Daily Archives: January 23, 2009

Cut Winter Feed Costs With Byproducts

Cut Winter Feed Costs With Byproducts

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

The right feed can help keep the lid on costs this winter. But choose wisely.

Today’s cow/calf producers don’t just want to cut costs; in many cases they have to cut them to survive. This has everyone looking at a wide array of byproducts to help winter dry cows more economically.

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BeefTalk: Easier to Haul Home a New Bull Than a New Cow Herd

BeefTalk: Easier to Haul Home a New Bull Than a New Cow Herd

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

“A Cow Herd is the Product of Bull Genetics” “A Cow Herd is the Product of Bull Genetics”

As a producer, you really do not know if the individual animal performance is more a function of selected genes or unique management.

A fundamental question was asked the other day. Why not pay more attention to the offspring of the bull when a producer is re-evaluating the bull pen rather than the current predicted performance of the bull?

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The modern animal rights movement is not what it seems

The modern animal rights movement is not what it seems


The modern animal rights movement is not what it seems. Today’s activists have perverted once-sensible animal welfare goals by putting animals ahead of human beings and employing a “by any means necessary” philosophy to achieve their goals of “total animal liberation.”

Led by PETA, the Humane Society of the United States, and other activist groups, the animal liberation movement does not seek to improve animals’ lives. Its goal is to place unnecessary restrictions on ordinary people like you.

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Standards for natural meat

Standards for natural meat

The Cattle Business Weekly

The US Department of Agriculture has issued a voluntary standard for naturally raised livestock and meat marketing claims.

The standard will be published as a notice in the Federal Register and is titled “United States Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims, Naturally Raised Claim for Livestock and the Meat and Meat Products Derived from such Livestock.”

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Good decision making vital to having live calf, future cow pregnancy

Good decision making vital to having live calf, future cow pregnancy


Farm and Ranch Guide

Cow/calf producers make decisions each year that lead to a healthy, live calf and increase the marketability of the calf, says Dr. R.G. Mortimer, a veterinarian with a specialty in obstetrics.

As a widely-accepted expert on calving problems, Mortimer, who is also a professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., was the featured speaker at last month’s cow/calf seminar at Dickinson State University in Dickinson.

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Spin Trim Introduces Innovative Hoof Trimming Disk For Cattle Industry

Spin Trim Introduces Innovative Hoof Trimming Disk For Cattle Industry


Spin Trim Inc. today introduced the Spin Trim Disk, an innovative hoof trimming disk for cattle designed to help prevent lameness and ensure sustained milk production. The lightweight disk is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and hardened with anodize to ensure strength and resist wear. Spin Trim’s patent-pending design features five carbide blades with cutting edges on all four sides and it attaches easily to 4.5 and 5-inch angle grinders. Disks and blades are available exclusively through Spin Trim at www.spintrimdisk.com.

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Keys for managing bulls this winter

Keys for managing bulls this winter

Jason Ahola, University of Idaho Extension beef

The Cattle Business Weekly

With so much time spent catching-up on things during the winter months, it’s not uncommon for producers to put their bulls on the “back burner.”

Unfortunately, many bulls are nutritionally forgotten, leading to potential problems at breeding season. At a time when hay prices at are record highs, it’s possible that some producers might inadvertently underfeed their bulls this winter in order to save some money.

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Change to COOL means brighter future for cattle producers

Change to COOL means brighter future for cattle producers

Joanne Paulson,

The Star Phoenix

The future is looking up for cattle producers due to a change in American country of origin labelling (COOL) and new help from the federal government, producers at a beef and forage symposium heard Wednesday.

Brad Wildeman, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and president of Pound-Maker Agventures, said there is evidence of markets opening to Canadian beef, including a new agreement to ship product to Hong Kong.

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Researchers take second look at phosphorus requirements for cattle

Researchers take second look at phosphorus requirements for cattle


 The Prairie Star

Necessary for bone growth and reproduction, the phosphorous requirements of beef cattle were believed to have been determined in the late 1800s. But, current economic and environmental affects of this essential mineral are sending researchers back to study whether cattle really need as much as was previously decided.

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Preserving cattle

Preserving cattle


St. Augustine Record

Farmer Allan Roberts helps ancient Cracker Cattle stay around

If bulls were into genealogy, Big Cracker and Little Cracker would be invited to all the best places.

Their strain goes back to 1521 and the second voyage of Ponce de Leon to Florida, when he introduced the first cattle into what became the United States.

As it is, Big and Little are the subject of keen interest from cattlemen, museum directors, college professors and even an anthropologist.

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Cattle genetics raise the steaks and that’s no bull!

Cattle genetics raise the steaks and that’s no bull!

Jim Bridges

Crossville Chronicle

A number of interesting occupations are represented in Lake Tansi Village. Some belong to retirees while others are associated with residents still working. One in the latter category is Jack Looney, who is manager of a cattle farm in partnership with his brother, Tom Looney. The cattle you might have seen in the pasture across Cherokee Trail from the spa are part of their herd. The pasture is behind the residence of Tom and his wife, Ann.

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Lex to host beef feedlot roundtable

Lex to host beef feedlot roundtable

Gothenburg Times

Feedlot managers, owners, employees and allied industry will learn the latest on feedlot management at the 2009 Nebraska Beef Feedlot Roundtable Feb. 10-12 in Lexington, Norfolk or Bridgeport.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension meeting will be offered Feb. 10 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk, Feb. 11 at the Holiday Inn Express in Lexington and Feb. 12 at the Prairie Winds Community Center in Bridgeport.

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NCBA Asks Congress to Oppose Dairy Buyout in Stimulus Package

NCBA Asks Congress to Oppose Dairy Buyout in Stimulus Package


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate today opposing an effort to include a dairy buyout in the stimulus package. The proposal would use taxpayer dollars to raise dairy prices by buying older dairy cows from farmers, taking approximately 6.5 billion gallons of milk off the market. This would result in nearly 320,000 additional head of cattle entering the beef market, which could drastically reduce the price of beef cattle, says the NCBA.

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What Factors Affect Colostrum Quantity & Quality

What Factors Affect Colostrum Quantity & Quality


Age of the Dam – The amount of colostrum and the amount of antibody concentration are lower in first and second calvers than in older cows. There is continued antigenic stimulation with age. Older cows also have larger udders, better milk secretion capability and a more efficient antibody transport mechanism. Maintaining heifers in separately from older cow is prudent for both nutritional needs and colostral management.

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Illinois Beef Cattle Seminars Set

Illinois Beef Cattle Seminars Set

Midwest Ag Net

Beef cattle producers will have the opportunity to attend one of three Area Beef Cattle Seminars scheduled for this month, said Dave Seibert, a University of Illinois Extension animal systems educator.

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