Daily Archives: October 22, 2009

Video Feature: Blackleg in Cattle

Dr. Clyde Lane University of Tennessee, Beef Extension Specialist, discusses this important topic.

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 Beef Team gives tips for parasite control in the cow herd

 Beef Team gives tips for parasite control in the cow herd

Bethany Funnell, DVM, University of Minnesota Beef Team

Farm and Ranch Guide

Father Time has just turned a page in the book, and ushered in Jack Frost.

September was one of wonderfully warm weather, which in some areas, was just what the crops needed to finish out their life cycle, and produce harvestable fruits.

The changing of the season also ushers in the next steps in the cattle production cycle.

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A Profit Opportunity For Cowboys? Really!

A Profit Opportunity For Cowboys? Really!

The Farm Gate

Is there a turnaround occurring in the cattle market? Apparently, cowboys see some opportunities for profitability and their recent actions to increase feedlot inventories indicate a light at the end of the tunnel for the beef industry. Is that a glimmer of hope or is that an approaching train wreck?

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Care of the Newborn Immediately After Calving

Care of the Newborn Immediately After Calving

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

Delayed passage through the birth canal in the face of a faltering placenta compromises oxygenation of the calf.  Although the calf is able to breathe as soon as its nose passes the lips of the vulva, expansion of the chest is restricted by the narrow birth canal.  This situation is seriously aggravated when continuous forced traction is applied.

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Managing Herd Health, When Times are Bad…or Good

Managing Herd Health, When Times are Bad…or Good

Troy Smith

Hereford World

Veterinarian recommends producers implement health practices when they will deliver maximum benefit, not based on convenience.

Most agricultural economists say key indicators suggest better times ahead for people in the cow business. Declining U.S. cattle numbers mean more limited beef supplies, which should push beef and cattle prices higher. Complicating things is this worldwide economic recession, which has dampened demand for beef domestically and in foreign markets.

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7 Ways To Sink Your Family Beef Operation

7 Ways To Sink Your Family Beef Operation

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

When multiple generations of a family work together in business — be it a farm, ranch or feedlot — there will be moments when things are not “swell,” says Ron Hanson, a University of Nebraska ag economics professor.

During his career as a university professor, Hanson has spent his own personal time the past 32 years working to help farm and ranch families successfully pass their business from one generation to the next. Having grown up on an Illinois family farm himself, Hanson understands the stressful situations and difficulties that multigenerational family operations may encounter in this transition process.

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Becoming A Carcass Ultrasound Technician

Becoming A Carcass Ultrasound Technician

Patrick Wall, The National CUP Lab

The telephone at The National CUP Lab rings often in the spring of each year, but as the bull & female sale season winds down, the clients’ questions begin to change from barnsheets, images, and data processing to “How do I become a field technician?” Despite the rapid growth of available scanning technicians in the last five years, there are still parts of the country that thirst for someone to scan their cattle. Seeing an opportunity, a number of creative cattlemen have filled the void in their area by becoming a certified technician. On the surface, getting into the ultrasound scanning business seems quite simple: learn the science, buy equipment, find cattle, and scan ‘em.

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