Daily Archives: September 12, 2007

BeefTalk: Don’t Forget That Every Good Rose Has Good Thorns

BeefTalk: Don’t Forget That Every Good Rose Has Good Thorns

Good Rose, Good Thorns – Don’t quit with the first prick of the thorn. Good Rose, Good Thorns – Don’t quit with the first prick of the thorn.

In agriculture, as in many industries, those who survive tend to be thick-skinned.

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Occasionally a lesson in life needs to be learned. That lesson may not always be wanted or desired, but the need to learn the lesson is real.

A common life example is grabbing a hot iron. Your hand will be burned and you will know not to grab anything that is hot. Likewise, if you desire a drink of water outside when it is below freezing, the water will be frozen. One quickly learns that if a drink of cool water is needed, the appropriate temperature must be met.


Putting Calves on Feed – Frequently Asked Questions

Putting Calves on Feed – Frequently Asked Questions

Ropin’ the Web

What type of feed should you supply to calves?

Calves should be fed high quality, long-stemmed, palatable hay that most closely resembles the pasture they came from. Feed should be offered free-choice for the first week or so. One should also offer them 3-4 lbs of grain or creep feed. If you want them to eat silage, you will have to mix it with the hay until they get used to the taste.

Does creep feeding help to get calves on feed quicker?

Yes, because they will be familiar with the creep feed, and it is easier to get them to eat feed that they are accustomed to.


Wheat Middlings, A Useful Feed for Cattle

Wheat Middlings, A Useful Feed for Cattle

North Dakota State Unversity

In recent years, additional grain milling and processing operations have come on the scene in North Dakota. A co-product of milling durum for semolina or wheat for flour is mill feed or mill run commonly marketed as wheat middlings. Expanded milling and increased availability has created interest in the state in the use of wheat midds in rations among livestock producers.


Baxter Black: Prairie Dog Fighting

Baxter Black:  Prairie Dog Fighting

Dog fighting is a touchy subject. Yet an NFL football player has been accused of fighting dogs. It’s in the news.

For those who need further clarification, the athlete is not fighting them himself. He’s not stripping to the waist, putting on a pair of boxing gloves and stepping into the cage with a 200-pound Doberman Pincher. No, although it might seem that could be part of his rehabilitation. Pitting dogs against one another in a battle to the death is inhumane. Even if these dogs are bred to fight, we in the United States do not abide it.

Cockfighting has been outlawed in the U.S. only recently, too. It does not stir the same visceral revulsion in most folks that dog fighting does. It’s easy to see why. It is harder for most humans to relate to a chicken the same way we do to dogs. Besides, you can eat the dead chicken. But the deliberate baiting of animals against each other with the intent to injure, is not acceptable.


Microproteins: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Microproteins: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Feed additives can reduce herd health problems.

by Thomas Hill, Oregon State University

Hereford World

Some people say that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. Cattle producers wish this could be just as true for their herds. New developments in medicinal technology show signs to help producers reduce high vet bills.

“Microproteins” is a term that collectively refers to a group of feed additives. This group includes direct-fed microbials (DFM), enzymes, fungi and IgY antibodies. The research results on these feed additives are variable and limited. Different animal production levels, feed preparation practices and mixing methods can partially explain variability.


Oct. 3 satellite conference will help producers raise cattle for international market

Oct. 3 satellite conference will help producers raise cattle for international market

Midwest Messenger

Lincoln, Neb. — An Oct. 3 satellite conference will help beef producers learn more about raising livestock that can be marketed internationally.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Beef Council are sponsoring this event. For U.S. beef to be eligible for export to countries such as Japan, Korea or those in the European Union, the beef production must be done as part of a Beef Export Verification (BEV) program, said Darrell Mark, UNL livestock marketing specialist and one of the conference organizers.

The verification program establishes rules that differ by exporting countries. Becoming part of a BEV is not difficult, and in many cases this information is worth a significant premium for cattle producers, he said.


Old science = dated management

Old science = dated management

By Miranda Reiman

Certified Angus Beef

Every medicine cabinet in America used to contain a mercury thermometer. Now, the last thing parents want to do when a child feels ill is to stick a poisonous metal in their mouth, even though the danger lies only in a cracked or broken instrument. What changed?

The medical community found new information about the everyday product, learned of its hazards. That challenged scientists to find new ways of completing the same task: glass alcohol and then digital thermometers were born.

For many years, the mercury thermometer was the best way we knew to determine temperature. But the best we know can be wrong. After all, a rain dance was once considered the best way to make it rain. Anodyne necklaces were ideal for curing the gout and radioactive water was the panacea that could cure just about anything.

Scientific knowledge comes from observation and tested theories, which eventually discredited all of the above best solutions.