Daily Archives: July 23, 2014

Producers Should Identify Herd’s Genetic Potential

Producers Should Identify Herd’s Genetic Potential

Stephen B. Blezinger, PhD, PAS

Cattle Today

In today’s market beef cattle producers are enjoying unprecedented prices for the calves and cattle they are selling from their herd. This is certainly helping many cattlemen recoup some of the losses they have experienced over the last few years when drought conditions caused herd liquidations, large cash outlays for forage purposes and purchases of high priced feed and supplements.

Full Story

Health risk when purchasing cattle

Health risk when purchasing cattle

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Every business deals with risk. The profitable business has the ability to deal with and minimize that risk.

Full Story

Footrot can be more problematic in wet years

Footrot can be more problematic in wet years

Kevin Gould

 Michigan State University

Foundations are important. Feet are the foundation of cattle and this may be a year when producers see increased incidence footrot in the herd.

Full Story

Whole-genome sequencing of bulls in key beef and dairy breeds

Whole-genome sequencing of bulls in key beef and dairy breeds

Biology News Net

According to the researchers, breeding programs could use this information to reduce or eliminate hereditary diseases and to improve the efficency of milk and beef production.

Full Story

Scientists have a beef with beef

Scientists have a beef with beef

The Columbia Daily Herald


If you want to slow climate change, white meat may be the right meat, according to two studies that tally the environmental effect of the beef industry.

Full Story

Ike Hamilton: From Rodeo Clown to Auctioneer Colonel

Ike Hamilton: From Rodeo Clown to Auctioneer Colonel

Susan Roach

Louisnana’s Living Traditions

With an "illustrious auctioneering career spanning 57 years and 42 states," Isaac Henry Hamilton, given the honorary title of Colonel Ike by the auction world, ranked among the top auctioneers in the nation (New Hall of Fame). A native and lifetime resident of West Monroe, Louisiana, Hamilton was born July 9, 1911 and died May 1, 1997.

Full Story

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Fly control

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Fly control

Laura Mushrush


Frustrating and at times hard to kill, fly control offers many benefits to cattle producers. The buzzing pests are the carriers of bacteria and disease, such as anaplasmosis – a cow killing, weight dropping, aborting and bull infertility nightmare.

Full Story

Utilize summer moisture to reduce costs

Utilize summer moisture to reduce costs

Randy Pirtle

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Harvested forage costs are a large part of the production costs associated with cow-calf enterprises. For the first time in two years, producers in the eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma will have enough Bermuda grass to consider stockpiling some of the forage for winter feed.

Full Story

Storing Wet and Modified Distillers Grains

Storing Wet and Modified Distillers Grains

Warren Rusche


The market prices for distillers grain prices have dropped significantly in recent weeks. As Dr. Darrell Mark points out in his recent iGrow article Distillers Grains Prices Declining, prices have declined both in absolute dollar values but also as a percentage of the value of corn.

Full Story