Daily Archives: October 25, 2011

Baxter Black, DVM:  MASTER OF NONE

Baxter Black, DVM:  MASTER OF NONE

It helps to know a little about a lot of things.  It gives you a broad perspective.   It also allows you to make a fool of yourself in many different areas!  In my column readers may notice that I appear to have an opinion on almost everything in agriculture.

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Are Older Cows Less Fertile?

Are Older Cows Less Fertile?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Older cows, like older people, can have a harder time getting pregnant. That is one of the leading reasons cows are culled from the herd.

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Cattle Theft Rampant

Cattle Theft Rampant


Even with cattle theft rampant in much of the nation’s midsection, Oklahoma rancher Ryan Payne wasn’t worried about anyone messing with his cows and calves. By his estimation, his pasture is so far off the beaten path "you need a helicopter to see it."

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Cargill Launches New Website for Feed and Animal Nutrition Customers

Cargill Launches New Website for Feed and Animal Nutrition Customers


Cargill has launched a new website http://www.cargill.com/feed, specifically designed to serve current and prospective customers in the feed and animal nutrition industries globally.  The feed and animal nutrition website will serve as a central source of information about the vast array of nutrition products, services and software Cargill offers the global animal feed and production supply chain.

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It takes so many cows to make a herd

It takes so many cows to make a herd

Steve Suther

The Fence Post

It takes so many plants to make a stand, cows to make a herd and drops to make a rain. Before turning that herd out to pasture, you look for enough plant mass to support their grazing. If you’re watching a couple of bred heifers for a month, you might as well be watching 20 or 30.

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Beef Herd Continues to Shrink amid Drought , Soaring Feed Costs

Beef Herd Continues to Shrink amid Drought , Soaring Feed Costs


Drought in the Southern Plains and several years of high feed prices have discouraged beef producers enough that the U.S. cattle herd continues to shrink, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says.

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Texas Ranchers Are Running Out of Cows to Send to Slaughter

Texas Ranchers Are Running Out of Cows to Send to Slaughter

Brantley Hargrove

Dallas Observer

Since we started catching rain in pans and writing down measurements, Texas has never gotten so little rainfall as we have this year. As we reported in our recent story on the cattle industry, we’re in uncharted territory.

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Consumer attitudes and welfare labeling

Consumer attitudes and welfare labeling

Geni Wren, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Studies by Kansas State University looked at quantifying the impact on meat and poultry purchase decisions based on animal welfare issues reported in the media.

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Consider Structural Integrity

Consider Structural Integrity

Troy Smith

Let’s consider some of the reasons why a breeding bull might become lame and unfit for service. We’re not talking about foot rot and other infections, wicked wire cuts or broken appendages.

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Feeding beet pulp in wintering rations

Feeding beet pulp in wintering rations

Steve Paisley

Tri State Livestock News

With competitive prices for beet pulp and high hay prices, many beef operations have chosen to feed the pressed pulp not only to growing and finishing cattle, but to pregnant and lactating beef cows as well.

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