Daily Archives: June 13, 2014

BeefTalk: Not all Bulls Are Herd Bulls

BeefTalk: Not all Bulls Are Herd Bulls

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service

Most bulls can fill feedlot pens, but some are herd bulls and some are neither. Every year, the competition in the bull pen gets tougher, so some bulls need to leave.

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Drought re-shaping the cattle map

Drought re-shaping the cattle map

Grant Gerlock

Harvest Public Media

Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.

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Temple Grandin is Right, Handling Livestock Gently Pays Off

Temple Grandin is Right, Handling Livestock Gently Pays Off

Tom Bechman

Beef Producer

Long-time observers who modified handling practices say gentle management makes livestock easier to handle.

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Watch your step: Recognizing common bovine hoof diseases

Watch your step: Recognizing common bovine hoof diseases

Shelby Alyssa Mettlen

Drovers

Warmer weather and wet conditions can create the perfect environment for lameness-inducing bacterial infections in cattle. Gregg Hanzlicek, veterinarian with Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, shares his tips for preventing, identifying and treating two hoof diseases.

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Making the Best of a Bad Situation – Storing Large Round Hay Bales Outside

Making the Best of a Bad Situation – Storing Large Round Hay Bales Outside

Jed Dillard

Beef Today

When large round hay bales came along, those of us who had cut our agricultural teeth on stacking small square bales thought we’d never need to put hay bales in a stifling hot barn again. Unfortunately, financial reality intervened.

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Soybeans as forage for grazing or hay

Soybeans as forage for grazing or hay

Dan Kehler

Kansas State University

With the continuation of the drought, few soybean fields will make a profitable bean crop, but they may have significant value as a forage crop. Soybean forage can definitely help livestock producers who are short on feed because of the drought. This is a summary of information on salvaging soybeans for forage use.

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Summer Hair Care Tips

Summer Hair Care Tips

Cathy Billenstein

Steer Planet.com

Make sure you are feeding a sound nutritional based ration. Too many times this is one of the most overlooked  areas when trying to grow hair. If you are adding extra products, make sure the total ration is balanced.

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Why Would I Want to Background My Calves Rather Than Sell Them Directly Off the Cow?

Why Would I Want to Background My Calves Rather Than Sell Them Directly Off the Cow?

Montana State University

Calves grown to gain less than 1 pound daily are generally fed roughages with a small amount of protein supplement, depending on the quality of the forage. They may graze cornstalks, or range meadows with very little protection except natural shelter.

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Feedlots vs. Pastures: Two Very Different Ways to Fatten Beef Cattle

Feedlots vs. Pastures: Two Very Different Ways to Fatten Beef Cattle

Barry Estabrook

The Atlantic

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Because a diet mainly made up of corn wreaks havoc on the digestive systems of cows, which are ruminants and designed for grass not grain, they are fed daily rations of antibiotics.

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Ten Suggestions for Improved Feeder Cattle Production and Marketing

Ten Suggestions for Improved Feeder Cattle Production and Marketing

James B. Neel

University of Tennessee

 Production of feeder calves is the primary beef production system in Tennessee and the Southeast and the greatest source of agricultural income. However, a large number of producers are “leaving money on the table” by taking the path of producing what is the easiest, marketing when it is the most convenient and taking whatever price is offered for their feeder cattle.

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