Daily Archives: September 16, 2014

The $100,000 Accident

The $100,000 Accident

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

Steve Knoll, of Hereford, Texas, had one run-in with BVD several years ago that he figures cost him $100,000. Today the Angus breeder says he’s doing everything possible to protect his cattle against the disease.

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Heifer management helps rebuild cow herds to produce quality beef

Heifer management helps rebuild cow herds to produce quality beef

David J. Patterson

University of Missouri

Rebuilding the U.S. cow herd numbers takes more than keeping female offspring to breed. Managing beef heifers is as important as using improved genetics in developing replacements, says David Patterson, University of Missouri.

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A Question of Handler Personality Type

A Question of Handler Personality Type

Heidi Carroll

iGrow

Have you ever wondered why cattle may work great for one individual and then completely blow up when a different individual works them? Low-stress cattle handling provides performance and health benefits, minimizes carcass losses due to bruising or dark cutters, and minimizes injuries to handlers and cattle. Identifying persons that may have a greater inborn ability to handle cattle in a low-stress manner would be useful in feedlots and on ranches.

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Wanted . . . Tools To Identify Uncommon Beef Cattle Traits

Wanted . . . Tools To Identify Uncommon Beef Cattle Traits

USDA

Breakthroughs in genetic research have made it possible to evaluate and routinely predict growth, calving ease, and other important, easily observable traits within beef cattle breeds. However, producers also want to be able to do the same for traits such as feed efficiency, disease resistance, meat tenderness, and reproduction, which are not easy to see or measure.

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Marketing cull cows this fall

Marketing cull cows this fall

Andrew Griffith

Drovers

The beef cattle herd in many regions of the country is in expansion mode. Cattlemen expand the herd by retaining heifers or by holding older cows for an additional year or two.

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Genomics Key to Long Term Vision of Beef Production

Genomics Key to Long Term Vision of Beef Production

Oklahoma Farm Report

The American Hereford Association has its eyes on producing the right animal for producers today’s beef industry. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm News Director Ron Hays interviewed AHA Chief Operating Officer and Director of Breed Improvement Dr. Jack Ward about the association’s vision for the future.

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Thompson Research Center Field Day to highlight management strategies to improve beef cattle prod

Thompson Research Center Field Day to highlight management strategies to improve beef cattle production

Thompson Research Center

Beef is a big industry in the Show-Me State. According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri ranks second in the nation in beef production with 4.25 million head of cattle on 59,000 operations.

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US Cattlemen’s Association Advocates for Beef Checkoff Review

US Cattlemen’s Association Advocates for Beef Checkoff Review

Beef Producer

The United States Cattlemen’s Association board of directors recently voted to support an overhaul of the Beef Checkoff program, citing concerns about governance and disagreement among groups represented on the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group.

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Feeding weaned calves during a preconditioning program

Feeding weaned calves during a preconditioning program

Stilwater News Press

Spring born calves have already been, or soon will be weaned to meet the 45-day requirement for value-added calf sales. A minimum of a 45-day weaning period is recommended to maximize the benefits of preconditioning.

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Preconditioning adds value to fall calf sales

Preconditioning adds value to fall calf sales

Steve Swigert

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Cow-calf producers with calves to market in the fall of 2014 are going to have some interesting decisions to make. With calf market prices at all-time highs and feed prices lower than the past three years, are the calves going to be sold at weaning or are they going to be kept until a later date to make additional income?

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