Daily Archives: January 23, 2015

BeefTalk: Register Those Bulls!

BeefTalk: Register Those Bulls!

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

When buying registered bulls, always, always insist on transferring the registration number to your operation. Do not make the statement: “Well, the bull only will be used on commercial cows, so I do not need the bull registered.” That is wrong, just wrong.

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Matt Hagan serious about Funny Car drag racing, cattle

Matt Hagan serious about Funny Car drag racing, cattle

Mike Brudenell

Detroit Free Press

He drives at more than 300 m.p.h. at race tracks around the country and raises beef cattle in rural Virginia when he’s not belted into the cockpit.

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Leg conformation is too important to hide on bull photos

Leg conformation is too important to hide on bull photos

Marcy Franks and Temple Grandin

BEEF

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in leg conformation problems in beef cattle. Included in the conformation issues are animals that are post-legged, have weak pasterns, or are pigeon-toed or splayfooted.

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Body condition score at calving is the key to young cow success

Body condition score at calving is the key to young cow success

Glenn Selk

Bovine Veterinarian

Research data sets have shown conclusively that young cows that calve in thin body condition but regain weight and condition going into the breeding season do not rebreed at the same rate as those that calve in good condition and maintain that condition into the breeding season.

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University of Georgia students learn meat processing, public gets quality meat

University of Georgia students learn meat processing, public gets quality meat

Matt Chambers

Drovers

From the posters of meat cuts and a cow femur pencil holder to the rows of butcher knives, Ryan Crowe’s office at the University of Georgia screams meat.

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Justification for a Controlled Breeding and Calving Season

Justification for a Controlled Breeding and Calving Season

Justin Rhinehart

AgWeb

Of all the management practices that are discussed to improve the economic success of cow/calf production, having a defined calving season is the most important.

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A Good Year To Shorten Breeding Season

A Good Year To Shorten Breeding Season

Phil Osborne, Ph.D.

West Virginia University

West Virginia beef producers may have a real opportunity this year to shorten the breeding season. Reducing the calving season to 45 to 50 days for replacement heifers and 60 to 70 days for cows has some real economic advantages.

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