Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Castrate bull calves before weaning and marketing

Castrate bull calves before weaning and marketing
University of Arkansas
Spring calving has started and fall born calves are being gathered for processing. The following video presentation discusses the importance of castrating male calves prior to weaning and marketing.

Tammi Didlot Proud of Accomplishments as President of American National Cattlewomen

Tammi Didlot Proud of Accomplishments as President of American National Cattlewomen

Oklahoma Farm Report

Didlot said she’s had a very busy year and says her time has been well spent.

“I can say without a doubt it’s been worth my time. It’s a labor of love. You just find the time to make it work. But it has definitely been the experience of a lifetime.”

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Cattle rustling does occur

Cattle rustling does occur

Mark Keaton

Baxter Bulletin

There have been several reports of cattle theft in Missouri recently, and Arkansas could be next.

Many think cattle rustling is a thing of the past, a common theme in old western movies.

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There’s something for everyone at cattle industry convention and trade show

There’s something for everyone at cattle industry convention and trade show

Southwest Farm Press

The 2013 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show, taking place Feb. 6-9 in Tampa, Fla., will offer something for everyone.

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Younger Calving Cows Most At Risk To Predators

Younger Calving Cows Most At Risk To Predators

Cornelia Flörcke

BEEF

Cows separating from the herd during calving can be risky behavior in areas with predators. Research shows three- and four-year-old cows are most at risk.

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A Guide to Udder and Teat Scoring Beef Cows

A Guide to Udder and Teat Scoring Beef Cows

Dr. Rick Rasby

University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

The conformation of a beef cow’s teats and udder are important in a profitable cow/calf enterprise. Females with poor udder and teat conformation are a management challenge for commercial cow/calf producers. Cattle producers do not have the time or labor to manage around cows that need intervention at calving to physically ‘milk-out’ a quarter(s) so that the calf can suckle or to save the quarter from infection.

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Finishing Beef Cattle on Grass with Self-Fed By-Products

Finishing Beef Cattle on Grass with Self-Fed By-Products

Dan Morrical, Mark Honeyman, Jim Russell, and Daryl Strohbehn, Dallas Maxwell, Darrell Busby and Joe Sellers,

Iowa State University

There has been increasing interest by consumers in beef from cattle that are finished or fattened “on grass” rather than in a conventional feedlot. Also recently, Iowa has had a proliferation of plants that produce ethanol from corn. The byproduct of this process is distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS).

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In Beef Production, Cow-Calf Phase Contributes Most Greenhouse Gases

In Beef Production, Cow-Calf Phase Contributes Most Greenhouse Gases

Science Daily

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Scientists have long known that cattle produce carbon dioxide and methane throughout their lives, but a new study pinpoints the cow-calf stage as a major contributor of greenhouse gases during beef production.

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Bedding Feedlot Cattle in the Winter

Bedding Feedlot Cattle in the Winter

Warren Rusche

iGrow

“To bed or not to bed?” With apologies to William Shakespeare, that is the question on the minds of many feedlot managers as we head into the winter months. Will providing bedding result in enough extra performance to outweigh the additional expenses in both material and labor?

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Calving and Cow/Calf Days straight ahead

Calving and Cow/Calf Days straight ahead

Allen Bridges

Minnesota Farm Guide

From just a few cows to several hundred, beef herds in Minnesota have a significant impact on the local and state economy. It has been estimated that each beef cow generates $338 for the local economy.

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Baxter Black, DVM:  SHIPPING MR. GERALD’S HEREFORD

Baxter Black, DVM:  SHIPPING MR. GERALD’S HEREFORD

Todd’s neighbor has raised good Hereford cattle as long as he has known him.  As years went by Mr. Gerald, the neighbor, let his herd dwindle in numbers.  Then last winter he fell and injured his knee.

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Despite Extension, Ag Policy Could See Changes and Cuts

Despite Extension, Ag Policy Could See Changes and Cuts

Pat Westhoff

Beef Today

Although Congress extended the farm bill until Sept. 30, the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri says several factors may cause Congress to revisit the legislation sooner rather than later.

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Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic Diseases

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

People who spend a lot of time around animals are more at risk for zoonotic diseases, those illnesses that can be passed between animals and humans.

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Deal with Cold Stress in Cattle

Deal with Cold Stress in Cattle

Iowa Ag Connection

When temperatures plunge into the single digits and the winds howl, people pile on the outerwear and look for warm food and beverages to help ease the chill.

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Study finds spring calving more likely if barometer on the rise

Study finds spring calving more likely if barometer on the rise

Mycattle.com

Beef cattle due in the spring are more likely to give birth when the barometer is on the rise, but warm temperatures are more likely to be a birth trigger for beef cows due in the fall, according to researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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In Passing: B.C. “Bud” Snidow

In Passing: B.C. "Bud" Snidow

BEEF

Longtime American Hereford Association (AHA) employee and friend of the Hereford industry B.C. “Bud” Snidow, 95, of Fairway, Kan., passed away Jan. 26, 2013, at Kansas City Hospice House from a brain tumor.

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Still-potent U.S. drought robs cattle ranchers of wheat pasture

Still-potent U.S. drought robs cattle ranchers of wheat pasture

Theopolis Waters

AG Canada

Oklahoma rancher Kent Donica has given up. The drought that has ravaged pastures on his ranch and throughout the region has won.

Since last September, Donica has sold nearly all of his 800 cattle because there is no pasture to feed them and he now works as a ranch hand nearby to make ends meet until it rains again.

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Rangeland science faces new challenges

Rangeland science faces new challenges

Feedstuffs Foodlink

When severe droughts and overgrazing in the late 19th century brought livestock mortality, soil erosion and loss of native forage plants to the western U.S., the profession of rangeland science was born.

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Winter Management

Winter Management

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

This past year has been a trying one with drought and other less than desirable conditions. As such, many cows went into this winter thin, which can have traumatic effects on production. As cows head into the last third of gestation, and start calving, then begin the rebreeding process, the effects of these problems will be manifested. The key to a successful management program is having a plan.

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A Break for Embattled Ranchers

A Break for Embattled Ranchers

STEPHANIE STROM and HIROKO TABUCHI

New York Times

Reflecting diminishing fears over mad cow disease, Japan eased its decade-old restriction on imports of American beef on Monday, but industry experts said beef producers faced many more challenges to reverse a prolonged slump that has pared the nation’s herd to its lowest level in 60 years and sent prices soaring.

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