Daily Archives: October 8, 2014

Veterinary Medicine Ain’t What It Used To Be!

Veterinary Medicine Ain’t What It Used To Be!

Baxter Black


Over the years the number of large animal veterinarians has steadily declined. It is most evident in rural America and Canada. Many factors have contributed to this decline; the greatest is the change in the profession itself.

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A Feeder’s Perspective On Beta Agonists

A Feeder’s Perspective On Beta Agonists

Beef Today

The voluntary removal of Zilmax from the market left several cattle feeders scrambling this past year. For Cactus Feeders it meant a technology that had successfully added profitability to 6 million head of cattle since 2006 was no longer available.

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Common sense and a plan are best for beef breeders.

Common sense and a plan are best for beef breeders.

Barb Baylor Anderson

Angus Journal

“PEDv opens the eyes of everyone in the U.S. livestock industry. It could happen to any of us,” says Chad Hoffman, Hoffman Angus, Colfax, Ill., who also works with Genex Cooperative. “We need to be conscious of disease and take necessary steps to prevent it before it happens.”

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Grazing Alfalfa in the Fall

Grazing Alfalfa in the Fall

Bruce Anderson

University of Nebraska

Some good pasture still may be available this fall – from your alfalfa fields! But make sure you do it safely with your animals. Alfalfa can provide considerable, high quality grazing this fall. Grazing avoids the problem of slow curing of hay that often occurs during the fall and it eliminates the cost of baling.

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Feeds and feeding for the 2014-2015 season

Feeds and feeding for the 2014-2015 season

Alfredo DiCostanzo

Minnesota Farm Guide

Who would have thought in 2012 that we would be trading corn grain for $3.50/bu or less in 2014? Given all we knew then, high corn grain prices were here to stay, and the industry was already making adjustments to live with less corn or other grains in diets of beef cattle.

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Nebraska cattle producers concerned about checkoff proposal

Nebraska cattle producers concerned about checkoff proposal

Nicholas Bergin

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska Cattlemen have voiced concern about an idea floated by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to reform the national beef checkoff program by creating a second checkoff fund.

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Plan Ahead to Help Calves Survive Cold Temps

Plan Ahead to Help Calves Survive Cold Temps

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Pasture-born calves can arrive in unusually cold weather. Planning ahead can help set the stage for their survival, even when temperatures plummet and snow and rain pelt the herd.

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Reopening of China to U.S. beef ‘not imminent’

Reopening of China to U.S. beef ‘not imminent’

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

Over the past two years, China has become the fastest-growing market in the world for imported beef.  But the U.S. continues to be shut out of the Chinese market.

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Banned growth chemical remains a problem in beef in central Mexico

Banned growth chemical remains a problem in beef in central Mexico


McClatchy Newspapers

Fourteen years after Mexico banned cattle ranchers from using a growth enhancer called clenbuterol, statistics from the federal agency responsible for meat quality shows that some Mexican cattlemen just can’t give it up.

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Texas Cattle Industry Hurt By Drought

Texas Cattle Industry Hurt By Drought


Texas has been the long time leader in the cattle industry. With the highest number of head and the most producers. But even though much of the state has received more rainfall this year than the past few total cattle inventory is still down.

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