Daily Archives: July 17, 2012

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE SKUNK BLIND

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE SKUNK BLIND

One of the jobs of a Dad is to protect his family from invaders.  It explains his membership in the NRA and his tendency to look longingly at the .357 magnum in the glass case.

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Drought and Parasites

Drought and Parasites

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Can drought make my cattle more prone to problems with parasites?

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Drought option: Limit feeding beef cattle

Drought option: Limit feeding beef cattle

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

As drought moves north, a large percentage of beef cows don’t have access to good grass. Karla Jenkins, cow-calf and range management specialist with the University of Nebraska, says it is possible for ranchers to raise beef cattle without depending on grass.

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Worst drought since 1950s in continental U.S.

Worst drought since 1950s in continental U.S.

Jason Samenow

Washington Post

It’s been more than 50 years since a drought this extensive has afflicted the Lower 48 states. That’s the conclusion of NOAA’s latest report on drought, released today.

Through the end of June, some 56 percent of the continental U.S. was designated in some form of drought, the largest percentage since December, 1956.

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Ranch Life in Northern New Mexico During the ’60s

Ranch Life in Northern New Mexico During the ’60s

MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Spending part of my life on a ranch in northern New Mexico, I learned to make do with what we had, as we were pretty much limited to buying kerosene, diesel fuel, coffee, flour, salt, baking powder and cornmeal.

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Cattle Ranchers Selling Cattle Early

Cattle Ranchers Selling Cattle Early

Breanna Fuss

KDLT

The high heat, lack of rain and the rising cost of crops are creating a tough situation for cattle farmers in South Dakota.

As their wallets get thinner, some cattle farmers are being forced to sell their herd.

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Plant Winter Pastures To Conserve Hay

Plant Winter Pastures To Conserve Hay

Hay and Forage Grower

Planting winter pastures this fall could stretch hay supplies and help livestock producers hedge against another drought next summer, says Jason Banta, Texas AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist.

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Heat Stress Can Reduce Pregnancy Rates

Heat Stress Can Reduce Pregnancy Rates

Brian Pugh

Oklahoma State University

The effects of heat stress on reproductive performance of beef cows has been discussed by many animal scientists.  After reviewing the scientific literature available up to 1979, one scientist wrote that the most serious seasonal variation in reproductive performance was associated with high ambient temperatures and humidity.

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Why is France Feeding Wine to their Cows?

Why is France Feeding Wine to their Cows?

Discovery News

A Languedoc-Roussillon winemaker is experimenting with feeding cows wine after learning of studies that say happy animals create better meat.

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Genomics, Genetics and Ginning Numbers

Genomics, Genetics and Ginning Numbers

Burt Rutherford

BEEF

The beef industry has more technology available to it than most other species. Yet cattlemen utilize technology less than their competitors, one geneticist says.

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