Daily Archives: December 2, 2011

Pregnancy checking cows can save money

Pregnancy checking cows can save money

Dave Sparks

FarmTalk

Successful cattle producers have long recognized fall is the time to pregnancy check cows before they get into the high maintenance costs of winter. It just doesn’t make sense to put hundreds of dollars worth of feed, pasture, interest, health care, and labor into a cow that is not going to bring home a paycheck next year.

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Tell the Story, Curb Those Regs

Tell the Story, Curb Those Regs

Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

Agriculture stays ahead of the curve in caring for land and livestock, but that’s too much of a secret, said a Nebraska Cattlemen environmental specialist.

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Vitamins/minerals critical for the cowherd

Vitamins/minerals critical for the cowherd

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Luke Miller, MS, ruminant nutritionist with Great Plains Livestock Consulting, Inc., Eagle, Neb., says cow vitamin and mineral supplementation is always a concern when it gets close to calving season and producers are planning the subsequent breeding season.

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BeefTalk: First-cycle Conception Has Been Remarkably Stable

BeefTalk: First-cycle Conception Has Been Remarkably Stable

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The percentage of cows that have calved in the first 21 days of the calving season for the last decade was 58, 60, 61, 62, 64, 64, 64, 64, 63 and 61 percent. The current CHAPS (Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software) benchmark for mature cows calving in the first 21 days of the calving season is 63.4 percent.

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Veterinarian Lowell Novy On Humanely Raised Cattle, How Grass-fed Beef Is Like Wine + The Ongoing Frozen Debate

Veterinarian Lowell Novy On Humanely Raised Cattle, How Grass-fed Beef Is Like Wine + The Ongoing Frozen Debate

LA Weekly

​After all of that Novy Ranches grass-fed eyeball farmers market talk, we had to call up the Northern California ranch’s owner, Lowell Novy, a Northern California by way of Nebraska veterinarian turned cattle rancher.

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Plan ahead: How to manage a ranch for success after drought

Plan ahead: How to manage a ranch for success after drought

Robert Fears

Land and Livestock Post

Most Texas producers continue to experience extreme drought that has forced severe herd reduction or liquidation. Those who still have cattle probably are facing pastures with limited or no grass, a scarcity of hay and extremely high feed prices.

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Klopfenstein Debunks Backgrounding Myths

Klopfenstein Debunks Backgrounding Myths

Heather Hamilton

BEEF

With cheap corn appearing to be a thing of the past, producers can capitalize on the ruminant’s ability to digest forages and fibrous byproducts by looking to those feedstuffs as their primary backgrounding ration.

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Piedmont Farm School can help beginning farmers

Piedmont Farm School can help beginning farmers

Farm Carolina

North Carolina Cooperative Extension invites prospective, beginning and transitioning farmers to attend the 2012 Piedmont Farm School in Lexington.

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The future depends on you – the beef producer

The future depends on you – the beef producer

Allen Bridges

Farm and Ranch Guide

As beef producers you can’t control all aspects of the future that are critical for your continued success in the beef industry; new government regulations, cattle feeder prices, corn prices are such examples.

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FDA approves VFD therapy for cattle BRD

FDA approves VFD therapy for cattle BRD

Feedstufs

The Food & Drug Administration has approved its Pulmotil (tilmicosin) as a treatment for groups of cattle in the early stages of a bovine respiratory disease (BRD) outbreak to provide 14 days of "sustained in-feed therapy, a practice that reduces stress associated with cattle handling," according to an announcement from Elanco Animal Health.

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