Daily Archives: December 20, 2011

Energy Requirements in Feed Not as Clearly Defined

Energy Requirements in Feed Not as Clearly Defined

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Over the last few weeks we’ve been discussing supplementation basics and economics – and how these can be applied by the cattle producer. Up to this point we have largely focused on meeting the protein needs of the animal, the different forms and some of the costs.

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Calf diarrhea caused by salmonella

Calf diarrhea caused by salmonella

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Salmonella is a well-known family of germs that causes disease in both humans and animals. In beef herds, salmonella is not a common cause of scours in calves; however, it is important because when it occurs it can be associated with high death loss, and the disease may be transmitted to humans.

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Hay – Consume it or waste it

Hay – Consume it or waste it


Winter feed costs are the highest portion of the cow/calf operation.  It has been estimated that 50 to 70% is feed cost.  One method to understand feed cost is management of waste/losses.  Losses may occur during harvest, storage and feeding. 

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How Does Cold Stress Affect Feed Intake?

How Does Cold Stress Affect Feed Intake?

Warren Rusche

South Dakota State University

Beef producers know from experience that one of the ways that cattle adapt to periods of cold stress is by increasing their appetite and feed intake.  How can we use that response to effectively deal with cold stress affecting our beef herd?

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Building better beef

Building better beef

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine 

Just in time for the holidays and college bowl game watching, the Beef Board has released the Executive Summary of the 2010/2011 National Beef Tenderness Survey that benchmarks and outlines tenderness factors for many cuts of meat.

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AI Cuts the Bull At a Price

AI Cuts the Bull At a Price

Rick Mooney


Improving herd genetics while keeping a tight rein on costs is job No. 1 at Mach Angus Ranch. Jim and Abe Mach are the father-son management team that keeps this operation near Sturgeon Lake, Minn., on track.

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Not so home on the range

Not so home on the range

Scott Condon

The Aspen Times

The Old West tradition of using national forest lands for grazing isn’t completely dead in the Roaring Fork Valley, but it could be on its last gasp.

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Night Time versus Day Time Feeding Influences Time of Calving

Night Time versus Day Time Feeding Influences Time of Calving

Oklahoma Farm Report

Night Time versus Day Time Feeding Influences Time of Calving It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. According to Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the use of larger beef breeds and cattle with larger birth weights.

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Japan to Raise Age Limit for U.S. Beef Imports

Japan to Raise Age Limit for U.S. Beef Imports

Beef Today

Japan plans to raise the cattle age limit set for U.S. beef imports to 30 months from the current 20 months, the health ministry said Thursday.

The ministry said it will seek the opinion of the Cabinet Office’s Food Safety Commission on Monday on the risks involved in the deregulation.

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More cattle ID coming to Minnesota and U.S.

More cattle ID coming to Minnesota and U.S.

Andrea Johnson

Minnesota Farm Guide

If Minnesota State Veterinarian Bill Hartmann were asked to grade the state’s cattle ID system, he’d give it a B.

Pretty good, but there is room for improvement.

The USDA also says there is a need to improve identification for the U.S. cattle herd.

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