Daily Archives: October 1, 2013

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Diesel Wreck

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Diesel Wreck

It’s been said, “Free advice is always worth more than advice you have to pay for.”  Barb said she remembered a time when farmers used what we call today “alternative medicine” on themselves and their animals.

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Evaluate Teeth to Estimate Cattle Age

Evaluate Teeth to Estimate Cattle Age

Dr. Jane Parish

Cattle Today

Cattle age information is useful in both cattle management and marketing. Age affects cattle value. Both replacement and market cows typically decline in value with advancing age.

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Solving Mystery Deaths of Calves

Solving Mystery Deaths of Calves

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Plan ahead for a necropsy, or autopsy, to find out why calves between 1 and 4 months of age are dying.

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Ten tips for cattle well-being.

Ten tips for cattle well-being.

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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Protecting animals from disease pathogens (germs) requires that we look beyond what we can see.

Protecting animals from disease pathogens (germs) requires that we look beyond what we can see.

Phil Durst

Michigan State University

What if we could see the invisible on farms? What if we could see pathogens that are shed by animals, get tracked by people, are transferred with other materials, take up residence in pens, and ultimately infect another animal? What would we do differently?

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Forcing Cows Onto Marginal Ground Might Pay Dividends

Forcing Cows Onto Marginal Ground Might Pay Dividends

Jesse Bussard

Beef Producer

Economics appear poised to push cattle further into the hinterlands but I wonder if this could fuel the fires of grass-fed beef.

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Chipotle harms farmers, agriculture

Chipotle harms farmers, agriculture

Matthew Nelson

The Tufts Daily

Chipotle Mexican Grill is a worldwide restaurant chain known for both its burritos and its message. According to their mission statement, Chipotle “promotes food with integrity, serving the best sustainable food and using ingredients that are raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers.” Recently, however, Chipotle has, in this humble farmer’s eye, lost their integrity and is sending the wrong message.

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Angus Reaches New Milestone in Genetic Improvement

Angus Reaches New Milestone in Genetic Improvement

The American Angus Association® and its subsidiary Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) are pleased to announce record numbers of Angus cattle being tested with high-density genomic trait tests. That number recently surpassed 40,000 tests, and it is only expected to grow.

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Management planning important for new calves

Management planning important for new calves

Brett Wessler


Mark Spire shared management tactics to consider when treating shipped-in calves and trends affecting management procedures.

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Are your cows ready for the calving season?

Are your cows ready for the calving season?

University of Missouri

The mild weather that we have experienced this winter (at least so far), has been very easy on cows and cattle producers alike. However, we need to pay close attention to  the nutritional management of pregnant cows as they approach calving. Cows need to be a body condition score of 5 or better by calving, so their nutritional needs are very important now.

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