Daily Archives: August 21, 2014

Selling vs. Backgrounding 2014 Calves

Selling vs. Backgrounding 2014 Calves

Warren Rusche

So far 2014 has been one for the record books when it comes to the cattle market. Increased cattle values combined with less expensive feed have dramatically changed the outlook for cow/calf profitability compared to the last few years.

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Groups talk of beef checkoff changes

Groups talk of beef checkoff changes

Tri State Livestock News

Chelsea Good, Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs for LMA said LMA has been working with the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group for the three years it has been in existence. She said that the working group, in July, “developed a concept for increasing the assessment rate.”

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Remote Control For Horn Flies

Remote Control For Horn Flies

By Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Hard-to-reach cattle can still have good fly control using these "remote-control" options.

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The Complication of Shrink

The Complication of Shrink

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Cattle have a large digestive tract. Body weight varies, depending on whether the digestive tract is full or empty. This depends on how much the animal has eaten or exercised, or how far it has been hauled. Morning weights, when cattle are relatively empty because they’ve been resting instead of eating, are generally less than mid-day or evening weights when the gut is full.

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Economic challenges persist for cattle producers

Economic challenges persist for cattle producers


Texas cattle producers looking to restock herds may choose to examine all options as financial dynamics have changed due to historic high cattle prices, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists.

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In the Midst of Structural Change- NCBA Grows Their Membership

In the Midst of Structural Change- NCBA Grows Their Membership

Oklahoma Farm Report

The cattle industry has always had its share of challenges- and over the last couple of years, Structural Change and regulatory overload are right at the top of the list.

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Could we eradicate BVD?

Could we eradicate BVD?

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

The bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus, and related viruses in the “pestivirus” classification, cause considerable economic damage through reproductive losses in cow herds and as a contributor to bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in feedyards.

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Silage dry matter adjustments

Silage dry matter adjustments

Matt Laubach

Progressive Forage Grower

It’s that time of year again: time to start thinking about corn silage harvest. Hopefully, you were able to scout your fields during tasseling time to get an idea of the progression toward maturity. Now you might be asking yourself what adjustments should be made to harvest moisture as you plan your timing.

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What Grass-Fed, Pasture Raised and Organic Beef Actually Means

What Grass-Fed, Pasture Raised and Organic Beef Actually Means

Jane Lear


Familiar with the catchphrase "Where’s the beef?" It was first used in a hugely successful 1984 ad campaign for Wendy’s, the fast-food chain, and it tickled the nation’s collective funny bone. Thirty years later, consumers are far more likely to ask "Where’s the beef from?"

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Beef Producers Think Like A Wheat Grower When Leasing Pasture

Beef Producers Think Like A Wheat Grower When Leasing Pasture

Beef Producer

With all the rain in July, things are looking a little more optimistic for wheat and stocker cattle operators than in the past four years in the Southern Plains, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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