Daily Archives: May 2, 2013

7 Do’s & Don’ts for the cattle breeding season

7 Do’s & Don’ts for the cattle breeding season

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

"Do things twice as well as you need to because the little mistakes at every point can really add up." That’s the advice George Perry, a beef reproduction specialist at South Dakota State University (SDSU), often gives to cow-calf producers as they prepare their herds – and their management tactics – for breeding season.

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Livestock Farmers Feeling the Pressure

Livestock Farmers Feeling the Pressure

H. Scott Hurd, DVM, Ph.D

South Dakota AG Connection

There are many pressures on livestock farmers today. Many of these pressures are not the typical economic and resource challenges faced by all businesses, but additional political pressures related to antibiotic use in food production.

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Improve Water Availability in Pastures

Improve Water Availability in Pastures

Kim Watson Potts

Beef Today

Inadequate feed and hay supplies weren’t the only challenge in the widespread drought last year. Limited water was also a challenge as many ponds, streams and reservoirs dried up, leaving pastures unusable for livestock.

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How Technology Is Impacting The Beef Industry

How Technology Is Impacting The Beef Industry

B. Lynn Gordon


Jack Holden, owner of Holden Herefords, Valier, Montana, discussed the tremendous impact technology is having on the beef industry during the 20th Anniversary of Cattlemen’s College held in conjunction with the 2013 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention and Trade Show.

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Extension publication helps farmers price corn silage

Extension publication helps farmers price corn silage

Purdue Extension

"Corn silage should contain 65-68 percent moisture, but the amount of actual feed dry matter varies and should be taken into account," she said. "Determining the silage dry matter is necessary for arriving at the actual amount of feed that is harvested from a field."

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Deworming Cattle is a Springtime Chore

Deworming Cattle is a Springtime Chore

John Cothren , updated by JoAnne Gryder

North Carolina Extension

If you plan on deworming cattle, spring is the right time.  Parasite burdens in pastures peak during the spring, drop over the summer, and rise again in the fall.  Internal parasites cause subclinical effects that are then followed by clinical signs.  Subclinical effects show up as productions losses.  The animals don’t look sick but they experience reduced gain, decreased milk production, lowered conception rates, etc.  Clinical effects can be seen and include rough coats, anemia, and edema.

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Feeding Group Looks To Cattle Marketing Alternatives

Feeding Group Looks To Cattle Marketing Alternatives

Burt Rutherford       


Back in the late ’90s, as cattle feeders in Texas and Oklahoma looked at trends and dynamics in the fed cattle market, it was increasingly evident that formulas and forward contracts, and later grids, would forever change the way cattle would be marketed.

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Montgomery Co. cattle infertile due to TVA plant emissions

Montgomery Co. cattle infertile due to TVA plant emissions


Many of the cows in Montgomery County are unable to get pregnant, and of all things, it has to do with the emissions from a nearby Tennessee Valley Authority plant.

A group of students and agriculture experts have made the bizarre discovery and say it presents a huge problem for farmers and consumers.

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How beef can compete

How beef can compete

Miranda Reiman

National Provisioner Online

Eleven to one—those were the odds the beef industry was up against for two decades. “We got $10 in new spending over that 20 years, meanwhile our pork and poultry competitors got $110,” said Nevil Speer, an animal scientist at Western Kentucky University. “You can’t grow an industry without new revenue coming in, and we basically worked in a stagnant industry for 20 years.”

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Cows’ looks alone can fool beef herd owners

Cows’ looks alone can fool beef herd owners

University of Missouri

Better genetics puts high-quality beef on the consumer’s plate. Also, better genetics brings more profits back to the producer’s pocketbook.

“Today we have the ability to make quality product and get paid for it,” Mike Kasten told 70 beef producers in the meeting hall of St. Michael’s Church in Russellville, Mo.

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