Daily Archives: September 12, 2014

BeefTalk: Have Some Bulls to Cull?

BeefTalk: Have Some Bulls to Cull?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Now is a good time to look at the bull pen, even though it probably is empty. In fact, one would have to wonder why if there is a bull in the pen.

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Think Ahead When Working Cattle In Cold Weather

Think Ahead When Working Cattle In Cold Weather

Heather Smith Thomas


Whether you’re preg-checking, vaccinating or weaning, the inclement weather of late fall and winter can compound the normal challenges of processing cattle.

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Southern Producers Are Utilizing Brangus Genetics

Southern Producers Are Utilizing Brangus Genetics

Kayla Wilkins

Cattle Today

When ranchers in the Southern United States are asked to list ideal characteristics for cattle in their operations, they may share several things in common. This may include increased maternal characteristics, maintaining high carcass merit, ideal growth rate and heat tolerance in their cattle.

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Are Cattle the Next ‘Invasive Species?’

Are Cattle the Next ‘Invasive Species?’

Jenna Iacurci

Nature World News

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

When we think of invasive species, we picture red lionfish hailing from Southeast Asian waters, the emerald ash beetle currently destroying trees in the Midwest, or biting fire ants. But the "invasive species" that is possibly most devastating to ecosystems throughout the world is a little closer to home: cattle grazing.

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Reproductive technology opportunities grow for commercial producers

Reproductive technology opportunities grow for commercial producers

Jack C. Whittier         

Progressive Cattleman

“Times are a-changing.” I’ve been associated with the cattle industry all my life; that’s 59 years this summer. I’ve also been closely associated with the science and application of technologies and management practices for the beef industry throughout my higher-education and professional career, about 30 years now.

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US Animal Agriculture Champions of Production Efficiency

US Animal Agriculture Champions of Production Efficiency

Oklahoma Farm Report

If you are beef cattle producer, if you are a dairy farmer, you are a champion of the environment. In a interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm News Director Ron Hays, Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California Davis said modern production agriculture techniques make the US the best in the world.  

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Transportation shrink in beef cattle

Transportation shrink in beef cattle

K. P. Coffey, W. K. Coblentz, J. B. Humphry, and F. K. Brazle


There are two types of shrink. One is excretory which is the loss of urine and feces. When ambient temperatures are low (below freezing, urine and fecal output can comprise 30-35% of shrink. When temperatures are hot, urine and fecal losses account for about 15-20% of shrink. Much of this loss is replaced when cattle are again allowed to eat and drink.

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Texas Panhandle Continues Strong Feedyard Culture

Texas Panhandle Continues Strong Feedyard Culture

Chris Clayton


There are a few sizeable feedyards along Route 66/Interstate 40, but a traveler might not get a full appreciation of just how much cattle feeding there is in the area. The Texas Panhandle is cattle-feeding country. Roughly 88% of the approximately 2.5 million cattle on feed in Texas at any one time are concentrated in 10 counties within about a 120-mile radius of Amarillo.

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Small-scale meat processors get help

Small-scale meat processors get help

Mother Earth News

One of the biggest barriers to supporting and expanding local, safe and more humane meat production is the lack of sufficient meat-processing plants. Plus, the stringent regulations that govern meat processing can be prohibitive for small-scale operations.

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Fall forage conditions and cattle production

Fall forage conditions and cattle production

Midwest Marketer

The bulk of summer is past and forage conditions are improved for cattle production in many parts of the country. The latest pasture and range conditions indicate that overall range and pasture conditions in the U.S. are 20 percent poor and very poor compared to 31 percent last year and an average of 33.6 percent for this date from 2008 to 2012.

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