Monthly Archives: September 2012

Video Feature: Processing – The Bud Box

People should be safe while handling animals in a safe and low stress way.

The Bud Box was developed by Bud Williams, Bowie, Texas. This animal-working concept incorporates a closed-end rectangular pen, as the cattle reach the far end of the pen, they turn back in the direction they came from, flowing into the working alley.

Maximizing Forage Usage Crucial to Maintaining Herd Size, Lalman Says

Maximizing Forage Usage Crucial to Maintaining Herd Size, Lalman Says

Oklahoma Farm Report

With drought conditions persisting across most of the state, OSU Extension Beef Specialist Dr. Dave Lalman says a lot of cow-calf producers are currently taking stock of their operations. He spoke with Ron Hays recently about the potential for rebuilding diminished herds.

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Hidden Dangers in Hay

Hidden Dangers in Hay

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

It’s a scary sight! Just a few hours ago you fed sorghum hay to your cows and now one is lying dead. Several more are having trouble breathing. You could lose the herd.

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Management and feeding considerations to improve feed utilization

Management and feeding considerations to improve feed utilization

Steve Paisley

Tri-State Livestock News

Feed efficiency will become increasingly important. Because of widespread drought, tight corn supplies and smaller national feed-grain crop forecasts, both feed and hay prices have jumped significantly.

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Grazing cornstalks can reduce winter feed costs

Grazing cornstalks can reduce winter feed costs

 James B. Neel

Cattle Today

Using corn crop residue as winter feed for dry, pregnant beef cows is one way that producers can reduce feed costs. Here in Tennessee, grazing corn crop residue is probably the least used feed resource available to cow-calf producers.

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Aflatoxin Concerns Continue Through Harvest

Aflatoxin Concerns Continue Through Harvest

Cheryl Anderson


Concerns over aflatoxin in corn and the resulting dried distillers grains will likely continue in coming weeks through harvest.

Aflatoxin in corn is especially worrisome for ethanol producers. The distillation process used to produce ethanol concentrates the nutrients by three times in the resulting distillers grains. Unfortunately, that same process also concentrates levels of aflatoxin threefold.

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Cow-Calf Production Is Largely A Part-Time Business

Cow-Calf Production Is Largely A Part-Time Business

Wes Ishmael 

America’s beef cow-calf business seems straightforward enough – wean the highest percentage of calves possible per cow exposed, wean the most pounds possible per cow exposed, and do so for the least cost possible. Exploiting value-added opportunities is part of the formula as well, but the above has been the basic business model for at least five decades.

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Schaefer takes the helm at Minnesota Beef Council, Eustice retires

Schaefer takes the helm at Minnesota Beef Council, Eustice retires

Progressive Cattleman

After 22 years as executive director of the Minnesota Beef Council, Ron Eustice will retire in October.

Eustice is best known for his work on food safety and irradiation. He has given irradiation education seminars in 10 countries and 30 states.

Karin Schaefer will take on the role of executive director.

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Obama & Romney Outline Positions on Farm Issues

Obama & Romney Outline Positions on Farm Issues

The Voice of Agriculture, American Farm Bureau Federation

President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney recently spelled out their positions on agriculture issues for the American Farm Bureau Federation. In a questionnaire, both candidates went into detail about their positions on energy, environmental regulations, farm labor and more.

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Feeding cows hay now allows grass to recover after long summer drought, say MU specialists

Feeding cows hay now allows grass to recover after long summer drought, say MU specialists

Robert L. Kallenbach Justin Sexten

University of Missouri

Feed hay in the fall and save the new green grass for winter. That plan can result in more feed for drought-stressed Missouri cow herds.

University of Missouri Extension specialists urge continued feeding of hay to allow pastures to rebuild root reserves to prepare grass for strong growth next spring.

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Dear Mr. Black,

I’ve enjoyed your columns but I disagree with you about animal rights activists and the ACLU.  I find it hard to find much fault with an organization that dedicates itself to ethical treatment of animals and one who protects our civil rights.  I wish you the best.

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Treat a Fever or Not?

Treat a Fever or Not?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

There’s some debate as to whether it’s best to treat a fever or not.

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Interesting times in the beef industry: Part II

Interesting times in the beef industry: Part II

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Mother Nature seems to have a stranglehold on many areas of the United States where beef cows reside. Little to no precipitation in areas that grow corn and soybeans has resulted in record-high prices in both of those commodities. As the price of corn goes up, the price of other feedstuffs we feed our cattle goes up as well.

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Stopping the initial signs of scours            

Stopping the initial signs of scours            

Bobbi (Kunde) Brockmann  

Progressive Cattleman

Stress caused by this summer’s drought across much of the country means that calves born this fall may have higher susceptibility to scours.

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Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or Blue Tongue

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or Blue Tongue

Dave Barz

Tri-State Livestock News

Today was a great day, slight north wind and seventy degrees. Enough to make a little fat boy thankful the heat is over. As if this drought wasn’t enough, now we have a new problem in our cow herds. If you have a cow drooling and walking tender footed (lame) you probably have Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or possibly Blue Tongue.

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Beware of toxic plants and pasture in late summer

Beware of toxic plants and pasture in late summer

Darrell Rankins

Cattle Today

Numerous poisonous plants are present in many cattle pastures. However, most of the time cattle avoid these plants and they do not cause problems. On occasion, cattle will consume the plants to an extent that toxicity is exhibited.

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Grass-fed beef starts to sizzle

Grass-fed beef starts to sizzle

Renée Frojo

San Francisco Business Times

The Bay Area’s beef industry is experiencing a revival.

After nearly four decades of diminishing ranches, consolidated processing facilities and the growing dominance of corn-fed beef, consumers are once again developing a healthy appetite for free-range, grass-fed cattle.

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Follow BQA Guidelines When Culling Cows

Follow BQA Guidelines When Culling Cows

University of Nebraska

October and November are typical months for calf weaning, pregnancy checking of cows, and cow culling. On very rare occasions violative residues of pharmaceutical products have been found in carcass tissues of cull beef cows.

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Red Angus Association Of America Now Offering GE-EPDs Powered By HD 50K

Red Angus Association Of America Now Offering GE-EPDs Powered By HD 50K

Pfizer Animal Health

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) and Pfizer Animal Health have partnered to provide more reliable genetic predictions for RAAA members and their commercial customers. Breeders can now take advantage of genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) powered by the High-Density 50K (HD 50K) platform from Pfizer Animal Genetics.

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Ranchers eat hamburger, lots of hamburger

Ranchers eat hamburger, lots of hamburger

Amy Kirk

The Daily Republic

Cattle producing families are connoisseurs of beef. They get their extensive knowledge of beef quality, flavor, and tenderness from having eaten a substantial quantity of hamburger.

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