Daily Archives: January 30, 2014

Importance of calcium and phosphorus in the ruminant diet

Importance of calcium and phosphorus in the ruminant diet

Bovine Veterianrian

Calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P) are two of the most abundant minerals in the body, which is why they are vital to the discussion of feed testing and ration balancing for cattle. The importance of these minerals and the role they play in the body can help ranchers understand why a balanced mineral program is a notch in the key to success.

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Here’s How To Double Down On Bull And Cow Efficiency

Here’s How To Double Down On Bull And Cow Efficiency

Beef Producer

Redefine animal efficiency and the way we breed for it and we get a very different and arguably more profitable animal, says Johann Zietsman, a ranching consultant from Zimbabwe, Africa.

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Grafting Calves

Grafting Calves

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

Occasionally a cow loses a calf at birth or a calf loses its mother, and you need to “graft” the orphan or a substitute calf onto another cow to raise. Or, a cow might have twins and can’t raise both of them, and you want to put the extra calf onto a cow that lost her own baby.

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Eliminating Grazing Won’t Reduce Impact of Climate Change on Rangeland, Scientists Say

Eliminating Grazing Won’t Reduce Impact of Climate Change on Rangeland, Scientists Say


Eliminating grazing won’t reduce the impact of climate change on rangeland, according to nearly 30 scientists in the western United States. The researchers, who work for nine universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, made this argument in a journal article in response to a debate over whether grazing on western public lands worsens ecological alterations caused by climate change.

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Craig Sherbahn, Indiana livestock Leader Passes

Craig Sherbahn, Indiana livestock Leader Passes

Editors Note: Everyone that knew Craig realizes that he was a true master stockman, a leader without peer, who will be irreplaceable in Indiana livestock circles.

Craig Eugene Sherbahn, 61, of South Whitley, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, January 28, 2014 at his home. He was born July 19, 1952. He graduated from South Whitley High School and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education in 1974 and Masters of Animal Science degree in 1977 from Purdue University.

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There are fat cattle, and then there are fat cattle.

There are fat cattle, and then there are fat cattle.

Steve Suther

Angus Journal

It’s a wonder any cattle feeder can judge the marbling inside the ribeye by guessing fat thickness just under the hide. It shouldn’t work, but grid marketing of finished cattle is largely based on this acquired skill

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A different kind of cattle show

A different kind of cattle show

Dave Russell

Brownfield Network

When the cattle walk in to the Champions Center show ring at the Clark County Fairgrounds at Springfield Friday evening for the BEST program’s Celebrity Showdown the real winner will be Make-A-Wish.

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Creating superior carcasses by using technology

Creating superior carcasses by using technology


Yield Grade 1 carcasses occur 12.4% of the time in the fed cattle population. Rarer are cattle that grade USDA Prime, approximately 2.25% of the population. What are the chances of a Prime Yield Grade 1? Approximately 0.03% of the fed beef population in the U.S. matches the desired Prime Yield Grade 1 carcass.

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U.S. Beef Herd Is Mostly Black But Changing Slightly

U.S. Beef Herd Is Mostly Black But Changing Slightly

Burt Rutherford


An exclusive BEEF survey bears out what anybody who has hung an eyeball on pastures and feedyard pens throughout cattle country has seen — the trend toward a cowherd that is straightbred and black is firmly in place.

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Genomic testing: A beneficial tool for breeders

Genomic testing: A beneficial tool for breeders

Heather Smith Thomas

Progressive Cattleman

Livestock producers now have the ability to check an animal’s DNA for various traits. A number of genomic tests have been developed, and most breed associations offer tests to check for certain traits or defects.

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