Daily Archives: August 22, 2012

Orphan Calf Basics

Orphan Calf Basics

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

A newborn calf needs about 8% of its body weight in colostrum within the first 12 hours of life. After 24 hours, colostrum is no longer absorbed. It’s been proven that calves that don’t get adequate colostrum have decreased performance, even in the feedlot. So colostrum is critical.

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Keep Progeny’s End Use in Mind When Selecting Replacement Heifers, Cow-Calf Specialist Says

Keep Progeny’s End Use in Mind When Selecting Replacement Heifers, Cow-Calf Specialist Says

Oklahoma Farm Report

With limited forage supplies and the prospect of higher feed costs on the horizon due to the drought, K-State cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber says producers need to be very selective in their heifer replacement decisions.

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Advances in genetic information augments EPDs

Advances in genetic information augments EPDs

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Lex Carter (Director of Beef Marketing, Accelerated Genetics) says that AI is becoming a more widespread tool in the beef industry today, enabling producers to take advantage of the most current and desirable genetics for their herds. With the newest technology in genetic information, this gives us another tool for making the best informed selection for breeding stock.

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Maintain vaccine effectiveness

Maintain vaccine effectiveness

Bovine Veterinarian

Black calfGeni Wren Properly vaccinating calves is one management practice that can help calves be healthier, avoid financial losses down the road and provide the best possible product to the consumer.

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Tips for Late Summer-planted Forage Crops

Tips for Late Summer-planted Forage Crops

Bruce Anderson and Charles Wortmann

Beef Today

Most row crop acres will be harvested early this year, and many dryland acres are being harvested for silage or hay. Irrigated crops are maturing early and silage and grain harvest will be two or more weeks earlier than average. This may be an opportunity to double crop for forage production.

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Pre-Arrival Management Important To Feedyards

Pre-Arrival Management Important To Feedyards

Burt Rutherford       

BEEF

According to the Feedlot 2011 study by USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), pre-arrival management is important in helping calves arrive at the feedbunk healthy and ready to perform.

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Bite that burger; meat does little to hurt environment

Bite that burger; meat does little to hurt environment

Rick Berman

The Weekender

As the thermometer continues to rise this summer, grillmasters and average Joes alike are bearing the heat and lighting up some charcoal. But before you dig in, you’ll have to wade through incessant lectures from animal rights and environmental activists about why burgers and BBQ are secretly killing Mother Earth.

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It’s producer ‘decision time’ for cattle restocking

It’s producer ‘decision time’ for cattle restocking

Blair Fannin

Southwest Farm Press

Texas ranchers considering restocking options should think profitability first and foremost before writing a check, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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Farmers hunt far and wide for hay for their animals

Farmers hunt far and wide for hay for their animals

Judy Keen

WBIR

Farmers are resorting to pleas on Facebook, Craigslist and other online sites to track down hay to feed their cattle, horses, sheep and goats now and through the winter.

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No Downed Cattle in Food Supply From California Plant

No Downed Cattle in Food Supply From California Plant

Stephanie Armour

Washington Post

Undercover video of inhumane handling at Central Valley Meat Co., a California slaughterhouse that supplies beef to the nation’s school lunch program, doesn’t show injured “downer” cattle entering the food supply, U.S. regulators said.

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