Daily Archives: August 1, 2014

Baxter Black, DVM:  Larger Riders Means Larger Horses

Baxter Black, DVM:  Larger Riders Means Larger Horses

An interview with several dud wranglers and packers showed they have accommodated the increasing number of large people.

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BeefTalk: May I Borrow Your Land?

BeefTalk: May I Borrow Your Land?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The beef industry is a land-based business, and along with land comes an interesting relationship. The Dickinson Research Extension Center is in a very aggressive energy industry.

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Moldy Corn for Beef Cattle

Moldy Corn for Beef Cattle

Cody Wright, Ben Holland, Russ Daly, Larry Osborne

South Dakota State University

Certain weather conditions and/or physical injury to the plant may result in the development of mold in various parts of the plant. Accumula- tion of mold and production of mycotoxins may present a risk for livestock producers. However, after examination and analysis, moldy feeds may be able to be used in beef cattle diets—with little or no risk to the health of the animal.

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How Profitable are Silage Inoculants?

How Profitable are Silage Inoculants?

The Beef Site

Silage is the product of the fermentation of different crops caused mainly by lactic acid bacteria (LAB) based on the acidification of the material under anaerobic conditions, writes costa Aragón, Y. PhD, Technical manager, BIOMIN Holding GmbH.

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Economics and sustainability can go hand-in-hand

Economics and sustainability can go hand-in-hand

Rebecca Mettler

American Red Angus Magazine

Can profitable production practices and sustainability coexist? According to Jude Capper, Ph.D., animal scientist and livestock sustainability expert affiliated with Montana State University, the two can coexist and more. “With economic benefits we are almost always going to see environmental benefits,” Capper said.

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Preparing for Estrous Synchronization and Artificial Insemination

Preparing for Estrous Synchronization and Artificial Insemination

Jackie Atkins, Ph.D.

American Simmental Association

Although it may feel early to think about the breeding season, it will soon be upon us. A little forethought and planning will go a long way to make this year’s breeding season run smoothly. The Beef Reproductive Task Force (made up of academics, industry personnel, and veterinarians) has an excellent website (http://beefrepro.unl.edu/) with information on recon1n1ended estrous synchronization (ES) protocols for heifers and cows and many articles filled with applied information aimed to improve reproductive performance in beef cattle.

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Body Condition Scoring Your Beef Cow Herd

Body Condition Scoring Your Beef Cow Herd

Dr. Rick Rasby

Gelbvieh World

Body condition scores (BCS) describe the relative fatness or body condition of a cow he<d through the use of a nine-point scale. A body condition score five (BCS 5) cow JS in average flesh and represents a logical target for most cow herds. A BCS 1 cow is extremely thin whilea BCS 9 cow is extremely fat and obese.

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Why Does Science Matter?

Why Does Science Matter?

Rachael Wolters

Beef Ambassador

This summer I put myself through 8 weeks of Organic Chemistry. As an Animal Science major, I am required to take several chemistry, biology, and any other “ology” class you can think of. Sometimes I wonder why it is necessary for someone like me, who wants to study beef cattle to learn about Newman projection of molecules, or the official IUPAC nomenclature for organic compounds. How can knowledge of organic chemistry be of any benefit to me as a cattle producer?

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COOL is top of mind in Denver

COOL is top of mind in Denver

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s summer conference is getting underway in Denver.  Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) will be one of the main topics discussed.

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Study shows Beef Checkoff program yields $11.20 per $1 invested

Study shows Beef Checkoff program yields $11.20 per $1 invested

Laura Mushrush


Consequently with the decline in the national beef numbers, Beef Checkoff budgets have taken a significant hit – but that hasn’t stopped the $1 investment per head of cattle sold program from accelerating in returns.

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