Monthly Archives: March 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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Short-term changes in nutrition can affect embryo survival

Short-term changes in nutrition can affect embryo survival

Sandy Johnson

High Plains Journal

When it comes to replacement heifers, we focus a lot of attention on getting heifers to the appropriate weight and condition for breeding. While this certainly represents a key part of the development process, continued effort is needed to capture all of the benefits from that initial effort.

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Meat Marketing 101

Meat Marketing 101

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

Think about using the 80/20 Rule, to focus 80 percent of your time and energy on the 20 percent of your work with the greatest return for the project. The business of value added is different than being a producer.

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Stocker Strategy Keeps High-Risk Calves Healthy

Stocker Strategy Keeps High-Risk Calves Healthy

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

For more than 30 years, Mike Goldwasser has made a living buying other people’s mismanaged calves. It’s a tough side of the business, but the Hillsville, Va., cattleman has fine-tuned an approach that makes it workable.

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End Meats Help Drive Beef Value

End Meats Help Drive Beef Value

Miranda Reiman

Certified Angus Beef

T-bones, sirloins, filets and strips—these are the beef cuts referred to as “middle meats.” Such steaks make up 12% of the carcass, but represent just under half of its total value.

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Factors Affecting Birth Weight

Factors Affecting Birth Weight

Kalyn Waters


Calving difficulties account for a tremendous amount of economic loss in the beef cattle industry. The highest correlated factor contributing to calving difficulties is the size and or body weight of the calf. Of all cases of calving difficult, 60-90% of them can be attributed to the birth weight of the calf.

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2013 BIF Symposium Is June 12-15 in Oklahoma City

2013 BIF Symposium Is June 12-15 in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University (OSU), in collaboration with the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), will host the 45th Annual BIF Research Symposium and Meeting June 12-15, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

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Stretch Livestock Feed Supplies With Lime-Treated Corn Stover

Stretch Livestock Feed Supplies With Lime-Treated Corn Stover

Neil Tietz

Hay & Forage Grower

Lime-treated corn stover can reduce feed costs when substituted for corn silage and/or corn grain in livestock rations. But producers need to plan the treatment carefully to make sure it’s done safely and effectively.

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Decoding the Genetic History of the Texas Longhorn

Decoding the Genetic History of the Texas Longhorn

Science Daily

The study of the genome of the Longhorn and related breeds tells a fascinating global history of human and cattle migration. It traces back through Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the New World, the Moorish invasion of Spain and the ancient domestication of the aurochs in the Middle East and India.

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Feedlots, meatpackers closing with fewer U.S. cows

Feedlots, meatpackers closing with fewer U.S. cows


Years of drought are reshaping the U.S. beef industry with feedlots and a major meatpacking plant closing because there are too few cattle left in the United States to support them.

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Will Age & Source Verification Premiums Continue?

Will Age & Source Verification Premiums Continue?

Calf News

Don’t write off that $25-$50 premium for age and source verification just yet.

Despite Japan’s expansion of U.S. beef imports from cattle 20-30 months of age, age-and-source verification will remain important to Japanese and other Asian consumers, said Phil Seng, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

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