Daily Archives: January 8, 2013



Pam and I were having a deep discussion on cow psychology.  Subjects such as horn envy, chuteaphobia, the empty nest syndrome at weaning time and unsightly hair on udders.

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Three tips to prepare the cow for spring calving

Three tips to prepare the cow for spring calving


Spring calving is just around the corner, providing the promise of a new calf crop and excitement for the future. Steps taken today can set cows up for a successful calving season. However, poor preparation has a direct impact on the health and well-being of those calves as well as future reproductive performance of the herd, says Ted Perry, beef nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition LLC.

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Re-warming methods for cold-stressed newborn calves

Re-warming methods for cold-stressed newborn calves

Glenn Selk

Homestead Today

Last winter was one of the mildest winters in recent history and so far this winter, most of Oklahoma has escaped any sub-zero temperatures.  Nonetheless, before the spring calving season is over, there is a chance that some calves will be born in very cold winter temperatures.

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Beef Industry Leaders Seek Solutions to Checkoff Dollar Erosion

Beef Industry Leaders Seek Solutions to Checkoff Dollar Erosion

Oklahoma Farm Report

It’s no secret that, over the years, inflation has eroded the purchasing power of the dollar. The dollar is worth far less now that it was in the 1980s when the dollar-a-head Beef Checkoff program was begun.

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App Released For Upcoming NCBA Convention

App Released For Upcoming NCBA Convention


Once again, the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Tradeshow is releasing a smartphone app for its 2013 show to be held Feb. 6-9 in Tampa, FL.

Available for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA (CIC&NCBA) Tradeshow App will give its users access to everything the largest cattle convention has to offer during the show.

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Starting a Stocker Business

Starting a Stocker Business

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Healthy animals and a good vaccination program are critical to the success of any stocker operation.

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What does forced labor in cattle ranching look like?

What does forced labor in cattle ranching look like?


Forced labor in cattle ranching varies from country to country. In Bolivia, the International Labor Organization and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have documented the existence of debt peonage on cattle ranches in the Bolivian Chaco (ILO 2005; Garcia 2008).

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Beef checkoff feud exposes divide within cattle industry

Beef checkoff feud exposes divide within cattle industry

Beef Cattle News

When Allen Berry brought his 11 yearlings to the Green City Livestock Market in central Missouri last month, he paid into a fund that at first blush, seems a bargain. Berry paid $11 into the Beef Checkoff, a mandatory government program that gets $1 each time an animal is sold on its way to the slaughter house.

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Shade Critical for Beef Cattle Performance

Shade Critical for Beef Cattle Performance

Ganaderia Mexico

According to a recent study of Angus heifers, cattle with access to shade during summer heat may be 25 percent more profitable than cattle without shade. Providing cattle with just 2 m2 of shade showed significant improvements. The study was published in the September issue of the Journal of Animal Science.

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Cows fed corn, not grass, make for healthier beef

Cows fed corn, not grass, make for healthier beef

Paul Schattenberg and Blair Fannin

Abilene Reporter News

Dr. Stephen Smith, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station, spoke about his international efforts to help bolster the beef industry at a recent seminar on the Texas A&M campus.

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