Daily Archives: January 29, 2013

Proper nutrition for pregnant cows pays dividends far into the future

Proper nutrition for pregnant cows pays dividends far into the future


The Prairie Star

Most cow-calf operators realize maintaining proper nutritional levels during the last two-thirds of the pregnancy period results in healthier calves. But information presented by NDSU Extension Service livestock specialist Carl Dahlen at the recent Lake Region Extension Roundup in Devils Lake indicates proper nutrition at that time plays dividends during future months as well.

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Hay Supplies Lowest in Five Decades

Hay Supplies Lowest in Five Decades

Fran Howard

Beef Today

Production of hay, including alfalfa, in the top-18 hay-producing states has been declining rapidly, according to USDA’s recently released Annual Crop Production Summary. In fact, supplies of all hay are at the lowest level since 1957, according to USDA.

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Nutrition is Critical for a Healthy Calf Crop Part 2

Nutrition is Critical for a Healthy Calf Crop Part 2

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Cattle Today

From a logistical perspective there are two primary issues that have to be recognized and addressed. One is that of embryonic/fetal attachment to the cow. As we discussed in Part 1, this attachment via the placenta is the “pipeline” by which all nutrients are delivered to the developing calf. This attachment and tissue development is complex and requires a variety of nutrients and reactions to be readily available in the appropriate quantities and timing.

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Stockers Who Start Them Right

Stockers Who Start Them Right

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

At Pendergrass Cattle Company, a load of calves represents an opportunity, with about a 60-day window. It’s what happens in that window that makes or breaks someone in the stocker business.

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The Prime Directive

The Prime Directive

Jill Dunkel

Angus Journal

Breeding for high quality and retaining heifers over generations, Mike Kasten sees results. The Millersville, Mo., rancher closely tracks his herd for its ability to breed and raise a calf on pasture, perform in the feedyard and produce high-quality beef.

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Tribute to a cattleman and gentleman

Tribute to a cattleman and gentleman


Dave Nichols, who owns Nichols Farms, a well-known Iowa Angus operation, prepared the following tribute to Bill Antisdel, an employee and colleague of 33 years who recently passed away. We’re sharing it because it honors a true gentleman, and also because it describes so many people in the farming and ranching community.

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Forage Specialist Offers Methods to Cope with Drought

Forage Specialist Offers Methods to Cope with Drought

Nebraska Ag Connection

With a drought as severe as last summer’s, the long-lasting effects require long-term adaptations from producers who are working with the limited water supply.

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Coccidiosis in Beef Calves

Coccidiosis in Beef Calves

B. Joe Dedrickson, DVM, Ph.D., Alpharma Animal Health Division

Coccidiosis is one of the most economically important parasitic diseases of beef cattle, costing the cattle industry in the United States several hundred million dollars annually. Bovine coccidiosis is considered to be one of the top five most important diseases in the U.S. cattle industry.

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Cow-Calf Producers Are The Beef Industry’s Lifeblood

Cow-Calf Producers Are The Beef Industry’s Lifeblood

Steve Kay


I have a New Year’s confession to make. I have finally succumbed to social media and started a Facebook account. My resistance was until now, I admit, slightly “Luddite-ish” (if there’s such a word), as I felt I had no need to connect with family and friends this way.

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Japan’s new import rules to help beef industry

Japan’s new import rules to help beef industry

GardenCity Telegram

Ranchers welcomed Japan’s decision Monday to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports, saying it will provide a boost to the American meat industry but cautioning that it will take time before exports to Japan reach their levels of a decade ago.

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