Daily Archives: April 8, 2014

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Ag Media Explosion!

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Ag Media Explosion!

How does it strike you that the more concentrated agriculture becomes, the more rural/ag media is available?

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Lucky in Water, Unlucky in Liver Flukes

Lucky inWater, Unlucky in Liver Flukes

Heather Smith Thomas

The Cattleman

If you’re lucky enough to have standing water and wet pasture conditions, then be on the lookout for liver flukes in your cattle. Cattle in the U.S. can get 2 types of liver flukes — the cattle fluke, Fasciola hepatica, and deer fluke, Fascioloides magna. The cattle fluke is most common and most widely distributed, according to Dr. James Hawkins, consultant for Merial Animal Health, Jackson, Miss.

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Make a record of twins

Make a record of twins

Glenn Selk


Estimates of the percentage of beef cattle births that produce twins vary.  One estimate (Gilmore) puts the percentage at about 0.5 percent or 1 in every 200 births.  Approximately one-half of the sets of twins should contain both a bull and a heifer calf.    Make sure to write down these calf numbers of twin births while they are still nursing the cow.  Be certain to not retain the heifer born twin to a bull as a replacement female.

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Limit-Feeding Cows and Fetal Programming

Limit-Feeding Cows and Fetal Programming

Kindra Gordon

Hereford World

As grazing lands have become less available — either due to drought or because of urbanization or conversion to cropland — producers might consider feeding cows in confinement for a period of time, suggests Karla Jenkins, a range- management cow-calf specialist with the University of Nebraska (UN) at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff

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Matching Cattle Type and Feedlot Performance

Matching Cattle Type and Feedlot Performance

Pete Anderson

University of Minnesota

Correct projection of breakeven prices is essential to profitable cattle feeding. In order to calculate breakevens correctly, feedlot performance must be predicted accurately. Average daily feed intake (ADFI), average daily gain (ADG), feed conversion (F/G), days on feed, carcass characteristics, morbidity and mortality can vary greatly from one group of cattle to another.

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Can calves be born with pinkeye?

Can calves be born with pinkeye?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

There are a lot of reasons a newborn calf could have a cloudy eye, other than pinkeye.

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Hometown Beef Makes Good

Hometown Beef Makes Good

Becky Mills

Angus Journal

The timing couldn’t have been better for Dave Turner and Claybrook Farms Meat Co. The Covington, Tenn., cattleman was raised in his family’s 200-cow registered-Angus operation.

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These 15 Management Principles I Will Always Remember

These 15 Management Principles I Will Always Remember

R. P. "Doc" Cooke

Beef Producer

Identifying natural systems and learning to correctly relate those systems one to another have dramatically improved our ranching operation in the past decade.

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Grass-fed Beef vs. Corn-fed Beef

Grass-fed Beef vs. Corn-fed Beef

Alyssa Langaas

The Spectrum

Some people assume grass-fed beef is healthier, because they become accustomed to seeing the picture perfect image of cattle grazing on pasture and believe that is what cattle actually prefer.

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An FDA success story on antibiotics

An FDA success story on antibiotics

Centre Daily Times

Skeptics scoffed late last year when the Food and Drug Administration issued guidelines to restrict the use of antibiotics in livestock.

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