Daily Archives: August 22, 2014

BeefTalk: Vaccinate to Protect Ranch Assets

BeefTalk: Vaccinate to Protect Ranch Assets

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Protecting one’s assets is another term for fall calf vaccinations. One does not need to view very many market reports to understand that the asset value of a calf has gone up. In other words, calves are worth good money.

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It Is Never Too Late To Plan For Feeding Season

It Is Never Too Late To Plan For Feeding Season

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Cattlemen are constantly faced with a list of decisions they have to make. At this point most of them focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months – primarily winter.

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The cure to record prices

The cure to record prices

John Michael Riley


I think all marketing economist have, at some point, been told the saying that nothing cures high prices like high prices.  I attempted a quick search for whom to attribute this line to with no answer (FYI: the search terms “cure”, “high”, “prices”, and “quote” will fill your results with stock market quotes for the Direxion Daily Healthcare Bull 3X Exchange Traded Fund).  Many might argue that live and feeder cattle futures, and more recently cash feds and feeders, have been “cured”. 

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Genetics May Solve Cattle Health Challenges

Genetics May Solve Cattle Health Challenges

KayDee Gilkey


Recent advances in animal genetics have accelerated the use of genomics in the beef cattle. Scientists say developing genetic tools to limit Bovine Respiratory Disease, or BRD could save sectors of beef industry millions of dollars. Washington State Animal Scientist Dr. Holly Neibergs explains

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Plastic Barrel Train Feeder Works Well For Supplements

Plastic Barrel Train Feeder Works Well For Supplements

Jim Elizondo

Beef Producer

The right kind of supplementation can be very profitable, but how to feed it effectively sometimes seems difficult. An example I have written about before is the need for protein supplement during times when cattle are grazing at ultra-high-stock density on dormant forage. Often I like to use flaxseed meal for the protein. 

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Do You Want Progress Or Change In Cattle Breeding?

Do You Want Progress Or Change In Cattle Breeding?

Burke Teichert


Most improvement in performance comes with a cost. Often, that cost is in the reduction of performance in another trait, a reduction in stocking rate, or higher feed costs, each of which can take several years to become obvious. We need to be sure the added revenue is greater than the added cost.

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Overgrazing and Preventative Management Strategies

Overgrazing and Preventative Management Strategies

Gallagher USA

Overgrazing can be damaging, not only to the natural balance of grazing lands, but to producers’ bottom lines, as well. To avoid overgrazing, managing livestock on grazing lands requires graziers to be flexible and understand the complex soil-plant-animal relationship involved.

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How to Manage Pastures Using Rotational or Management Intensive Grazing

How to Manage Pastures Using Rotational or Management Intensive Grazing


Managed Intensive Grazing (MIG) is also commonly known by several names, including Intensive Cell grazing, Rotational Grazing, Mob Grazing, or High-Density Grazing. It is a grazing practice that is quickly gaining popularity in the grass-fed, naturally-raised livestock sector of raising livestock, primarily with cattle, but also with sheep, goats, chickens and even horses.

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Cowboy College

Cowboy College

Cowboy College is an educational program 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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Fall-Calving Season Begins Ahead Of Schedule!

Fall-Calving Season Begins Ahead Of Schedule!


Fall-calving season is here. In fact, the start of the fall calving season often begins before some producers expect it. The target date for the beginning of fall calving very often is September 1. Most printed gestation tables predict that calving will take place 283 days (some 285 days) after artificial insemination or natural breeding.

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