Daily Archives: November 23, 2007

What a Feed Tag Really Tells You

What a Feed Tag Really Tells You

Kate Jackson, PhD

Land O’Lakes Farmland Feed, LLC/Beeflinks.com

Feed tags are a mystery to many people, including the people who sell the feed. In the United States, at least, feed tags or labels are not put together like labels seen on food products intended for human consumption. “People food” labels sate a serving size, calories per serving, how well that serving meets an adult’s nutritional needs (i.e., 50% of RDA for calcium) and exactly what ingredients are used. Animal labels, on the other had, state the chemical composition of a feed, how much is recommended to be fed and either exactly what ingredients it contains or the “class” of ingredients it contains.


Protect your calves against BRD

Protect your calves against BRD

by Bob Larson, professor of production medicine, Kansas State University

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), or pneumonia, is a leading cause of disease loss in beef cattle. Although cattle can get BRD at any time in their life, the greatest risk occurs when calves are near weaning age and are mixed with cattle from other herds.


Black Ink-A Share of Data

Black Ink-A Share of Data

by: Miranda Reiman

Cattle Today

Anyone with siblings can recall all the ways they were taught to share. With bunk beds and half the closet space, maybe you had double-occupancy bedrooms.

As children, you had to let cousins or friends play with your favorite truck, Barbie or basketball. Remember having to divvy up your Halloween candy so each family member got the same amount?

If you didn’t learn it in your younger years, growing up and getting married certainly teaches some lessons in sharing. There are the joint bank accounts, household chores and personal memories.

Maturity helps you discover the many benefits that come from sharing, the good feeling, the chance for another to reciprocate the favor, and the list goes on and on. Yet when it comes to information, many farmers and ranches have a hard time with the concept.


Managing The Cold Weather

Managing The Cold Weather


The major effect of cold on nutrient requirement of cows is increased need for energy.  To determine magnitude of cold, lower critical temperature for beef cows must first be estimated.  For cows with a dry winter hair coat the lower critical temperature is considered to be 32 degrees F.  In general, researchers have used the rule of thumb that cows’ energy requirements increase 1% for each degree the wind chill is below the 32 degree lower critical temperature. 


Health Programs Compliment Genetic Improvement

Health Programs Compliment Genetic Improvement

by: Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Competition has its own method of culling the herd. In the corporate world, many businesses that seem to be thriving, all of a sudden, are gobbled up by competitors. One improvement in efficiency, a cost saving procedure or, most importantly, a product that is viewed as better by the buying public often catapults a firm to the “head of its class”.

Many things have changed for the purebred breeder. Some have embraced change, believing Expected Progeny Difference profiles that read like a laundry list, ultrasound and DNA testing have made their job easier when it comes to producing livestock. Others tend to stay more in the middle of the road, reluctant to add these additional costs to help satisfy customers. It has often been said, “This is a marathon and not a sprint” and seedstock producers looking to maintain slim profit margins over higher costs of production are finding ways to differentiate their product.


Regulatory bottleneck limits ethanol

Regulatory bottleneck limits ethanol

Western Livestock Journal

In a video produced by the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), scientists from the Lake Area Technical Institute in South Dakota disassemble the engine of a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Part by part, they compare what a year’s worth of driving on E85 has done to a standard engine—and part by part, the technicians show that the engine is in better shape than a comparable engine run on regular unleaded gasoline.

Despite the positive results, ACE officials say they would not recommend burning E85 in standard vehicles. But the test demonstrates what could be a pivotal point in ethanol’s future: Maybe, just maybe, standard vehicles will be able to run on higher ethanol blends (though not as high as E85) without ruin.


Beef Cattlemen from Pierce City and Neosho Recognized for Genetic Improvement of Herds

Beef Cattlemen from Pierce City and Neosho Recognized for Genetic Improvement of Herds

The Monett Times

Recognition extended at Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association meeting

During their annual meeting, the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association recognized Harold Francis of Pierce City and Mack Carter of Neosho for their efforts in beef cattle genetic improvement.

They each received the Seedstock and Commercial Producers of the Year Award which has been given annually since 1976.

Francis is a Gelbvieh breeder that became involved in the University of Missouri Extension’s on-farm beef evaluation program in 1992.