Daily Archives: December 7, 2012

Low-quality hay causes long-term problems In Heifers

Low-quality hay causes long-term problems In Heifers

Jeff Caldwell

Heifer Pro

Even if the drought was ending shortly, the effects on your beef herd wouldn’t end with it.

That’s because after a drought, it can take up to 2 years for cows and their calves to recover from the effects of subsisting on drought-shortened hay, namely in how heifers develop in late summer before calving in the winter, says University of Missouri Extension beef nutritionist Justin Sexten.

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More livestock antibiotic restrictions likely

More livestock antibiotic restrictions likely

Candace Krebs

AgJournal.com

Livestock antibiotic use will become increasingly restrictive as the Food and Drug Administration and consumer interest groups push to curb it, according to Mike Apley, a professor of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University.

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Cattle industry faces hardscrabble times

Cattle industry faces hardscrabble times

Jerry Lackey

Go San Angelo

Even as the nation’s cattle inventory dropped because of drought, a fair share of ranchers held on to part of their herds or found pasture in states in the Northwest for their cattle in hopes of riding out another year.

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Cattle producers should test, supplement winter forage supplies

Cattle producers should test, supplement winter forage supplies

Amanda Gee

Ag Answers

Cattle producers should know the nutrient contents of their feedstuffs so they can be prepared to help their herds weather the coming winter, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says.

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January KSU Cow-Calf Conference

January KSU Cow-Calf Conference

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will host a cow-calf conference for veterinarians and producers on Friday, Jan. 11. The conference is designed to advance knowledge of reproduction, calving, and calf care in breeding herds.

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What should a ‘local’ farm (and farmer) look like?

What should a ‘local’ farm (and farmer) look like?

Ryan Goodman

WTVR

The term “local” is used frequently in conversations centered on the American food system. Is it 50 miles from your home or 500? Must the food be purchased directly from the farmer? Can the food be sourced by a retailer and sold under a “local” label for stronger buying power?

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Will the cows come home?

Will the cows come home?

Derrell S. Peel

The City Wire

Can we rebuild the beef cow herd?

That was the question posed to me by a producer in response to my recent article suggesting that two years of drought liquidation, on top of previous liquidation, has pushed the beef cattle inventory so low that we are effectively “out of cattle” in terms of our ability to maintain beef production and rebuild the cow herd.

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