Monthly Archives: January 2015

BeefTalk: Feed Those Cows the Right Amount of Feed

BeefTalk: Feed Those Cows the Right Amount of Feed


Beef Cattle Nutrient Requirements Beef Cattle Nutrient Requirement

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



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


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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Finally! A Prolapse with Pictures!

Finally! A Prolapse with Pictures!

Carie Telgen

A Day in the Life of a Cow Vet

I know I’ve discussed other emergency calls where I’ve had to attend to a prolapse, but never had any pictures to show you what it really is. When I arrived at this farm, the cow was out in the pasture and I had to have them run back to the barn to get water, so I had some time to actually take a picture! 

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Mud Can Be An Enemy to Cattle’s Health

Mud Can Be An Enemy to Cattle’s Health

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Mud is the enemy of good health. Wet seasons create stress for livestock; a wet hair coat loses its insulating quality and cattle suffer more cold stress in wet weather than in dry cold. Under dry conditions, the hair is fluffy and has tiny air spaces between each hair, holding a layer of warmer air next to the body.

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Winter Management inter Management of the Beef Cow Herd

Winter Management inter Management of the Beef Cow Herd

Vern Anderson, Breanne Ilse, John Dhuyvetter, Charles Stoltenow, Dale Burr, Tim Schroder, Tyler Ingebreton

North Dakota State University

Beef cattle increase body heat production as a response to severe cold exposure by increasing their metabolic rate (heart rate, respiration and blood fl ow). Animals eat more during cold weather to meet maintenance requirements.

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Protecting Your Cowherd from Devastating Diseases

Protecting Your Cowherd from Devastating Diseases

Oklahoma Farm Report

There are several diseases cow-calf producers should concentrate on keeping out of their herd by having a good biosecurity program. Kansas State University Veterinarian Dr. Greg Hanzilcek, serves as the director of Production Animal Field Investigations.

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Networking in the beef industry

Networking in the beef industry

Dr. Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Although cattle producers often find that it is necessary to rely on themselves and to develop a wide variety of skills, successful cattle producers also know that it is important to identify others outside their operation who will provide benefit to their ranch.

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Young Bulls Become a Safe Bet

Young Bulls Become a Safe Bet

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Everyone likes a bargain, but bulls are generally not a good place to pinch pennies. Buy young and you’ll probably pay less because he’s unproven. But do you really know what sort of calves that bull will produce once he’s fully developed?

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KU researchers developing salmonella vaccine for livestock

KU researchers developing salmonella vaccine for livestock

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

The University of Kansas in Lawrence recently established the Kansas Vaccine Institute within the School of Pharmacy. The institute’s two leading faculty members, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry William Picking and Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Wendy Picking plan to develop vaccines to fight overlooked pathogens and boost human and animal health.

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Indiana and Michigan water use reporting- meeting the requirement.

Indiana and Michigan water use reporting- meeting the requirement.

Lyndon Kelley

Michigan State University

Water use reporting and registration are important parts of water resource management in both Indiana and Michigan. Both states signed onto the Great Lakes Compact in which the federal government acknowledged each Great Lakes state’s ability to manage the water resource of the basin, including the ability to deny diversions of water to areas outside the Great Lakes watershed.

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Correct grass management requires adapted genetics

Correct grass management requires adapted genetics

Jim Elizondo

Beef Producer

Visiting ranches in different environments as a consultant has allowed me to evaluate and observe what is needed to manage the grass in a way that enhances succession and improves the environment.

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Global Demand Means Opportunities for Cattle Ranchers, but also Challenges

Global Demand Means Opportunities for Cattle Ranchers, but also Challenges

Steve White

Nebraska TV

The same forces that are driving global demand for beef could also create new challenges for those in agriculture. The world population is growing, but so is the disconnect with the way animals are raised for food.

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The black and white on black-and-white cattle

The black and white on black-and-white cattle

Burt Rutherford


“One fact is axiomatic in the beef and meat industry—it is in a constant state of change.” That sentiment could well have been spoken this morning. In fact, it is likely that somewhere, it was. But that quote was made 35 years ago, by Norval Dvorak with Packerland Packing Company in Green Bay, Wis., in the August, 1979 issue of Meat Processing magazine.

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IGENITY®Announces DNA Profile for Cow/Calf Producers

IGENITY®Announces DNA Profile for Cow/Calf Producers

The Brahman Journal

IGENITY®, a division of Merial, announces the introduction of the most cost-effective DNA product on the market — the IGENITY profile for replacement heifers. It is designed specifically for cow/calf producers committed to the long-term success of their herd.

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Signs of impending calving in cows or heifers

Signs of impending calving in cows or heifers

Glenn Selk


As the spring calving season approaches, the cows will show typical signs that will indicate parturition is imminent.  Changes that are gradually seen are udder development, or making bag and the relaxation and swelling of the vulva. 

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