Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE HEELER MENTALITY

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE HEELER MENTALITY

It all started when my wife asked, “What happened to your head?”

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Monitoring winter body condition

Monitoring winter body condition

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Cows in moderate body condition [body condition score (BCS) 5 to 6] usually require an average of about 55-65 days to resume fertile cycles after calving — meaning that mature cows that calve during the first half of the calving season in moderate body condition should be cycling by the time the next breeding season starts.

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Cutting Beef-Cow Hay Use By A Quarter

Cutting Beef-Cow Hay Use By A Quarter

Fae Hollin

Hay and Forage Grower

Purposely not feeding hay to mid- to late-lactation beef cows on alternate days – and offering dried distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS) in its place on those days – can safely save producers up to 25% of their forage inventories.

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Ranchers Worry About Feeding Options For Their Cattle During Drought

Ranchers Worry About Feeding Options For Their Cattle During Drought

Nick Starling

 Nebraska TV/ABC

The dry, harsh conditions of the drought in Nebraska put stress on ranchers figuring out how to make a profit.

Just a year ago many ranches had no idea 2012 would be one of the hardest hit years of their operations. Now the very food to feed their cattle is spare leaving ranchers limited options on how to combat this devastating drought.

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The fiscal cliff from this rancher’s perspective

The fiscal cliff from this rancher’s perspective

Joe Parker Jr.

Silver City Sun-News

Like many of you, I learned the importance of financial responsibility at an early age. You simply don’t spend money you don’t have. The money you do have you work for. And if you’re lucky, you might save some of that money for a rainy day or leave it for your kids once you’re gone.

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Cattle herd rebuilding strategies to be discussed at BIG Conference

Cattle herd rebuilding strategies to be discussed at BIG Conference

Blair Fannin

Agrilife

WACO – It can be a costly experience when rebuilding cow herds, but beef cattle producers can learn about strategies to consider at the 51st Blackland Income Growth Conference Feb. 4-6 in Waco.

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Iowa State cattle market expert foresees decreasing beef production in 2013

Iowa State cattle market expert foresees decreasing beef production in 2013

Iowa State University

The recent trend of decreasing beef production likely will continue in 2013 and 2014, said a cattle market expert at Iowa State University this week.

 Two years of liquidation, brought about by dry weather conditions in key cattle producing states, have put the industry in an even tighter supply situation, said Lee Schulz, an ISU Extension and Outreach livestock specialist and assistant professor of economics. Commercial beef cattle slaughter in 2013 could lag between 4 and 6 percent behind last year’s slaughter numbers, Schulz said.

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Explaining Growth Promotants Used in Feedlot Cattle

Explaining Growth Promotants Used in Feedlot Cattle

Beef Research

Feed efficiency in cattle can make or break profitability in the feeding sector, and affects environmental implications. The costs of buying a calf and the feed needed to finish it are the two largest variable expenses facing the beef cattle feeding sector.

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U.S. Drought In 2013 Hurts Cattle Ranchers With Dry, Poor Wheat Crop

U.S. Drought In 2013 Hurts Cattle Ranchers With Dry, Poor Wheat Crop

Theopolis Waters

Huffington Post

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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Producers should feed this forage for faster gains

Producers should feed this forage for faster gains

Fae Holin       

Hay and Forage Grower

Northern beef producers should grow and make field-pea forages a part of their weaned steers’ diets, says Vern Anderson, North Dakota State University animal scientist. Peas are higher in energy and protein than grass hay and can provide faster gains, his recent research shows.

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