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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