Daily Archives: September 12, 2011

It’s what’s for Dinner?

It’s what’s for Dinner?

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

Research at the USDA’s ARS Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska, has found that the incidence of the deadly E coli 0157:117 was significantly higher in cattle whose corn-based feed included 40% wet distillers grains (WDG). 

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Maximizing the grazing potential of corn stalk residue

Maximizing the grazing potential of corn stalk residue

Steve Paisley

Tri State Livestock News

Corn stalk residue is an economical forage resource that becomes increasingly important as fall hay prices in the west continue to rise. However, in order to adequately utilize corn residue, there are a few items to consider.

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Nutritional Suggestions for Developing Young Bulls

Nutritional Suggestions for Developing Young Bulls

Darrell L. Rankins, Jr., Auburn University

Many purebred bulls are marketed between 12 and 24 months of age. The purchasers of these bulls indicate that they do not want them overly fat yet purchase price trends indicate that if the bulls are not carrying a little extra flesh then they will not bring top dollar.

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Cattle Ranching 101

Cattle Ranching 101

Mark Duncan

Verde News

There’s cows on the range. And then there’s steaks and burgers in the supermarket. But how do they get from here to there and back again?

Cattle ranching 101, according to Andy Groseta, dictates that you finish the cattle where the feed grows.

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Garnering additional dollars on calves and culls

Garnering additional dollars on calves and culls

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

The price for weaned calves is high this year. The important benchmark to gauge prices is the price needed to maintain a cow-calf unit in your herd. If you are a low-cost producer in our area, you can probably produce a 400-pound calf for about $600 (gone are the days of maintaining a cow for $1 a day).

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Test Your Knowledge of Legal Drug Use in Beef Cattle

Test Your Knowledge of Legal Drug Use in Beef Cattle

Dr. Michelle Arnold

Farms.com

Question 1 (T or F): ______ As long as I buy “over the counter” (OTC) drugs such as penicillin, LA-200, or sulfa pills at the feed store or over the internet, I can legally give them at whatever dose and for however many days I choose to my cattle.

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Hydroponic forage systems help when conditions poor, land expensive

Hydroponic forage systems help when conditions poor, land expensive

SUE ROESLER

The Prairie Star

Growing forage in a greenhouse might seem like an expensive way to feed dairy or beef cattle or other livestock, but in certain situations it could prove very beneficial.

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Matching haystacks to herd needs

Matching haystacks to herd needs

MICHAEL SCHULDT

Great Falls Tribune

This region is known for the high quality feeder calves that perform well in the feed yards. With record high corn prices the feeders are looking to fill their lots with calves that are going to perform well.

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NMSU’s junior performance steer project

NMSU’s junior performance steer project

Jane Moorman

Las Cruces Sun News

For several youths exhibiting steers at the Union County Fair in northeastern New Mexico, their projects entailed more than simply displaying their animals in front of a judge and the local crowd.

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R-CALF’s Single-Issue Focus Shows

R-CALF’s Single-Issue Focus Shows

Troy Marshall

BEEF

Many people around the country got pretty excited last week. It happened after R-CALF USA put out a press release implying that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had declared hay a pollutant and every rancher in the nation was faced with the prospect of building a containment area for their hay supply.

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