Daily Archives: March 4, 2014

Baxter Black, DVM: Record Snowfalls

Baxter Black, DVM:  Record Snowfalls

I cringe at how ludicrous global warming climatologists must feel these last two winters. Nature is pooping in their nest. Did he mean “extreme heat” instead of cold?

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More thoughts on the calving pen

More thoughts on the calving pen

Bovine Veterinarian

A properly designed and managed calving pen should: 1) promote cow comfort and a low stress environment for the cow, 2) minimize the health risk for the cow and calf, 3) offer convenience for people working with the cow and calf and 4) provide an opportunity for seclusion by the cow.

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Stakes Are High For First-Calf Heifers

Stakes Are High For First-Calf Heifers

Beef Producer

The first calf heifer is one of the most challenging animals in the cowherd for a number of reasons, says Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University cow/calf field specialist. "The largest challenges are dealing with potential calving difficulties and getting her re-bred on time," he says. "Getting her successfully re-bred is a challenge under the best of circumstances."

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Should we shun grass-fed beef for the sake of the climate?

Should we shun grass-fed beef for the sake of the climate?

Nathanael Johnson

We eat too much meat in the United States, and eating less of it is one of the most effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint. But in certain parts of the world where people are malnourished, meat can be the most efficient way to get people nutrients like iron. So what do you do about that?

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What Will The Future Of Preconditioning Look Like?

What Will The Future Of Preconditioning Look Like?

Heather Hamilton Maude


Preconditioning has been utilized since the 1960s. It’s commonly defined as having calves weaned for three weeks, bunk broke, and on a comprehensive health program.

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Balancing the Ranch for Protein & Energy with Forages

Balancing the Ranch for Protein & Energy with Forages

Dennis Bauer

University of Nebraska

The quality of any forage depends primarily on the stage of growth when harvested. Protein levels can exceed 10% and energy levels of total digestible nutrients (TDN) can exceed 60% when forages are harvested at the right growth stage.

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The Life and Times of a Sirloin Steak

The Life and Times of a Sirloin Steak

Andrew Martin and Alan Bjerga


Since November the federal government has required a new label to be included on meat sold in U.S. supermarkets: “Born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States,” it typically reads. If a steak was made from a steer reared in Canada or Mexico and brought to the U.S. for slaughter, the label has to say so.

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Nebraska Cattlemen Celebrate #1 Ranking

Nebraska Cattlemen Celebrate #1 Ranking

Steve White

Nebraska TV

Texas may have oil, but Nebraska strikes gold. The Huskers rise to number one in cattle feeding, pushing the Longhorn State to number two. And that gold is the corn Hank Klosterman feeds his cattle.

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signs controversial ‘ag gag’ bill into law

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signs controversial ‘ag gag’ bill into law


Gov. Butch Otter signed the bill Friday and takes effect immediately. The bill makes it illegal for animal rights activists to videotape dairies and farm properties without the consent of the owner. Anyone convicted of the crime could spend up to a year in prison and face fines up to $5,000.

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A lot to talk about in the beef industry

A lot to talk about in the beef industry

Iowa Beef Center


I have to be honest, as I sat down to write this column my head is spinning. The cattle markets are breaking through new barriers. Feed prices are moderate and everyone has a new feeder cattle price report story to top the last.

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