Daily Archives: October 17, 2014

BeefTalk: Age and Weight Are Cow Herd Dynamics

BeefTalk: Age and Weight Are Cow Herd Dynamics

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Most producers seem to refer to cows as “the herd.” In reality, that herd is split into several age groups that often are overlooked. In fact, managers usually look at averages to guide managerial applications.

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Take Preventative Steps to Avoid Fall Health Issues

Take Preventative Steps to Avoid Fall Health Issues

Floron C. Faries, Jr.

Cattle Today

As a cow-calf herd goes into the fall season after a hot, dry summer, the entire herd may be stressed. Excessive heat, short grass and low water tanks stress cattle and make them more susceptible to diseases.

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Rabies Vaccinations Matter

Rabies Vaccinations Matter

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The CDC also advises, "Livestock from which raw (unpasteurized) milk or milk products are produced for direct human consumption should be currently vaccinated against rabies."

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Beef Cow Culling; an Opportunity

Beef Cow Culling; an Opportunity

Lyssa Seefeldt

Beef Today

Is your herd on the natural culling cycle (i.e.  animals dying  of old age)?  Is that old beef cow a “hard keeper” over winter and you just cannot keep weight on her? 

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Forty-Five Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack the Checkoff

Forty-Five Cattlemens’ Associations Tell USDA: Don’t Hijack the Checkoff


Southeast AgNet

Today, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him not to issue an Order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman says the strong turnout of signatories to this letter demonstrate the concern across the country with the Secretary’s stated intention.

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Japanese Purebreed Offers Lessons On Livestock Breeding

Japanese Purebreed Offers Lessons On Livestock Breeding

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

I think perhaps the most interesting thing, and the reason I’m telling you this story, is that these cattle were carefully and meticulously linebred (which is planned inbreeding) to create animals that would consistently produce super-Prime carcasses for the Japanese beef market, a specialty market which puts high monetary value on such things.

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Fall Calving in the Cornbelt: Nutritional Considerations

Fall Calving in the Cornbelt: Nutritional Considerations

Patrick Gunn,  Joe Sellers

Beef Today

When is fall calving? As we talk to producers in Iowa, it seems some consider the fall-calving season to occur from August 15 – October 31, while others assume September 15 to November 1 is the right time frame.

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Selection of Replacement Heifers

Selection of Replacement Heifers

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

As cattle producers wean calves, careful consideration in selecting replacement heifers is vital. Each cattleman will have different priorities depending on herd goals; however, these selection tips will help you incorporate proven selection strategies into your process.

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Proper Animal Handling: Healthy For You, Healthy For Your Cattle

Proper Animal Handling: Healthy For You, Healthy For Your Cattle


Handling livestock is one of the most common activities on a ranch, It’s also one of the most dangerous. That’s shy keeping an eye out for the safety of all involved—you, your employees and your cattle—is important.

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IBEP bull sale Oct. 18 at Springville

IBEP bull sale Oct. 18 at Springville

Ag Answers

Cattle producers looking for bulls that will add pounds, quality and value to their calves will want to attend the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program’s bull sale Oct. 18 at the Springville Feeder Auction.

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