Daily Archives: January 14, 2010

So, Who Takes Care of the Calf?

So, Who Takes Care of the Calf?

Bryan McMurry

American Cattlemen

The short, simple answer to this question is of course, the cow. That’s her job. As cattlemen, taking care of the cow is our job. The answer to taking care of the cow is neither short nor simple.

The calf depends entirely on the cow from conception until weaning and given the proper environment she is capable of providing nearly everything the calf needs. If we understand the cow’s needs we can provide for the needs of both her and the calf.

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Cold weather concerns

Cold weather concerns

Dr. Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Cold winter weather and the potential for cold stress in cattle requires that producers in many parts of the country prepare for the husbandry challenges that the winter months bring. Adult cattle with a dry winter hair coat, adequate body condition, and abundant feed can withstand most winter situations. But, by planning for winter weather, ranchers can avoid being caught off-guard by extreme events and can manage the typical loss of body condition that occurs when cattle have to utilize body fat as an energy source to keep warm.

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The ins and outs of tube feeding

The ins and outs of tube feeding

By Geni Wren 

Bovine Veterinarian

Getting colostrum into a newborn calf as soon as possible is critical for a good start in life. Calf expert Sam Leadley, PhD, Attica Veterinary Associates, P.C., Attica, N.Y. says if a bottle does not work and it takes using a tube feeder, then that is the way to go, assuming competent calf care personnel. “I am not much on using a tube feeder for milk or milk replacer,” Leadley says. “If the calf does not want to drink her milk something is wrong and I need address that problem rather than use a tube feeder as a crutch.

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Reducing costs of delivering feed to cattle

Reducing costs of delivering feed to cattle

Kenneth C. Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Winter supplementation of beef cattle is an important economic and production decision that producers make each year. Supplementation is often necessary to overcome nutrient deficiencies to allow adequate cattle performance. However, supplementation is an expensive input cost. The initial decision is the correct kind and amount of feed to use as the supplement, with the goal to provide the needed nutrients at the least feed cost.

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Start Now to Avoid Calf Scours Next Spring

Start Now to Avoid Calf Scours Next Spring

Dave Sparks, DVM, Oklahoma State University

Beef Today

Calf Scours, or neonatal calf diarrhea, is a problem experienced by most every cowman sooner or later. It is quite possibly the biggest health related financial loss to the cow calf industry. It is easy to recognize the impact that dead calves and increased cost of medical treatment has on the bottom line, but poor performance is an even greater though less noticeable loss.

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Climate Bill, Federal Debt Top Concerns of AFBF Delegates

Climate Bill, Federal Debt Top Concerns of AFBF Delegates

The Voice of Agriculture

Delegates at the 91st American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting voted to oppose cap-and-trade climate legislation and to support balancing the federal budget over the next eight years.

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Feeding Grain to Stock Cows

Feeding Grain to Stock Cows

John Dhuyvetter, Area Extension Livestock Specialist, North Central Research Extension Center

Beef cows are generally wintered most economically on rations consisting primarily of roughage. Grain, however, provides a concentrated highly digestible source of energy that can be fed when roughages are in short supply, and high priced relative to grain, or when forage is inadequate in quality to meet cow needs to maintain desired condition.

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Beef Cattle Prices May Rise This Year as Herd Shrinks

Beef Cattle Prices May Rise This Year as Herd Shrinks

Wallace’s Farmer

U.S. beef cattle producers who have been struggling to stay in the black over the last year may see a bit of a recovery in this new year, partly due to a hoped for rebound in the general economy and due to efforts by those producers to cut the herd size.

USDA’s Chief Economist Joe Glauber says that beef prices have gone up and are projected to go up, which will take steer prices with them.

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Colorado Beef Producers Urged to Test Herds for Trichomoniasis

Colorado Beef Producers Urged to Test Herds for Trichomoniasis

Farmer Stockman

The Colorado Department of Agriculture reminds cattle owners to test their herd bulls for bovine trichomoniasis.

"Testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling this infection" says Keith Roehr, state veterinarian. "Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd."

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ARS Gene Collections Vital to Animal Research Efforts

ARS Gene Collections Vital to Animal Research Efforts

Chris Guy

When the National Animal Germplasm Program (NAGP) opened its doors a decade ago, it started out with genetic material from 40 lines of chicken. Today, the center operated by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Fort Collins, Colo., has grown into one of the largest repositories of its kind in the world, housing more than half a million genetic samples from 12,000 animals.

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Timely tips for cattle farmers

Timely tips for cattle farmers

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

Spring-calving cow herd

• Consider vaccinating the cows to help prevent calf scours.

• Keep replacement heifer calves gaining enough to reach their “target” breeding weight (65-percent mature weight) by spring.

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Cattle Industry Takes A Hit 

Cattle Industry Takes A Hit 

Rachel Cox


Last year area ranchers and feedyards took a big hit as the rest of the country also struggled with a sinking economy. The bad year had a big impact on this entire region since 30% of the nation’s beef is locally raised. Last year area feedyards were still recovering from high corn prices. In 2008 it was $8 a bushel and its normally half that price.

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Manage Your Forage Dollars Wisely

Manage Your Forage Dollars Wisely

Sara Brown

Beef Today

Marc deManigold knows it’s time to change the ration. At Grace Farms in northern Missouri, cows are about 60 days from calving, a time when unborn calves are rapidly developing and cows are beginning to produce colostrum. He knows his alfalfa hay has more of the nutrients cows need at this time—and he has the numbers to prove it.

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Selby ranchers install state-of-the-art feed efficiency system

Selby ranchers install state-of-the-art feed efficiency system

Tri State Livestock News

With the current economic trend of ever-rising input costs combined with stagnant cattle prices, it is imperative for cattle producers to find ways to increase efficiency in their ranching operations.

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Market Advisor: are higher cattle prices ahead?

Market Advisor: are higher cattle prices ahead?

Tim Petry, Livestock Marketing Economist, NDSU

The Cattle Business Weekly

Year 2009 was certainly a disappointing year for cattle prices. Many cattle producers want to know if cattle prices will increase and when that might happen. The simple answer is yes, cattle prices will increase. However, the timing and magnitude of the increase is difficult to answer with any degree of certainty.

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