Daily Archives: January 27, 2015

Baxter Black, DVM:  “Only Take A Minute”

Baxter Black, DVM:  "Only Take A Minute"

In my travels I have been on lots of family farms where the whole family is involved in the work.

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Carcass Merits Meet the Functional Cow

Carcass Merits Meet the Functional Cow

Loretta Sorensen

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Johnnie Hubach knew he was leaving money on the table. He decided to get focused on Certified Angus Beef (CAB) standards for his entire 500-head herd. It wouldn’t happen overnight, but Hubach was determined it would happen.

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Decline in cattle imports not from COOL

Decline in cattle imports not from COOL

Morning AG Clips

The study concludes that cattle exports to the U.S. are subject to a number of variables that are completely independent of the implementation of COOL. “In light of this reasoning, neither Congress nor USDA should undertake any changes to COOL based on arguments that COOL has limited Canadian and Mexican access to the U.S. market.”

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Replacement Rationales

Replacement Rationales

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

It looks like more heifers will be bred this year. Reduced cow slaughter and declining heifer placement in feedlots suggest that expansion of the U.S. beef cow herd is under way. During his late-2014 speaking engagements, Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) economist Jim Robb repeatedly predicted a very modest rate of expansion.

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How common is the uncommon disease?

How common is the uncommon disease?

Phil Durst

Michigan State University

What if there was a problem so prevalent that it is accepted as normal, so silent that it appeared harmless, and so difficult to control that it seemed hopeless. One could say each of these about Bovine Leukosis, a disease that most producers and their veterinarians don’t talk about, yet one so destructive because it undercuts the foundation of health.

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Antibiotics, bacteria found in feedlot dust

Antibiotics, bacteria found in feedlot dust

Feedstuffs Foodlink

After testing dust in the air near cattle feedlots in the Southern High Plains, researchers at The Institute of Environmental & Human Health at Texas Tech University found evidence of antibiotics, feedlot-derived bacteria and DNA sequences that encode for antibiotic resistance.

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Emergency calf management after dystocia

Emergency calf management after dystocia

Dr. Michelle Arnold


Dystocia can be defined as a difficult or abnormal calving due to a prolonged, unassisted birth or due to a prolonged and/or severe assisted calf delivery. Factors known to cause dystocia include pelvic size of the dam, calf size, calf presentation (for example, backwards or head turned back), and maternal factors including weak labor, insufficient dilation of the cervix and uterine twist or torsion.

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Remembering Longtime Angus Breeder Henry Gardiner

Remembering Longtime Angus Breeder Henry Gardiner


Henry C. Gardiner, 83, of Ashland, Kansas, passed away peacefully Jan. 21, 2015, at Ashland Care Center with his family at his side. Henry C. Gardiner was born Sept. 14, 1931, in Ashland, Kan., to Ralph and Muriel Gardiner. Henry grew up on the family farm and from an early age recognized his passion for raising beef cattle.

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Iowa Beef Center Releases “Cattle Bidder” App

Iowa Beef Center Releases “Cattle Bidder” App

Cattle feeders, order buyers and bankers now have a tool from the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) to help them make cattle buying decisions. Garland Dahlke said the newly released “Cattle Bidder” app can help users determine maximum bids on feeder cattle purchases.

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The ABCs of embryo transfers

The ABCs of embryo transfers

Robert Fears

Progressive Cattleman

Embryo transfer (ET) is the process of removing one or more embryos (fertilized eggs) from the reproductive tract of a donor female and transferring them to one or more recipient female.

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