Daily Archives: September 4, 2014

Quarantine To Ward off the Spread of Warts

Quarantine To Ward off the Spread of Warts

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Cattle face warts is a treatable, but contagious condition. It underscores why new animals on the farm should be quarantined.

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Tips to Minimize Storage Loss in Large Round Bales

Tips to Minimize Storage Loss in Large Round Bales

Steve Watson

Kansas State University

With the high price of hay in recent years, producers should do everything they can to protect their investment. One thing producers should look at in particular is their method of storing large round bales, said Doo-Hong Min, K-State Research and Extension crops and soils specialist.

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Sorghum silage or corn silage?

Sorghum silage or corn silage?

Bovine Veterinarian

Numerous factors, including water shortages, high feed prices and starch availability/requirements, are luring some dairy producers into planting alternative crops. “Sorghum silage, for example, is gaining attention as an appealing substitute for corn silage as people search for drought-friendly crop solutions,” says Dr. Margaret Winsryg, technical support specialist with Calibrate Technologies, based in Idaho.

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The Beef Industry’s Next Era Will Be Even Better; Prepare For It

The Beef Industry’s Next Era Will Be Even Better; Prepare For It

Troy Marshall

BEEF

This morning I opened an email from a seedstock producer whose materials I always read because I consider him to be unequivocally the best marketer in our business. His message today contained his warnings about the coming return of lower prices and tough times in the beef business.

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From pasture to plate

From pasture to plate

Chris O’Neal

VC Reporter

There isn’t much talk about the role beef production has on our dinner table, though there should be. Interest in sourcing locally grown food is a strong motivator for a growing portion of the population (“foodies” notwithstanding), and so too is the desire for quality beef.

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FDA plans webinar on antiparasitic resistance

FDA plans webinar on antiparasitic resistance

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the AVMA will host a one-hour webinar titled “Resisting Resistance: FDA’s Antiparasitic Resistance Management Strategy,” on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, from 11am to 12pm Eastern Standard time.

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Nutritional aspects of cattle health

Nutritional aspects of cattle health

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Nutrient needs change throughout the year based on stage of production. Nutrient availability changes throughout the year as well, and it takes a well-versed herd manager to develop a cost-effective diet that meets cattle requirements.

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New book offers fresh approach to forage-livestock management

New book offers fresh approach to forage-livestock management

Progressive Forage Grower

Written by five forage experts, Forage-Livestock Quotes and Concepts contains thoughtful insights on life in general housed in quotes from ancient philosophers, baseball players and extension specialists all used to illustrate forage-livestock concepts.

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Balancing Rations: The Economics of Hay Quality

Balancing Rations: The Economics of Hay Quality

Jay Jenkins

University of Nebraska

The reason we put up hay is to feed livestock. When we feed animals we are not just feeding "feed." We are supplying nutrients needed for the animal to grow, renew body components, form products such as milk and wool, and furnish energy for all of the processes involved.

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New Beef Facilities Tour Shows Expansion Options for Young Producers

New Beef Facilities Tour Shows Expansion Options for Young Producers

Sherry Hoyer

Iowa Beef Center

All signs point to Iowa as the most economical place to feed high quality beef cattle, and young cattle enthusiasts are eager to fill the void. Two new harvesting facilities in the state, an abundance of cheap feedstuffs, and record-high fed cattle prices are the formula, and innovative beef cattle facilities are the solution, according to Patrick Wall.

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