Daily Archives: March 11, 2010

Video Feature: Baxter Black: Where is Out There?

Every week Baxter Black tells us he’s reporting from “out there”…but what does “out there” really mean? Only he can answer that question, from US Farm Report.

Cattlemen Seek Greener Pastures in Niche Market

Cattlemen Seek Greener Pastures in Niche Market

Boyd Kidwell

Angus Journal

Steve McPherson is one of many Angus breeders cashing in on a growing consumer appetite for grass-fed beef. McPherson and his partner, Sam Kiser, manage 200 Angus cows at Triple Tree Farm near Snow Camp, N.C. For many years, McPherson has been successfully marketing registered Angus bulls to commercial cattle producers, but he’s recently found that Angus calves are perfect for the lucrative grass-fed beef market.

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Oklahoma Representatives Approve Animal Husbandry Bill

Oklahoma Representatives Approve Animal Husbandry Bill

Beef Today

On Thrusday, by a vote of 71 -25, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed an animal husbandry bill. Introduced by Representative Don Armes (R-Faxon), the bill clearly defines animal husbandry as the branch of agriculture and animal science concerned with the care, breeding and management of bovine, caprine, equine, porcine, poultry and other farm animals.

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Take The Stress Out Of Calving Season

Take The Stress Out Of Calving Season

Becky Mills

DTN/Progressive Farmer

In his 50 years of practice, veterinarian Fred Ingle has seen just about everything. Still, there is one bovine delivery complication that stands out. "I reached in and felt two heads," recalls the Clermont, Ga., practitioner. Not twins, but two heads on one calf.

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CAFO bill raises secrecy concerns

CAFO bill raises secrecy concerns

Ben Botkin

Magic Valley Times News

Good fences make good neighbors, but a fence cannot stop the drifting odors and environmental hazards of improperly tended manure in beef cattle feeding operations.

Those who want to peer beyond that fence — figuratively at least — and read their neighboring rancher’s latest state inspection would have a more difficult time getting that information, under a proposed bill.

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Bryant’s ‘Hoop Beef System®’ popular with cattle feeders

Bryant’s ‘Hoop Beef System®’ popular with cattle feeders

Paul Struck

Chronicle Times

In 2001, veterinarian and seasoned cattleman Dr. Robert Bryant of Aurelia began to experiment with what would come to be known as the Hoop Beef System®.

Originally used to house cows and calves during the harsh Iowa winters, Bryant quickly saw the potential for feediong and backgrounding cattle. He was convinced hoop structures would work for feeding cattle.

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Winter Grazing

Winter Grazing

Retha Colclasure

While we may have the ability to escape the elements, livestock don`t have that option.

Some cows in North Dakota have been spending the whole winter out on the range.

Lance Gartner made a drastic change in his ranching operation about 5 years ago.

"People use grass over the summer, I`ve decided to stockpile forage for the winter so cows can feed themselves."

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Alberta. cow tests positive for BSE: CFIA

Alberta. cow tests positive for BSE: CFIA

AG Canada

Canada’s 17th case of BSE was discovered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) last month but has only now been publicly announced.

The federal government’s communication strategy for reporting cases of bovine sponsgiform encephalopathy (BSE) now involves only providing information on a monthly basis. A CFIA spokesperson could only confirm to RNI that one animal did test positive for BSE.

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Bud Wentz has often been called the “Godfather of Simbrah Cattle”

Bud Wentz has often been called the "Godfather of Simbrah Cattle"

Southern Livestock Standard

Regardless of your status–old or new breeder, or somewhere in between, the probability that you have heard and even met Bud Wentz is very high. Wentz has often been called the “Godfather of Simbrah” and his life long devotion to the breed is unquestionable.

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A review of fatty acid profiles and antioxidant content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef

A review of fatty acid profiles and antioxidant content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef

Cynthia A Daley, Amber Abbott, Patrick S Doyle, Glenn A Nader and Stephanie Larson

Nutrition Journal

Growing consumer interest in grass-fed beef products has raised a number of questions with regard to the perceived differences in nutritional quality between grass-fed and grain-fed cattle.

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Beef producers should check these practices

Beef producers should check these practices

Mark Keaton

Baxter Bulletin

Here are some practices beef producers need to consider doing on farms:

Check working facilities. In upcoming months, the cow herd will be worked several times, (spring deworming, vaccinations, fly tags, etc.), and working facilities should be in top order. Items to check for are missing latches and planks, broken gates, mudholes, trash and proper operation of the head gate and squeeze chute.

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Cutting Costs, Reducing Phosphorus Levels For The Beef Cow Herd?

Cutting Costs, Reducing Phosphorus Levels For The Beef Cow Herd?


Last month we discussed how knowing the mineral concentrations in forages may provide opportunities to lower mineral expenses. Testing forages are essential in understanding how these forages contribute to the overall mineral balance.

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Keep Cows in Peak Condition

Keep Cows in Peak Condition

Dan Goehl

Beef Today

Keeping cows in adequate body condition is key in maintaining breed-back times. Reproductive efficiency is directly correlated to cow body condition.

The main reproductive problem is failure of the cow to return to estrus or “heat.” Body condition scoring of cows will help determine if they are at an adequate nutrition level. Cows within the correct range of body condition are most likely to return to estrus in a timely fashion and breed back early in the breeding season.

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Q&A  What causes baby calves to not get up and nurse immediately after birth?  These cattle are located in Western Illinois

Q&A  What causes baby calves to not get up and nurse immediately after birth?  These cattle are located in Western Illinois


My first concern is that your calves may have white muscle disease. This is caused by a selenium deficiency and is common in areas that have selenium deficient soil. I am not familiar with your area of Illinois, but a local agronomist should be able to tell you the selenium status of the soil.

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Cattle producers gather with the curious

Cattle producers gather with the curious


Jackson Sun

Annette Cutliff didn’t leave her compassionate side in the hospital when she quit her nursing career a few years ago; she just traded patients for cattle.

Annette and her husband, Larry Cutliff, bought their first Angus cow and calf 12 years ago. Now the Fayette County ranchers have 50 cows and two bulls.

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