Daily Archives: September 18, 2013

Be Sure of Dosage When Treating Cattle

Be Sure of Dosage When Treating Cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

When treating cattle with antibiotics, dewormers and other drugs, it is important to use proper dosage—which is generally determined by weight of the animal.

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PEP Up Profits

PEP Up Profits

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

People often joke that Texas isn’t a state, it’s a country. Ranches have been here for generations and, along with the cowboy hats and work boots, there’s a spirit of independence that can make change a tough sell. But Dr. Steven Wikse never let that stand in his way.

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Corn silage may be economical cow feed this winter

Corn silage may be economical cow feed this winter

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Drought continues in a number of states that have high beef cow populations. Harvested forages are abundant in some states that have received rain this spring and summer.

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Brittany Howell, Ph.D., teaching the next generation of cattlemen

Brittany Howell, Ph.D., teaching the next generation of cattlemen

Chuck Jolley

Drovers

Dr. Brittany Howell didn’t grow up on a ranch. Her mother grew up helping with the family farm in Kansas, and her father got involved helping farm as well when he met her mother in college.

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Re-think heifer development

Re-think heifer development

Heifer Pro

A recent symposium addressed current thinking on development of beef heifers. Texas A&M animal scientist Stephen Hammack, PhD, provides this summary of key points.

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Supplies Will Dwindle Before Beef Herd Expansion

Supplies Will Dwindle Before Beef Herd Expansion

Beef Producer

Oklahoma State University livestock marketing specialist had everyone’s full attention at the eighth annual Feeding Quality Forum in Omaha, Neb., and Garden City, Kan., last month as he said there is no way around it – in the next two to three years, the already short supply of feeder cattle will only get tighter.

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Emergency moves now fact of life in drought.

Emergency moves now fact of life in drought.

Garden City Telegram

Recent rainfall in the region was refreshing, as always.

Yet as welcome as any precipitation may be, the rain wasn’t nearly enough to cure the lingering pain of drought.

Another reminder of as much came in a request from officials in Kansas to extend emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land.

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44 Farms: Happy Cows Make Perfect Steaks

44 Farms: Happy Cows Make Perfect Steaks

Molly Dunn

Houston Press

Successful family-owned businesses are hard to come across these days, especially when it comes to food distributors. The big dogs seem to take over and knock the little guys down, but one Texas-based family has defied the odds.

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Could E. Coli Vaccine for Cows Cut Human Infections?

Could E. Coli Vaccine for Cows Cut Human Infections?

Dennis Thompson

HON

Vaccinating cattle against E. coli bacteria could cut the number of human infections by 85 percent, far higher than previous estimates, British scientists say.

The researchers reviewed the way that E. coli is transmitted from cattle to humans, noting that the risk of infection is particularly significant during the brief periods when cattle are "super-shedding" extremely large amounts of the bacteria in their feces.

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Preg check now to avoid waste later

Preg check now to avoid waste later

Dave Sparks

Farmtalk

Successful cattle producers have long recognized that fall is the time to pregnancy check cows before they get into the high maintenance costs of winter.

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