Daily Archives: March 27, 2013

Could growth implants be a management tool for nursing calves?

Could growth implants be a management tool for nursing calves?


Prairie Star

As calving moves into full swing, many producers are thinking about vaccination programs they want to implement at branding.

However, only a few are also considering how growth implants could be used as a management tool for the nursing calf.

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Lightning and Cows Don’t Mix

Lightning and Cows Don’t Mix

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The classic signs of death from lightning include one or more dead animals under a tree or utility pole or adjacent to a fence.

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A simple way to sort calves from cows.

A simple way to sort calves from cows.

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Sorting calves away from cows for branding/vaccinating, artificial insemination (AI) protocols, preweaning vaccinations, weaning, etc., can be time-consuming. Some producers use an alley where cows are encouraged to go one way and calves another, but this takes at least two people, good swinging gates, and cattle sometimes bunch up in the sorting area when cows don’t want to leave their calves.

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Fly tagging stockers: Worth it?

Fly tagging stockers: Worth it?

Mike Smith


Work reported by a team of Kansas State researchers earlier this month followed a set of 267 steers known to be in good health and grazed at a stocking density of 253 pounds of animal per acre for 77 days starting in April.

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Feed Additives Allow for Flexibility, Efficiency

Feed Additives Allow for Flexibility, Efficiency

Paul Davis, Ph.D

Feedlot Magazine

Dramatic temperature swings coupled with rain and mud frequently occur in late winter and early spring. These stressful environmental conditions can often trigger respiratory diseases in growing livestock.

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Biosecurity for cow-calf operations

Biosecurity for cow-calf operations


A biosecurity plan is designed to prevent the introduction and spread of disease in a herd, or group of animals. External biosecurity includes practices directed at preventing the entry of new diseases into a herd.

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Experts summarize livestock lessons learned from 2012 drought

Experts summarize livestock lessons learned from 2012 drought

Jennifer Stewart

AG Answers

Eastern Corn Belt livestock producers heading into breeding, calving and grazing seasons have much to learn and apply from last year’s drought, two Purdue Extension specialists say.

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Despite Drought, Cattle Industry Gives Back

Despite Drought, Cattle Industry Gives Back

Alexandra Stone


The cattle industry has long since been a staple of the Panhandle.

"Cattle feeding, the cattle industry here on the High Plains in the Texas Panhandle is such an important part of our community, of what we are," Jim Bret Campbell, Communications Director for the Texas Cattle Feeder’s Association said.

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Research Finds No Bull Fertility Difference With Pyrethroid Use

Research Finds No Bull Fertility Difference With Pyrethroid Use

Wes Ishmael 


University of Illinois research found no differences in sperm motility, morphology or testosterone levels, between a control group of bulls and three groups of bulls treated with pyrethroids.

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Added enzymes reduce costly bloat losses

Added enzymes reduce costly bloat losses

Texas A&M

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research animal nutritionist is trying to decrease the severity of frothy bloat, the major non-pathogenic cause of death and reduced performance in cattle grazing hard red winter wheat in the southern Great Plains.

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