Daily Archives: November 9, 2009

Video Feature: Reducing Hay Wastage

Hay wastage has always been a problem in beef operations. The problem has gotten much worse since large round bales have been utilized.

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I was wounded. I got cracked across the bridge of my nose. Not that my nose needs to do anything to attract attention. As one friend put it, “Bax, if you’d lie flat on your back in the sun, we could tell time!”

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Observe bulls closely as breeding season begins.

Observe bulls closely as breeding season begins.

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

A good manager keeps an eye on his bulls during the breeding season to make sure that they are getting the cows bred.  Occasionally a bull that has passed a breeding soundness exam may have difficulty serving cows in heat, especially after heavy service.  Inability to complete normal service and low fertility are more detrimental than failure to detect cows in heat to calf crop percent.

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Animal Welfare Groups Want To Change Your Production Practices

Animal Welfare Groups Want To Change Your Production Practices

The Farm Gate

A year ago Proposition 2 in California was approved by voters and spelled the end to the California egg industry because it caused the abolition of common production practices. Voters in other states have spoken out, and in some caused significant changes in the way livestock are raised. Last week Ohio voters approved Issue 2 on the ballot, which was a pro-active move by the Ohio livestock industry to pre-empt an effort by the Humane Society of the US to change livestock production practices in that state. The public debate over what livestock producers should and should not do to raise their animals has barely begun.

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The High Cost Of Low Calving Rates

The High Cost Of Low Calving Rates


Preg-check season brings at least a mild level of anxiety for most cow/calf producers. From an economic standpoint, the difference between confirmed pregnancies and open cows could hardly be wider. While a pregnant cow or heifer is an asset that represents money in the bank, the open cow is a liability that represents a blank check you’re about to write.

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Dystocia—Difficult Calving, What It Costs and How to Avoid It

Dystocia—Difficult Calving, What It Costs and How to Avoid It

Dr. R.A. Cady, University of New Hampshire

Dystocia, more commonly known as difficult calving, is a problem most dairy producers encounter. Consequences range from the need for increased producer attention to the loss of the cow and calf. Dystocia is a leading cause of calf death at or shortly after birth and leads to uterine infections, more retained placentas, and longer calving intervals.

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Hold the beef, pass the tests

Hold the beef, pass the tests

The Times Union

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.

If you find it surprising that beef processors don’t have to test their product for a common and potentially deadly organism, welcome to the club.

The fact is, beef is not required to be tested for the presence of E. coli, bacteria typically found in the intestines of cows and pigs, or in their feces.

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