Daily Archives: July 24, 2012

Cracked Hooves

Cracked Hooves

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Lame cattle may need to have their feet trimmed to remove material pinching into the sensitive parts of the hoof.

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Specialists Provide Advice On Early Weaning Calves

Specialists Provide Advice On Early Weaning Calves

Heather Smith Thomas          

BEEF

If you’re thinking about early weaning for the first time, specialists advise doing some advance planning, and talk with your veterinarian and a nutritionist about the appropriate programs.

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Preventing Nitrate Problems in Drought-Damaged Corn

Preventing Nitrate Problems in Drought-Damaged Corn

S. D. Livingston, C. D. Coffman, and J. C. Paschal, Texas A&M University

Nitrate and aflatoxin poisoning are two problems encountered with attempts to utilize drought damaged corn. Under certain unfavorable conditions, each requires special management, handling, or conversion processes before such corn can be fed to livestock.

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Potential for High Nitrate Levels in Drought-Stressed Corn Silage

Potential for High Nitrate Levels in Drought-Stressed Corn Silage

Dr. Ron Heiniger and Dr. Jim Dunphy, North Carolina State University

As growers consider their options for salvaging drought-damaged corn, the natural option is to harvest the crop for silage. Growers should be aware that elevated nitrate levels in drought-stressed corn silage can result in harm to humans and livestock. Nitrates can accumulate in corn during unfavorable conditions when growth is slow and nitrates are plentiful.

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Illinois Beef Association Names New Executive VP

Illinois Beef Association Names New Executive VP

AgriMarketing

Illinois Beef Association (IBA) is proud to announce and welcome Reid Blossom as the new Executive Vice President, effective August 1, 2012.

Blossom was raised on a diversified livestock farm in Mississippi and was active in 4-H showing cattle and sheep and also participated in various competitive judging events.

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Vilsack releases CRP acres for haying, grazing

Vilsack releases CRP acres for haying, grazing

The Gazette

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Monday announced that virtually all farmland enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program has been released for haying and grazing by livestock farmers.

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Indiana farmers unload livestock as drought continues

Indiana farmers unload livestock as drought continues

TOM LoBIANCO

The Alliance Review

 . . .Cattle sales also are up drastically, which could cause an increase in beef prices toward the end of the year after farmers have liquidated their stock, said Joe Moore, executive vice president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association.

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AgriLife Extension Service to host Beef Cattle Short Course

AgriLife Extension Service to host Beef Cattle Short Course

Ellysa Gonzalez

Lubbock Avalanche Journal

The Texas AgriLlife Extension Service will host a Beef Cattle Short Course for producers Aug. 6 – 8.

The course will be held at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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Brangus Breeder Among Experts to Speak at TAMU Short Course

Brangus Breeder Among Experts to Speak at TAMU Short Course

Beef Tips

The 58th annual Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled for August 6-8 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, a variety of topics on beef cattle production will be addressed at one of the largest educational gatherings of cattlemen in the industry.

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Cow-calf producers faced with tough decisions in drought

Cow-calf producers faced with tough decisions in drought

Jason Rowntree

Michigan State University

Because of the record high prices for beef, the common inclination even in drought is to hold on. Feed costs are always the ranches highest expenditure and can comprise 70 percent of the total cow cost. Doubling or tripling this expense will no doubt erase any profits that high prices once promised. Thus, ranchers should take a hard look at what cattle to market to bridge until soil moisture and forage production improve.

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