Daily Archives: September 24, 2014

Baxter Black, DVM:  Max and Brake Job

Baxter Black, DVM:  Max and Brake Job

Horses and cowboys go together. There are occasions when a cowboy and a horse are spoken of as one.

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When making critical management decisions, ‘knowing is half the battle’

When making critical management decisions, ‘knowing is half the battle’

Allen Bridges

University of Minnesota

Unlike my kids, who have over a dozen TV channels solely dedicated to them, when I was growing up we had a total of 3. Although the selection was limited, my favorite show, G.I. Joe, was on Saturday mornings. I can’t say that G.I. Joe was the most educational of children programming, but one valuable line has stuck with me over the years; “Knowing is half the battle.”

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Frost events will make management decisions more important for silage producers.

Frost events will make management decisions more important for silage producers.

Phil Kaatz

Michigan State University

During the 2014 growing season, the weather has been consistently cooler and wetter in the central and northern portions of Michigan, and frost has occurred in several locations during the latter days of summer. In most years, corn silage harvest starts in late August and early September for most producers.

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Re-Breeding Open Cows for Fall Calves

Re-Breeding Open Cows for Fall Calves

Warren Rusche

Conventional wisdom has held that open cows should be sold after pregnancy detection; either immediately or after a feeding period to add weight and avoid low prices for cull cows that are typically observed in the fall. However, considering current economic conditions in the cattle business should this practice always be followed without question?

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DLNR looking for more cattle hunters

DLNR looking for more cattle hunters

Nancy Cook Lauer

West Hawaii Today

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is renewing its call for hunters to participate in a lottery to help eradicate feral cattle from the Puu Oo area of the Hilo Restricted Watershed, near mile marker 22 of Saddle Road.

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Heifer management sets stage for profit

Heifer management sets stage for profit

Duane Dailey


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, said David Patterson, University of Missouri. As farmers save heifers to breed for increasing their cow herds, careful attention must be paid to pre-breeding care.

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Calf And Feeder Prices Widen Gap With Fed Cattle-Beef

Calf And Feeder Prices Widen Gap With Fed Cattle-Beef

Wes Ishmael


Prices for cash calves and feeder cattle strengthened again this week while fed cattle prices and wholesale beef values kept softening.

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Upper Midwestern Hay Is Low In Forage Digestibility

Upper Midwestern Hay Is Low In Forage Digestibility

Jeff Holmquist

Hay and Forage Grower

Midwestern producers will want to have their hay crops’ fiber digestibility tested; area forage-analysis labs report that it’s below normal, says Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin Extension forage specialist.

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‘Shrink’ and your bottom dollar

‘Shrink’ and your bottom dollar

Traci Eatherton

Western Livestock Journal

n the beef production business, finding something “predictable” is kind of like finding the gold at the end of the rainbow…chances are slim. The weather is unpredictable. The markets are unpredictable. The government is unpredictable. Even the hired help can be unpredictable. The only two “predictables” still seem to be death and taxes, as Benjamin Franklin long ago pointed out.

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A Meat Packer’s Perspective on Cattle Welfare

A Meat Packer’s Perspective on Cattle Welfare

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin

Animal husbandry is an integral component of all animal agriculture systems, and it is an expectation of all. So said Lily Edwards-Callaway during the 4th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare, hosted July 16-18 in Ames, Iowa.

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