Daily Archives: December 7, 2011

Beef cow deworming strategies – fall management

Beef cow deworming strategies – fall management

Kevin S. Gould, Michigan State University Extension

The term strategic deworming is often used to describe deworming timing for your climate and parasite challenge. Research from late 1990’s calculated the economic impact of fall and spring deworming from 16 to 49 pounds (average 31 pounds). The extra weight gain is great, but we also need to look at product and labor cost.

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Carcass 101: The increased demand for high-quality grade beef

Carcass 101: The increased demand for high-quality grade beef

 Walter & Associates

 A change in marketing strategy by a major American retail outlet has intensified the focus on beef genetic selection.

Late this summer, the Choice/Select spread was a few cents. By November, it was nearly 20 cents. Ongoing factors such as the diminishing U.S. cowherd have contributed to the increase, but there is more to the story.

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Major League

Major League

Sara Gugelmeyer

Hereford World

Hereford cattle and baseball fields might have more in common than you think. Just ask Michael Boettcher. He grew up on a Hereford farm and now, at only 27 years old, is the grounds manager for one of the top teams in major league baseball.

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Assessing the Cost of Beef Quality Revisited

Assessing the Cost of Beef Quality Revisited

Maro A. Ibarburu-Blanc, John D. Lawrence, Darrell Busby and Daryl Strohbehn, Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University

Beef producers manage their resources and cattle characteristics in the context of market incentives to maximize their economic returns. This task becomes more difficult as market signals often change faster than cattle producers can adjust genetics and production systems.

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Early Puberty

Early Puberty

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Several factors lead to early puberty in cattle.

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How to explore your alternative feed options

How to explore your alternative feed options

Heather Smith Thomas  

Progressive Cattlemen

When traditional feeds are in short supply or expensive, there are some non-traditional feeds that can be used, according to David Bohnert, a beef extension specialist and ruminant nutritionist at Oregon State University (Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center at Burns, Oregon).

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Manage Nutrition Around Poor-Quality Forage

Manage Nutrition Around Poor-Quality Forage

Hay and Forage Grower

Livestock producers need to diligently manage livestock nutrition needs this fall and winter because of the low-quality forage available, says Ohio State University Extension specialist Rory Lewandowski.

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Beef industry positioning for the next 25 years

Beef industry positioning for the next 25 years

Steve Paisley

Tri State Livestock News

As I write this article, the Range Beef Cow Symposium is meeting for the 22nd time, this year in Mitchell, NE. The overall theme for this year’s talks are centered around “positioning the herd for the next 25 years.”

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NCBA invites youth to compete in 2012 contests

NCBA invites youth to compete in 2012 contests

Tri State Neighbor

NCBA encourages all youth interested in agriculture to participate in the NCBA youth contests that will be held Feb. 1-4 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Got Lice?

Got Lice?

Dr. Dan Grooms

Michigan State University

Anyone that owns livestock has likely had to deal with lice at some point.  For most livestock owners, lice control is part of their health management protocol.  However, with “routine” often comes a lack of understanding how best to mange lice, especially as new technologies evolve.

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