Daily Archives: June 27, 2014

BeefTalk: Unified Cattle Identification Remains an Elusive Goal

BeefTalk: Unified Cattle Identification Remains an Elusive Goal

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Cattle values are vulnerable to issues that surface within the consuming public even though discussions on animal identification have been soft for some time.

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Preparing for the show – stepping your way into success with cleanliness

Preparing for the show – stepping your way into success with cleanliness

Julie Thelen

Michigan State University

“Preparing for the show” series is a four article series that helps youth become better prepared to walk into the ring and have a successful experience. This is the second article in a series which will focus on preparation and the three C’s about preparing for the show: Cleanliness, confidence and clothing.

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Nip Grass Hay Before It Heads, Or Else

Nip Grass Hay Before It Heads, Or Else

Beef Producer

If you think that plentiful grass seed heads is a good sign, you’re wrong – and losing grazing or feed value, suggests Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage agronomist. It’s a signal that pastures or hayfields are no longer producing grazing quality foliage.

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Drought continues to boost cow slaughter

Drought continues to boost cow slaughter

Kenneth Mathews  

Progressive Cattleman

Recently, heifer prices have shown relatively more strength than steer prices, likely due to competing demand from buyers for feedlot placements versus buyers for cow-herd building and to heifers’ potential for either placement in feedlots or retention for breeding stock.

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Training cattle to graze weeds is easy, nutritious and profitable

Training cattle to graze weeds is easy, nutritious and profitable

Terri Adams

The Prairie Star

According to livestock expert Kathy Voth, training cattle to graze weeds is not only easy, it can also be very profitable for ranchers as well. “I have spent too much time in the field with the cows,” laughed Voth, the owner of Livestock For Landscapes.

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Heifer intake and feed efficiency as indicators of cow intake and efficiency

Heifer intake and feed efficiency as indicators of cow intake and efficiency

Dan Shike

A Steak in Genomics

One of the big questions in feed efficiency has been whether feed efficiency of heifers in the growing stage reflect feed efficiency of cows in the maintenance stage. There is a lot of buzz around efficiency because we are facing a growing world population, increased competition for resources, volatility of feed prices.

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Repeatability of Calving Difficulty

Repeatability of Calving Difficulty

Glenn Selk

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Calving difficulty in heifers has a profound effect on their productivity. Many producers are looking back through their calving books to re-examine the most recent calving season and determine if improvements can be made between now and next spring.

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New vaccine technology helps build BRD immunity in calves

New vaccine technology helps build BRD immunity in calves

Brent Meyer, DVM

Drovers

Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is the leading cause of death in beef calves 3 weeks of age or older. A recent multi-university survey of 61 veterinarians in six states provides insights into practitioners’ experiences with BRD in nursing calves.

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At Templeton Hills Beef, buy a cow or a pound

At Templeton Hills Beef, buy a cow or a pound

Katy Budge

The Tribune

Templeton Hills Beef raises its cattle on grass, and you can get as much or as little as you want

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Tips for Safe Hay Baling

Tips for Safe Hay Baling

The Ohio State University

As growers statewide finish their first cutting of hay crops, now is a good time to do preventative maintenance tasks that can boost farm profits and protect farm workers, says a safety research associate and lecturer from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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