Daily Archives: May 7, 2010

Video Feature: Baxter Black: Goose Bumps

Baxter Black has got a story to tell. This one involves an unfortunate meeting of a fast-flying goose and a wayward rope. From US Farm Report.

Customize Your Herd Health Calendar

Customize Your Herd Health Calendar

Kim Watson-Potts

Beef Today

Most of us understand the fundamentals of a sport like football, but it’s quite a leap to develop the strategy and playbook required to build a winning team. It takes knowledge of individual skills and an understanding of how the team works best together. You have to research your competition and develop a customized game plan to be victorious.

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Producers Must Make Obvious Culling Decisions in Spring

Producers Must Make Obvious Culling Decisions in Spring

Ted G. Dyer, UGA Extension Animal Scientist

Cattle Today

With the annual cost of keeping a commercial cow at or around $400/year, it is critical to identify and cull those open cows as soon as possible. Each day they remain in your herd it costs you more than $1/day.

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U of M Meeting Focuses On Nutrition

U of M Meeting Focuses On Nutrition


US – Feed industry professionals will have the opportunity to update their knowledge of beef, dairy, poultry, swine and equine nutrition at the 71st annual Minnesota Nutrition Conference on 21 to 22 September in Owatonna, Minnesota.

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Vaccinate cattle for anthrax before turning out to pasture

Vaccinate cattle for anthrax before turning out to pasture

The Cattle Business Weekly

A South Dakota Cooperative Extension veterinarian advises cattle producers to include anthrax vaccines in their programs before turning cattle out to summer pastures.

Extension Veterinarian Russ Daly said anthrax, which is caused by bacteria that can exist as spores in the soil for long periods of time, could arise this summer due to conditions that follow a wet spring.

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New ‘Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.’ Advertising Features Popular Lean Beef Cuts

New ‘Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.’ Advertising Features Popular Lean Beef Cuts

Agri Marketing

The new "Beef It’s What’s For Dinner." consumer advertising campaign is premiering this month with an emphasis on helping Americans become more familiar with the 29 lean cuts of beef. With a "29 Lean Cuts. One Powerful Protein." tagline, the new campaign will feature the nutritional benefits and versatility of six lean beef favorites: T-Bone steak, Filet, Top Sirloin, Strip steak, Top Round and 95 percent Lean Ground Beef.

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BeefTalk: Early Calving Cows Are Keepers

BeefTalk: Early Calving Cows Are Keepers

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

As the cattle head to the cool-season grass pastures, spring breeding plans are well under way. While most of the cows have calved, spring grass means breeding time is not far away.

The other day was sunny and all the cattle felt good. Walking around the ranch, the bulls were pretty feisty and the heifers were kicking up their heels.

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How Early Can Alfalfa Be Cut?

How Early Can Alfalfa Be Cut?

Dr. Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska

First cutting often is the most important cutting of the year. It usually produces the most yield and its forage quality changes fastest from day to day. Alfalfa started growing like gangbusters this spring, is knee high in many places, and could be ready to cut right now!

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Justifying June Calving

Justifying June Calving

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

After a long, snowy and cold winter, calving in June – rather than the traditional January through March calving season – may have some appeal for northern ranchers. And, Extension specialists say not only is the weather more favorable in June, but the forages are better matched to that calving time as well.

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Timely Herd health Procedures Pay Dividends

Timely Herd health Procedures Pay Dividends

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

In today’s challenging economic environment, pinching pennies here and there has become somewhat of a way of life. Everyone, from businessmen to housewives, is looking for ways to save a dollar or make the most of their available resources. Re-thinking many basic decisions to help utilize what is available.

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An Antidote To Toxic Cartoon

An Antidote To Toxic Cartoon

Bovine Veterinarian

Someone asks the question, “How can a calf have a baby at only 15 months old?

One way to answer it, as the syndicated comic strip “Beakman and Jax” did on April 18, is to imply the age at first calving actually is 15 months, which is preposterous. The average age for first calving in the dairy industry is 24 months.

And, while you are at it, add in some other inaccuracies and “factory farm” propaganda. View the comic strip.

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Missouri requires trichomoniasis for imported bulls

Missouri requires trichomoniasis for imported bulls


Trichomoniasis is a reproductive disease in cattle caused by a protozoan parasite that results in early pregnancy loss. It is passed from bull to female during breeding and infected bulls show no symptoms.

"For years it has been viewed as a disease in western states and those of us in the Midwest were not too worried about it. However, in the last 5 to 10 years, the disease has surfaced on more Missouri farms," said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Don’t Back into the FMD Corner

Don’t Back into the FMD Corner

Max Thornsberry

Beef Today

The recent recurrence of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks in South Korea and Japan, where FMD was thought to be controlled after about a decade of disease inactivity, reveals just how difficult this disease is to control once it has infected a country’s livestock and/or wildlife.

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222 Vet Students Receive Pfizer Scholarships

222 Vet Students Receive Pfizer Scholarships


Pfizer Animal Health announced today the first recipients of a new $2 million scholarship program for U.S. veterinary students.

The initiative, designed to support the future of the veterinary profession, will provide up to $2 million in scholarships over its first three years. Administered in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the program is an opportunity for Pfizer Animal Health to further demonstrate its support of veterinary education, as well as its commitment to encouraging more students to focus on food-animal practice and increasing diversity in the profession.

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Stoltenow: Deworming program a must for beef herds

Stoltenow: Deworming program a must for beef herds


Farm & Ranch Guide

Beef cattle producers are watching the pastures start to green up and soon the cattle will be moved to those pastures for the summer and fall months. This is also time to think about deworming those cattle, according to Dr. Charlie Stoltenow, NDSU Extension veterinarian.

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