Daily Archives: June 25, 2013

How Hot is Too Hot For Livestock?

How Hot is Too Hot For Livestock?

The Stock Exchange

All good stockmen are aware that heat stress can be a problem in livestock as the summer heats up, but not all are aware that other factors can enter the equation besides the thermometer reading.  These same factors can be dangerous to the people that handle the livestock as well, but we can do things that help to compensate for the danger. 

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Semen test bulls early

Semen test bulls early

Dr Dave Barz

Tri State Livestock News

What a change! Most of you are working through the first cutting of hay. It looks good to me, but I have not heard any reports on tonnage or quality. Some producers in our area took a first cutting of alfalfa, burned it down with Roundup and planted soybeans. Hopefully the roughage price will decrease and help the cow-calf man.

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Don’t Skip the Preg Checks

Don’t Skip the Preg Checks

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Pregnancy checks mean open cows can be identified and removed from the herd. This reduces the cost of carrying freeloaders, and over time increases overall herd fertility.

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Feedlot Pen Maintenance Allows Cattle To Walk Easier

Feedlot Pen Maintenance Allows Cattle To Walk Easier

Roger Ellis, DVM

iGrow

Beef feedlot operations are faced with daily tasks of managing feed and cattle inventory, animal health, labor, operational activities and marketing of the resident cattle in the yards. No less important are details to manage the feedlot environment and facilities. All of this is made more tedious and challenging by the forces of Mother Nature.

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Pinkeye Is A Common Summer Problem

Pinkeye Is A Common Summer Problem

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Veterinarian Austin Hinds, University of Idaho Caine Center, says pinkeye is associated with Moraxella bovis bacterium and is very contagious.

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Can we select cattle to reduce pinkeye incidence?

Can we select cattle to reduce pinkeye incidence?

Glenn Selk

Drovers

Pinkeye has long been a costly nuisance to cattle producers.  Eye infections sometimes lead to partial or complete blindness in one or both eyes.  Reduced beef production in the form of lowered weight gain, milk production, body condition, and eventually even poorer reproduction can result from eye infections and lesions. 

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Papaya seeds for parasite control

Papaya seeds for parasite control

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

A University of Florida study suggests papaya seeds could serve as a natural dewormer in livestock. The trial, led by animal scientist Adegbola Adesogan, PhD, tested the material on goats, specifically targeting the barber’s pole worm.

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Growing beef demand

Growing beef demand

High Plains Journal

Price, food safety and product quality are the most important demand drivers on which the beef industry should focus to have the most compelling effects on beef demand in the long term. Other key drivers include health, nutrition, social aspects and sustainability.

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NCBA Takes Ag Antibiotics Lesson to Capitol Hill

NCBA Takes Ag Antibiotics Lesson to Capitol Hill

Beef Producer

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Monday gave an overview to more than 70 congressional staff members on antibiotics used in food producing animals as part of NCBA’s "Beef 101" educational series.

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Beef Checkoff Releases Comprehensive Report on Beef Demand

Beef Checkoff Releases Comprehensive Report on Beef Demand

Oklahoma Farm Report

Beef Checkoff Releases Comprehensive Report on Beef Demand Price, food safety and product quality are the most important demand drivers on which the beef industry should focus to have the most compelling effects on beef demand in the long term. Other key drivers include health, nutrition, social aspects and sustainability.

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