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


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


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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Culling Never Ends

Culling Never Ends

Becky Mills


Kay Richardson generally culls his cows at fall weaning. But they best be looking sharp year-round because for this producer, culling never ends.

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Q&A:   How do I decide when to move or start feeding cows grazing corn stalks?

Q&A:   How do I decide when to move or start feeding cows grazing corn stalks?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

With the open winter in most of Nebraska one might think that cows can graze the same field that they were turn-out on in mid-October or so.

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The unintended consequences of banning horse-slaughter

The unintended consequences of banning horse-slaughter

Rick Berman

The Daily Caller

As a rule, Americans don’t eat horse meat. We dropped the habit after World War II, but 14 percent of the world’s population still has a taste for it. That’s more than one billion people. Should Americans be allowed to serve that market?

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