Daily Archives: June 5, 2013

Some Cattle Do It All

Some Cattle Do It All

Larry Corah

Certified Angus Beef

When does the cost of gain (COG) exceed the fed-cattle price? Historically, it almost never does, unless weather-related feeding conditions ramp up those costs. Until now.

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Stress And The Breeding Season

Stress And The Breeding Season

Kalyn Waters

iGrow

Sometimes in the middle of A.I. season it seems as though we should be more worried about reducing stress on ourselves than our cow herd. From setting up breeding barns and portable pens to sorting cow/calf pairs into breeding groups and 11 p.m. requests to feed the breeding crew tomorrow when you are 50 miles from a grocery store (ladies you know what I am talking about!), breeding season can be a very stressful time for everyone involved. However, managing the stress of the cattle involved is much more critical to the successful outcome of pregnancies than one might think.

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Minerals to Cows

Minerals to Cows

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The amount of minerals in forages varies tremendously over the year. Lower levels and availability of calcium and magnesium in lush spring grasses, combined with a cow’s peak need for calcium and magnesium, may mean an increase in cases of milk fever (low calcium), grass tetany (low magnesium) or a combination of both (what I call lactation tetany).

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Flaxseed: The Next Superfood For Cattle And Beef?

Flaxseed: The Next Superfood For Cattle And Beef?

ELIZA BARCLAY

NPR

Flax is the oily seed usually spotted in the nutritional supplement or cereal aisles. It’s marketed as a superfood because of its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.

Omega-3s may do all kinds of good things for humans — like protect against Alzheimer’s, heart disease and even cancer — so it seems reasonable to think they could also protect the health of animals.

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UNL to host September beef symposium

UNL to host September beef symposium

Bovine Veterinarian

Kenneth Eng wants to give something back to the industry in which he’s spent his life.

To honor his late wife, Caroline, who died about three years ago, Eng has donated a total of around $2 million to three universities to fund research on how to increase cattle efficiency in times of stress.

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Screwworms Started My Love Affair With Cows And Horses

Screwworms Started My Love Affair With Cows And Horses

Steve McDonald

Beef Producer

My career really started when I was 13. My great grandfather had a ranch in Young County, Texas.

He owned about 400 head of cattle, all Hereford, and about a dozen head of horses. He calved in the fall, hopefully after frost.

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A $22 Billion Industry That Nobody On Wall Street Is Talking About

A $22 Billion Industry That Nobody On Wall Street Is Talking About

Garrett Baldwin

Money Morning Economist

The Animal Nutrition Industry is Heating Up

It’s a bold claim but the worldwide food trends back it up.

In fact, last week’s proposed purchase of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, by Shanghai International highlights the booming market for meat products in emerging markets around the world.

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Cutest cows ever? Internet obsesses over fluffy cattle

Cutest cows ever? Internet obsesses over fluffy cattle

Danika Fears

NBC Today

Cute isn’t a word commonly associated with cattle, but get ready for that to change, because you may yet use "cow" and "adorable" in the same sentence.

There are shows for dogs, cats, sheep, llamas — even hamsters, we kid you not — and so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that pampered cattle are put on display as well. And in the world of show cattle, cows do equal cute.

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Congress Reauthorizes the Animal Drug User Fee Act

Congress Reauthorizes the Animal Drug User Fee Act

NCBA

The Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) passed the House of Representatives last night with a vote of 390-12. With the passage of ADUFA last month in the Senate, the legislation, which authorizes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect fees for certain animal drug applications, now heads to the White House for the President’s signature.

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Ready For Change? New FDA Guidance Will Alter Cattle Feed Additive Usage In Your Feedyard

Ready For Change? New FDA Guidance Will Alter Cattle Feed Additive Usage In Your Feedyard

Jennifer Ryan

BEEF

Having a more hands-on strategy with your producers’ feeding programs has never been more important. In fact, soon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  will likely require this topic zips to the top of your to-do list.

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