Daily Archives: October 7, 2009

Video Feature: Fundamentals of Supplement Selection

Supplementation of beef cattle is needed when forage quality is low or the nutrientrequirements exceed the nutrient density of the forage. Producers need to select the supplement that best meets the animals needs. Dr. Clyde Lane, University of Tennessee Beef Extension Specialist.

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Beef producers reminded to take care with vaccines

Beef producers reminded to take care with vaccines

Farm Forum

Beef producers who are now busy working calves and cows should use careful procedures when it comes to vaccinating livestock.

  Shortcuts can lead to lost money, said Extension Livestock Educator Ann Price, who reminds producers to double-check the procedures they use when treating their herds.

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Q&A:   At what age is it safe to breed a heifer?

Q&A:   At what age is it safe to breed a heifer?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   Breeding should occur when the heifer reaches puberty. Puberty is a function of breed, age, and weight. Most heifers will reach puberty and be bred by 12 to 14 months of age and will be between 55% and 65% of their mature weight when they first begin to exhibit estrous cycles.

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Pelvic Measurements and Calving Difficulty

Pelvic Measurements and Calving Difficulty

David J. Patterson and William O. Herring, University of Missouri, Department of Animal Sciences

Although researchers agree that birth weight is the most important measurable trait affecting calving difficulty, there is evidence that the size and shape of the pelvis also affect a heifer’s ability to calve.

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Research Increases Understanding of Feed Intake

Research Increases Understanding of Feed Intake

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Every year about this time cattlemen across the country are weaning calves to go into stocker programs, heifer or bull development or the feedyard. This leads to a wide variety of grazing and feeding situations. In many cases this leads to extensive feeding and supplementation of many of these cattle. Self-feeding methods have been used extensively for years with varying degrees of success, primarily because controlling feed intake can be such a challenge.

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Lepto Hardjo Bovis

Lepto Hardjo Bovis


Leptospirosis is an important disease entity that can cause substantial productivity and profitability losses in the U.S. beef industry, particularly through its effect on reproductive performance and calf losses.

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Producers Get Hands-on Experience at Cattlemen’s Boot Camp

Producers Get Hands-on Experience at Cattlemen’s Boot Camp


Cattle producers from six states gathered at Michigan State University (MSU) Sept. 22-23 for intensive training during a Cattlemen’s Boot Camp hosted by MSU and the American Angus Association®. Funded through the Angus Foundation, the one-and-a-half-day program included sessions on marketing, herd health, animal welfare and handling, as well as a variety of demonstrations both at the MSU meats lab and purebred beef teaching center.

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Time For Fall Vaccinations!

Time For Fall Vaccinations!


Now’s a good time to run your cattle through the squeeze chute for their fall vaccinations. Vaccinations and fall treatments can be given to each animal after the veterinarian determines whether or not she’s pregnant.

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MSU research turns manure into money

MSU research turns manure into money


Cute pigs. Cute goats. Eating their food and making big cute piles of money.

Researchers with Montana State University Extension are looking into ways to make selling manure more profitable for farmers and ranchers.

Farmers and ranchers have been profiting from the hind ends of livestock for eons. But as MSU’s Tommy Bass puts it – the real cash cow is not raw manure.

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Grazing Conference Offers Cutting-Edge Information

Grazing Conference Offers Cutting-Edge Information

Kentucky Ag Connection

Forage and animal producers can get up-to-date, research-based information on current topics in both industries at the 10th Kentucky Grazing Conference. The conference is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT Oct. 29 at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton.

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Ohio’s Biggest Industry Wants Attention Paid To Issue 2

Ohio’s Biggest Industry Wants Attention Paid To Issue 2


Farmers are divided about whether Issue 2 should pass.

If voters approve it, a 13-member livestock standards board would set policy for farm animal care and food safety statewide.

It would focus on everything from animal care to bio-security, 10TV’s John Fortney reported.

Jake Wolfinger, who runs a grain and cattle farm that is expanding to 400 head, supports Issue 2.

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Nebraska Agribusiness Club honors Dr. Ivan Rush

Nebraska Agribusiness Club honors Dr. Ivan Rush


Local cattle specialist is being honored by the Nebraska Agribusinesses Club. Dr. Ivan Rush is one of three Nebraskan’s selected to receive Public Service to Agriculture Award at the 43rd Annual Awards Nov. 5th in Lincoln. Rush served 35 years as beef cattle specialist/scientist at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.

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Angus Internship, Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Angus Internship, Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

The American Angus Association®, Angus Foundation and Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) are offering several opportunities this fall for college students hoping to further their education and gain valuable real-world experience with the world’s leading beef cattle association and branded beef program.

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Relationship of incoming cattle traits to feedlot

Relationship of incoming cattle traits to feedlot

David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.

The Fence Post

Identifying factors that affect feedlot performance and carcass value of beef cattle is important in managing feedlot cattle for optimal economic potential. Previous research has demonstrated that primary breed makeup, frame scores, and muscle scores of feeder cattle affect carcass composition and days on feed. Other issues such as heat stress, cold stress, disease, and social stress affect performance and carcass traits.

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Get the facts about farmers

Get the facts about farmers


DesMoines Register

I started raising 10 cattle on leased land in 1974, and over time we’ve built a successful business that includes crops and a large herd of cattle. In all my years as a farmer, I can’t remember a time when newspaper and television were so full of opinions and advice about the right way to provide food for Americans.

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