Daily Archives: August 3, 2012

Livestock Vaccines: How They Work and How to Ensure They Do Their Job

Livestock Vaccines: How They Work and How to Ensure They Do Their Job

Russ Daly, DVM

SDSU Extension Veterinarian

Vaccines are suspensions of microorganisms administered with the goal of stimulating the body’s immune system against these same organisms, thereby preventing a clinical disease or reducing its severity.

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Early weaning, DDGS feed could cut costs for cattle producers

Early weaning, DDGS feed could cut costs for cattle producers

AG Answers

Brian Wallheimer

If the drought forces producers to feed a larger portion of distillers dried grains with solubles, cattle can maintain gains and improve meat quality if the animals are weaned early, a Purdue University scientist has shown.

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Toxicoses increased in the drought

Toxicoses increased in the drought

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

The 2012 drought has stressed numerous crops and forages, and veterinarians should help their clients be on the lookout for problems caused by toxins in feed.

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Tax Options Announced as Drought Forces Cattlemen to Sell Off Their Herds

Tax Options Announced as Drought Forces Cattlemen to Sell Off Their Herds

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

While the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association did its best to put a positive focus on news coming out of its summer conference in Denver last week, there was really just one, overriding issue — the drought.

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Options for Drought Damaged Corn Fields

Options for Drought Damaged Corn Fields

University of Nebraska

Corn that has been affected by drought can be used as a feed for cattle. Before harvesting the drought damaged corn field for something other than the grain, check with your crop insurance person to determine what needs to be considered to make sure that the field can be put up as a forage crop and still receive any insurance that is possible.

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BeefTalk: Buy Feed by Value, Not Pounds

BeefTalk: Buy Feed by Value, Not Pounds

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension

The struggle for sourcing feed continues as cattle producers evaluate current and future feeding options. Even though the culling is deep, there still are cows left to feed, so now is the time to call a good beef cattle nutritionist.

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The Few Non-Drought States

The Few Non-Drought States

Sara Schafer

Beef Today

The 2012 drought is a hungry one. Again this week, drought conditions intensified across the Midwest and Great Plains, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Fall-calving cow herds must be watched; heat stress can cause premature calvin

Fall-calving cow herds must be watched; heat stress can cause premature calving

University of Missouri

Some heat-stressed cows are delivering premature calves, ahead of normal fall-calving season.

 With a heat wave and severe drought, fall-calving season might become as labor intensive as winter calving, say University of Missouri Extension specialists. Farmers who have calved both spring and fall prefer the normally trouble-free ease of fall calving.

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Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inductees announced

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inductees announced

The Stock Exchange

Robert “Bob” Rebholtz and Willard Sparks were inducted posthumously into the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Denver, Colo., on Wednesday evening. Also honored during the event was Terry Klopfenstein, recipient of the CFHOF Industry Leadership Award, and Hector Pacheco, recipient of the Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award

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