Monthly Archives: October 2013

What does this mean on the label of my fly control product?

What does this mean on the label of my fly control product?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

There are two types of feed-through fly control products. Which works best for you?

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Florida ranch manager accused of stealing more than 100 cows

Florida ranch manager accused of stealing more than 100 cows

Brett Wessler


The ranch manager at Pine Ridge Plantation in western Martin County, Florida was arrested Monday after at least 175 cows were stolen and sold at area livestock auctions.

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Research-based tips for the heifer replacement selection

Research-based tips for the heifer replacement selection


There are some important research-based tips that should be used to select and develop replacement heifers that will improve longevity of any cattle herd.

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Rebuilding U.S. Cow Herd Going to be ‘Very Tough,’ AFBF Economist Says

Rebuilding U.S. Cow Herd Going to be ‘Very Tough,’ AFBF Economist Says

Oklahoma Farm Report

The FFA Convention continues in Louisville, Kentucky, this week and Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays is there. He caught up with Bob Young, chief economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation at the Young Farmers and Ranchers booth.

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Selection Made Simple: Pick The 8-in-5 Package!

Selection Made Simple: Pick The 8-in-5 Package!

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

Johann Zietsman has a very simple way of describing the efficient kind of cow or bull: He says they should look like eight pounds of sugar in a five-pound package; — an "8-in-5 package."

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Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse

Dreaming beyond the slaughterhouse

Peggy Lowe and Abbie Fentress Swanson

The Gazette

Meet the newest chapter in an age-old American story. Since the days of “The Jungle,” immigrants have been the backbone of factories built by the U.S. meatpacking industry. The newcomers from Europe filled the slaughterhouses of the past, centered in Chicago and Kansas City. Now the newcomers flock to rural towns where the plants have been relocated, the workers consist of migrants from parts of Asia, Africa and Central America.

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Cargill bans Zilmax from beef supply until issues resolved

Cargill bans Zilmax from beef supply until issues resolved

P.J. Huffstutter


Cargill Inc, one of the world’s largest beef processors, threw a wrench into Merck & Co.’s plans to reintroduce its feed additive Zilmax, stating it will not accept Zilmax-fed beef into the Cargill supply chain "until we are 100 percent confident the animal welfare issues are resolved."

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Turn a cow into a show heifer rather than try and turn a show heifer into a cow

Turn a cow into a show heifer rather than try and turn a show heifer into a cow

Hannah White

Simmental Register

. . . The Bedwell’s cattle operation strikes a happy medium focusing on sound cattle, birth to yearling spread, and carcass EPDs. “EPDs are how you progress, how you become elite. But, it’s a balance. Cattle have to walk and be sound. When buying a bull, it would be silly not to utilize EPDs to inject your personal preference.”

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Farming is not a public health risk

Farming is not a public health risk

Scott Hurd

USA Today

As a father of eight children, I am deeply concerned about food quality and cost. I appreciate choice, but as a state employee I cannot afford organic, free range or food raised with methods from the 1950s. I hope my carrot, lettuce and meat providers are using the safest and most efficient modern methods possible.

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Lessons learned on the show halter

Lessons learned on the show halter

Michele Payn-Knoper

Gate to Plate Blog

A few pieces of leather and a small metal chain. Not a lot makes up a show halter that can control a thousand pounds of animal, but those pieces seem to intertwine with heartstrings – and carry a lifetime of lessons.

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Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Vaccines?

Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Vaccines?

Dave Sparks DVM

The Stock Exchange

Do you suffer from sticker shock when you order or pick up the vaccines for your herd health program?  Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to lower these costs without putting your animals’ health at risk, but you can do some things to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth of protection.

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Ranching on the cloud

Ranching on the cloud

Robert Fears    

Progressive Cattleman

Those who qualify as senior citizens have seen a lot of changes in ranching operations during our lifetimes.

Many of us grew up on ranches with outdoor toilets, kerosene lamps and screw worms.

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Buyers Look for Risk-Reducers

Buyers Look for Risk-Reducers

Greg Henderson

Beef Today

The paradigm for raising calves has changed. Good genetics and quality reputation are no longer enough to bring top dollar at the local auction, or anywhere for that matter.

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Minerals for a Thousand

Minerals for a Thousand

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

With 1,000 cows to manage, Keith Strickland spends a lot of time raising forages and providing health care for the herd. But this cattle manager of Warren Farms, in Newton Grove, N.C., also makes sure the herd’s mineral program gets priority.

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Beef cattle export potential

Beef cattle export potential

Farm Talk

Promoting modern beef cattle production practices utilized by Kansas farmers and ranchers and high quality Kansas beef products will be priorities for the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) during an upcoming trade mission to Russia Oct. 23 – Nov. 2.

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Select and Develop Productive Heifers

Select and Develop Productive Heifers

Sara Brown

Heifer Pro

As you rush to sort calves in the light of high calf prices, be careful with the ladies in the lot. Your replacement heifers need a little more TLC than you may have thought.

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Taiwan detects more U.S. beef with banned feed additive

Taiwan detects more U.S. beef with banned feed additive

Fox News

Taiwan detected cattle feed additive zilpaterol in U.S. beef, the third such incident in less than a month in Asia, heightening concerns across the region over banned animal growth drugs.

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FDA proposes new rules for animal food and feed

FDA proposes new rules for animal food and feed

John Maday


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today published a proposed rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act intending to improve safety of livestock feeds and pet foods.

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Simple Steps To Up Your Cow Herd’s Profitability

Simple Steps To Up Your Cow Herd’s Profitability

W. Mark Hilton, DVM


Each fall, cattle veterinarians from North America and beyond gather for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference. As always, there were many excellent talks at this year’s meeting in Milwaukee to help herd health DVMs stay current on cattle health and production.

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Merck works toward bringing Zilmax back to the U.S., Canada market

Merck works toward bringing Zilmax back to the U.S., Canada market


U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co told Reuters on Tuesday that it plans to bring its Zilmax animal feed additive back for sale in the United States and Canada, after it completes an audit of how the muscle-building cattle feed product is used in the agriculture sector.

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