Daily Archives: June 9, 2009

Video Feature: Giving injections correctly to beef cattle

Video Feature:  Giving injections correctly to beef cattle

Matt Claeys, Purdue University demonstrated the correct methodology of treating beef animals properly with injectable products.

Storing Large Round Bales

Storing Large Round Bales

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

University of Tennessee animal scientists conducted a trial to compare different methods of storing large round bales of grass hay. The hay was cut and baled in June in Moore County, Tennessee. The bales were weighed at the time of harvest and storage. Then they were weighed again the following January at the time of winter feeding. The following table lists the type of storage and the resulting percentage hay loss.

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Baxter Black, DVM: BEETLESS TUESDAY

Baxter Black, DVM:  BEETLESS TUESDAY

I felt a twinge of sadness when I heard that the SEAM (Social Engineers And Manipulators) had declared BEETLESS TUESDAY in Missoula.

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Creep Forage

Creep Forage

Hugh Aljoe

Southern Livestock Standard

Creep grazing calves is a management practice allowing calves to graze designated areas – separately from the cows – where the forage quality is higher than the grazing pasture. This concept is similar to creep feeding calves, with the purpose being to increase weaning weights of calves, thus increasing their value at weaning.

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Improving production efficiency

Improving production efficiency

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State livestock News

Spring calving is over and most pairs have been moved to pasture. Sadly we are faced with a depressed national economy resulting in lower meat and calf prices while feed inputs have greatly increased. The cow-calf producer must examine his operation carefully to improve production efficiency.

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Q&A: How long after fertilizing a pasture until it is safe to have cattle graze on that pasture?

Q&A:   How long after fertilizing a pasture until it is safe to have cattle graze on that pasture?

Dr. Jerry Volesky, Associate Professor of Agronomy, West Central Research & Extension Center

A:   Common dry pasture fertilizer usually has the nitrogen in the form of urea (46-0-0) or ammonium nitrate (34-0-0-) and phosphorus can be spread as 0-46-0 or 11-52-0 which is common.

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How the 2009 Federal Stimulus Package Will Affect Agriculture

How the 2009 Federal Stimulus Package Will Affect Agriculture

C. Robert Holcomb, EA, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. The $789 billion legislation includes tax cuts, additional spending programs, aid to states, students, schools, the unemployed, and communities. This legislation is intended to impact many areas of the economy including the industry of Agriculture.

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Factory Farming’s Long Reach

Factory Farming’s Long Reach

By George Wuerthner

New West Politics

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The impact of factory farming upon the American land and native biodiversity is seldom discussed, but animal protein production has a significant impact upon the Nation’s land and water. The direct environmental problems like air or water pollution associated with large factory farming operations may be clear, but less obvious are the environmental impacts associated with the agricultural production of feed crops and other consequences associated with large factory farming operations.

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Carving out a profit

Carving out a profit

Mikkel Pates

Agweek

How do cattlemen protect themselves financially in an era of rapidly fluctuating commodity and feed supplies? People are pessimistic and nervous about an uncertain economy.

Gail Sohler has owned for Stockmen’s Livestock Market in Yankton, S.D., for 47 years and has made it stand out as a clean, professionally run facility, especially distinctive with its artwork that celebrates the livestock industry.

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Dairy Cow Sell-Off Drops Beef Prices

Dairy Cow Sell-Off Drops Beef Prices

Wilton Johnson

KYTX

This springtime tradition is as old as Texas itself. A good ol’ fashioned cattle roundup.

“We separate cows and calves, run cows through and fly-tag and worm ’em. Give them a lepto shot,” cattleman Barry Hale explained.

But he said these cows going to market today will not fetch what they should.

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Feedlot Monitoring Program Improved!

Feedlot Monitoring Program Improved!

Chronicle Times

The Feedlot Monitoring Program is not new, but it has been improved. “Producers told us that they would like to be able to view the performance of all pens of cattle on one sheet. The new download will do that,” said Beth Doran, ISU Extension Beef Field Specialist.

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Ranchers affected by wolf predation: cattle lost, damaged

Ranchers affected by wolf predation: cattle lost, damaged

Ken Korczak

Pineandlakes.com

Eldon “Barney” Wiese came from Nebraska with his family when he was 10 years old in 1935 to homestead a small patch of land about eight miles west of Pequot Lakes – and he doesn’t remember having problems back then with timber wolves preying on their small herd of dairy cattle.

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House Ag Panel Releases Climate Change Survey Results

House Ag Panel Releases Climate Change Survey Results

Beef Today

The House Ag Committee has now published the responses the panel received to its climate change survey. The Committee received more than 200 responses to the questionnaire.

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Calves Need Proper Nutrition for a Good Start

Calves Need Proper Nutrition for a Good Start

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Cattle Today

Having a live, healthy calf on the ground is the core of the cow/calf operation. It is generally understood that in order to have a successful cow/calf operation the first thing that must happen is to get the cow bred. Secondly that cow must deliver a live calf with as few complications as possible.

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New FDA Guidelines on Veterinary Feed Directive

New FDA Guidelines on Veterinary Feed Directive

Thebeefsite.com

The USDA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its guidance on in-feed drug orders by veterinarians.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided additional guidance for veterinarians on how to electronically send Veterinary Feed Directive drug orders.

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House Ag Panel Releases Climate Change Survey Results

House Ag Panel Releases Climate Change Survey Results

Beef Today

The House Ag Committee has now published the responses the panel received to its climate change survey. The Committee received more than 200 responses to the questionnaire.

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