Daily Archives: March 28, 2014

Pondering Herd Size

Pondering Herd Size

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

There is considerable concern about the shrunken state of the U.S. cow herd and the need to increase numbers. The situation prompts people to ponder questions about how that may happen and how long it might take.

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Marketing calves on genetic merit

Marketing calves on genetic merit

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Cattle feeders routinely see wide variation groups of cattle they feed in performance, value and profitability. Some of that variation relates to management before the cattle arrive, which has led to marketing programs designed to capture value based on verification of health and weaning practices back at the ranch.

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Select a Quality Clean-up Bull

Select a Quality Clean-up Bull

Beef Producer

"Progressive cattle producers who use technology, like heat synchronization and fixed-time artificial insemination, realize a cleanup bull is an important player on the beef team," said Eldon Cole, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist.

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Adapting Breeding Practices to Genomic Technologies

Adapting Breeding Practices to Genomic Technologies

Jared Decker

A Steak in Genomics

Reporting on the RAAA Brain Trust 2014: Genomics are building blocks for the future; seedstock producers are the architects, Sheyna Strommen discusses the recent Red Angus seminar held in Denver, Colorado. The Brain Trust is the Red Angus Association’s educational forum.

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Before heading out on the range

Before heading out on the range

Stockmanship and Handling Cattle on the Range

Steve Cote

Green riders shouldn’t ride green horses. That’s a recipe for wrecks. Don’t expect that you’ll be able to gather and pull a large herd together and place them on the range unless the herd has been well handled first.

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BeefTalk: Do the Cows Fit the Operation?

BeefTalk: Do the Cows Fit the Operation?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Generally, facts do not change and the application of facts to life determines success. In other words, life is more than luck. One needs to plan, implement, evaluate and replan to stay in touch. That was the essence of the integrated resource management program that was very successful with the help of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the cooperative efforts of the land-grant universities across the U.S.

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Time to evaluate udder soundness

Time to evaluate udder soundness

High Plains Journal

Cow-calf producers should consider udder soundness as an economically relevant trait translating to the life or death of a newborn calf. The simple process of taking udder scores will improve overall udder soundness in your cow herd.

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The Beef Cow Mammary System

The Beef Cow Mammary System

Ron Torell, Robert Pawelek

Oregon State University

The mammary system is one of the most important functional traits of the cow. Anyone who has ever attempted to milk out a sore bagged, balloon teated cow can certainly relate to the need for quality udders. Udder and teat soundness are a concern for a number of reasons.

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Few farmers immune to impact of epic California drought

Few farmers immune to impact of epic California drought

Dale Kasler

Sacramento Bee

COALINGA — When spring arrives, the Central Valley farm fields owned by Harris Ranch normally come to life with tomatoes, lettuce and watermelons. This year, much of the land has been left dry and bare.

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Hawaii and the electric cow

Hawaii and the electric cow

Port Orchard Independent

Normally, you wouldn’t think the cost of electricity would clobber ranchers, but in Hawaii, high power rates are the central competitiveness issue. In fact, the owners of the mammoth Parker Ranch on Hawaii’s big island have calculated their “per cow” electricity costs.

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