Daily Archives: September 4, 2013

Baxter Black, DVM:  Labor Day on the Farm

Baxter Black, DVM:  Labor Day on the Farm

Labor Day was created by Unions to recognize the American Worker.

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Boost Stressed Stocker Calves

Boost Stressed Stocker Calves

Gary DiGiuseppe

New feed, new weather, new pens and new herdmates all add up to stocker calf stress. Timely vaccinations will help.

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Brood Cow Size

Brood Cow Size

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

I think many producers have unknowingly allowed their cows to get too large for their production systems. By focusing on weaning weights in their calves and utilizing the cheap supplements of the recent past, they have selected for more growth in the heifers they retain.

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Do’s & Don’ts for Online Marketing

Do’s & Don’ts for Online Marketing

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and QR codes. Internet marketing specialist Susan Sweeney points out that 15 years ago those online platforms didn’t exist – and the Internet was just becoming commonplace. It also meant marketing was difficult and expensive.

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New analysis confirms the role of Optaflexx® in producing beef efficiently

New analysis confirms the role of Optaflexx® in producing beef efficiently

Ganaderia Mexico

A new study analysis provides the most comprehensive information on the ability of Optaflexx® to improve weight gain and boost performance in steers. Data of this quantity on the performance attributes of Optaflexx is available to the industry for the first time and shows that producers can add 22.5 lbs live weight and 20.3 lbs hot carcass weight to steers with minimal effects on meat quality.

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Why Not Be Pro-active with Marketing Strategy??

Why Not Be Pro-active with Marketing Strategy??

Dr. Glen Selk

The Stock Exchange

How many times have you heard it? “I raise good cattle, but I just take them to town and I take what they give me!” Many Oklahoma commercial cow calf ranchers do a great job of selecting, feeding, caring for, and taking to market top quality cattle, yet do very little, if anything, about promoting the products they sell.

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Dairy beef production on the rise

Dairy beef production on the rise

Abby (Huibregtse) Bauer

Hoards Dairyman

Dairy steers are becoming a growing part of the beef industry. The number of beef cows that calved as of January 1, 2013, was down 3 percent from the year before, while the number of dairy cows that calved in that same time period remained unchanged.

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Agriculture’s relevance keeps growing

Agriculture’s relevance keeps growing

Iowa State Today

Think back five, 10 or (if you can) 20 years ago. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences here at Iowa State was not nearly as large as it is today and what’s more, the idea of agriculture itself was not nearly as popular or relevant.

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What’s the Beef with Sore Cattle?

What’s the Beef with Sore Cattle?

Public News Service

Dr. Temple Grandin, a professor at Colorado State University, is an animal scientist who worked for decades to make life better for animals raised for food. While the suspension of Zilmax is new, the problems she has noticed aren’t. She said it’s kept her up at night.

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How fast can the beef cow herd be rebuilt?

How fast can the beef cow herd be rebuilt?

Derrell Peel


Historically, the cattle cycles that the beef industry has observed for many years were self-regulating cycles of inventory driven by internal beef industry factors including calf price levels, beef cattle biology and the rigidity of forage resources used in the industry.

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