Monthly Archives: January 2015

Manage cow body condition to increase revenue

Manage cow body condition to increase revenue

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Profit is calculated by subtracting revenue from costs. It is a really simple equation, but a lot of management goes into both sides.

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Quick treatment options for preventing, eliminating calf scours

Quick treatment options for preventing, eliminating calf scours

Beef Producer

Calf scours, the diarrhea seen during the first 30 days of a calf’s life, is caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses and parasites. But the exact cause is less important than prompt treatment, says a University of Missouri professor of food-animal medicine.

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Minnesota cattlemen angered by court ruling restoring wolf protection

Minnesota cattlemen angered by court ruling restoring wolf protection

Jonathan Knutson

. . . That’s harder than it once was. When Genoch was growing up on this third-generation family farm along the Red Eye River on the edge of Minnesota lake country, the cattle were free from wolves. Since the late 1990s, however, his cattle have been threatened by the state’s growing wolf population. Genoch has lost a half-dozen animals to wolves, and worries about losing more

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Beef producers pull together to better serve our customers

Beef producers pull together to better serve our customers

Dave Nichols


The Nichols family marked the last chapter of 2014 at our home on Christmas Day. We celebrated as a family and marveled at how the “young uns” had grown and are technologically savvy beyond their years.

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The Scoop on Poop – Recycling Nutrients Through Animal Manures

The Scoop on Poop – Recycling Nutrients Through Animal Manures

Ray Weil

On Pasture

For centuries, the use of farm manure has been synonymous with successful and stable agriculture. In this context, manure supplies organic matter and plant nutrients to the soil and is associated with the production of soil-conserving forage crops used to feed animals.

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Producers share their experiences with cloning

Producers share their experiences with cloning

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Cattleman

If you could keep an exact copy of your most valuable bull or elite cow, would you? Let’s say your top-producing animal died tomorrow: Would you shed a few tears and conjure up a few cuss words, or would you simply redeem the animal’s cell line and produce another?

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Cattlemen facing big issues

Cattlemen facing big issues

Brownfield Network

Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) says when it comes to the big issues facing cattlemen, they are similar, state-by-state.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Dan Thomson

National Public Radio

For more than a year, a once-popular drug that makes cattle put on weight faster has been stuck in a kind of veterinary purgatory. As far as the Food and Drug Administration is concerned, the drug, Zilmax, is legal to use. But large meat packers, which dominate the industry, have ostracized it after the drug was accused of making animals suffer. The drug’s manufacturer, Merck, has been working on a plan to rehabilitate it. But that effort has stalled.

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Mineral Supplementation Can Affect Beef Cattle Performance

Mineral Supplementation Can Affect Beef Cattle Performance

Deke Alkire

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

The value of mineral supplementation is either discounted or overlooked by many beef cattle producers. Mineral supplements make up a small part of the total diet, but can play a big role in the overall performance of beef cattle

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Temple Grandin provides animal handling tips at AFGC annual conference

Temple Grandin provides animal handling tips at AFGC annual conference

Lynn James

Progressive Forage Grower

When most people talk of livestock handling, inevitably Temple Grandin’s name comes up. Her groundbreaking work in animal handling and curved chute and race facilities designs with Colorado State University has become the industry standard.

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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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