Daily Archives: January 11, 2011

Steve Cornett: Eastern Livestock and dodo birds

Steve Cornett: Eastern Livestock and dodo birds

Beef Today

They say the reason dodo birds went extinct was they were unaccustomed to predators and stood like a dodo while newly arrived humans harvested them for their dodo meat. They were what you call “naive.” Too trusting because they spent all their time with other dodo birds, I suppose.

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Stress-free cattle handling

Stress-free cattle handling

Jeffrey Stapper

Southwest Farm Press

Recently I reviewed an article by Dr. Stephen Hammack, Professor & Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Emeritus, regarding cattle handling that highlighted some important points.  Safe and effective cattle handling has always been important; however, recently there has been a move to a system called low-stress handling.

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Cattle Infection Hitting Herds Hard This Year

Cattle Infection Hitting Herds Hard This Year

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Surging levels of trichomoniasis across the country are hitting crisis levels in some areas. The reproductive disease, which affects both bulls and cows, can take as long as two years to clear out of a herd. And for the bull, it is a career ender.

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Using body condition scoring for beef cows

Using body condition scoring for beef cows

High Plains Journal

Beef cattle producers know that a cow’s body condition at the time of calving will affect the health of her calf and her ability to breed back in a timely manner.

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Shortening your calving season

Shortening your calving season

Norman Edwards

Catwalkchat.com

This is the time of the year that a lot of new calves are born on local cattle farms. One of the most important management decisions in a beef operation is to establish a controlled calving season.

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New National Western livestock manager takes job in stride

New National Western livestock manager takes job in stride

Bill Jackson

The Greeley Tribune

Marshall Ernst had about three months to get settled in as the livestock manager of the National Western Stock Show before the first show was on top of him.

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How to Make an Adjustable Rope Halter

How to Make an Adjustable Rope Halter

WikiHow

A rope halter is good to have around for cattle, sheep and goats, and it’s an absolute necessity around the farm and ranch. It’s much cheaper to make an adjustable halter than to go and buy a horse halter from a feed store and find out it’s not the right size for the animals you’re needing to use it on.

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