Monthly Archives: January 2012

Proper Vaccinations Can Protect Calves Until Weaning

Proper Vaccinations Can Protect Calves Until Weaning

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Newborn calves gain temporary (passive) immunity from disease when they ingest colostrum from the dam—since this “first milk” contains maternal antibodies. After a few weeks or months this temporary protection begins to wane, however, and calves must build their own immunities.

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Grazing Fertilized Pastures Safely

Grazing Fertilized Pastures Safely

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

In most cases it’s safe to fertilize pastures while grazing, but be wary of grass tetany.

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You Can Stretch Your Hay Supplies as You Feed Your Cattle This Winter

You Can Stretch Your Hay Supplies as You Feed Your Cattle This Winter

Oklahoma Farm Report

Hay in Oklahoma and Texas continues to be a scarce commodity- and prices of hay rolling in on semis from the north are extremely high. Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, says there are some relatively simple ideas that ranchers can put into place that will help stretch each large square or round bale that you may open up to feed.

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Optimizing Forages Discussed At Alfalfa Expo

Optimizing Forages Discussed At Alfalfa Expo

Hay & Forage Grower

Ways producers can maximize forages will be the topic that Rick Rasby, a University of Nebraska cattle feeding expert, will discuss at the Mid-America Alfalfa Expo & Conference, set for Feb. 7-8 at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, NE.

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My Prices Are Not Too High: A Farmer Fires Back

My Prices Are Not Too High: A Farmer Fires Back

Shannon Hayes

YES

Every week during the growing season, my husband and I cart our family’s grassfed meats to market. We sell pork chops for $11 a pound; ground beef goes for $7.50.

Every week, we meet someone who tells us the prices are too high.

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Patience Is The Key In Recovering Drought-Stressed Pasture

Patience Is The Key In Recovering Drought-Stressed Pasture

Burt Rutherford

BEEF

Cattlemen in drought-stricken Texas and Oklahoma, as well as a number of other states, may want to find their favorite version and take a listen. Whether it’s the Sons of the Pioneers or Fleetwood Mac, its story of a cowboy and his horse searching for a drink of cool, clear water speaks of hard times that remain etched in the psyche of the West even now.

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New Federal Proposal Moving Towards Ear-Tagging Cattle

New Federal Proposal Moving Towards Ear-Tagging Cattle

Tammy Mutasa

NBCDFW

A Texas tradition of cattle branding may soon be a thing of the past for more than 13 million head in the state.

There’s a new federal proposal to move to ear-tagging as the Department of Agriculture is trying to come up with the best way of tracking cattle when it comes to diseases and outbreaks.  

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