Daily Archives: May 20, 2009

Preconditioning Payoff : Buyers Notice the Difference

Preconditioning Payoff :  Buyers Notice the Difference

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

Even when premiums aren’t so high, a good, healthy calf crop pays benefits all around.

Barry Chittenden says one thing always strikes him when he attends a special calf sale at the Livingston County Livestock Market in Ledbetter, Ky. “There are hundreds of calves there,” he notes, “but you seldom hear any bawling in the barn.”

That’s because the calves have been preconditioned. They’re content. They’ve been weaned for at least 45 days and no longer miss their mamas. They can fend for themselves; they’re used to eating and drinking from a trough.


Developing a Biosecurity Plan Important to Herd Health

Developing a Biosecurity Plan Important to Herd Health

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Part 2

As mentioned in the previous article in this series, the recent concerns over Swine Flu have increased everyone’s awareness of the need for measures to insure our health. As we discussed, this concern extends into our cattle operations. Many cattlemen regularly buy and sell animals into and out of their operations as well as move cattle from one location to another.


Bovine tuberculosis in a deer at Indiana deer farm

Bovine tuberculosis in a deer at Indiana deer farm

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

A deer in southeastern Indiana being processed for meat has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis. The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is investigating. The deer was in a farm-raised elk and deer herd. USDA confirmed the disease. The farm is close to a beef cattle herd that was traced to a TB positive cow in December 2008.


Managing high inputs: Top 10 Management Practices

Managing high inputs: Top 10 Management Practices

Victoria Advocate (TX)

Last week, Calhoun, Jackson, and Victoria counties kicked off our “Managing High Inputs” series with a program titled “Management Practices That Pay” by Joe Paschal, Texas AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist.

Discussion included what it costs to run a cow, market outlook, drought situation, and other relevant topics in the beef cattle business. Among those, Paschal shared his list of the Top 10 Management Practices.


Grass tetany can be a cattle killer

Grass tetany can be a cattle killer

Penn State

The calendar says it is the beginning of spring and the grass is growing. For most beef producers, it is a welcome time of the year because there are no more cold, snowy days when they have to feed their cattle hay.

However, there is a hidden danger in those pastures from grass tetany, according to John Comerford, associate professor of dairy and animal science, who coordinates of beef programs in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.


Canadian Officials Confirm Additional BSE Case

Canadian Officials Confirm Additional BSE Case


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE in an 80-month-old dairy cow from Alberta. The agency says no part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems. Investigators say the age and location of the infected animal are consistent with previous cases detected in Canada.


Ready to Learn about Raising Grass-Fed Beef?

Ready to Learn about Raising Grass-Fed Beef?

Becky Mills

DTN Progressive Farmer

   Here’s what cattlemen say you need to know to make it work.

   The business of grass finishing beef is not for the faint of heart. It takes  a year-round supply of high-quality forages to produce the gains and marbling  needed for a tasty end product. And Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate.