Daily Archives: October 15, 2008

Gardiner Angus Ranch: Questions and answers about Curly Calf Syndrome

Gardiner Angus Ranch: Questions and answers about Curly Calf Syndrome

We have been asked many questions and attempted to respond to the concerns of our fellow beef producers who may be affected by the recent information released by the American Angus Association regarding Curly Calf Syndrome (CCS). In an effort to continue an open line of communication with our customers, we are providing responses to the questions most commonly asked by those contacting us.

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Timely Tips For Maximizing Production

Timely Tips For Maximizing Production

Southern Livestock.com

With high feed, seed, fuel and fertilizer costs, beef producers need to consider alternative approaches to feeding and managing their herds, said a Purdue University expert.

“They need to make sure they have a feeding and management plan in place to minimize feed costs, optimize herd performance and maximize profit,” said Ron Lemenager, Purdue Extension beef management specialist.

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Beef Cowherd Expansion Decisions: Is Bigger Always Better?

Beef Cowherd Expansion Decisions: Is Bigger Always Better?

Iowa Beef Center

While a traditional cowherd strategy for expansion such as buying cows will work for many producers, there are alternatives that may be more appropriate for some people. In this chapter we will discuss three options for expanding the cattle enterprise: buying or raising heifers, leasing breeding stock, and retaining ownership of calves.

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This Year Test the Forage Before You Cut!

This Year Test the Forage Before You Cut!

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

      In some areas of Oklahoma, the summer annuals (usually forage sorghums) are being cut for the second or third cutting this fall. Warm, dry summer weather brings about heat and drought stress on summer annuals. Stressed plants such as the forage sorghums can occasionally accumulate dangerous concentrations of nitrates. These high nitrate plants, either standing in the field, or fed as hay, can cause abortion in pregnant cattle, or death if consumed in great enough quantities.

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Q&A: What does a pre-breeding MLV with Vib/Lepto shot really do for you?

Q&A:   What does a pre-breeding MLV with Vib/Lepto shot really do for you?

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

A:   Pre-breeding vaccination programs help protect against devastating losses if cattle are challenged by disease pathogens. Commonly a pre-breeding vaccination program includes modified-live vaccines against BVDV, IBR, and leptospirosis and vibrio bacterins because these pathogens are of high consequence to pregnant cows. Losses include sickness or death of the cattle, and abortion of unborn calves.

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Baxter Black:  MULE BUSINESS

There is a recurring condition in the life of the cowboy when bravado, belligerence and bent judgment overcomes the normal human self-protective instinct.

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Stocker Cattle: Prussic Acid Poisoning

Stocker Cattle: Prussic Acid Poisoning


As fall approaches, stocker operators should consider the risk of prussic acid poisoning. According to Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Extension specialist, prussic acid poisoning was discovered in the early 1900s and occurs when sorghum plant species undergo a light frost that stresses the plant, but doesn’t necessarily kill it. The sorghum plants release hydrocyanic acid (“prussic acid”) that when ingested by cattle, is absorbed by the blood stream and prevents the animal’s cells from utilizing oxygen. As a result, according to Selk, cattle can die from asphyxiation at the cellular level.

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