Daily Archives: June 5, 2014

Research Says 2% Of All Cattle Are Supershedders

Research Says 2% Of All Cattle Are Supershedders

Tim Lundeen

Beef Producer

The latest research says about 2% of all cattle, including those in feedlots and those on pasture, may be supershedders," a term scientists have coined to describe cattle which turn out high levels of pathogenic organisms.

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Shade reduces cattle heat stress

Shade reduces cattle heat stress

Deke Alkire

Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Cattle will naturally seek shade when the temperature and humidity rise. In many parts of the U.S., shade is a necessity for grazing animals to maintain optimal performance. Heat stress can greatly impact cattle performance through decreased milk production and subsequent calf growth, decreased reproductive performance in cows and bulls, and decreased stocker and feeder calf performance.

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Do These 3 Animal Health Practices To Boost Your Herd’s Profit

Do These 3 Animal Health Practices To Boost Your Herd’s Profit

Jennifer Ryan


Both veterinarians and producers know that with every lost pound of  gain, open cow or calf death there is missed opportunity for profit.

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Fertility potential: the bull + the cow+ the inseminator + the environment.

Fertility potential: the bull + the cow+ the inseminator + the environment.

Mel DeJarnette

Select Sires

The success of any artificial insemination program is dependent on numerous factors. Success starts with a bull that is healthy, disease-free, and produces ample quantities of high quality semen. However, equally important is the fertility potential of the female, competency of the inseminator, and quality of the environment.

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What are the effects of calf health on feedlot profitability?

What are the effects of calf health on feedlot profitability?

Dr. John Paterson

Montana State University

The observation that calf disposition (temperament) was having a significant effect on profitability is probably as interesting as the data on the effects of post-weaning disease.

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Ten Ways to Cut Cattle Feeding Costs

Ten Ways to Cut Cattle Feeding Costs

Dan Loy

Iowa State University

Keeping costs down is one way to improve your chances of making money in the cattle feeding business. Here are 10 suggestions.

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The Benefits of Clipping Pastures

The Benefits of Clipping Pastures


King’s  AgriSeeds

ry out a simple pasture management upgrade this year – invest a little time to clip grass after each grazing, especially a heavy grazing. It evens out pasture, promoting uniform regrowth, and preserves the forage in a vegetative state.

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Minimizing Tall Fescue Toxicity

Minimizing Tall Fescue Toxicity

Keith D. Johnson

Purdue University

Tall fescue is one of the major cool-season grasses grown in Indiana. Agronomically, tall fescue is an excellent forage crop. The crop responds well to fertilization, has excellent seeding vigor, can withstand heavy grazing pressure, has a massive root system that aids in erosion control, survives drought and flood, and can be stockpiled for winter grazing.

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An Overview of Current Beef Welfare Concerns

An Overview of Current Beef Welfare Concerns

James W. Oltjen, Ph.D, and Frank M. Mitloehner, Ph.D.

University of California, Davis

Knowledgeable beef producers are concerned about the welfare of their animals. They know that cattle treated correctly will perform well. If even a small proportion of beef producers provide less than optimum care, it is a concern to other beef producers and all others associated with beef production. Therefore it is in everyone’s best interest that animals receive proper care throughout the production cycle.

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Please! Step on this grass

Please! Step on this grass

Robert N. Whitescarver

My Eastern Shore

Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) is one of the most dominant grasses found in pastures, hayland, lawns, roadsides, wetlands and vacant lots throughout most of North America. It is almost always infected with an internal fungus, an endophyte (Acremonium coenophialum), which produces an alkaloid (ergovaline) that is toxic.

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