Monthly Archives: December 2010

Farmers Disagree on Antibiotic Use

Farmers Disagree on Antibiotic Use

Nina Moini

KOMU

Antibiotic resistance occurs when farmers or veterinarians administer too much of certain antibiotics into an animal’s system. Eventually, the bacteria the antibiotics were meant to fight off become stronger and resistant to the antibiotics.

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Healthy calves pay big dividends throughout feeding process

Healthy calves pay big dividends throughout feeding process

ANDREA JOHNSON

Farm and Ranch Guide

Among all of the management practices that cattle producers complete, keeping calves healthy and eating well offers the biggest return on investment.

Healthy and aggressive-to-the-feed-bunk beef cattle increase in value throughout the feeding process – from the cow/calf operation, to the backgrounding site, to the feedlot.

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UW Cattle Feeder Clinic scheduled for Jan. 12

UW Cattle Feeder Clinic scheduled for Jan. 12

Green Bay Press Gazette

A UW-Extension Cattle Feeder Clinic will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Snazz & Jane’s, between Oconto Falls and Gillett on Highway 22. The meal will begin at 5:30 p.m., with presentations to follow. Anyone raising beef or dairy steers or interested in raising steers is invited to attend.

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UNL: Corn stalks less valuable as feed source

UNL: Corn stalks less valuable as feed source

Ken Anderson 

Brownfield Network

Corn stalks are the main winter feed resource for many cattle producers in the Midwest.  But increasingly, their value is being questioned.

A University of Nebraska report points out that both stalks and cattle have changed considerably in the past 20 years.  For starters, today’s modern combines are leaving much less grain in the field.

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Worried about newborn calves in winter? Check CANL

Worried about newborn calves in winter? Check CANL

SUE ROESLER

Prairie Star

Lots of winter and spring newborn calves can be lost in the Midwest Plains states due to weather conditions often unforeseen by livestock producers.

But a new system called Cold Advisory for Newborn Livestock (CANL) gives producers the chance to check out hazardous weather conditions that increase risk of problems or death to exposed newborn calves 36 hours in advance of birth.

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Cattle Nutrition: Feeding Coproducts: Fact versus Myth

Cattle Nutrition: Feeding Coproducts: Fact versus Myth

Beef Today

There are more myths about distillers’ grains and gluten feed than I can list. One of the more interesting is that distillers’ grains will cause foot rot and bloat, when in fact distillers’ grains, with their dense mineral content, improve bone and hoof hardness and will reduce the chance of bloat if fed correctly.

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Competitiveness and the growing role of the stocker industry

Competitiveness and the growing role of the stocker industry

Drovers

For much of the last 50 years, cheap fuel/cheap food policies in the U.S. resulted in an abundance of inexpensive feed grain for livestock production. One result of that was a beef industry, as we know it today, which deemphasized the forage role of beef cattle, particularly beyond the cow-calf production level.

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