Daily Archives: April 7, 2014

Merck wants to test Zilmax on 240,000 cattle but beef industry resists

Merck wants to test Zilmax on 240,000 cattle but beef industry resists

P.J. Huffstutter and Tom Polansek


Merck & Co Inc wants to feed its controversial feed additive Zilmax to 240,000 U.S. cattle to prove it is safe. But there is a problem: giant meat processors like Cargill Inc don’t want to touch animals fed with the drug.

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Calf management: A lesson in stress reduction

Calf management: A lesson in stress reduction

Farm and Ranch Guide

One of the many goals in raising calves is to provide a stress-free environment, which takes proactive management of the calves’ basic needs. These basic needs include: food and water, shelter, comfort, routines and health.

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Feds, Nevada rancher facing off over public lands

Feds, Nevada rancher facing off over public lands

George Knapp


Dozens of armed federal officers are preparing for a showdown with a Nevada cattle rancher regarded by some as an outlaw and a hero by others.

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4 Quick Tips for Shortening Your Beef Herd’s Breeding Season

4 Quick Tips for Shortening Your Beef Herd’s Breeding Season

Farm Futures

Calves that arrive in the first 21 days of the breeding season generally have heavier weights, says Sandy Johnson, beef cattle specialist for K-State Research and Extension — all the more reason for beef producers to consider shortening the breeding season for more uniform, heavier calves.

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Herbicide Beats Mob Grazing For Sod Suppression

Herbicide Beats Mob Grazing For Sod Suppression

Hay and Forage Grower

Mob grazing is an effective method of sod suppression for graziers who don’t want to use chemicals before interseeding annual forages into perennial pastures for late-summer grazing. But glyphosate works better, say University of Minnesota researchers.

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Feedlots prep for disaster

Feedlots prep for disaster

Kevin Welch 

Amarillo Globe News

With more than 70 percent of the state’s fed beef on the High Plains, the question is how to protect the industry, not “Where’s the beef?” After 18 months and $1.4 million, planners have completed many of the tasks needed to help many of the area’s livestock businesses minimize and survive the consequences of natural or man-made disasters.

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Lessons in Stockmanship

Lessons in Stockmanship

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Maintaining the quality and safety of beef through producer education is the focus of the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. Accordingly, training in stockmanship and stewardship was offered during the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

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