Daily Archives: May 7, 2014

Warts or Ringworm?

Warts or Ringworm?

By Dr. Ken McMillan

The Progressive Farmer

Warts are caused by viruses and are more common in young cattle. They will usually resolve with time if left alone.

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Calving Season Tips: How To Use A Calf Puller

Calving Season Tips: How To Use A Calf Puller

Heather Smith Thomas


In most cases of dystocia, the calf can be pulled by hand. There are some instances, however, when a mechanical calf puller is needed during calving.

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Cow disposition affects pregnancy rate

Cow disposition affects pregnancy rate

Glenn Selk

Bovine Veterinarian

Now we have another good excuse to cull cows due to bad temperament.  Producers that routinely breed cows artificially realize that cows that are unruly and nervous are less likely to conceive to artificial insemination.  Presumably the lowered conception rates were because they have been stressed as they are passed through the working facilities and restrained while being synchronized and inseminated. 

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Lameness in Cattle: Causes associated with infections

Lameness in Cattle: Causes associated with infections

Russ Daly, DVM


A previous iGrow article, The Many Shades of Lameness looked at detection of lameness in feedlot and pasture cattle. What are the processes that contribute to these cases of lameness?

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Beef Study Will Examine Water Intake Efficiency

Beef Study Will Examine Water Intake Efficiency

Beef Producer

Oklahoma State University has been awarded a $1 million grant through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to provide some of the first climate adaptation tools for beef producers in the form of water management resources.

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Hay Bale Converters Unroll More Profit

Hay Bale Converters Unroll More Profit

Neil Tietz

Hay and Forage Grower

From now on, the small square balers at Goolsby Farms, Jasper, FL, will only be used on rainy days and in winter. Instead of round baling just a portion of the hay from their 1,000 acres of Coastal bermudagrass, David Goolsby and sons David Jr. and Clay will harvest it all that way. They’ll store the bales under cover, then use a bale converter to turn them into small squares as orders come in.

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Will Beef Cattle Be the Next Climate Change Casualty?

Will Beef Cattle Be the Next Climate Change Casualty?

Wall Street Journal

What is the future of beef in America? According to the National Climate Assessment, it could be pretty grim. Temperature increases could have a significant impact on beef production and prices. “Will Beef Cattle Be the Next Climate Change Casualty?” is categorized as “us”.

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Foot and Mouth Disease, Climate Reaction and High-Frequency Trades

Foot and Mouth Disease, Climate Reaction and High-Frequency Trades

Chris Clayton


The cattle industry has found a rallying point most producers can agree upon: Stopping imports of fresh beef from areas of South America that have had cases of foot and mouth disease.

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Mexico Removes Import Restrictions On U.S. Beef

Mexico Removes Import Restrictions On U.S. Beef


The Mexican government is in the process of making regulatory changes that allow for import of U.S. beef and beef products derived from cattle of any age. This important development lifts the 30-month cattle age limit for U.S. beef and effectively removes the last of Mexico’s BSE-related restrictions.

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From ‘happy accidents’ to intentional beef quality

From ‘happy accidents’ to intentional beef quality

Miranda Reiman


Doing more with less. In the cattle business, that’s more than a nice idea; it’s the new survival plan. In any manufacturing system, if the number of units is reduced, the revenue per unit must increase,” said Pete Anderson, director of research for Midwest PMS, a U.S. livestock feed company. “The cattle industry must focus on maximizing revenue from each animal produced.”

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