Daily Archives: September 6, 2012

Implanting early weaned calves

Implanting early weaned calves

Russ Daly


As cattle producers ponder weaning their calves early in the face of drought conditions this summer, decisions are being made about processing those calves at the same time.  Procedures such as pre-weaning vaccinations, dehorning, and castration are typically performed prior to weaning.

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Potential Disaster Aid Hinges on Records

Potential Disaster Aid Hinges on Records


Potential disaster aid from USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will hinge on the records you keep now. FSA recently announced that good records will be essential if any disaster aid packages are released for livestock producers that faced loses of livestock or had to purchase feed due to natural disaster, including drought and heat.

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Planting Cover Crops For Grazing, Hay Won’t Affect Crop Insurance

Planting Cover Crops For Grazing, Hay Won’t Affect Crop Insurance

Chris Clayton


Gail Fuller awoke Thursday morning with his phone constantly ringing.

Other farmers were calling the Kansan, asking about cover crop seeds after USDA announced a change in crop insurance rules to allow haying and grazing on cover crops.

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Cattle market looks promising despite drought

Cattle market looks promising despite drought

Gayle Smith

Tri-State Livestock News

The cattle market remains volatile as market analysts try to determine how much longer the drought will last. “I think we’re all pretty optimistic about cattle prices,” said the director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center in Denver, CO. “We’re just worried about how we’re going to get there. It is going to take some good management to get through this drought.”

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Should I feed cattle this year?

Should I feed cattle this year?

Steven Rust and Roy Black

Michigan State University

It is important for producers and growers to calculate what they can afford to pay for feeder cattle given the expected higher corn prices, forecasted sale prices next winter and spring, beef yardage values (production costs) and desired level of profitability.

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In drought, watch fall-calving cows early

In drought, watch fall-calving cows early

University Of Missouri

Owners of fall-calving cow herds should start watching early as calving time approaches, says a University of Missouri veterinarian.

Drought stress and high nitrate levels in a cow’s forage ration can trigger early calving, stillbirths and abortions.

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Take 2050 vegetarian diet prediction with grain of salt

Take 2050 vegetarian diet prediction with grain of salt

Jerry Lackey

Abilene Reporter News

Swedish scientists at the annual world water conference in Stockholm recently predicted vegetarian diets would become the norm for everyone by 2050.

"There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes toward diets common in western nations," stated the report issued by the scientists.

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Nat’l Cattlemen’s Beef Assn Urges EPA To Lower Dust Standards

Nat’l Cattlemen’s Beef Assn Urges EPA To Lower Dust Standards

Agri Marketing

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) clearly spelled out its opposition to any attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower the coarse particulate matter (PM) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in its official comments submitted to the agency last week.

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Profitability Potential with Crossbreeding

Profitability Potential with Crossbreeding

Dr Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

First let me say that there is room in the industry for all types of commercial breeding systems, from straightbreeding to the most complicated crossbreeding programs. However, with Angus having over half the market share for seedstock bulls in the commercial industry, straightbreeding of Angus has become ever more prevalent. This trend comes with good reason; Angus combines growth with calving ease, high marbling and high milk.

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National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Update

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Update

Kelli Fulkerson

Angus Journal

Will the Plum Island Animal Disease Center make a move inland to Kansas? 

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