Daily Archives: May 29, 2013

Baxter Black, DVM: Unsuitable Topics for Column

Baxter Black, DVM: Unsuitable Topics for Column

When I’m asked where I get ideas for this column, I explain that in my travels among the agricultural masses, everyone has a story to tell…and they tell me!

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Senator Files Amendment To Farm Bill Making Checkoffs Voluntary

Senator Files Amendment To Farm Bill Making Checkoffs Voluntary

The Stock Exchange

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) filed an amendment Wednesday that would make the United Soybean Board and all national checkoff programs and promotion boards voluntary. This is similar to an amendment filed by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) last year, which ASA vocally opposed.

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Deworming Is Not About Guesswork

Deworming Is Not About Guesswork

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

In 2009, Extension agent Mark Hucks, of Nash County, N.C., received a call from a stocker operator saying his calves weren’t performing normally. Although the young calves had been treated with a pour-on dewormer, the animals had rough coats and weren’t eating well or gaining weight.

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SDSU Extension Genomic Seedstock Symposium

SDSU Extension Genomic Seedstock Symposium

South Dakota Ag Connection

SDSU Extension is partnering with the South Dakota Beef Breeds Council to host a Seedstock Symposium June 27-28 in Sioux Falls at the SDSU Extension Regional Center.

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Make Hay Before Seeds Set

Make Hay Before Seeds Set

Duane Dailey

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

“Don’t delay making hay,” says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri (MU) Extension. It might not seem like haymaking time, or haymaking weather, but early harvest results in more quality forage through the season, says the state forage specialist.

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Another look at fall versus spring calving

Another look at fall versus spring calving

Glenn Selk

Drovers

As cow herd managers monitor the pasture conditions this spring and make decisions about rebuilding a depleted cow herd, some may wish to rethink the time of year that breeding and calving take place.

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Avoiding Extremes is Wise Strategy When Selecting Replacement Heifers

Avoiding Extremes is Wise Strategy When Selecting Replacement Heifers

Heifer Pro

Despite the droughts of 2011 and 2012, cattle producers are interested in improving the genetics of their herds by inserting new heifers. Kansas State University cow-calf specialist Bob Weaber says there are number of things to consider when replacing or adding new cows to the herd.

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Keeping Some Cattle Parasites Offers Herd Advantage, Vet Says

Keeping Some Cattle Parasites Offers Herd Advantage, Vet Says

Beef Producer

Cattle parasites’ growing resistance to dewormers is concerning veterinarians and cattle industry experts, according to Louisiana State University AgCenter veterinarian Christine Navarre.

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Corn Silage Production for Beef Cattle Producers

Corn Silage Production for Beef Cattle Producers

KMZU

The drought of 2012 forced many corn fields to be salvaged as corn silage and fed to beef cattle.  Hay was in short supply, so this additional feed was beneficial.  Some beef producers became re-acquainted with silage, and some producers were introduced to this feedstuff.  Some producers have gotten along very well with silage, and others have not been as successful.

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Production Calculations Related to Beef Cow Nutrition

Production Calculations Related to Beef Cow Nutrition

Rick Rasby

University of Nebraska

Twenty-one day calving intervals can be easily calculated if you know when to start the first 21-day interval. Standard Production Analysis Guidelines indicates there are two ways to determine when to start the first 21-day calving interval.

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