Daily Archives: May 8, 2013

Replacement Heifer Development as A Matter of Survival

Replacement Heifer Development as A Matter of Survival

Troy Smith

Hereford World

For several years now, there’s been considerable conversation about cow efficiency and the influence of mature cow size. There’s also been a lot of discussion about longevity and its contribution to lifetime efficiency. Dale Spencer sometimes wonders how much of it reflects genuine desire for improvement and how much is just talk.

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How’d they sell? Breeders recap the spring bull sale season

How’d they sell? Breeders recap the spring bull sale season

Heather Hamilton

Tri-State Livestock News

With reduced cow numbers, a dry 2012 and customers questioning how many cattle they will be running in 2013, seedstock producers in the Tri-State region faced many uncertainties going into their spring sales.

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It Takes Records to Learn Real Value of Top Genetics

It Takes Records to Learn Real Value of Top Genetics

The Stock Exchange

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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Calhoun, GA Cattle management workshop – May 28

Calhoun, GA Cattle management workshop – May 28

Norman Edwards

A beef cattle reproductive management workshop is scheduled to be held in Calhoun, Ga., May 28. It will be conducted at the experiment station livestock pavilion off Hwy 53 spur and begin with registration at 5:30 p.m.

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New Bacteria Behind Some Cases of Pinkeye

New Bacteria Behind Some Cases of Pinkeye

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Some livestock owners will be forced to turn to custom-made vaccines to treat pinkeye this season as Moraxella bovoculi becomes more prevalent.

Pinkeye is a disease that just doesn’t play fair. And it’s getting trickier all the time.

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SDSU Extension Feed and Forage Finder Forum

SDSU Extension Feed and Forage Finder Forum

South Dakota Ag Connection

"As the drought continues in South Dakota it has become imperative for producers to have as many feeding options and resources available as possible. With that in mind SDSU Extension is launching a Facebook page where people can interact and exchange information about feed and forage resources," said Kalyn Waters, SDSU Extension Cow Calf Field Specialist.

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Set high, but sustainable goals for your herd

Set high, but sustainable goals for your herd

Phil Durst

Michigan State University

Setting goals is an important role of a business leader. We want to take the business to a higher level that has benefits for all involved. But we can be too aggressive in setting goals that we may not be able to sustain, if indeed we can achieve them. 

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Sale of longhorn herd prompts action to preserve Texas heritage

Sale of longhorn herd prompts action to preserve Texas heritage

Brett Wessler

Drovers

Texas Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson is taking action to preserve an iconic cattle breed often associated with the state after the Texas Parks and Wildlife sold almost a third of the official state herd.

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Plane of Nutrition can Significantly Impact Pregnancy Rates in Heifers and Young Cows

Plane of Nutrition can Significantly Impact Pregnancy Rates in Heifers and Young Cows

Bethany Johnston, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

How much does nutrition impact the reproductive rates of cattle? According to Dr. Rick Funston, UNL Beef Reproductive Specialist, “The nutritional status of animals is difficult to measure, and this complicates interpretation of nutrition x reproduction interactions.

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Industry Reduces E. coli By 90%, But Little Progress With Salmonella

Industry Reduces E. coli By 90%, But Little Progress With Salmonella

Heather Smith Thomas       

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The U.S. beef industry has done a tremendous job of dealing with carcass contamination involving E. coli. In fact, E. coli O157 positives in ground beef sampling have dropped by more than 90% in the last decade.

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