Daily Archives: August 26, 2014

Baxter Black, DVM:  Sometimes You Ask Yourself, Why?

Baxter Black, DVM:  Sometimes You Ask Yourself, Why?

Jeff needed a workin’ pen for his little herd of cows. He decided all he needed was some panels and a head gate.

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Soon, Your Food May Dine on Insects

Soon, Your Food May Dine on Insects

Lauren Zanolli

Mashable

As the world grows hungrier for animal protein, insects could be the new way to feed livestock. Most farmers go to great lengths to keep insects at bay. For a growing cadre of livestock and fish producers though, bugs have never been so welcome.

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It Is Never Too Early to Plan for Feeding Season

It Is Never Too Early 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. In some locales that’s not a great problem.

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Feedlot Profitability

Feedlot Profitability

Glynn Tonsor

Angus Beef Bulletin

Substantial discussion within the industry and corresponding media coverage has focused on the “sticker shock” some consumers may have at the beef retail counter, as well as profitability of cow-calf producers and corresponding prospects for herd expansion. What has received comparatively less attention “in the middle” of the industry supply chain is recent and upcoming profitability prospects of the feedlot sector.

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Bulls Should Be Masculine And Cows Should Be Feminine

Bulls Should Be Masculine And Cows Should Be Feminine

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

Several years back I went to see the late Larry Leonhart at Shoshone Angus in Wyoming and satisfy my curiosity about his unorthodox breeding program. Leonhart was one of the purebred breeders who sold a lot of high-priced cattle in the 1980s during the upsizing of cattle in this country. Then he dropped out of the mainstream and began linebreeding cattle and refusing to keep EPDs.

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Driving genetic quality

Driving genetic quality

Laura Mushrush

Drovers

Demand is pushing prices as cattle producers work to rebuild the cow herds – making for some heavy investments to be made.

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Beef Genetics Project Connects U.S. Ranchers to Costa Rican Cattlemen

Beef Genetics Project Connects U.S. Ranchers to Costa Rican Cattlemen

Wallace’s Farmer

A group of U.S. ag and beef organizations have set sights on improving and expanding the Costa Rica beef industry while increasing the opportunity for the sales of U.S. beef genetics.

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The right cow for your environment

The right cow for your environment

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

Commercial cow/calf operations in the West can run from very intensive to very extensive with differing management and marketing programs. This means there is no “one fi ts all” ideal cow, but rather scenarios that cattle must fi t into. Managers must consider convenience traits, cow size, milk and growth potential, environment, and feed resources.

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Consider storing distillers’ grain

Consider storing distillers’ grain

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

The price of corn has been on a “roller coaster” ride, but recently the price has continued to trend downward. Usually, as the price of corn decreases, the price of distillers’ grain decreases.

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Bull Buying Basics

Bull Buying Basics

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

. . . In addition to these tests, bulls should be vaccinated against IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV, Leptospirosis 5-way, and Vibriosis and quarantined for four to six weeks. The quarantine gives bulls time to recover from any illness associated with the stress of the sale or shipping, and allows time for completion of diagnostic tests and a breeding soundness evaluation.

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