Daily Archives: February 3, 2014

The Value of Hay as Fertilizer

The Value of Hay as Fertilizer

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

This time of year, many producers are feeding cows hay. Have you ever stopped to think about what the dollar value of the nutrients in the hay are worth as fertilizer once they have been processed by the cow?

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Is Your Ranch Suffering From ‘Death By Machine?’

Is Your Ranch Suffering From ‘Death By Machine?’

Robert Fears

Beef Producer

The array of machinery on many ranches may include welders, air compressors, trailers of every type and size, hay baling equipment, dump trucks, maintainers, dozers, tractors and shredders. Rust on some of the equipment suggests it is seldom used.


Genetic Considerations for the Cowherd

Genetic Considerations for the Cowherd

Matt Spangler, Ph.D.

University of Nebraska

Science, or rather advancements in science, allow for new or revised tools to aid in selection and management of beef cattle. It’s not hard to think of examples; artificial insemination protocol and the accompanying products (CIDRs, MGA, etc.), implants and feed additives, EPDs, economic selection indexes, genomic tools, and yes, crossbreeding strategies.

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Cow Herd Vaccination Choices

Cow Herd Vaccination Choices

Kindra Gordon

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

. . . What differentiates vaccines? Linhart noted that vaccines do differ based on antigens, adjuvants, duration of immunity, label claims, safety and even the reputation of the company. Overall, Linhart told producers, “Vaccines are insurance policies, and you have to pick the right vaccine for the risk your herd is at.”


Report: US cattle herd at lowest number since 1951

Report: US cattle herd at lowest number since 1951


Sacramento Bee

The lingering effects of drought across the Great Plains last year continued to shrink the size of the U.S. cattle herd, according to experts and a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Friday.


Ear tags beneficial for cattle owners

Ear tags beneficial for cattle owners

David Burton

Springfield News-Leader

Ear tags are important to the beef industry as a means of individual animal identification. The other most frequently used identification methods are tattoos, freeze brands, hot iron brands, brisket tags, horn brands and others.


How New FDA Guidelines Affect Beef and Dairy

How New FDA Guidelines Affect Beef and Dairy


If overused, however, the animals can become immune to them, opening the door for other diseases. Antibiotics also have been shown to promote growth in animals, which some food producers have taken advantage of.  The Food and Drug Administration is now limiting the use of some over-the-counter antibiotics.


Black Hereford Breeders Invite Everyone to Attend the 1st Annual Black Hereford Show and Sale

Black Hereford Breeders Invite Everyone to Attend the 1st Annual Black Hereford Show and Sale

The Stock Exchange

Black Hereford breeders encourages cattle producers to enjoy two family fun filled days of education, fellowship and Black Hereford genetics at the 1st Annual  Black Hereford Show and Sale March 7th and 8th at the Diamond W Arena in Alvarado, Tx.


Understanding the Nutrient Requirements of the Two Year Old Cow

Understanding the Nutrient Requirements of the Two Year Old Cow

Karla H. Jenkins

University of Nebraska

Probably the most pivotal time for a beef cow to maintain a position in the beef herd is the first three months after her first calf is born. This young cow is barely two years old and many things are happening to her.


Winter weather cattle management

Winter weather cattle management


Winter weather conditions have certainly hit with a vengeance this year, not only in South Dakota but in a wide swath of the cattle producing areas of the United States. While we can’t change the weather, there are some things that can be done from a management stand point to improve cattle comfort and reduce the impacts on cattle performance and efficiency during the winter.


Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst

Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst

Adam Nagourney

New York Times

. . . This latest development has underscored the urgency of a drought that has already produced parched fields, starving livestock, and pockets of smog.  “We are on track for having the worst drought in 500 years,” said B. Lynn Ingram, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.