Daily Archives: March 7, 2014

BeefTalk: What Aren’t We Doing?

BeefTalk: What Aren’t We Doing?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The ability to sell 720-pound May- and June-born steer calves in mid-February begs the question: What aren’t we doing?

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Implanting Calves Pre-Weaning Equals Easy Pounds & Easy Money

Implanting Calves Pre-Weaning Equals Easy Pounds & Easy Money

Wes Ishmael

BEEF

“Implanting nursing calves with a growth stimulant is one of the most economically justifiable practices available in the beef industry,” says Lawton Stewart, University of Georgia Extension beef cattle specialist.

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Effects of post-AI nutrition management on pregnancy results

Effects of post-AI nutrition management on pregnancy results

Mary Soukup

Drovers

Maintaining high levels of nutrition plays an important role in a cow’s reproductive performance, but recent research from two separate studies indicates that nutritional management immediately following artificial insemination have an impact on heifer reproductive efficiency.

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Rebuilding the Family Beef Herd

Rebuilding the Family Beef Herd

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

After three years of hard drought, Oklahoma cattleman Joe Mayer is focusing on rebuilding the family beef herd. He won’t do it on looks, either.

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Calving Tips For Diagnosing And Treating Coccidiosis In Calves

Calving Tips For Diagnosing And Treating Coccidiosis In Calves

Heather Smith Thomas

BEEF

One of the five most economically important cattle diseases in the industry, coccidiosis is a costly parasitic disease, primarily in young calves.

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The Fifth Dimension

The Fifth Dimension

Troy Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

Imagine for a minute that your family is traveling down a busy highway. As you drive past a large cattle feedyard, your teenage daughter says, "If that’s where our beef comes from, I don’t think I want to eat it anymore."

An incident like that was Mike Nichols’ welcome to the "fifth dimension" of beef production.

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Shrinking your forage shrink: Part 1

Shrinking your forage shrink: Part 1

Stan Moore

Michigan State University

It’s estimated that U.S. farms lose an average of 20 percent of their forages to shrink.

As farmers we know that we are losing some of our feedstuffs to “shrink”, but do we know how big the problem is?

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Cattle producers have many options to weigh when considering restocking

Cattle producers have many options to weigh when considering restocking

Blair Fannin

North Texas E-news

With the cattle market at all-time highs and drought having decimating herds across Texas, some might consider restocking, but are questioning if it’s the right time to buy.

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The Role of Stocker Cattle Genetics and Process Verified Programs

The Role of Stocker Cattle Genetics and Process Verified Programs

Brandi B. Karisch

AgWeb

Discussions of genetics typically focus on the cow calf producer, however genetics play just as much of a role in the stocker industry as they do cow/calf. Typically, most stocker producers do not know the genetic makeup of the calves that they purchase, and don’t have the opportunity to use genetics to make more focused management decisions.

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Beef Genetic Survey

Beef Genetic Survey

Warren Rusche

Tri State Neighbor

Numerous technologies are available to make effective genetic changes in beef cattle. Selection programs need to be balanced based on sound economics. However, setting production goals are critical to identifying the appropriate direction associated with beef cattle breeding and genetics.

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