Monthly Archives: October 2012

Protein Supplement Pays Off

Protein Supplement Pays Off

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

Troy Ellis has high expectations from his cow herd. Over the years, he has consistently weaned better than a 90% calf crop per cow bred, and steer calves have averaged 550 pounds at weaning.

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Important to choose the right hay Trailer

Important to choose the right hay Trailer

Del Williams

Cattle Today

When a farmer or rancher has to clear fields of round hay bales, there’s nothing that does the job like a hay trailer. But what kind is best for you? That depends on your equipment (tractor or pick up), your use (bale size, quantity, and labor), and your budget.

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The Cowboy Way

The Cowboy Way

Newschannel6now.com

Ranching and farming continues to be the heart and backbone of Texoma’s deep roots. Unfortunately the modern day cowboy lives a lifestyle that is slowly disappearing. 

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A historical perspective on the U.S. feedlot industry

A historical perspective on the U.S. feedlot industry

Bovine Veterinarian

The latest Cattle on Feed report underscores the challenges feedlots face in the coming months. Not only are feedlots paying record prices for feed and essentially record prices for feeder cattle, increasingly the supply of feeder cattle will be inadequate to maintain feedlot inventories at any price. It is easy to identify a variety of factors that contribute to dim feedlot prospects for the future.

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U.S. Beef Producers And Veterinarians Surveyed

U.S. Beef Producers And Veterinarians Surveyed

Joe Roybal     

BEEF

In dual surveys of BEEF readers and bovine veterinarians, the two audiences provide their unique perspectives on the veterinarian/client relationship and contrast their thoughts on various industry issues.

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Feedlot Prospects Worrisome for U.S. Cattle Industry

Feedlot Prospects Worrisome for U.S. Cattle Industry

Newswise

Conversations about Mayan prophecies of doom have been all the rage this year, but for the U.S. cattle industry, dim feedlot prospects for the future have been a much more worrisome topic.

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Failure to Pass Farm Bill Spells Bad News For Ag. Exports

Failure to Pass Farm Bill Spells Bad News For Ag. Exports

Emily Roehler

Nebraska TV

Failure by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a five-year farm bill before adjourning last month may mark the beginnings of a drought on U.S. agricultural exports, according to a letter from the Nebraska Corn Board.

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Moving and handling cattle with ATVs or horses

Moving and handling cattle with ATVs or horses

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri-State Livestock News

Some ranchers feel strongly that the only way to work cattle is with horses. Other ranchers don’t even own a horse and do all their cattle moving with 4-wheelers. Still others use both, and appreciate the advantages of each.

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North Dakota cattle taking hold in Kazakhstan’s cold climate

North Dakota cattle taking hold in Kazakhstan’s cold climate

James MacPherson

Inforum

Transplanted North Dakota cattle are thriving in Kazakhstan’s cold climate, but many of the former Soviet republic’s cowboys are still greenhorns, so it has hired Great Plains ranch hands to help out and is sending some of its own to the U.S. for training, a state trade official said.

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Beef Producers Still Adapting to Drought

Beef Producers Still Adapting to Drought

HamburgReporter.com

This year’s drought continues to affect Nebraska cattle producers as they move up management decisions to accommodate feed shortages.

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Baxter Black, DVM:  A MARIPOSA SATURDAY NIGHT

Baxter Black, DVM:  A MARIPOSA SATURDAY NIGHT

It was a late Saturday afternoon when Donelle glanced out the front window and saw a cow, one lone cow, standing on her front porch.

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Pregnancy testing: New technology provides several options                            

Pregnancy testing: New technology provides several options                            

Heather Smith Thomas          

Progressive Cattleman

Pregnancy testing of beef cows is generally done by rectal palpation, but many veterinarians also use ultrasound.

The newest techniques include extension-arm ultrasound (a probe that doesn’t have to be taken into the rectum by hand or arm) and blood tests.

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Ranch math of protein supplementation

Ranch math of protein supplementation

Kenny Barrett

Tri-State Livestock News

A cow can stand next to a bale of feed and starve to death. Veterinarians are called out to examine down cows every year for this exact reason. In veterinary medicine we call it protein-energy malnutrition but more simply they are starving with full bellies. The problem is protein nutrition or lack thereof.

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Six ways to help feedlot cattle adapt

Six ways to help feedlot cattle adapt

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Acclimating new cattle the feedlot takes good management and animal husbandry skills.

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Are Older Cows Less Fertile?

Are Older Cows Less Fertile?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Being older doesn’t mean a cow is necessarily less fertile. Rule out other problems before you cull her, including the breeding soundness of your bull.

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Purdue Economist forecasts 2–3% drop in U.S. beef cow herd

Purdue Economist forecasts 2–3% drop in U.S. beef cow herd

AgriMarketing

Purdue University ag economist Chris Hurt predicts U.S. beef cow numbers will be two to three percent lower in the January cattle inventory report.

Hurt says the drought has been particularly cruel to the beef cattle industry. Poor pastures combined with high feed prices have caused many producers to reduce their herds.

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Deadline Fast Approaching for NCBA Cattle Industry Convention Internships

Deadline Fast Approaching for NCBA Cattle Industry Convention Internships

Brownfield Network

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for internships during the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 6-9, 2013. The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 4, 2012.

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Kentucky Waves Aflatoxin Blending Ban

Kentucky Waves Aflatoxin Blending Ban

Hay and Forage Grower

Aflatoxin-contaminated corn in Kentucky can now be mixed with other corn provided it will result in a blend safe for feeding to specific animals.

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Plastic silage wrap technology saves livestock feed

Plastic silage wrap technology saves livestock feed

Andrea Johnson

Farm and Ranch Guide

An Italian company, Bruno Rimini Corp., has developed a product that helps keep high quality silage from spoiling.

Silostop oxygen barrier film is a thin and clingy plastic used underneath traditional polyethylene plastic to help preserve bunked or piled silage.

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Virginia Educator, Cattleman, Dr. John Gerkin Passes

Virginia Educator, Cattleman, Dr. John Gerkin Passes

Roanoke Times

. . . He completed graduate training at both Virginia Tech (masters) and North Carolina State (doctorate). Upon completion of his doctoral degree in 1971, he joined the Animal Science faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. He served the university and the State of Virginia as extension faculty in beef cattle nutrition until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1991.

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