Daily Archives: April 23, 2013

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Bull Ballet

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Bull Ballet

Uncle Joe was makin’ his rounds this spring checking the horses and cows to make sure everything had water.

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The Secret to Daytime Calving

The Secret to Daytime Calving

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

Whether you have 20 cows or 200, there is nothing less pleasant than crawling out of bed in the middle of a cold night to check for calving problems.

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Fiber Digestion Important in Grazing Cattle

Fiber Digestion Important in Grazing Cattle

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Cattle Today

In Part 1 of this series we began a discussion of the importance of fiber digestion by cattle. The cow’s ability to consume and digest high fiber materials that are fundamentally indigestible to other animal species (except for other ruminants such as sheep and goats and some hind gut fermenters such as equines) is highly important to agricultural production in general.

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ND ranchers weather storm while calving

ND ranchers weather storm while calving

Betsy Simon

AgWeek

High winds and knee-deep snow, it is no place for a newborn to come into the world.

But those are elements that cannot be avoided during calving season — as was the case in North Dakota the weekend of April 13 and 14 — and farmers and ranchers must act to save their herds.

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Sexed semen process tedious and costly, but effective

Sexed semen process tedious and costly, but effective

Loretta Sorensen

Heifer Pro

Sexed semen may or may not give beef producers an advantage in maximizing their breeding program. It depends on the producer’s breeding goals.

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Smith aims to improve value of Mississippi’s cattle

Smith aims to improve value of Mississippi’s cattle

Bovine Veterinarian

When producer and consultant Dr. Gordon Hazard answers his phone, it is often in the middle of a pasture.

Veterinarian Hazard has been raising cattle for more than 75 years, and his boots-to-the-ground approach is what helps him make a profit each and every year. He knows what Mississippi cattle producers are up against.

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Rep. Kristi Noem Introduces Livestock Disaster Protection Act In House

Rep. Kristi Noem Introduces Livestock Disaster Protection Act In House

BEEF

Legislation would extend the Livestock Disaster Protection Act for five years and would apply retroactively to cover losses in fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

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K-State Cattle Feeders College coming up in May

K-State Cattle Feeders College coming up in May

BARBARA ADDISON

Garden City Telegram

Kansas State University will host its K-State Cattle Feeders College on May 9 at the Scott County Fairgrounds William Carpenter 4-H Building in Scott City. The educational event, focused on the cattle feeding industry, begins with registration at 5 p.m. and a sponsored dinner at 5:30 p.m.

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Purdue Economist:  Will Weak Cattle Prices Continue?

Purdue Economist:  Will Weak Cattle Prices Continue?

AgriMarketing

I thought finished cattle prices were going to have a very bullish year with prices well into the $130s by now. Live cattle futures started the year with the same enthusiasm, but have deflated since. What went wrong?

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Determining How Much Forage a Beef Cow Consumes Each Day

Determining How Much Forage a Beef Cow Consumes Each Day

Rick Rasby

University of Nebraska

It’s April and for cow/calf producers in the Northern Great Plains the majority of the cows are calving or are about to start calving. Cow/calf producers during this time period are typically feeding harvested forages. A frequent question from producers is "how much will my cows eat on a daily basis"?

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