Monthly Archives: July 2014

A shameless foodie & her ranching dad sit down for a medium-rare opportunity

A shameless foodie & her ranching dad sit down for a medium-rare opportunity

Darby Minow Smith

Grist

My family loves beef — especially our own. I can taste sweet notes of alfalfa that we spend all summer watering, growing, and cutting; the meadow grasses we pasture our cattle on provide their own subtle herbaceous flavors. Our pride goes beyond flavor. My father, along with our whip-smart ranch manager and his hard-working daughter, work seven days a week on the Lazy T Ranch to raise 450 head of cattle.

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Speaker says public wants trust in animal welfare, not data

Speaker says public wants trust in animal welfare, not data

Progressive Cattleman

Speaking at the fourth International Cattle Welfare Symposium in Ames, Iowa, on July 17, David Daley, dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University – Chico, said today’s consumers want to know they’re buying meat, milk and eggs from producers taking care of their animals, but their concerns aren’t resolved by science.

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Area ranchers try nontraditional approaches to raising cattle in Florida

Area ranchers try nontraditional approaches to raising cattle in Florida

BOB MASSEY

Florida Weekly

It isn’t easy raising cattle in Florida. Nearly all of the calves born on a ranch don’t get to stay more than about a year before they’re shipped off to parts west. It’s one of the challenges facing the state’s thriving cattle industry.

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Stockpiling winter pasture techniques for beef cattle

Stockpiling winter pasture techniques for beef cattle

David Davis

Central Kentucky News

Stockpiling fall and winter pastures is accomplished when producers omit the late summer harvest of hay or pasture, allow the fields to grow, and then graze those fields in the late fall or early winter months. Benefits of implementing this management practice include reduced feeding costs, and having access to high quality pasture in the late fall or winter months.

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UNL field lab to host animal management event

UNL field lab to host animal management event

News-Observer

The High Plains Nutrition and Management Roundtable is scheduled for Aug. 28. This year’s event will focus on cow herd size and beef production.

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Foot Rot in Grazing Cattle

Foot Rot in Grazing Cattle

John G. Kirkpatrick, DVM, David Lalman, PhD

Oklahoma State University

Foot rot is a subacute or acute necrotic (decaying) infectious disease of cattle, causing swelling and lameness in one or more feet. The disease can become chronic, with a poorer prognosis for recovery if treatment is delayed, which results in deeper structures of the toe becoming affected.

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That’s Nice – But I Raise Cows

That’s Nice – But I Raise Cows

Dave Daley

Gelbvieh World

I am somewhat disappointed that we are continually revisiting the topic of crossbreeding in commercial beef production-and actually debating the merits of the practice. Crossbreeding is not a new concept. Unfortunately, it seems that this topic continues to fester, simply because we refuse to look al the issue objectively.

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Heterosis and Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle

Heterosis and Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle

Jackie Atkins, Ph.D.

SimTalk

There are stacks of scientific articles with evidence of improved growth and performance in crossbred cattle. Feed efficiency is a relatively new trait of study and more difficult to measure. Therefore, understanding the role of heterosis in feed efficiency traits is not as well understood.

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The Effect of Retail Beef Prices

The Effect of Retail Beef Prices

Ed Creason

Maine Anjou Voice

What effects retail beef prices? What do high retail prices effect? Are these prices affect ed by beef producers? Are beef producers affected by these prices? We know That inputs, supply, demand, exports, imports and other factors affect beef prices. Retail beef prices are at an all-time high along with retail pork prices. How does is effect the consumer that is purchasing beef a pork? What is causing these record high prices? Let s take a look at some of the things that are having an impact on these prices.

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Is she bred, Doc?

Is she bred, Doc?

Rebecca Mettler

American Red Angus Magazine

“Will she give me a calf or is she open?” This is one of the most important – and profit-related – questions beef cattle producers ask themselves. And knowing the answer sooner, rather than later, can easily justify the cost of pregnancy ultrasound in a beef herd.

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Newborn Calf Care Is Money in the Bank

Newborn Calf Care Is Money in the Bank

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

For Brian Marshall, the clock starts the minute a new calf hits the ground. Within the first four or five hours, this Missouri producer makes sure newborns are given an immunity-building bolus to head off scours and pneumonia, and lessen stress.

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Heat Stress and the Diet

Heat Stress and the Diet

Alvaro Garcia

iGrow

Heat is produced as a result of microbial fermentation in the rumen. Low quality, stemmy forages generate more heat of fermentation inside the animal, contributing to the animal’s total heat load. Heat is used to maintain body temperature when ambient temperatures are low (below 40 F).

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Weaning Techniques for Beef Calves

Weaning Techniques for Beef Calves

Dr. Ron Gill, Dr. Bruce Carpenter

Texas AgriLife

Weaning is the most stressful time a calf will experience. It has been well documented that health problems such as bovine respiratory disease (pneumonia, “shipping fever” etc. ) usually begins with stress at weaning. For this reason, all preconditioning programs begin with attempts to minimize stress at weaning.

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Warts in Cattle: Cause and Cure

Warts in Cattle: Cause and Cure

Rachel Endecott

The Beef Site

Cattle warts are caused by six strains of a virus which associate to different body areas, according Rachel Endecott, Beef Specialist at Montana State University.

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Quick Tips For Easier Calf Weaning

Quick Tips For Easier Calf Weaning

Wes Ishmael

BEEF

A healthy calf is the first step to a profitable cowherd, and one of the biggest challenges cattle must overcome is weaning. Here are tips for a stree-free weaning in your cowherd.

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What Should I Do With My Calves?

What Should I Do With My Calves?

Beef Northwest

That is a common question the last couple of months for people who haven’t yet sold their calves this fall. The market is tough and doesn’t show much mercy for those that still own their calves.

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Hay Sells Well Through Facebook

Hay Sells Well Through Facebook

Hay and Forage Grower

Andrew and Jessica Clarkson, pictured with their recent addition, Anna, use Facebook to help market their horse hay. A group Facebook page built last year to spur hay sales in the Twin Cities’ area has done just that, says John Strohfus, the Hastings, MN, horse-hay grower who started it.

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19 Phrases That Have a Totally Different Meaning to Livestock People

19 Phrases That Have a Totally Different Meaning to Livestock People

Rachel Cutrer

Ranch House Designs

Livestock people have a language all their own. Be honest, how many times have your friends laughed at you for talking openly about buying semen. Or better yet, had Siri correct your words because she has no idea how to spell Simmental heifer.

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Myron Edelman to Lead American Gelbvieh Association

Myron Edelman to Lead American Gelbvieh Association

Gelbvieh.org

American Gelbvieh Association President Rob Arnold and the Board of Directors would like to announce the hiring of Myron Edelman, Douglas, Wyo., as its executive director. Edelman officially begins his responsibilities August 1 and will be located at the Association’s headquarters office in Westminster, Colo.

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The fork in the road

The fork in the road

Chandler Keys

Cattle Trader Center

This autumn will mark the 30th anniversary of deliberations leading up to the 1985 Farm Bill.  That legislation was noteworthy for several changes in government agricultural policy but most memorable for those of us in the cattle industry was the provision for a national beef checkoff mandated by the federal government.

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