Daily Archives: April 23, 2014

Adopt Management Strategies to Improve Productivity

Adopt Management Strategies to Improve Productivity

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series we began a discussion of steps producers might take to help take advantage of the current strong cattle markets. More specifically these are recommendations and guidelines to help improve the total pounds of calf weight that can be produced from the operation.

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IPM Approach to Fly Control

IPM Approach to Fly Control

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The best fly control programs are based on an integrated pest management (IPM) approach.

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Black Ink: Good news, bad news

Black Ink: Good news, bad news

Steve Suther

Farm and Ranch Guide

Sometimes people complain that all they ever read or hear in the news is bad. They may blame the messenger: “why can’t they tell us about all the good things that happened today?”

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NCBA to APHIS- Withdraw the Rule on Brazilian Beef and Redo Risk and Economic Assessment

NCBA to APHIS- Withdraw the Rule on Brazilian Beef and Redo Risk and Economic Assessments

Oklahoma Farm Report

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has filed comments with the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service- APHIS- in opposition to a proposed federal rule that would allow fresh and frozen beef imports from Brazil.

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Competing Visions Challenge American Angus Association

Competing Visions Challenge American Angus Association

Troy Marshall


I’ve never received as many phone calls or emails as I have over the recent events concerning the American Angus Association (AAA). I know it’s certainly been the number-one topic of discussion among purebred breeders regardless of breed. It’s from that perspective that I know everyone is expecting coverage.

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Short term calf removal

Short term calf removal

Glenn Selk

Bovine Veterinarian

Cows that were in marginal body condition score at calving may benefit slightly from the management practice called “short term calf removal”. “Short-term calf removal” is the term that describes the temporary physical separation of the calf from its mother. This removes the nursing stimulus from the cow for about 2 days.

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Minnesota pollution board considers feedlot rule updates

Minnesota pollution board considers feedlot rule updates


The citizens board that oversees the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is considering a set of updates to the state’s environmental rules for livestock feedlots.

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Cattle ranching renaissance

Cattle ranching renaissance

JENNY HOPKINSON and Helena Bottemiller Evich


“Young 550-pound steers on the southern Plains are commanding prices 30 percent higher than a year ago. With corn down almost as much in the same period, feedlots are betting the margins even as the cost of hamburger at the supermarket goes through the roof.

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It’s the little things that matter most

It’s the little things that matter most

Christy Swift

Tampa Times

Did you ever notice how small the cows in old cowboy movies are compared to the horses, Colin Furness asked. That’s because in America, Hereford cattle were bred to be bigger and meatier over the years. But Colin and his wife, Kelly Furness, think that good things come in small packages. They breed miniature Herefords on their ranch in Zolfo Springs.

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Eli Lilly to acquire Novartis

Eli Lilly to acquire Novartis

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Network

With the goal of strengthening and diversifying Eli Lilly & Company’s animal health business, Elanco, the company will purchase Novartis Animal Health.  In an announcement this morning, Jeff Simmons, senior vice president of Eli Lilly and president of Elanco said animal health continues to be a growth opportunity for Lilly.

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