Daily Archives: June 25, 2014

Can storage of vaccine affect its efficacy?

Can storage of vaccine affect its efficacy?

Gant Mourer

Drovers

Respiratory disease in cattle also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2 billion annually (Powell 2013). Management techniques can offset much of this cost and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf all the way through the production system.

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Protein Offers Animal Deworming Properties

Protein Offers Animal Deworming Properties

Beef Producer

A team of USDA and university researchers has demonstrated that when a bacteria-derived protein was fed to worm-infected swine, the infection was nearly completely eliminated.

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Reduce excessive pressure on cows’ feet to prevent lameness

Reduce excessive pressure on cows’ feet to prevent lameness

Mara Budde

Farm and Ranch Guide

Sixty percent of cows can be classified as lame on at least one occasion during the year. Lameness is not just a production concern, it’s an animal welfare issue. Cows that are lame do not move around as much, making eating or drinking more difficult, and experience foot pain. Like many other diseases or concerns in the herd, prevention is best.

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Good Mineral Program Important for Bulls Too

Good Mineral Program Important for Bulls Too

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Most cattle producers will tell you they have some type of mineral program. This might range from a “white salt block and a yellow salt block” on to a full blown, custom-designed mineral with all the bells and whistles and then some. In general, when selecting a mineral program the typical producer does so with the cow in mind.

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Agriculture commissioner to Chipotle: What’s wrong with Texas beef?

Agriculture commissioner to Chipotle: What’s wrong with Texas beef?

Josie Musico

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

How would you like your steak — imported or local? Chipotle Mexican Grill recently switched to the former, a move that frustrated supporters of an industry they say offers just as fine a product here at home.

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Researchers create better methods to detect E. coli

Researchers create better methods to detect E. coli

Kansas State University

Kansas State University diagnosticians are helping the cattle industry save millions of dollars each year by developing earlier and accurate detection of E. coli.

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Larson Ranch LLC: Five generations working together

Larson Ranch LLC: Five generations working together

Kendra Paulton

The Cattle Business Weekly

Audie Larson and his family are no strangers to the hard work, dedication, and teamwork it takes to operate a ranch on the rolling prairies and river breaks of south central South Dakota. Audie is a fourth generation cattle and horse rancher, raising a fifth generation close behind.

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Vitamin A: What You Need to Know

Vitamin A: What You Need to Know

Paige Nelson

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Successfully incorporating mineral and vitamin supplementation into your nutrition program stems from understanding why cattle need those nutrients in the first place.

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When making hay becomes challenging

When making hay becomes challenging

Dave Russell

Brownfield Network

Weather conditions in many areas have caused hay-making to be a challenge this year. Rory Lewandowski, Extension educator in Wayne County Ohio says hay could mold if put up wet.

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Cattle have a dual purpose: To make money and improve the land.    

Cattle have a dual purpose: To make money and improve the land.    

Profitable Ranching

Johann Zietsman and Jaime (Jim) Elizondo Braun have taken this dual purpose premise to the logical extreme. Their selection methods utilizing the best adapted genetics with ultra high density grazing has resulted in much higher profitability per acre while greatly improving the land.

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