Daily Archives: January 14, 2015

How A New Calf Verification Program Can Equal More Money At Sale Time

How A New Calf Verification Program Can Equal More Money At Sale Time

Jamie Purfeerst

BEEF

Brink has commitments from more than 35 feedlots to buy more than 1 million TDA-certified calves annually for a $50/head premium. The market will decide the ultimate premium, but premiums beyond that mark have been common thus far. The program offers higher prices for calves if there is verification of handling.

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Nice and Easy Pays the Way

Nice and Easy Pays the Way

Clay Coppedge

DTN/Progressive Farmer

All of the stocker cattle arriving at Diamond A Ranch come with baggage. Some have been treated and handled with respect, others not so much. With one look, Jerry Armstrong can usually tell which camp arriving cattle fit into.

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Heifer development involves selection and management.

Heifer development involves selection and management.

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

Developing a set of good replacement heifers is he goal of every breeder who raises his own replacements. With the price of cattle today, it is even more attractive for ranchers to keep and develop their own replacements

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How much is that cow worth? Taking advantage of technologies

How much is that cow worth? Taking advantage of technologies

SUE ROESLER

Farm & Ranch Guide

Except for a very brief downturn the last weekend in December, cattle markets remain high. So now may be the right time for cow/calf producers to look at what a cow is really worth and make new decisions that could improve their own operation.

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Colostrum- The elixir of life

Colostrum- The elixir of life

Dallas Duncan-Meteer, DVM

University of Illinois

Ensuring adequate colostrum intake is one of the single most important factors in producing healthy, profitable cattle. Calves are born essentially without antibodies to organisms that cause disease. Calves must rely on the dam to provide them with colostrum containing immunoglobulins.

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Beef chain relies on cattle producers

Beef chain relies on cattle producers

Miranda Reiman

Ag Week

“We’re a premium provider and we’re priced at a premium. There are always going to be countries that are going to be cheaper than us,” says Liz Wunderlich, of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, yet another person who has made a career out of this business we all love. “We talk about why we’re unique, with beef that’s grain-fed, high-quality.”

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Bull Selection 101

Bull Selection 101

John L. Evans, Ph.D.

Red Angus.org

For many cattle producers, this is a time of year when important decisions are made regarding the cow herd. Many producers begin to receive sale catalogs, view sale publications, and may be receiving calls from previous bull suppliers. It is important for producers to make sound judgments about their herd sires.

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New type of antibiotic could help battle resistance

New type of antibiotic could help battle resistance

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Scientists this week announced the discovery of a new class of antibiotic, developed through a novel approach from naturally occurring microbes, which shows promise for fighting disease without leading to development of resistant pathogens.

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ISU Extension, Select Sires and Agrarian Team Up To Offer Advanced Bull Selection Clinics

ISU Extension, Select Sires and Agrarian Team Up To Offer Advanced Bull Selection Clinics

Iowa Beef Center

The columns of information in semen and bull sale catalogs seem to get larger and more complex every season. Genetics and genomics can certainly add to confusion and overwhelm a producer considering A.I. or a buyer on sale day.

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Sampling strategies to deal with hay quality variability

Sampling strategies to deal with hay quality variability

Bruce Anderson

Progressive Forage Grower

Livestock diets are developed to provide what is believed to be the appropriate balance of nutrients to produce a specific outcome in animal performance. Nutrient content of feedstuffs is matched to the dietary needs of the animal to create each ration.

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