Daily Archives: August 30, 2012

Tips on selecting a backgrounder or feedyard

Tips on selecting a backgrounder or feedyard

B. Lynn Gordon


Drought conditions across South Dakota and the nation have many cattle producers considering early weaning to extend the use of the pastures and lessen the demands on the cow. As a result, producers who are accustomed to selling their calves at their more standard weaning time in the fall (October or later), are now faced with the decision as to what to do with the calves they wean off early.

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Sick Cattle are Expensive Cattle

Sick Cattle are Expensive Cattle

Miranda Reiman

Cattle Today

Sick cattle are expensive cattle. Treatment is costly in itself, but the side effects of illness keep robbing through lower performance and carcass quality.

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What You Need to Know About Lepto

What You Need to Know About Lepto

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

If you’re experiencing unexplained reproductive losses in your herd,

leptospirosis could be the culprit.

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Wean right

Wean right

John Maday


On the Hibbard family ranch in Montana, they calve their herd in June, and by the time they are ready to wean calves in the late fall, snow sometimes has drifted over the fences.

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Midwest drought affecting Louisiana cattle producers

Midwest drought affecting Louisiana cattle producers

Bruce Schultz

Delta Farm Press

The drought choking the Midwest is hundreds of miles away, but it is having direct effects on the Louisiana cattle market.

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Will People Really Be Forced to Stop Eating Meat?

Will People Really Be Forced to Stop Eating Meat?

Natalie Wolchover

Live Science

It simply takes too much water to grow a steak. In a new report, leading water scientists say the human population would have to switch to an almost entirely vegetarian diet by 2050 to avoid catastrophic global food and water shortages.

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Opening date not yet set for beef plant in SD

Opening date not yet set for beef plant in SD

CBS News

A long-delayed South Dakota beef-processing plant given new life when Korean investors took over in 2009 is without an opening date more than six years after it was first proposed.

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Beef sector heading into feeding frenzy

Beef sector heading into feeding frenzy


Lincoln Journal Star

At a time when cattle feeders are losing as much as $200 a head, Nebraska is a contradiction in the making.

It’s bucking a national trend by boosting its feedlot numbers by double digits compared to a year ago.

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Drought’s Aftermath Includes More, Different Weeds

Drought’s Aftermath Includes More, Different Weeds

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

There’s one thing even a drought has a hard time killing and that’s a weed. In some cases it seems like drought gives weeds a chance they never had before — a chance to proliferate and move to pastures and fields states away.

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Animal Health Indispensible In Cattle Marketing

Animal Health Indispensible In Cattle Marketing

Larry Stalcup


Good animal health is an excellent complement to good cattle marketing, these stocker operators and backgrounders say.

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