Daily Archives: September 28, 2009

Savvy Producers Know How to Cash in on Weight Gains, Market Opportunit

Savvy Producers Know How to Cash in on Weight Gains, Market Opportunity

Boyd Kidwell

DTN/Progressive Farmer

The constant ups and downs in the cattle market highlight the economic risks of preconditioning. You can invest time and money in preconditioning and health care, but there’s no guarantee buyers always will cover your costs.

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Weights, Measures, and Doses:   What Every Cattleman Should Know

Weights, Measures, and Doses:   What Every Cattleman Should Know

Dave Sparks DVM, Oklahoma State University Extension Food Animal Health Specialist

Grams, kilograms, ml, cc; what does it all mean?  What cattleman hasn’t stood with medication in hand and wondered if he was helping or making things worse with a wrong dosage.  It really isn’t complicated, but it may seem that way to livestock producers who do not use these applications in everyday life.  Let’s open the curtains and see if we can let some light in on the subject.

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Make Preparations for Fall and Winter Feeding Management

Make Preparations for Fall and Winter Feeding Management

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattlemen are faced with a host of decisions they have to make but the period in advance of the upcoming fall and winter tends to be the most stressful. Most producers focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months – primarily winter. In some areas that’s not a great problem. If you are somewhere that has enjoyed plentiful rainfall, the likelihood is good that you have a fair amount of standing forage and cows are in pretty good condition.

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Field Peas for Cattle

Field Peas for Cattle

Mark Watson

KTIC

Karla H Jenkins, Ph.D. is the Cow/Calf Range Management Specialist for UNL at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. Her research and extension efforts focus on grazing and supplementation systems for beef cattle that are profitable for the producer while maintaining the sustainability of the range. She received her B.S. degree from Texas A&M in agriculture education and her M.S. and PhD at UNL in ruminant nutrition.

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Cattlemen’s Capitol Concerns

Cattlemen’s Capitol Concerns

KRVN

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule on Tuesday to require livestock operations that emit 25,000 tons or more of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) per year from their manure management systems to report those emissions as part of a mandatory greenhouse gas registry.

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Specter of bovine TB haunts cattle producers in Indiana

Specter of bovine TB haunts cattle producers in Indiana

Will Higgins

Indianapolis Star

Indiana’s cattle producers — their billion-dollar-a-year industry threatened by an obscure bacterium — turn their eyes anxiously to Franklin County.

There on a small farm lived a cow that had bovine tuberculosis. The disease was detected in the cow at a slaughterhouse in Pennsylvania in December.

The State Board of Animal Health tested all the cows on the Franklin County farm and an adjacent cattle farm for bovine TB — twice. All tested negative.

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Feeding the calf crop

Feeding the calf crop

Ivan G. Rush

Tri State Livestock News

The cattle industry continues to be a dynamic and complex industry providing plenty of challenges and opportunities to producers. A year ago when cattle were selling in the mid 90s and a lower number of beef cows were in inventory, economic projections for this fall looked really good for both the cow-calf producer and the feeder. Unfortunately those predictions did not materialize.

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