Daily Archives: August 5, 2014

A System that Puts the Brakes on Calf Scours

A System that Puts the Brakes on Calf Scours

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Calf scours is caused by a long list of viral and bacterial pathogens and parasites. Infected calves are often lost in the first two weeks of life and can quickly spread the infection.

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Four considerations for choosing the best electrolyte

Four considerations for choosing the best electrolyte

Farm and Ranch Guide

Scours has long been a major health issue for most calf raisers. Calves can scour anywhere from day one up until they are weaned at 8 weeks of age, making health challenges resulting from scours the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in calves.

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Early Pregnancy Detection: A Tool for Managing and Marketing in the Cowher

Early Pregnancy Detection: A Tool for Managing and Marketing in the Cowherd

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

Traditionally, cows and replacement heifers are pregnancy tested in the fall of the year and then non-pregnant cows and cull cows are marketed at that time. This is also historically when cull cow prices tend to be seasonally at their lowest.

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UC Davis institute stands watch against agroterrorism

UC Davis institute stands watch against agroterrorism

Chris Macias

Sacramento Bee

California agricultural catastrophe could start with a single handkerchief. In the hands of a clever terrorist, the handkerchief could be contaminated with the foot-and-mouth disease virus, then dropped in a pen of livestock. Cattle, which are curious by nature, would soon start sniffing the handkerchief, potentially creating a ground zero for one of the most feared diseases in farming.

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Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center To Mark 100 Years

Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center To Mark 100 Years

WBIW

Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center, will mark its 100th anniversary with a celebration on August 23 with a celebration of the past and future. The event will kick off at 2 p.m. and includes an evening program at 7 p.m. Those attending need to RSVP by Wednesday by calling the Center at 279-8554 or by emailing farm superintendent Brad Shelton at sheltonb@purdue.edu.

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Beef Today Announces Inaugural Cowboy College Event

Beef Today Announces Inaugural Cowboy College Event

AgriMarketing

Farm Journal Media announced today its first-ever Beef Today Cowboy College, an event designed specifically for feedlot cattle crews – processing teams, cowboy doctors and others involved in the day-to-day care and welfare of the animals.

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No Advantage To Late Cattle Castration; Is Chemical Castration An Option?

No Advantage To Late Cattle Castration; Is Chemical Castration An Option?

Heather Smith Thomas

BEEF

It’s always better for the calf buyer if the calves are steers rather than young bulls. Daryl Meyer, a practicing DVM in North Platte, NE, reminds stockmen they need to remember that the next owner is a customer. “You want the customer to be happy with what you’re selling.”

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Where Will Beef Herd Expansion Happen?

Where Will Beef Herd Expansion Happen?

Chris Hurt

Agriculture.com

It is getting to be a well repeated story. Beef cow numbers are at their lowest level since 1962. Cattle and feeder cattle prices are at record highs and feed prices have dropped. Beef consumers continue to eat beef and are rewarding the beef industry with very profitable returns. So when are beef producers going to expand the breeding herd and in what regions of the country will that occur?

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Register soon for Gerrish Grazing Series Sessions

Register soon for Gerrish Grazing Series Sessions

Sherry Hoyer

Iowa State University

Time is running out to register for one of five Iowa workshops featuring grazing consultant Jim Gerrish. Set for August 18-22, each workshop includes classroom discussions and pasture walks at local farms with Gerrish as the featured speaker, according to through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Joe Sellers.

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Lessons to be learned in managing weeds

Lessons to be learned in managing weeds

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Network

There are lessons to be learned from the southern states’ battle with weed resistance.  Dr. Ford Baldwin, partner of Arkansas based Practical Weed Consultants says farmers in the Corn Belt need to implement a diverse weed management program.

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