Daily Archives: September 18, 2012

Baxter Black, DVM:  Talkin’ to the dog

Baxter Black, DVM:  Talkin’ to the dog

I was talking to Okie.  He’s the Farm Dog.  He doesn’t care to go out on the range with the cow dogs.

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Grass Tetany could be a problem as drought eases in some areas

Grass Tetany could be a problem as drought eases in some areas

Richard Holliday, DVM

Historically, grass tetany has been attributed to a magnesium deficiency brought about by cattle grazing spring pastures when there is a superabundance of young, rank, quick-growing grasses rich in proteins. It is sometimes seen in the fall when new growth of cool season grass or wheat Cattle grazingpastures occurs.

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Stretching Feed for Your Mama Cow Herd This Winter

Stretching Feed for Your Mama Cow Herd This Winter

Oklahoma Farm Report

For years, cattle feedlot operators have taken advantage of the growth benefits from supplementing feed with ionophore products. One of those, Rumensin, is also cleared for feeding to the productive beef cow.

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Low Quality Forages Can Be Saved With Ammoniation

Low Quality Forages Can Be Saved With Ammoniation

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

An old trick is gaining new converts this fall, as livestock owners look for inexpensive feed to carry herds through the winter. That trick, known as "ammoniation," has been around since the 1970s.

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Turning the treatment mindset around

Turning the treatment mindset around

Bovine Veterinarian

To get the most out of today’s antimicrobial treatments, it pays to reevaluate traditional treatment programs.

For the most part, today’s workforce was brought up with an older class of antimicrobial treatment options, says Lee Bob Harper, DVM, Pfizer Animal Health.

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Common sense stops high tech thieves

Common sense stops high tech thieves

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Rustlers have been a part of the beef business for as long as it has been documented. Bands of outlaws, or sometimes a rogue trail crew, taking over the herd before it got to the railhead for marketing.

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University of Illinois releases guide to feeding aflatoxin infested corn

University of Illinois releases guide to feeding aflatoxin infested corn

AgriMarketing

This year’s drought has brought numerous challenges to cattlemen. Shortages of grass and water forced cow culling and sent many calves to the sale barn earlier than planned. The most recent challenge cattlemen are facing is high feed costs combined with the possibility of aflatoxin in the corn crop.

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Farmers Warned to Watch for Livestock Carcinogens as Drought Continues

Farmers Warned to Watch for Livestock Carcinogens as Drought Continues

Douglas Fischer and Daily Climate

Scientific American

A fungus that produces a carcinogen is flourishing in the continuing dry spell across the Midwest, and could pose problems for chickens, cows and pigs

The fungus, Aspergillus ear rot, infects corn ears through silks or wounds. Fields most at risk, researchers said, were planted in late March or early April.

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Feed shortage to test management skills of cow-calf producers

Feed shortage to test management skills of cow-calf producers

Alfredo DiCostanzo

Tri State Neighbor

Because most of the states hit by the 2012 drought were in the corn-producing areas of the country, serious feed shortages will occur for most livestock operations this winter. Yet, in spite of this ominous forecast, beef cattle producers probably will rely on the ability of their cattle to adapt to a variety of diets and ingredients.

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NCBA Educates Capitol Hill on Devastating Estate Tax Effects

NCBA Educates Capitol Hill on Devastating Estate Tax Effects

NCBA

Representatives from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today gave an overview to congressional staff members on the devastating impact of the estate tax on cattlemen and cattlewomen as part of NCBA’s “Beef 101” educational series.

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