Daily Archives: April 4, 2014

BeefTalk: A Teachable Moment

BeefTalk: A Teachable Moment

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

If the weather can impact calving, the phone will ring and people will want to know how calving is going. For years, I was able to detail the daily struggles and offer words of encouragement. Today, the conversation concerns the needs of others because the Dickinson Research Extension Center will not start calving until May 10. The transition has been good.

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Evaluating bulls prior to turnout

Evaluating bulls prior to turnout

Stephanie Henry

University of Illinois

High prices are providing an incentive to cattlemen to expand the nation’s drought-riddled cow herd. With fewer cows in the nation’s breeding herd, it is important to make each cow count, said a University of Illinois Extension beef specialist. Travis Meteer explained that management strategies play a major role in ensuring that cows re-breed.

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2014 Beef Improvement Federation Annual Convention

2014 Beef Improvement Federation Annual Convention

University of Nebraska

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) will hold its annual meeting and research symposium in Lincoln, NE on June 18-21 2014 at the Cornhusker Marriot in the heart of downtown Lincoln.

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Breeding replacement heifers

Breeding replacement heifers

Ivan Rush

Tri-State Livestock News

I know some of you have been calving, in many cases first calf heifers, during this terrible cold and snowy weather. I realize that cattlemen have had a tremendous work load and stress during this time as the cold east winds just wouldn’t relinquish its grip and unless the new born calves were not attended to immediately some would chill to the point that they couldn’t stand and nurse on their own.

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A Better Mousetrap

A Better Mousetrap

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Concerns about a new type of rat poison may make the time-proven barn cat a better choice for rat and mouse control.

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Wet, Cold Spring Conditions Create Calving Issues

Wet, Cold Spring Conditions Create Calving Issues

South Dakota Ag Connection

Blizzard conditions in some parts of South Dakota on Monday created challenges for those cattle producers in the midst of calving, said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf field specialist. "In wet, cold, windy conditions like this, it doesn’t take much to lose a newborn calf," Rusche said.

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Emerging Issues for the Next Decade

Emerging Issues for the Next Decade

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

‘It just goes to show you, it’s always something. If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.” Decade.  Antibiotics, beta-agonists and research funding take center stage.

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Food safety rule threatens cows’ ‘happy hour’

Food safety rule threatens cows’ ‘happy hour’



The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a regulation that could threaten happy hour. For cows. Though few Americans realize it, the byproducts of their booze consumption actually help feed dairy cows and beef cattle across the country. And if you drink beer from Flying Dog Brewery, your habit helps feed bulls used in professional rodeos.

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The pros and cons of late-spring calving

The pros and cons of late-spring calving

Peter Vitti


A growing trend has developed among beef producers who raise cattle in the snow belt. Many cow-calf ranchers have adjusted the calving season until much of the snow has melted and the first green blades of grass have shot up.

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K-State marks 100th anniversary of Hays Roundup

K-State marks 100th anniversary of Hays Roundup

Midwest Producer

It’s been the scene of breakthrough research in beef cattle management, genetics and technology and this year, the K-State Agricultural Research Center-Hays will host the 100th edition of Roundup on Thursday, April 17.

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