Daily Archives: July 2, 2014

Handling Rained on Hay

Handling Rained on Hay

Bruce Anderson

University of Nebraska

Rained on hay causes many problems. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz. Rained on hay. Sometimes it’s down so long that it’s virtually worthless. Trouble is, what do you do with it?

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Changing Landscape of Beef Industry

Changing Landscape of Beef Industry

Bethany Johnston

University of Nebraska

Ranchers and beef producers listened to the report and changed how they were doing business. Back in 1991, the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA), injection site lesions were a major concern for the beef industry.

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Maternal Myths

Maternal Myths

Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

It may be easier to explain why you don’t have it than it is to get it. Marbling, that is. Some in the beef industry say that’s the origin of the popular “urban legend” in the Angus breed that marbling potential and maternal function can’t exist in the same herd.

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Fly control/pinkeye prevention needs to be continuous

Fly control/pinkeye prevention needs to be continuous

Jim Krantz

Bovine Veterinarian

With the grazing season well underway, most cattlemen have strategically planned their fly control program, focused primarily on pinkeye prevention. Obviously, cow/calf comfort and increased production are always considerations of fly-control programs but anyone who has witnessed the results of a pinkeye outbreak knows the discomfort and lost performance that occur.

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How Improving Welfare Can Improve Profits

How Improving Welfare Can Improve Profits

The Beef Site

Animal welfare has moved up the agenda for livestock production and companies are now embracing the concept and wanting to understand new solutions to improving conditions for animals bred for food.

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Putting Pounds on Fast, on a Budget

Putting Pounds on Fast, on a Budget

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

To put 350 to 400 pounds on his stocker cattle in just five months, John Shore has to get the nutrition right. That generally means a 14.7% protein ration of primarily soy hull and corn gluten pellets, along with either rice hulls or cottonseed hulls.

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Strategies producers can utilize to increase the likelihood that young beef females re-breed after their first or second calf?

Strategies producers can utilize to increase the likelihood that young beef females re-breed after their first or second calf?


A proven way to increase the pregnancy rate of young beef females is to increase the number of females that are cycling at the start of the breeding season.

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Jump Starting Those Late Calving Cows

Jump Starting Those Late Calving Cows

Robin Salverson

Beef Today

Breeding season will be soon underway for the mid April and May calving cow herds. However, we all have some late calving cows that are less than 40 to 60 days postpartum.

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Making Hay: When Does It Pay For Livestock Producers?

Making Hay: When Does It Pay For Livestock Producers?

Hay and Forage Grower

Beef and dairy producers trying to decide whether it’s smart financially to grow or buy their hay can get some help from Travis Meteer, commercial ag educator with University of Illinois Extension.

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Environmental Working Group Proves that “You Can’t Fix Stupid” Proverb is Entirely True.

Environmental Working Group Proves that “You Can’t Fix Stupid” Proverb is Entirely True.


Ah, the power of a report from an earnest non-governmental organization, out to save the consumer from themselves. Destined to be selectively quoted for the next 20 years and to prove once and for all that, as the comedian Ron White would say: “You can’t fix stupid”.

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Toxic ergot appears in Missouri pastures

Toxic ergot appears in Missouri pastures

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

Another year of cool wet weather followed by high heat and humidity has led to the fungal growth of ergot in Missouri grasses – and it is toxic if consumed by cattle and all livestock, as well as dogs and humans.

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