Daily Archives: March 17, 2014

Why Synchronize and A.I.?

Why Synchronize and A.I.?

Bill Beal


In the beef industry we all do different things for different reasons. Using estrus synchronization and A.I. is just another choice that some folks make and others don’t. While a convincing, logical argument can be made for the VALUE of synchronization and A.I., it’s often other factors that tip the balance when making the decision to use synchronization and A.I.

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When to cut hay for a quality harvest

When to cut hay for a quality harvest

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

Gary Bates, University of Tennessee Extension forage specialist, shares some good forage information with us this week for cutting our hay:  As spring approaches, Tennessee’s pastures will be green and growing. For livestock farmers, it’s a welcome time to switch from feeding stored hay to having their animals graze in fields.

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Is Acting Like a Predator Low Stress Cattle Handling?

Is Acting Like a Predator Low Stress Cattle Handling?

Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Colorado State University

Progressive ranchers and feedlot operators work hard to reduce stress on cattle during handling. They may wonder how mimicking the initial stalking movements of a predator can be a low stress way to gather cattle on large pastures.

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Stockmanship and range health

Stockmanship and range health

Steve Cote

Stockmanship-A Powerful tool for grazing lands managent

Some years ago while working with a grazing association on an allotment here in central Idaho, I realized how crucial it is to integrate a high level of stockmanship with range management.

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Low-stress Cattle Handling: The Basics

Low-stress Cattle Handling: The Basics

Ben Bartlett, Janice Swanson

Michigan State University

The advantages of low-stress cattle handling include increased profit for dairy and beef producers. Low-stress cattle handling is easier and safer for people, induces less cattle stress and injury, and produces a better product with a better public image.

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Benefits of Low-stress Livestock Handling

Benefits of Low-stress Livestock Handling

Utah State University

In a feedlot in Alberta, 3500 cattle were vaccinated and 3500 were not. There were no differences in rates of illness between the groups. Thus, vaccinating was unnecessary because of the way the animals were handled.

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How I Lost a 100 Acre Lease and 20 Cows

How I Lost a 100 Acre Lease and 20 Cows



I don’t share this story often because… well, it’s embarrassing for me.  But, I feel that it can help you, so I’ll let myself be uncomfortable for a while.

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Cleanup bulls an important player in beef production

Cleanup bulls an important player in beef production

Nixa Xpress

The term “cleanup bull” is being used more frequently by cow-calf raisers as artificial insemination is more widely used throughout the industry.

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Understanding Beef Carcass Data Reports

Understanding Beef Carcass Data Reports

Kenny Burdine, John T. Johns and W. Benjy Mikel

University of Kentucky

Producers will receive information allowing evaluation of their cattle for health and performance in the feed-yard and carcass data from the packing plant. This information will be useful in making genetic changes to improve the herd. This information may also be used as a very effective marketing tool. However, before it can be used for either of these purposes, it must be understood by the producer. This publication provides producers with a basic explanation of the terms on a carcass data report to enhance their understanding and use of the data.

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