Daily Archives: September 25, 2013

Futures Exchange Operator Adds to Bans on Zilmax

Futures Exchange Operator Adds to Bans on Zilmax

Kelsey Gee

Wall Street Journal

Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the world’s biggest futures-exchange operator, said it would stop accepting cattle fed with Zilmax for delivery against contracts traded on its exchanges, the latest move to halt use of the controversial growth additive made by Merck & Co.

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Costs and Benefits Associated with Preconditioning Calves

Costs and Benefits Associated with Preconditioning Calves

Jeri Donnell, Clement Ward, Steve Swigert

Oklahoma State University

Preconditioning is the process of preparing calves to enter the stocker phase of the beef industry or to be directly placed in the feedlot. This process typically includes ranch management activities such as weaning, supplemental nutrition, dehorning, castration, and implementation of an animal health program including both deworming and vaccinations.

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Producers Invited to 2013 ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase

Producers Invited to 2013 ISU Beef Nutrition Research Showcase

Joe Sellers, Stephanie Hansen, Dan Loy, Sherry Hoyer

Building on the popularity of the first Beef Nutrition Research Showcase in 2011, Iowa State University’s Iowa Beef Center and beef nutrition faculty and staff are planning the next event to be held Thursday, Oct. 3. Planners hope that having the showcase the same day as a home night Iowa State football game will enable more people to attend.

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Calving First Calf Heifers

Calving First Calf Heifers

Rick Funston, MSU Extension Beef Specialist, Fort Keogh Range & Livestock Research Station

What is the optimum pre-partum weight and condition score for first calf heifers? Many calving problems can be eliminated if heifers are of adequate size. Their weight at first calving should be approximately 85 to 90 percent of their expected mature weight.

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Producers move toward fall calving

Producers move toward fall calving

High Plains Journal

Cow-calf raisers in southwest Missouri are gradually moving toward a higher percentage of cows calving in late August to November according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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Why Cattle Farmers Fall Calve

Why Cattle Farmers Fall Calve

Southern States

In the coming weeks some beef cattle farmers will begin their fall calving season.  Running from September to November, fall calving has been practiced for many years, although in smaller numbers than those farmers who have their herds setup for spring calving.

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Beta-agonists, Zilmax and Optaflexx, and Cattle: How Targeted Use Results in Leaner Beef

Beta-agonists, Zilmax and Optaflexx, and Cattle: How Targeted Use Results in Leaner Beef


Myth: Beta-agonists cause cattle to grow unnaturally large and are bad for my health.

The Facts: Zilmax and Optaflexx, which are beta-agonists, are animal feed ingredients that help cattle make the most of the food they eat resulting in more lean muscle instead of fat. They have been proven safe for cattle and humans.

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Producers Have Several Tools to Add Value to Their Beef Cattle

Producers Have Several Tools to Add Value to Their Beef Cattle

Oklahoma Farm Report

With weaning season upon us, ranchers are preparing to market their cattle. Gant Mourer, Value Added Specialist with the Oklahoma State University Animal Science Department, says there are a lot of things producers can do to add value to each head sold.

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Consider Early Harvest To Provide Stalks And Relieve Pastures

Consider Early Harvest To Provide Stalks And Relieve Pastures

Beef Producer

Heat in late August and early September basically shut down dryland corn, according to Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln forage specialist.

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Take Care of Those Cows

Take Care of Those Cows

Barb Baylor Anderson

Angus Journal

Every producer has their own system for providing the best cow care, but beef industry professionals say that system should be revisited from time to time to keep cows in tip-top shape. Here are 10 of the top recommendations from extension specialists from around the country.

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