Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

Get ahead of pinkeye now to avoid production losses

Get ahead of pinkeye now to avoid production losses

Joplin Regional Stockyards

A heavy population of face flies has appeared in southern portions of the U.S., triggering concerns about costly pinkeye outbreaks. With peak fly season on the horizon for all parts of the country, now is a good time for producers to get ahead of pinkeye to prevent production losses and labor-intensive treatment.

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Cattle Marketing: An Explorative Approach

Cattle Marketing: An Explorative Approach

While cattlemen realize some of the most rewarding times in the history of their industry due to unprecedented price levels, they may need to guard against complacency as there are several factors that could threaten that status. What if interest rates increased by 2%? What if the U.S. dollar increased in value?

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Poisonous Plants: Manage the Risk

Poisonous Plants: Manage the Risk

Roger Gates


A variety of plants that occur as normal constituents of native pastures can accumulate toxic compounds and represent a risk to grazing livestock if they are consumed.  Surveys suggest that 3 to 5 percent of the cattle, sheep and horses that graze native rangelands in the western U.S. are affected by plant toxicity – representing a major economic loss.

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Managing young bulls

Managing young bulls

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian

It’s difficult to manage nutrition of the young bull after turnout with the cows in its first breeding season, but there are some things that can be done to maximize the season.

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Culling Checklist

Culling Checklist

Mark Parker

Progressive Farmer

John and Paul Jacot’s goal with culling is to keep cows that are low-input and best fit the environment

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USDA Celebrates 150 Years of Service

USDA Celebrates 150 Years of Service

Sara Brown

 Beef Today

Today Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack marked the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and its ongoing work to benefit all Americans every day.

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Drought, age and source marketing & bull turnout

Drought, age and source marketing & bull turnout

Ivan Rush

Tri State Livestock News

Cattle are starting to move to grass. In a few areas sufficient moisture has allowed the grass to get a start; still much more rainfall is needed to produce good summer pasture. Rainfall is unpredictable, but unless rain comes fairly soon, grass will be short.

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When Sperm Go Bad

When Sperm Go Bad

Peter Sutovsky

University of Missouri

All bull semen is not created equal, but Peter Sutovsky has found a way to level the bovine-fertility playing field.

Research from the University of Missouri reproductive scientist identifies faulty sperm and takes them out of the equation for artificial insemination (AI) of cattle.

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With beef prices up beware of livestock theft

With beef prices up beware of livestock theft

Cody Stark

The Huntsville Item

Around this time last year, cattle ranchers were culling their herds in order to deal with the dry, harsh conditions the area was suffering though due to the devastating drought.

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Mid-Plains BEEF series of sessions to begin June 13

Mid-Plains BEEF series of sessions to begin June 13

Midwest Producer

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s Mid-Plains BEEF Educational Series begins in June at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead.

The series will draw on the expertise of Extension educators and specialists from across Nebraska to share their beef cattle expertise with participants.

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