Daily Archives: May 9, 2014

BeefTalk: Spring Reflections and Calf Deaths

BeefTalk: Spring Reflections and Calf Deaths

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The next week will be busy at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. The cows have been turned out on cool-season grass and the yearlings need to be worked.

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Lameness in Cattle: Causes Associated with Injury

Lameness in Cattle: Causes Associated with Injury

Russ Daly, DVM


Most cattle in feedlots and pastures are exposed to many potential causes of injury. If cattle can successfully avoid getting hurt from feedbunks, fences, corral panels, waterers and other equipment, there are always other herdmates to present a potential hazard (e.g., bulls fighting with each other).

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Green grass offers black margin for yearling grazing

Green grass offers black margin for yearling grazing

Darrell R. Mark, Ph.D.

The Cattle Business Weekly

It’s been a rather cold Spring across much of the region and the growing season is getting off to a bit of a late start, somewhat like last year. And, while many areas are dry and experiencing some degree of drought conditions, precipitation last week should help pastures and range green up as the temperatures rise. So, its time to crunch the numbers on grazing yearlings on summer pasture.

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Less Debt, More Cattle

Less Debt, More Cattle

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

In the Southeast, Curt Lacy says cattlemen are questioning everything from the best time to sell calves to whether they should expand herds. The University of Georgia beef specialist said while every operation is unique, the take-home message is that things look good for the next several years.

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Data driven cattle operation

Data driven cattle operation

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Calving season is pretty much over for Cale Jones, so watching cows is slowly giving way to planting corn. Spring may still be deciding if it is coming or going, but on this cold and rainy last day of April, Jones is anxious to see how this year’s calf crop performs.

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Why grazing fees are the third rail of western politics

Why grazing fees are the third rail of western politics

Eric Pianin


Long before Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy became a conservative folk hero last month for battling the government, federal grazing fees have been a flashpoint of controversy between western cattle ranchers and agencies that govern the use of remote, sprawling and environmentally sensitive western lands.

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U.S. Meat Animal Research Center Turns 50

U.S. Meat Animal Research Center Turns 50

Beef Producer

Fifty years ago, Congress approved legislation that began the transfer of a Naval Ammunition Depot to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, thus creating the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center at Clay Center.

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Hey, Kids, Want To Work In Ag? Go To Law School

Hey, Kids, Want To Work In Ag? Go To Law School

Troy Marshall


I’ve known very few ranchers or horse trainers who dropped out of the business unless forced to do so by death or economics. They were involved in the business because they loved it; still, they would invariably try to talk a young person out of following in their footsteps.

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Beef Check Off Dollars Are Shrinking

Beef Check Off Dollars Are Shrinking


The U.S Beef Check-Off Program was started in the nineteen eighties as a producer funded marketing and research program that assesses one-dollar per beef animal at the time the animal is sold.

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How Did Cattle Prices Get So High?

How Did Cattle Prices Get So High?

University of Illinois

Where did the record cattle prices this year come from? That is a question almost all analysts and many cattle producers are asking. It was not so surprising to have record high cattle prices, but the real surprise was the lofty heights of those new records.

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