beef, dairy and marketing sectors was held in Kansas City, Missouri, November 4-5, 2009. The participating organizations agreed that a livestock identification plan for the cattle industry should be singularly specie specific because of the diversity in the way cattle are raised, marketed and processed.

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Agriculture, animal science classes gain a foothold in urban schools

Agriculture, animal science classes gain a foothold in urban schools

Jane Coaston

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Kara Dalton is attempting to control chaos. It’s Monday at the teacher’s pre-veterinary science class at Gateway Institute of Technology high school, and that means baths for the dogs, cats, bunnies, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs and one elusive ferret named Riley.

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