Daily Archives: February 6, 2014

Winter Animal Care Tips

Winter Animal Care Tips

Eileen Coite

Beef Today

So many of us have been buzzing around the last few weeks, busy as ever with holiday preparation and festivities. With the chilly temperatures and frosty mornings that come this time of year, we need to remember our animals — especially those that live outdoors.

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McDonald’s Corporate VP, Cattle Experts Headline Cattlemen’s College

McDonald’s Corporate VP, Cattle Experts Headline Cattlemen’s College

Beef Producer

Cattlemen’s College participants heard from an outstanding lineup of industry experts during the course of two jam-packed days. On Mon., Feb. 3, participants heard from Dr. Arne Anderson as he discussed the "dos" and "don’ts" of processing cattle through a chute, with emphasis placed on safety and efficiency for both the cowboys and the cattle.

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Selling a Premium Beef Product to Informed Consumers

Selling a Premium Beef Product to Informed Consumers

Kindra Gordon

Angus Beef Bulleting Extra

Would you be willing to pay $24 per pound (lb.) for steak? That’s the question Chad Mackay asked producers attending the Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) as it kicked off Dec. 3 in Rapid City, S.D. Despite cold temperatures and snowy weather, about 500 people were in attendance for the first day of the three-day symposium.

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Perception gaps remain on livestock antibiotics

Perception gaps remain on livestock antibiotics

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

A November conference in Kansas City, titled “Bridging the Gap between Animal Health and Human Health,” helped advance a dialogue between animal agriculture, human medicine, public health and consumer groups on the issue of antibiotic resistance.

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When It Comes To Technology, Should We Educate Or Eliminate?

When It Comes To Technology, Should We Educate Or Eliminate?

Troy Marshall


News about Chipotle’s forthcoming, four-part video series, “Farmed and Dangerous,” has created some consternation within the livestock industry despite the fact that it’s likely to get low exposure as it’s only being shown on HULU.

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Monitoring Lameness to Promote Timely Culling

Monitoring Lameness to Promote Timely Culling

Heidi Carroll


Profit margin forecasts for cow/calf producers and feeders have been positive and on the rise. These forecasts combined with the need to grow the national cow herd challenges all producers to make critical decisions about retaining cows or selling them to capture record high prices.

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Cold weather animal care practices

Cold weather animal care practices

Tina Conklin

Michigan State University

Baby it’s cold outside – and it has been for some time. If the future predictions are accurate, this cold is going to be hanging around for several more weeks. As we preheat our cars before getting in them and hibernate with extra blankets on these long cold winter evenings, we all should be aware of the extra measures Michigan farmers have been taking to ensure the wellbeing of their livestock.

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USDA Announces Regional Hubs to Cope with Climate Change

USDA Announces Regional Hubs to Cope with Climate Change

Chris Clayton

Progressive Farmer

According to USDA, the facilities "will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management."

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Economics of early calf weanin

Economics of early calf weaning

University of Nebraska

Early weaning of calves is one tool used by cow-calf producers to maximize profits.

his may be done during a time of drought to conserve range resources or as part of an overall strategy to accomplish a specific business or personal goal.

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Tips to Minimize Storage Loss in Large Round Bales

Tips to Minimize Storage Loss in Large Round Bales

Doo-Hong Min

Kansas State University

With the high price of hay in recent years, producers should do everything they can to protect their investment. One thing producers should look at in particular is their method of storing large round bales, said Doo-Hong Min, K-State Research and Extension crops and soils specialist.

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