Daily Archives: April 7, 2011

Worming Toward Failure

Worming Toward Failure

Wes Ishmael

The Cattleman

Increasing evidence suggests the widespread use of anthelmintic drugs and their effectiveness in controlling internal cattle parasites are resulting in site-specific resistance.

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Nutrient strategies for improving conception rates

Nutrient strategies for improving conception rates

 Codi Vallery-Mills

The Cattle Business Weekly

Irv Haidle, President of Agri-Best Feeds, recently spoke to cattle producers during an Agri-Best webinar about cattle nutrition at this time of year.

“This is an important time of the year – calving through breeding – and it has the biggest impact on profitability for your operations,” said Haidle.

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Iowa beef plant may reopen

Iowa beef plant may reopen

Bob Meyer  

Brownfield Network

A group of investors may reopen a 106,000 square-foot beef processing plant in Tama, Iowa. The plant, built in 1971 was owned by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association operating as Iowa Quality Beef LLC when it shut down in 2004 as a result of the BSE scare.

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Care Board reverses decision on veal crates

Care Board reverses decision on veal crates

Dave Russell 

Brownfield Network

It was at the March 1 Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board meeting that the board voted to remove the “turnaround language,” in the veal standards, a decision that was not well received, in fact, board member Jeff Wuebker of Darke County, said 4,700 e-comments were received during the 2-week comment period.

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The first moments of protection

The first moments of protection

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian

It is generally understood that a healthy, well-immunized dairy or beef cow on a good plane of nutrition will produce high-quality colostrum.

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Orphan calves can be saved, the key is colostrum in the first 12 hours of life.

Orphan calves can be saved, the key is colostrum in the first 12 hours of life.

Dr. Ken McMillan



We had a calf born that could not find the udder to nurse. I milked the mom and got her colostrum into the calf. I gave the calf a small amount of supplement milk for a couple of days, hoping it would start to nurse but it never did.

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Japan farmers brave radiation to feed livestock

Japan farmers brave radiation to feed livestock

Straits Times

Farmers forced to flee Japan’s leaking nuclear plant are braving high levels of radiation inside the exclusion zone in a desperate bid to save their cattle – and their way of life.

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New AI Technique Promises Profits

New AI Technique Promises Profits

Ohio Farmer

Ohio State University researchers have pioneered a new protocol for increasing pregnancy rates in beef cattle, which is expected to lead to higher production efficiency and cost and time savings for farmers nationwide.

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When Will Nation’s Cattle Herd Begin To Increase?

When Will Nation’s Cattle Herd Begin To Increase?

Wallace’s Farmer

It may take several years for beef cow numbers to start to expand. ISU Extension economist Shane Ellis says "We are starting to see some tightness in feeder cattle supply, and that will have an impact on the number of cattle that go on feed in feedlots."

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Management Determines the Selling Price of Feeder Calves

Management Determines the Selling Price of Feeder Calves

Tom Troxel

Bovine Veterinarian

Management is the judicious use of means to accomplish an end. For beef cattle operations, the accomplished end is a product that can be sold for a profit. It’s the management applied that determines the price of your feeder calves, not the buyers at the sale barn. Listed are a number of management practices than can reduce the selling price of feeder calves.

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