Daily Archives: March 12, 2014

Defining a Breeding Season is Crucial for Beef Herds

Defining a Breeding Season is Crucial for Beef Herds

Mark Mauldin

Beef Today

There is a long and ever growing list of management strategies that have the potential to make cow calf operations more profitable. Many of these strategies relate in some way to more efficiently meeting the nutritional needs of the herd, the number one cost associated with maintaining a cow herd, or more effectively marketing the calf crop produced.

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Bull Soundness

Bull Soundness

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Most veterinarians and animal scientists agree a bull should be checked before every breeding season.

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Bedding study pinpoints differences in beef cattle performance, value

Bedding study pinpoints differences in beef cattle performance, value

Ray Mueller  

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A study of how varying amounts of bedding provided to feedlot cattle affected their performance and market value conducted during two winters in North Dakota was summarized as the opening presentation at the 2014 cattle feeder clinics sponsored by the Extension Service.

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Vegetarian or omnivore: The environmental implications of diet

Vegetarian or omnivore: The environmental implications of diet

 Tamar Haspel

Washington Post

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The argument that a vegetarian diet is more planet-friendly than a carnivorous one is straightforward: If we feed plants to animals, and then eat the animals, we use more resources and produce more greenhouse gases than if we simply eat the plants. As with most arguments about our food supply, though, it’s not that simple.

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Beef industry needs ALL types of sustainability

Beef industry needs ALL types of sustainability

Gregory Bloom

National Provisioner Online

Today “sustainable” is a popular word with varying definitions, but I go back to my farm roots to define the word as, “can we continue doing this in the way we have been doing it?”

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Zoetis Introduces One Shot BVD

Zoetis Introduces One Shot BVD


Zoetis today announced the addition of ONE SHOT® BVD to its comprehensive vaccine portfolio. The new vaccine helps provide combined respiratory protection against Mannheimia haemolytica and bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) Types 1 and 2 viruses in a single dose.

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Planned grazing

Planned grazing

Don Campbell

Cnadian Cattleman

There is a lot of misinformation about the beneficial or detrimental effects cattle may have on land. This is unfortunate. Various groups often have serious disagreements depending on whether they see cattle as beneficial or detrimental to the land. Often both groups are sincere and in fact, both may be correct in their viewpoints.

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It’s not too late to get heifers to target weight by breeding

It’s not too late to get heifers to target weight by breeding

Elaine Grings


Depending on your calving season, breeding may be only a few months away. Will your replacement heifers be ready?

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Tips for controlling respiratory disease

Tips for controlling respiratory disease

Bovine Veterinarian

According to the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Dairy 2007 study, respiratory disease is the second-leading cause of death in preweaned heifer calves. Scours is first. And, even with advances in technology and pharmaceutical tools, respiratory disease incidence has increased by 34% in the past 20 years.

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Persistent Calif. drought to delay U.S. cattle herd rebuilding

Persistent Calif. drought to delay U.S. cattle herd rebuilding

Theopolis Waters


California’s recent rains brought only short-term relief to the state which is suffering its worst drought in a century, leaving cattle rancher Kevin Kester to stick to his strategy of salvaging as much of his operation as possible for his three children to have a future in the cattle business.

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