Daily Archives: October 2, 2009

Video Feature: Fitting and Showing Angus Cattle, Part 1

To order the complete video contact the American Angus Association. Fitting and showing cattle is a process that takes dedication and commitment to excellence. In this video, learn what steps you need to take.

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BeefTalk: Just Under the Floorboards

BeefTalk: Just Under the Floorboards

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Our Food Becomes What We Are Our Food Becomes What We Are

If one has ever dismantled an old home, lifting the floorboards can be quite interesting. Perhaps it is as simple as an old coin that rolled between the boards or a long-held stash of papers put there as a place to reside and eventually were boarded over.

If one has ever dismantled an old home, lifting the floorboards can be quite interesting. Perhaps it is as simple as an old coin that rolled between the boards or a long-held stash of papers put there as a place to reside and eventually were boarded over.

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Time for Fall Nutrition Tune-up

Time for Fall Nutrition Tune-up

Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Fall has officially started and the seasons are changing whether you are ready or not. Fall moisture has been more varied than our summer weather causing more disparity in the quantity of fescue that is stockpiled across the state. Late fall moisture and warm temperatures can still have a positive impact on forage growth. Rain or not, growing days and temperatures will be on a diminishing trend. As we begin to close out the growing year, it is an important time to assess management items which will impact cow herd nutrition and performance.

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Reminders for low-stress stockmanship

Reminders for low-stress stockmanship

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

With fall weaning moving into full swing, a review of low-stress cattle handling techniques seems timely. Ryan Reuter and Kent Shankles with the Noble Foundation in Oklahoma offer these guidelines.

A common misconception is that "low-stress" must mean "no pressure." That is absolutely false, say this pair of experts.

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Varying Weather Conditions May Threaten Winter Hay

Varying Weather Conditions May Threaten Winter Hay

Cattle Today

Cary, N.C. and Eastman, Ga. – A gamut of weather conditions in the Southeast – from drought to extreme rain – may significantly impact the quality and supply of the hay crop in coming months.

“Weather across the state of Florida has been inconsistent,” said Reyna Speckmann, an assistant Extension scientist at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. “The state is below average for annual rainfall, which may limit yield and quality in some operations.”

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Mizzou scientist leads the effort to help farmers decrease feed costs

Mizzou scientist leads the effort to help farmers decrease feed costs

RedOrbit

With more than 2 million cows on 68,000 farms, Missouri is the third-largest beef producer in the nation. Due to rising feed prices, farmers are struggling to provide feed for the cows that contribute more than $1 billion to Missouri’s economy. University of Missouri researcher Monty Kerley, professor of animal nutrition in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is studying how cows might be able to gain more weight while consuming less, potentially saving farmers up to 40 percent of feed costs.

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Hoosier officials unveil plans to combat bovine TB

Hoosier officials unveil plans to combat bovine TB

Grace Schneider

Louisville Courier Journal

Seeking the aid of deer hunters, Indiana game and animal health officials are taking steps to track and contain any potential spread of bovine tuberculosis in the state.

Biologists with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources hope to gather 300 heads from yearling white-tail deer in Harrison County to test for TB on the weekend of Nov. 14-15, the opening of the season for hunting deer with firearms. The collections will be taken at Gun World, a Corydon retailer and deer check station.

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Third Dairy Buyout Scheduled

Third Dairy Buyout Scheduled

Western livestock Journal

Cooperatives Working Together announced today they would start accepting bids this month for a third dairy herd retirement. The program is working to remove cows from production in an effort to prop up sagging prices for dairy products due to a sharp decline in demand.

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Feeding an Investment

Feeding an Investment

Kim Watson-Potts

Beef Today

As more cattle feeders bleed red ink in the current market, the idea of investing in cattle feeding may seem a bit too risky. However, that’s just what a cattle investment group in Iowa has decided to do, with the idea there are still opportunities to make a return on investment (ROI) in cattle feeding.

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Ranch practicum generates high-return rancher characteristics

Ranch practicum generates high-return rancher characteristics

The Cattle Business Weekly

Building a more profitable ranch sounds easy – manage aggressively, wage war on costs and take advantage of cheap production gains and low feed costs.

The devil’s in the details.

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Feed With Excessive Aflatoxin Levels Dangerous to Livestock

Feed With Excessive Aflatoxin Levels Dangerous to Livestock

The Cattleman

Excessive levels of aflatoxin can harm and even kill livestock and pets. Growers are being warned not to use affected grain as feed for cattle or any other livestock.

“The emergency rule signed by the Governor this week follows strict FDA guidelines specifying the maximum levels that may be fed to beef cattle and then only in feedlots,” said State Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach. “Unblended corn may contain up to 300 parts per billion and blended corn up to 200 parts per billion of aflatoxin.”

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First Pan-American Hereford Evaluation Released

First Pan-American Hereford Evaluation Released

Cattle Today

The first Hereford genetic evaluation that includes cattle from more than one continent has been released. To increase overseas marketing opportunities for Hereford breeders and strengthen the genetic evaluation, the American Hereford Association (AHA) worked closely with Hereford organizations in Uruguay, Canada and Argentina and created the Pan-American Cattle Evaluation (PACE).

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Corn Gluten Feed for Beef Cattle

Corn Gluten Feed for Beef Cattle

Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

The domestic processing of corn to produce high-fructose corn syrup has made available an increasing amount of corn gluten feed.  In many locations in Virginia, corn gluten feed is one of the few and most economical by-product or co-product feeds available.  Used correctly, corn gluten feed is an excellent supplement for forage based programs.  Corn gluten feed is produced from the wet milling of corn.

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TSCRA Special Ranger Recovers More than $80,000 of Stolen Property in North Texas

TSCRA Special Ranger Recovers More than $80,000 of Stolen Property in North Texas

The Cattleman

Sherman, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Troy McKinney, along with the Grayson and Hunt County Sheriffs’ Departments, recovered and returned more than $80,000 of stolen property from a Sherman man charged with 11 felony charges.

James Kelly Harris, 44, was arrested Sept. 15 on 11 felony charges, including six counts of burglary, one count of theft and one count of evading a police officer.

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Cattle Feed Byproducts: Evaluation Of Storage Methods For WDGS

Cattle Feed Byproducts: Evaluation Of Storage Methods For WDGS

cattlenetwork.com

Wet distillers grains plus solubles is an excellent feed for feedlot cattle and as a supplement for cows or calves on forage. However, usage must occur as delivered with semi-load quantities used on a weekly basis. As a result, smaller operations are limited on using wet distillers grains plus solubles.

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