Monthly Archives: June 2013

Video Feature: Strategic Culling

Matt Claeys and Mark Kepler discuss the decision making process that needs to go into strategic culling of you herd

Safe use of medicated feed for animal producers

Safe use of medicated feed for animal producers

FDA

Medicated animal feeds are important tools for animal producers, but the feeds must be used correctly to ensure the safety of food produced by the animals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires medicated feed to be properly labeled so animal producers use it correctly.

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Invest in Forages This Year

Invest in Forages This Year

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Like most cattle producers, Traci Talley has to cut corners at times. But don’t ask her to shortchange her fescue, orchardgrass and clover pastures.

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Conditioning Tips for Superior Hay Quality

Conditioning Tips for Superior Hay Quality

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Done at its best, hay conditioning can shave two to five days off drying time, helping maintain harvest cycles and ensuring top-quality hay.

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Judicious use of antibiotics: What does this mean for a producer?

Judicious use of antibiotics: What does this mean for a producer?

Drovers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is implementing a voluntary strategy to promote the judicious (appropriate) use in food-producing animals of antibiotics that are important in treating humans.

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Summer brings insects and anemia-inducing disease to cattle

Summer brings insects and anemia-inducing disease to cattle

Bovine Veterinarian

Controlling insects and using good sanitation of veterinary equipment can help prevent spread of anaplasmosis, a sometimes-fatal cattle disease that attacks red blood cells.

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Local Meat Production Relies on Farmer-Processor Relationship

Local Meat Production Relies on Farmer-Processor Relationship

Beef Producer

Building more meat processing plants won’t translate into more local meat unless farmers and processors change how they do business with each other, according to a new USDA Economic Research Service report released last week.

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Small Unmanned Aircraft Offer Great Pasture Management Potential

Small Unmanned Aircraft Offer Great Pasture Management Potential

Burt Rutherford       

BEEF

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what are thousands of pictures worth? If they help you manage your operation more efficiently, they might be, as the TV advertisement suggests, priceless. While Kevin Price will let you decide the worth of his pictures, the Kansas State University (KSU) professor is pretty sure you’ll like what you can learn from a buzzard’s-eye view of your pastures

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Research Report on China’s Cattle Production Industry and Beef Market

Research Report on China’s Cattle Production Industry and Beef Market

Herald Online

Before reform and opening up, cattle were always treated as servant instead of meat. Chinese government actively encouraged peasants to feed cattle on straws not until the early 1990s in order to decrease straw waste and to promote the cyclic utilization of straws.

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Grade, grain and aging key to tender, tasty grilled beef

Grade, grain and aging key to tender, tasty grilled beef

Reporter Herald

You don’t have to go to some high-end steakhouse or shell out $200 a pound for ultramarbled Wagyu beef from Japan to get flavorful, tender beef for your next barbecue

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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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