Daily Archives: July 21, 2011

9 tips to get cattle back on feed in the heat

9 tips to get cattle back on feed in the heat

Bovine Veterinarian

The recent, and upcoming, hot weather present challenges to keeping cattle healthy and on feed. Please review the following tips from Great Plains Livestock Consulting, Inc. to help get cattle back on feed and reduce further performance loss.

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NCBA Official: Focus on Regulations

NCBA Official: Focus on Regulations

Hoosier AG Today

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says more attention should be given to curbing the administration’s onslaught of burdensome, costly and scientifically unfounded regulations as a way to cut spending and prevent further job loss in rural America.

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50 Years of Flaking

50 Years of Flaking

Walt Barnhart

Calf News

Feed efficiency isn’t a term that would have meant much to farmers feeding cattle a hundred years ago. Until hybrid corn was introduced in about 1920, farmers would fatten their few animals for friends and family with flint or dent corn.

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Drought can Force Livestock to Eat Poisonous Plants

Drought can Force Livestock to Eat Poisonous Plants

Kansas State University

The relentless drought that has settled over much of Kansas and states across the south brings more problems than the lack of pasture forage growth for livestock producers.

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More than 1,500 cattle in South Dakota reported dead due to heat

More than 1,500 cattle in South Dakota reported dead due to heat

The Daily Republic

People aren’t the only animals suffering in this extreme heat. State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven said at least 1,500 head of cattle have died across South Dakota during the prolonged excessive hot spell, with temperatures routinely hitting the high 90s and sometimes topping the century mark across the state.

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Next to Perform: Meat Destroying the Environment?

Next to Perform: Meat Destroying the Environment?

Cheryl Day

Beef Today

The EWG is putting on their best drama to place FEAR in the minds of the consumer, claiming that animal agriculture is solely destroying the consumer’s health and the environment. I urge you to look past the smoke and mirrors and examine the facts.

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Problems and Solutions for Maintaining Pregnancy Rates in Summer Heat

Problems and Solutions for Maintaining Pregnancy Rates in Summer Heat

Mel DeJarnette

Select Sires

There are two possible mechanisms by which heat stress can affect embryonic mortality. In the short term, high ambient temperatures can negatively influence the uterine environment and its ability to maintain development of a viable embryo.

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Where have all the Farmers and Ranchers gone?

Where have all the Farmers and Ranchers gone?

KNEB

According to a new report released today, July 19, 2011 by the Center for Rural Affairs, both Nebraska and Missouri are experiencing a decline in the number of farms operated by Latinos with Missouri witnessing a nearly 37% decline and Nebraska a nearly 44% decline, despite overall increases in the Latino population in both states.

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Beef industry makes use of dairy bull calves

Beef industry makes use of dairy bull calves

JEFFREY HOFFELT

AG Weekly

Steady interest and significant research keeps producers focused on the subjects, but few dairy operations see debate where carcass values, dressing percentages and yield grades are thematic. It may be time for feedlot terms to enter the calf barn.

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Ensuring Healthy Calves Starts with the Cow

Ensuring Healthy Calves Starts with the Cow

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Most operations have some sort of herd health program. Every outfit lays a claim to shot giving, pour-on strategies or a program that takes in the big picture of complete herd health.

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