Daily Archives: December 19, 2013

Questionable Pregnancy Calls for a Visit From the Vet

Questionable Pregnancy Calls for a Visit From the Vet

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Rectal palpation with or without ultrasound by a qualified veterinarian is the only immediate way to determine the number of days a cow is pregnant.

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An assault on farming by Luddites

An assault on farming by Luddites

Steve Forbes

Houston Chronicle

American agriculture is a big deal. It is science-driven, profitable, more environmentally attuned than ever and in a real sense, feeding the world. Yet unlike other key drivers of the economy in the U.S. or Texas, outside of this industry, no one appears to notice it – which is unfortunate because this vital piece of the economy is under assault in a way that will harm the ability of the world to feed itself.

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It’s time to begin the early-evening feeding

It’s time to begin the early-evening feeding

Glenn Selk

The Cattleman

It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the use of larger beef breeds and cattle with larger birth weights. On most ranching operations, supervision of the first-calf heifers will be best accomplished in daylight hours and the poorest observation takes place in the middle of the night.

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Talking to Farmers – Cattle Fitters Edition

Talking to Farmers – Cattle Fitters Edition

Real Agriculture

We took the opportunity while at Canadian Western Agribition this year to find a different kind of farmer for our Talking to Farmers feature. It wasn’t hard to round up enough cowfolk to cover some of the basics of showing cattle.

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Ohio Beef Cattle School

Ohio Beef Cattle School

The Ohio State University

Hold these dates and make plans to participate in the 2014 Ohio Beef Cattle School series beginning on January 28, 2014 and continuing on the Tuesdays of February 18, and March 11.

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As beef soars, so does another ‘sore’ spot – rustling

As beef soars, so does another ‘sore’ spot – rustling

Amy Bickel

The Hutchinson News

The crime occurred at the end of a dead-end road in a part of Kansas where there is still open range.

Thieves left the Barber County pasture with a hefty paycheck – at least $30,000 worth of cattle.

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N.D. to become 8th state to raise beef checkoff fee

N.D. to become 8th state to raise beef checkoff fee

Brett Wessler


North Dakota is following actions by seven other states with plans to double the beef checkoff on the state level by 2015.

Although a change hasn’t been made on a national scale in almost 30 years, a handful of states have made the move to increase the fee.

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USDA And Mexico: Pullout Spells Loss For Border Economy

USDA And Mexico: Pullout Spells Loss For Border Economy

Lorne Matalon


Last year the federal government banned U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors from entering Mexico at five Texas border crossings to inspect U.S.-bound cattle.

That decision has had a huge economic impact on small border towns in Texas, in particular the city of Presidio. It sits across from Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico.

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Beef 706 programs to be held January 14-15 and 16-17, 2014

Beef 706 programs to be held January 14-15 and 16-17, 2014

Jeff Savell

Texas A&M

Beef 706 at Texas A&M University, Beef Quality Management, will be holding two sessions in January: Session 1 on January 14-15, 2014 and Session 2 on January 16-17, 2014. The program is sponsored by the Texas Beef Council and is conducted by the faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University.

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Researcher: Zilmax issues are not found in the feedlot

Researcher: Zilmax issues are not found in the feedlot

Ken Anderson

Brownfield AG News

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) animal scientists have been unable to find a link between the use of the beta-agonist Zilmax and a higher frequency of lameness or death loss in feedlot cattle.

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