Monthly Archives: January 2015

BeefTalk: Feed Those Cows the Right Amount of Feed

BeefTalk: Feed Those Cows the Right Amount of Feed

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Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

With the temporary letup from the harshness of winter weather, cow-calf producers are breathing a sigh of relief. The arctic cold is held at bay and the world seems to go a little better.

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Hernia Repair May be the Answer

Hernia Repair May be the Answer

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Think carefully before opting to lance a swollen area on a cow. If it’s a hernia you could be making a fatal mistake.

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BQA Best Management Practices: Feed additives and medications for the cow-calf produ

BQA Best Management Practices: Feed additives and medications for the cow-calf producer

Kable Thurlow

Michigan State University

A quick review of the BQA guidelines show that they exist to help producers to ensure a high quality end product that meets or exceeds expectations every time. The cow-calf producers main product is weaned calves, and culled breeding stock. The calves need to be of the quality that will meet or exceed the requirements of the next segment of the industry, whether that is directly to the feedlot, or the stocker operation.

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USDA Secretary orders update of agency’s animal welfare research strategy

USDA Secretary orders update of agency’s animal welfare research strategy

P.J. HUFFSTUTTER

Reuters

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters.

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Genomics and Economics: A One-Two Punch

Genomics and Economics: A One-Two Punch

Jared Decker

A Steak in Genomics

On January 27th I spoke with Scott Brown during the evening portion of the Southwest Missouri MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference organized by Patrick Davis, Andy McCorkill, and Eldon Cole. I discussed the facts about EPDs working to change a herd and how genomic testing can improve the precision and reliability of EPDs.

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The biggest day of the year: Ins and outs of production-sale planning

The biggest day of the year: Ins and outs of production-sale planning

Laura Mushrush

Drovers

Morning breaks while dust fills the air as a steady line of traffic flows down the normally silent road. Trucks pulling trailers varying distances, from crossing a county line to several state borders, slowly pull through the ranch gate and park. Cattle pens at the back of the barn begin to fill with an assortment of cattlemen and women as they meticulously sort through lots.

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What has two thumbs and wants to turn $2 into $50??? THIS GUY!

What has two thumbs and wants to turn $2 into $50??? THIS GUY!

Dr. Lawton Stewart

Southeast Cattle Advisor

If nothing else, I got you to stop and read this first sentence, or at least look at the figures. Implanting cattle is not a new technology, its been around for years. It has the potential to add 3-5% more pounds to your calf crop, yet fewer and fewer producers are employing the practice.

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