Daily Archives: June 14, 2013

Weaning Beef Calves

Weaning Beef Calves

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

The times in a beef animal’s life that it is most at risk for disease or death are at birth and the first few weeks of life, and again for the first few weeks after weaning. This is particularly true if newly weaned cattle are commingled with other cattle and shipped to a new location. There are several strategies that ranchers and veterinarians can utilize to reduce risk of disease associated with the changes that accompany weaning.

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BeefTalk: Cow Down

BeefTalk: Cow Down

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Cows that are staggering or down are close to being dead cows. A typical beef operation should maintain a less than 1 percent death rate for productive cows. Anything greater should trigger a managerial review to target any potential cause.

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Seedstock Speaker Discuss Breeding Cattle

Seedstock Speaker Discuss Breeding Cattle


Among the topics at the SDSU Extension Seedstock Symposium will be a discussion on Disease Susceptibility, its effect on the cattle industry, and how highly or lowly inheritable they may be. The SDSU Extension Seedstock Symposium will be held June 27-28, 2013 at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls.

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Grazing Improvement Act Passes House Committee

Grazing Improvement Act Passes House Committee

Todd Neeley


The U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources committee passed the so-called Grazing Improvement Act, H.R. 657, designed to improve the livestock grazing permitting processes on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, and extends the term of grazing permits from 10 to 20 years. The bill now makes its way to the full House.

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I’ll Have the Fly-Fed Beef, Please

I’ll Have the Fly-Fed Beef, Please

Bernhard Warner


…Glen Courtright says he has a more palatable solution. His startup, EnviroFlight, is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for permission to sell livestock feed made from insects. “We can produce 225 pounds of clean, safe feed ingredients for aquaculture, poultry, and crustacea—that’s the holy trinity of fish, shrimp, and chicken—in a 3-foot-by-5-foot space,” he says.

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It Seems Cuba is Saying Goodbye to Beef

It Seems Cuba is Saying Goodbye to Beef

Ignacio Estrada


Havana, Cuba: For decades Cubans have seen themselves constrained when it comes to putting beef on the table. A type of meat that causes stage fright in those who have never imagined themselves on a stage.

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MARC Releases 2013 Across-Breed EPD Tables

MARC Releases 2013 Across-Breed EPD Tables

Larry Kuehn, Mark Thallman


The table of adjustment factors to be used to estimate across-breed expected progeny differences (AB-EPDs) for 18 breeds was released at the Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, OK

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Canadian cattle producers, U.S. packers dread COOL revisio

Canadian cattle producers, U.S. packers dread COOL revisions

Lisa Guenther


Canadian ranchers and North American packers aren’t looking forward to the arrival of revisions to the U.S. government’s country-of-origin labelling (COOL) rules.

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Effects of commingling beef cattle

Effects of commingling beef cattle


Commingling beef cattle or mixing cattle from multiple sources is a common practice among producers today. However, it does pose some potential cattle health risks, like bovine respiratory disease (BRD), which continues to cause severe economic loss for producers.

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Finding the Best Mineral Supplement for Beef Cows

Finding the Best Mineral Supplement for Beef Cows


Mineral supplementation of beef cows and stockers creates many questions that are sometimes difficult to answer according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri (MU) Extension.

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