Daily Archives: March 11, 2014

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Footlong Prolapse

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Footlong Prolapse

It was a Colorado winter afternoon when the boys spotted a big crossbred cow wobblin’ along with her calf trailing behind and a prolapse as big as an army issue duffle bag!

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What is a Bull Worth?

What is a Bull Worth?

Patrick Gunn


I often get the question "How much should I pay for a bull?" My first answer is "Whatever the market will bear." Admittedly, that answer really gives no insight into return on investment for the producer relative to traits of emphasis for their particular marketing goals.

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Restocking comes before rebuilding for cattle herds

Restocking comes before rebuilding for cattle herds

Kay Ledbetter

Southwest Farm Press

Before the nation can rebuild its cattle herd individual ranchers must begin restocking, not an easy chore while drought hangs on and limits pasture and range recovery, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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Shrinking your forage shrink: Part 2

Shrinking your forage shrink: Part 2

Stan Moore

Michigan State University

t’s estimated that U.S. farms lose an average of 20 percent of their forages to shrink. It’s a big deal, so what can you do about it?

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Forage quality starts with the planning process, not the finished product

Forage quality starts with the planning process, not the finished product

Phil Kaatz

Michigan State University

Paying attention to detail is something all producers can do to improve their forage quality.

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Identifying Johne’s Disease with accuracy

Identifying Johne’s Disease with accuracy

John Bannantine

Bovine Veterinarian

Detecting the costly, contagious Johne’s disease in cattle is now easier, thanks to USDA scientists. Johne’s disease, also known as Paratuberculosis, is estimated to cost the U.S. dairy industry more than $220 million each year. It also affects sheep, goats, deer and other animals, causing diarrhea, reduced feed intake, weight loss and sometimes death.

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Small herds, record exports cause high beef prices

Small herds, record exports cause high beef prices

Lubbock Avalanche Journal

The average price for a pound of fresh beef is the highest in at least 27 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The lingering effects of drought in California, the Great Plains and Texas have led to the smallest U.S. herd size in 60 years, said Austin Arndt, president of the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association.

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Remodeling former dairy barns creates prospects for raising beef cattle

Remodeling former dairy barns creates prospects for raising beef cattle

Ray Mueller

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

In a "show and tell" presentation at Extension Service’s 2014 cattle feeder clinics, livestock facilities specialist David Kammel outlined many options for remodeling former dairy barns and other structures into facilities suitable for raising steers.

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The Year of the Heifer

The Year of the Heifer

Gene Johnston


It’s going to happen in 2014, say market specialists at CattleFax. Over the last eight to 10 years, while there have been plenty of cattle price signals to expand the beef herd, two things have conspired against it: long-term drought and high feed costs. Both are finally starting to work in favor of cattle producers.

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Beef could get more expensive because bulls are literally freezing their nuts off

Beef could get more expensive because bulls are literally freezing their nuts off

Holly Richmond


Here are cattle farmers’ two least-favorite words: scrotal frostbite. (Actually, they’re probably lots of people’s least-favorite words.) This extremely frigid winter could affect not only bulls’ balls, but how potent cattle jizz is and thus the price you have to pay for beef this year.

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