Daily Archives: April 3, 2013

More Cattle, More Markets

More Cattle, More Markets

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Visit most of the larger operations in Central and South Florida, and you’ll likely see fifth- and sixth-generation ranchers still moving cattle by horseback and using branding irons for more than wall decorations.

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Warts: A Common Skin Problem in Young Cattle

Warts: A Common Skin Problem in Young Cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Weanlings and yearlings often develop warts. Matt Miesner, clinical assistant professor in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, says young animals are highly susceptible until they build immunity to the wart virus. “If I see warts in an older animal, I suspect some type of underlying immune deficiency or stress,” he says.

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Credit Availability to Operate in Today’s Beef Industry

Credit Availability to Operate in Today’s Beef Industry

B. Lynn Gordon

iGrow

The general theme presented by the financial panel was there is plenty of credit available, but producers will have to be able to manage risk and develop a very solid business plan around their risk.

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Breeding soundness of bulls should involve Trich test

Breeding soundness of bulls should involve Trich test

Keith Martin

Farm Talk

One of the most important factors in determining the profitability of a beef herd is the number of calves weaned per cow exposed.

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Tips for Pasture and Hayfield Renovation

Tips for Pasture and Hayfield Renovation

Rory Lewandowski

Beef Today

As a result of last summer’s drought questions about pasture and hayfield renovation are coming up. What can be done to thicken up forage stands that have been thinned out?

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The next step in value-based marketing?

The next step in value-based marketing?

John Maday

Drovers

Ranchers who sell calves at weaning generally focus on maternal traits and weaning weights when they select bulls, but many purchase bulls that also excel in traits that pay beyond the ranch such as feedyard gains, feed efficiency and carcass value.

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Identifying Johne’s Disease with accuracy

Identifying Johne’s Disease with accuracy

Sandra Avant

Bovine Veterinarian

ohne’s disease, also known as Paratuberculosis, is estimated to cost the U.S. dairy industry more than $220 million each year. It also affects sheep, goats, deer and other animals, causing diarrhea, reduced feed intake, weight loss and sometimes death.

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