Daily Archives: April 15, 2014

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Western Migration Invasion

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Western Migration Invasion

The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has brought to a head a common point of contention that has happened in state after state.

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Grass Tetany Risks

Grass Tetany Risks

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Grass tetany results from low magnesium levels in the bloodstream. Cool-season grasses, or winter annuals, tend to have lower levels of magnesium in winter and early spring under lush growing conditions.

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Bull nutrition is different for young bulls, older bulls

Bull nutrition is different for young bulls, older bulls


Farm & Ranch Guide

With the upcoming breeding season, producers need to be mindful of the nutritional needs of their bulls. According to Rachel Endecott, Montana State University Extension beef cattle specialist, the nutritional needs of young bulls will be different than the needs of older bulls. And bulls that have already been established in a producers breeding program will need less attention than new bulls.

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Without profitable producers, there is no beef industry

Without profitable producers, there is no beef industry

Ruaraidh Petre

Beef Central

As a former cattle producer and someone involved over the last two decades in supporting livestock producers and farmers in a number of countries to become more profitable and efficient, I am dismayed by some of the stories and comments I have read regarding the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.

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Ranchers- Don’t Lose Your Social License!

Ranchers- Don’t Lose Your Social License!

Oklahoma Farm Report

Terry Fleck, the executive director of the Center for Food Integrity, believes that farmers and ranchers need to understand that there are fewer and fewer consumers who have any appreciation for how crops are grown and how animals are raised and meat is produced here in 2014.

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Protecting the value of calves before weaning

Protecting the value of calves before weaning

Mark Spire, DVM

Bovine Veterinarian

According to data from the National Animal Health Monitoring System, bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the second leading suspected cause of pre-weaning mortality for U.S. cattle. While the majority of early cases don’t result in the loss of the animal, it is still important to take precautions. At this critical stage, even a mild case of BRD does damage that will limit a calf’s lifetime potential.

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The Tale Of The $125 Cow

The Tale Of The $125 Cow

R. P. "Doc" Cooke

Beef Producer

Extremely old, extremely small, extremely lazy, and/or extremely unprofitable are all “box” descriptions of a majority of cattle operations in North America. At least one or more of those descriptive terms fit most of us who are cow-calf producers.

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FDA Feed Rule Under Fire

FDA Feed Rule Under Fire

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG TOday

Many industries are asking the Food and Drug Administration to exempt American brewers from draft regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act – according to DTN. The groups believe proposed livestock feed regulations would impose additional costs and make it difficult for producers to use spent grains for animal feed

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NFL player tackles sustainable beef off the field

NFL player tackles sustainable beef off the field

Eve Andrews


From September to December, Will Witherspoon spends his time chasing down quarterbacks and grappling with 300-pound linemen. During the off-season, the St. Louis Rams linebacker spends his free time in the company of heavyweights of a different breed: sustainably raised cattle.

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Cattle Cops Track Down Rustlers in Oklahoma

Cattle Cops Track Down Rustlers in Oklahoma



Cattle bones litter the dusty field next to a hay barn. Glare from the hot sun makes them glint against the red dirt and sparse patches of green grass. Chief special agent Jerry Flowers surveys the scene searching for any clues that might lead him to the outlaws. A knocked down fence. A broken gate lock. Tire tracks. Even a discarded cigarette.

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