Daily Archives: February 2, 2011



An interviewer asked me how one can make a living in the cow business. Actually he said, “As we’re heading into the next couple years with declining cattle numbers and steady prices, how do you think you should position yourself to take advantage of the market?”

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Treating Retained Placenta

Treating Retained Placenta

Dr. Ken McMillan


This year, when we had a cow with a retained placenta, he said to watch it for a few days and call him if it did not come out. It did and the cow was fine.

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Grassley Presses EPA for Review

Grassley Presses EPA for Review

Hoosier AG Today

He is pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to make a good faith effort to review industry comments, studies, and economic analysis on the impact of proposed rules on dust.

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Midwest cattle ranchers brace livestock for heavy storms

Midwest cattle ranchers brace livestock for heavy storms


The Missourian reports cattlemen are fighting early snowstorms to supply cattle with food and water to prepare for more serious blizzard conditions.

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Bring It On, Oprah!

Bring It On, Oprah!

Cheryl Day

Beef Today

Oprah and her 378 staff members announced that they are GOING VEGAN for one week. “The Challenge is on! No meat, no milk, no animal anything.”

While the promo to tomorrow’s episode may only be highlighting a diet without meat, milk, eggs; the "no animal anything" caught my attention.

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Economic forces now favor yearlings

Economic forces now favor yearlings

Dillon M. Feuz

Tri State Livestock News

With the current price of corn in Omaha, NE over $6 per bushel and futures market projections showing it may stay there for some time, and with feedlot total cost per pound of gain now approaching $1.00, there are new incentives to try and add weight to calves outside of feedlots.

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Cattle numbers rising on Kansas ranches

Cattle numbers rising on Kansas ranches


The Wichita Eagle

The total number of cattle and calves on Kansas farms and ranches as of Jan. 1 was up 5 percent from a year ago, at 6.3 million.

As of Jan. 1, compared to last Jan. 1: cows and heifers that have calved were up 3 percent, at 1.60 million; beef cows were up 3 percent, at 1.48 million; milk cows were up 5 percent, at 122,000 head; bulls over 500 pounds were unchanged at 90,000.

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Bull Selection: Establishing Benchmarks

Bull Selection: Establishing Benchmarks

Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Expected Progeny Differences have proven to be the most effective tool for genetic improvement of beef cattle.  The majority of the genetic progress within a beef herd is accomplished through sire selection, and therefore EPDs play a primary role in identifying and purchasing bulls.

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Horse or ATV for Ranch Work?  Six questions that might help you decide

Horse or ATV for Ranch Work?  Six questions that might help you decide

The Cattleman

Landowners seem fairly evenly split when they are asked if they prefer horses or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for on-ranch transportation. Here are 6 questions to ask before you buy.

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New Study Shows 4-H’ers More Likely to Contribute than Peers

New Study Shows 4-H’ers More Likely to Contribute than Peers


Recent findings from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H.

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