Daily Archives: February 5, 2014

Selecting Genetics that Fit Your Environment

Selecting Genetics that Fit Your Environment

Matt Spangler

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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Feed additive can boost performance

Feed additive can boost performance

David Burton

Springfield News-Leader

Despite all the talk from feed salespersons and extension specialists, estimates are that fewer than 25 percent of beef producers in southwest Missouri use ionophores in beef rations.

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Mycotoxins Can Be A Problem for Producers

Mycotoxins Can Be A Problem for Producers

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

While all mycotoxins are of fungal origin, not all toxic compounds produced by fungi are called mycotoxins. The target and the concentration of the metabolite are both important. Fungal products that are mainly toxic to bacteria (such as penicillin) are usually called antibiotics. Fungal products that are toxic to plants are called phytotoxins by plant pathologists (confusingly, the term phytotoxin can also refer to toxins made by plants.

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Family of cattle farmers killed in Tenn. plane crash

Family of cattle farmers killed in Tenn. plane crash

USA Today

Police on Tuesday confirmed that all four bodies that were aboard a small, twin-propeller plane that slammed into the ground Monday near a busy YMCA have been removed from the crash.  Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron identified the victims as Glenn and Elaine Mull, their daughter, Amy Harter, and granddaughter, Samantha Harter.

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Management of young cows

Management of young cows

Dave Dugan

Peoples Defender

The average cow herd in Ohio is just under 20 cows. With small herds, the management of different aged cows is possibly more of a challenge than for larger herds. This in part is because it may be hard to justify having multiple groups to feed each day when the numbers are small.

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Should you consider confining beef cows to drylots?

Should you consider confining beef cows to drylots?

Dale Hildebrandt

Farm and Ranch Guide

Considerable research work has been done on ways to improve grazing efficiency for beef herds in the region. But researchers at the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center have been looking at the benefits of maintaining cow-calf populations under a different environment – in a drylot scenario.

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Carefully considering your next herd bull

Carefully considering your next herd bull

Drovers

With record high cattle prices and evidence of herd rebuilding in Kansas and across the nation, beef producers are likely going to buy some of the most expensive, but highest quality, bulls they have ever bought this upcoming spring bull buying season, said Dan Moser, associate professor and beef cattle genetics specialist for K-State Research and Extension.

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