Daily Archives: October 22, 2012

Baxter Black, DVM:  IT’S WOMAN’S WORK

Baxter Black, DVM:  IT’S WOMAN’S WORK

You don’t have to hang around the cattle business long to realize how many women are running their own farms or ranches.  Often they are widows who have taken over the operation with the help of their children and made it work.

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Monitor calves closely for signs of Pneumonia

Monitor calves closely for signs of Pneumonia

Cattle Today

Pneumonia in beef calves following the stress of weaning or shipping has been very well-documented. However, not as much is known about the risk factors that contribute to pneumonia in calves on pasture prior to weaning.

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Evaluate cattle to reduce protein

Evaluate cattle to reduce protein

David Burton

Springfield News-Leader

Producers have a habit of feeding protein supplements to their cattle after frost and freezing weather hits in the fall-early winter period.

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Longhorn family helps kids steer through life

Longhorn family helps kids steer through life

Chie Saito

YNN Austin

Sixteen children.

That’s how many the Faske family have adopted over the years, making a total of 19 with their biological kids included.

The children were adopted from all over the world, including India, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia and Ethiopia, but they’ve been taught to share one of the oldest Texas traditions: herding Longhorn cattle.

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The Facts about Optaflexx™:  Ractopamine for Cattle

The Facts about Optaflexx™:  Ractopamine for Cattle

Jason Cleere Ph.D.

Texas AgriLife Extension

Competition is tough at junior livestock shows across the U.S. and cattle exhibitors are always looking for ways to gain that “extra edge” needed to be competitive in the show ring.  Many products are available that contain any combination of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, fat, etc. and all claim they can help improve the nutritional status of your steer or market heifer.

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Basic show steer feeding and care

Basic show steer feeding and care

Darrell Rothlisberger

Utah State University

The junior livestock program is a unique opportunity to use live animals to help youth develop. Youth learn something about agriculture and livestock production and develop an appreciation for the livestock industry. However, the main objectives are to teach life skills and help youth become productive citizens. The experience of youth owning and working with animals, being responsible for their care, health, and growth, and exhibiting them in a competitive environment is a tremendous character building process.

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Basic Care Guidelines For Dairy Beef Calves

Basic Care Guidelines For Dairy Beef Calves

James Groethe

Kent Feeds

We are getting close to the end of a long, hard winter that has tested all of us in some way.  With that being said, I thought it would be beneficial to discuss some basic care recommendations that help maintain healthy calves.

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USDA cattle data bullish

USDA cattle data bullish


The number of cattle placed into U.S. feedlots in September fell 18.8% compared with a year earlier, a steeper drop than analysts expected.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture monthly cattle-on-feed report showed slightly fewer animals in the nation’s feedyards than the average of analysts’ expectations. In addition, cattle owners shipped fewer animals for slaughter last month than analysts had anticipated.

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Texas ranchers still cautious about rebuilding cattle herds

Texas ranchers still cautious about rebuilding cattle herds


Waco Tribune

Livestock producers certainly are more optimistic this fall than last year. But, generally, they remain extremely cautious when it comes to rebuilding herds and holding onto forage stocks, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef expert.

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Crossbreed or straightbreed?

Crossbreed or straightbreed?

Greg Henderson


Much of your success in the beef business hinges on the genetics of your cow herd, or — if you’re a stocker operator or a cattle feeder — your ability to buy and manage someone else’s genetics.

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