Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Culling strategies for cows during drought situations

Culling strategies for cows during drought situations

FarmTalk

As everyone knows water and feed resources for cattle are becoming limited with the long hot dry weather. Management and selective culling of these cattle right now is important to maintain a viable cattle herd in the future and to maximize performance of the limited resources.

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Vaccine Selection

Vaccine Selection

Barb Baylor Anderson

Angus Journal

The best vaccine decisions come with local veterinarian’s input.

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New Research Shows Cattle Producers Doing the Right Thing

New Research Shows Cattle Producers Doing the Right Thing

Oklahoma Farm Report

Results from the 2012 National Beef Quality Audit show that beef producers are overwhelmingly doing what’s right says Jason Ahola, a Colorado State University professor who helped author this year’s study. In the second part of a two-part Beef Buzz, Ahola says producers have some surprising reasons for implementing quality assurance practices.

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Finding efficiency with forages

Finding efficiency with forages

Kindra Gordon

Progressive Cattleman

Today’s U.S. beef industry is certainly in unchartered territory – cattle prices have seen historical highs, but so have production costs. Because of this, Jeff Geider, Director of the Institute of Ranch Management at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, says “Higher prices for livestock will not guarantee profitability. It all depends on what it cost to produce them.”

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What’s the Future for This Year’s Calf Crop?

What’s the Future for This Year’s Calf Crop?

Kim Watson Potts

Beef Today

Following the typical supply and demand economics model, many people expected this year to be the one when the U.S. cattle herd would start rebuilding, as cattle prices move higher and heifers are retained.

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Boutique boom?

Boutique boom?

Dan Murphy

Drovers

As a relatively new vendor at the Santa Monica, Calif., farmers market, Rancho San Julian would be a perfect brand to promote the firm’s marketing message: Locally grown beef from grassfed cattle raised without hormones or antibiotics.

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Can Cows Lying Down Predict Rain?

Can Cows Lying Down Predict Rain?

Matt Brickman

CBS

We have all cool tech toys to help us forecast the weather, but for centuries, there have been stories about how animals help make predictions.

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Calif. slaughterhouse gets USDA approval to reopen

Calif. slaughterhouse gets USDA approval to reopen

TRACIE CONE

Lake Wylie Pilot

A slaughterhouse at the center of a food safety and cruelty investigation resumed operations Monday after federal officials approved its plan to improve treatment of animals.

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Drought means livestock producers need to creatively manage feed rations

Drought means livestock producers need to creatively manage feed rations

AgriMarketing

The worst drought on record in Ohio has forced many livestock producers to choose between culling their herds or forking over significantly more money to feed their cattle. But a pair of Ohio State University Extension experts said that producers might want to consider "outside-the-box" management ideas to try to minimize the economic losses.

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Longevity of Females Improves Bottom Line

Longevity of Females Improves Bottom Line

Dr. George Perry,  South Dakota State, University Extension

Cattle Today

Research has indicated it takes the net revenue from approximately six calves to cover the development and production costs of each replacement heifer.

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Set Calves Up for Immunization Success

Set Calves Up for Immunization Success

Kim Holt

Angus Journal

A calf must be able to respond to vaccination in order to experience good immunity.

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51 Cattle Deaths Attributed to Drought-Toxicity

51 Cattle Deaths Attributed to Drought-Toxicity

The Beef Site

More than 50 cattle deaths due to forage made poisonous by drought or toxic weeds have been confirmed in Arkansas, said Tom Troxel, associate head-animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Low-Cost Fencing Ideas

Low-Cost Fencing Ideas

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

As cattlemen work to repair and rebuild fences this winter, veterinarian Ken McMillan has some ideas about holding down costs.

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Beef Quality Audit Adds New Facet for Collecting More Comprehensive Data

Beef Quality Audit Adds New Facet for Collecting More Comprehensive Data

Oklahoma Farm Report

The 2012 National Beef Quality Audit is now in the books and Jason Ahola, associate profession of beef production systems at Colorado State University, says the results are helpful. He is one of the authors of this year’s study and says the BQA did something a little different this year in hopes of gathering even more useful data in the future.

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Stocker cattle might be an option

Stocker cattle might be an option

Gayle Smith

Tri-State Livestock News

As the drought continues its hold on much of the United States, and feed costs continue to climb, many ranchers are considering destocking their cow/calf operations. While cow numbers are at their lowest level in the United States, they may reach their highest cost when the drought is over, which leaves many ranchers wondering how they will afford to buy back in

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More beefing on beef checkoff system

More beefing on beef checkoff system

Columbus Telegram

Alan Guebert

Somewhere along the line, it became acceptable to bend and break the record of public figures and firms without any consequence whatsoever. Shortly thereafter, distortion and deception replaced discussion and debate and yelling and lying replaced compromise and progress.

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Profiting From the Worst Drought in the US Since 1956

Profiting From the Worst Drought in the US Since 1956

Bristol Voss

Minyaville.com

Cattle spend 12-18 months grazing on grass before they head to the feedlots where they are fattened on corn for five months. The drought means there’s little or no grass for eating in the first stage and feedlots are losing money on fattening cattle on the second stage as as their corn prices have doubled.

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Cattle Marketing as Part of Managing Through the Drought

Cattle Marketing as Part of Managing Through the Drought

University of Wisconsin

Beef cow calf producers in many parts of Wisconsin likely need to evaluate their options for getting through this coming winter.  Drought and excessive heat this summer resulted in lack of pasture and hay production and the need to feed the cattle hay that would normally be saved for winter feeding

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Genetically Modified Cows Could Produce Tastier Beef

Genetically Modified Cows Could Produce Tastier Beef

Red Orbit

Scientists at the Beijing University of Agriculture have genetically modified a pair of calves in an attempt to make their meat more tender, tastier, and more appealing to discerning palates.

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