Daily Archives: July 6, 2010

Video Feature: How to use an FTA card to collect a DNA sample

Video Feature:  How to use an FTA card to collect a DNA sample

API Creative

Collecting DNA samples with an FTA card is simple. Follow the steps in the video, and put your cow herd on the fast-track to genetic improvement

Baxter Black, DVM:  4th of July 2010

Baxter Black, DVM:  4th of July 2010

What a country!  July 4th, Independence Day 2010!  As dissent and malaise fill the headlines, and bitter diatribe and blame mongering flood the airwaves, the question we should each ask each ourselves is, “Where would we rather be?”

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Producers can earn a premium by enrolling calves in verification programs

Producers can earn a premium by enrolling calves in verification programs

Gayle Smith

As consumers become more aware of where the beef they eat comes from, they are also becoming more interested in the history of that animal. Because of the growing interest in animal traceability, government programs are being developed for ranchers who are willing to keep better records on their animals, and manage them to meet program requirements. Those producers can earn a premium when they market their calves.

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Ranching at high altitude in Colorado

Ranching at high altitude in Colorado

Jean Barton

Red Bluff Daily News

We learned why the meadows were yellow with dandelion blossoms when we visited Danciger Tybar Ranch, Carbondale, on the Western Livestock Journal High Country Tour of Colorado. It seems that the Italian emigrants brought dandelions for salad greens back in 1903.

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Bull selection trends

Bull selection trends

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

Man, was it hot last week! The moisture we had really made it hot and miserable for “little fat boys” like me, but the corn really grew. From the looks of the crops in our area a lot of corn will need to hustle to make “knee-high by the Fourth.” I guess I can sweat if it makes the corn grow.

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Water Requirements for the Cow Herd

Water Requirements for the Cow Herd

Dr. Glenn Selk, Professor-Animal Reproduction Specialist, Oklahoma State University

During hot summer months, the water needed for a cow herd often determines several other management decisions. To best assess the adequacy of water quantities in surface water or from wells or "rural water" supplies, it first is necessary to have an idea of the amount needed for cattle of different sizes and stages of production that you may have during the summer on the ranch.

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Kentucky Hereford Feeder Calf Sale Successful

Kentucky Hereford Feeder Calf Sale Successful

Cattle Today

Kansas City, Mo. – – The second Kentucky Certified Hereford Influenced Sale replicated the success of the first sale that was hosted last October. On May 11 sellers earned premiums of more than $4 per hundredweight (cwt.) for heifers and about $3 per cwt. for steers compared to the weekly average price for each weight range. The 733 head of Hereford and Hereford-influenced calves were sold at the Blue Grass Stockyards South in Stanford, Ky.

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