Daily Archives: January 7, 2009

Video Feature: What is the best way to get rid of Ring Worm?

Video Feature: What is the best way to get rid of Ring Worm?

Purina Mills



It was one of those weeks when I felt like Forrest Gump. In the movie, he frequently found himself in the company of presidents, Hall of Famers and kings. In my week at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, I found myself shaking hands with rodeo royalty; Roy Cooper, Ty Murray, Lewis Feild, Larry Mahan and Trevor Brazile. Each an All Around World Champion with enough buckles between them to sink Bob Tallman to the bottom of the pool!

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Let the Cows Do the Work

Let the Cows Do the Work

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Virginia producer uses a carefully planned rotation and stockpiling system to keep cattle grazing and limit expensive hay.

Our operation isn’t fancy,” says Robert Shoemaker. “We let the cows do the work.” And work they do. Using rotational grazing and stockpiled forages, the Delaplane, Va., cattleman runs 250 cows and 50 bred heifers year-round with little hay or supplement.

The cycle starts in early to mid-March, when cool-season forages—primarily fescue, bluegrass and white clover—start growing faster than the cows can eat it.

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Take Care Of Your Heifers & They Will Take Care Of You

Take Care Of Your Heifers & They Will Take Care Of You


About the end of every year, beef producers have sold the last calf crop and have a few weeks or months of relative calm before calving season starts. It is easy to become complacent about the cow herd and the replacement heifers, but if you don’t take care of them now, they will not be able to take care of you in the future.

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Weather extremes can lead to sick cattle

Weather extremes can lead to sick cattle

Tri State Neighbor

Severe winter weather places stress on livestock herds that can dampen their immune response and lead to potential losses.

South Dakota Cooperative Extension veterinarian Russ Daly said the prolonged stress of weather events like the recent sub-zero temperatures and blizzards across the state can cause problems that show up even after the weather improves.

“Wet, snowy weather combined with severe wind chills can produce stress that increases cortisol levels, which in turn dampen immune response,” Daly said. “This makes livestock, especially in young animals, more susceptible to a number of respiratory and digestive pathogens.”

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Hoosier Project Puts Tags to Test

Hoosier Project Puts Tags to Test


Hoosier cattle producers may participate in a pilot program to put new tagging technology to work in their herds.

According to Pal-item.com, under Indiana’s 840 Tag Pilot Program, Hoosier dairy and beef producers may request the 840 radio frequency identification tags at no charge for their breeding cattle, The yellow, button-style tags are available as long as supplies last.

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Managing Dynamic Change in the Beef Cattle Industry

Managing Dynamic Change in the Beef Cattle Industry

Ohio State Extension Beef Team

No one can deny the past year and a half in the beef cattle business can be characterized as quickly changing and rapidly evolving. Along with rapid change come management issues many have seldom dealt with in the past. As Ohio’s cattlemen look to the future, understanding and carefully managing these tumultuous times will be paramount to sustainability within the industry. 

With these thoughts in mind, a series of four February meetings entitled Managing Dynamic Change in the Beef Cattle Industry will be hosted on consecutive Wednesday’s and Thursday’s in two different locations in the heart of “cow country.” Insightful and Nationally recognized speakers will guide participants through the process of gaining an understanding of today’s beef cattle business realities, reviewing strategies which will optimize whole herd profitability, and looking at the alternatives for buying, selling and merchandising cattle. The series will conclude with a look into planning for the future during a session entitled “Trends, habits and winds of change.”

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Concerns with energy supplements with low quality forages

Concerns with energy supplements with low quality forages

Ken Olson

TriState Livestock News

Two weeks ago, Greg Lardy provided an excellent discussion on the value of protein supplementation for cattle using low quality forages, such as dormant native range. A common question that is often asked is if we can substitute cheaper feedstuffs that are high in energy but low in protein in place of higher priced protein supplements. Typical energy supplements include most feed grains, particularly corn or barley, but also include byproducts such as sugar beet pulp or soy hulls. We have all seen the dramatic drop in corn prices in recent weeks, so it is likely that some folks may be wondering if cheaper corn may work as a supplement.

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Seven-Step Culling

Seven-Step Culling

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

When times are tough, deep culling can cut feed costs and put your herd on a path to greater productivity.

When times are tough, deep culling can cut feed costs and put your herd on a path to greater productivity.

Culling cows is an essential element of any good beef herd improvement program. It eliminates poor performers, which helps maintain top performance in the overall herd.

But some years are tougher than others and call for more drastic culling to keep an operation on track. Any time feed resources are limited due to price, availability or both, it’s time to consider culling cows you might otherwise keep.

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Vet’s Corner: As producers, we need to be advocates for agriculture

Vet’s Corner: As producers, we need to be advocates for agriculture

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

Tri State Neighbor

Hope everyone had a great holiday season. It was great to see all of my family and especially my four grandsons.

My grandsons all live in large communities and most of my in-laws are relatively naive to agriculture. As producers we must constantly promote agriculture and promote public awareness.

We all hear the news stories about the recession and the uncertainty of future prices. All the financial gurus proclaim prices depend on demand. What can livestock producers do to make sure people purchase meat?

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Winds of change: The ‘flatulence tax’ and you

Winds of change: The ‘flatulence tax’ and you

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

RedState.com today goes after the alleged “flatulence” tax, a so-far theoretical measure that would slap fees on cows, pigs and the greenhouse gases they produce.

The Business and Media Institute has a fresh piece on the topic as well.

There’s little chance that the measure will pass muster with the Environmental Protection Agency, but farmers across the U.S. have been in a panic.

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Specialty crop money could fund COOL enforcement

Specialty crop money could fund COOL enforcement

Tom Karst


Industry lobbyists raised alarm at the prospects of a U.S. Department of Agriculture raid on the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program to fund enforcement of the mandatory country-of-origin labeling law.

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has told Congressional leaders he will more transfer more than $3 million from the Specialty Crop Block Grant program to pay for enforcement and education activities of the Country-of-Origin Labeling law, United Fresh Produce Association lobbyist Robert Guenther said.

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Rural bankers say problems persist

Rural bankers say problems persist

The Cattle Business Weekly

A banker survey created by economists at Nebraska’s Creighton University is showing that the Midwest is beginning to struggle along with other states in the national finance crisis.

The survey shows up to 11 Midwest and Plains states are suffering a weaker farm sector and export losses.

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First Rule For Handling Cows: Slow & Quiet

First Rule For Handling Cows: Slow & Quiet


This year I have spent many days at dairies in Minnesota and South Dakota collecting data for an observational study on dairy housing and well-being. I have noticed the wide differences among the operations we are working with for the project.

In some dairies, cows run away from us, whereas in others, the opposite is the case. Treatment of cows by the workers in the parlor and holding area also varies widely.

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