Monthly Archives: March 2011

Baxter Black, DVM:  FOOD AND FIBER

Baxter Black, DVM:  FOOD AND FIBER

I was pondering on the seemingly frivolous tendency of humans to disregard some of the basic accomplishments that brought mankind to our esteemed place on the planet Earth in the 21st Century.

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Water is an important nutrient

Water is an important nutrient

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Many times we often overlook the importance of water for beef cattle. We get caught up in balancing beef cattle diets for energy, protein, vitamins and minerals for a given targeted level of performance.

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Good Nutrition Vital From Calving to Breeding

Good Nutrition Vital From Calving to Breeding

North Dakota State University

A cow herd’s greatest nutrient requirements occur immediately after calving and continue through peak milk production.

During this period, a cow uses the majority of the nutrients it consumes to produce milk to sustain a hungry, growing calf. After that, the cow uses the nutrients to regain body condition, and as a last priority, to repair its reproductive system.

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Record high prices could lead to stolen calves

Record high prices could lead to stolen calves

WHO

With beef prices hitting record highs, and demand outstripping supply, many would-be theives may be looking to Iowa pastures to rustle up some quick cash.

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Possible feeding strategies for $8 corn

Possible feeding strategies for $8 corn

J.W. Schroeder

Southwest Farm Press

The dietary starch content recommendation for lactating dairy cows is between 23 percent and 26 percent. However, diets for some of the most productive herds in the U.S. contain between 15 percent and 30 percent starch.

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Pinkeye is Still a Major and Preventable Drain on Cash Flow

Pinkeye is Still a Major and Preventable Drain on Cash Flow

Skip French

Cattle Today

There are many cattle diseases to be concerned about as a producer but pinkeye is one of the more highly contagious diseases. It is an infectious bacterial disease of the eye of cattle caused by Moraxella bovis.

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Non-Toxic Fescue Making a Comeback

Non-Toxic Fescue Making a Comeback

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

When Kentucky 31 came along, meadow fescues seemed to go the way of the dinosaur. And why wouldn’t they? Kentucky 31 outyielded them to the extent that most producers couldn’t imagine seeding a pasture with anything else at the time.

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New calf health product available

New calf health product available

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

This is great – spring is here! Last night, after several days of 50 degree-plus weather, we had a thunderstorm on the first day of spring. The half inch or more of rain put a green tinge on the grass and fuels our belief that spring can’t be far behind.

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Starting a Stocker Business

Starting a Stocker Business

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN

The key is to involve this local veterinarian in every aspect of your operation, even to the point of helping in the selection of calves.

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Cattle producers from Kazakhstan tour North Dakota looking for ideas

Cattle producers from Kazakhstan tour North Dakota looking for ideas

DALE HILDEBRANT

Farm & Ranch Guide

A group of six cattle producers from Kazakhstan, in an effort to learn more about modern beef production practices, recently spent two weeks in North Dakota touring different cattle facilities and attending a few days of educational seminars at NDSU.

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Bankruptcy trustee going after funds diverted during insolvency

Bankruptcy trustee going after funds diverted during insolvency

Katie Micik

Tri State Livestock News

A former Eastern Livestock Company branch manager allegedly received and deposited $1.24 million of checks that customers made payable to the cattle broker in the days immediately following a bank’s hold on Eastern’s accounts, a lawsuit filed Tuesday, March 22, in federal bankruptcy court alleged.

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Beef cattle: Improving production efficiency and meat quality

Beef cattle: Improving production efficiency and meat quality

SHARON DURHAM

The Prairie Star

U.S. consumers love beef. We eat an average of about 63 pounds of it per person each year.

Producing enough cattle to meet that demand requires efficiency and innovation. Agricultural Research Service scientists at the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory (LARRL) in Miles City, Mont., are conducting studies designed to make cattle production more efficient and to provide better beef products for consumers.

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Clostridial diseases

Clostridial diseases

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Most bacteria that can cause disease in cattle are fairly fragile. They will be destroyed by sunshine and by hot, dry or cold weather within a few hours or days. This is very fortunate from an animal health standpoint because cattle cannot commonly contract infectious diseases from the environment for more than short periods of time. Rather, they need to have direct contact with infected cattle.

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What Does Your Farm Sign Say about YOU?

What Does Your Farm Sign Say about YOU?

Cheryl Day

Beef Today

As I travel across the countryside this week skirting on the outer edge of Chicago, I was admiring the miles of farmsteads with a diverse of operations from livestock to row crop.

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Use Nutritional Tools to Enhance Animal Health

Use Nutritional Tools to Enhance Animal Health

Steve Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Part 2

In the last issue we began a discussion of the relationships between health and nutrition, specifically minerals. Adequate or inadequate levels of any of the nutrients can have serious effects on the overall health of the cow or calf.

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From feedlot to the plate

From feedlot to the plate

Jeannine May

Bureau County Republican

I’d like to mention a segment about how beef cattle are processed into meat that was recently on the Oprah show. They went inside one of Cargill’s meat processing plants to show the public how meat is processed from feedlot to your grocery store.

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Limousin proves feed efficiency

Limousin proves feed efficiency

High Plains Journal

Feed accounts for 65 to 80 percent of total beef-production costs. With grain prices growing, finding a way to lower those costs is important to cattle producers.

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The price is (very) right

The price is (very) right

TIM UNRUH

Salina Journal

Mike Samples has been in the cattle game 40 years, and he’s never seen the market so high.

"I’m pretty chipper," Samples said while reflecting on cattle sales at Farmers and Ranchers Livestock Commission, 1500 W. Old 40 Highway.

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Watch for grass tetany this spring

Watch for grass tetany this spring

Steve Paisley

Tri State Livestock News

Grass tetany occurs in all parts of the U.S., and goes by several names: grass staggers, wheat pasture poisoning, magnesium tetany, and grass tetany all refer to low blood magnesium (hypomagnesemia).

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Humane Meat? No Such Thing

Humane Meat? No Such Thing

Sunaura Taylor

Dialogic

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

I recently debated Nicolette Hahn Niman at an art event in California. Niman is a cattle rancher and author of Righteous Porkchop. I am a 28-year-old disabled artist, writer, and vegan. The event was held in a largely inaccessible building in front of an audience that had just dined on grass-fed beef—a rather ironic scenario for a wheelchair-using animal advocate like me!

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