Daily Archives: March 2, 2015

Prevention is preferred as cold, wet conditions contribute to scours issues

Prevention is preferred as cold, wet conditions contribute to scours issues

Jeff Deyoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Calving season usually involves at least one battle with the mud. Throw cold weather into the dirty conditions, and any veterinarian will label that a perfect recipe for calf scours.

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Shortening the Calving Season

Shortening the Calving Season

Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

The most widely used procedure for converting to a controlled breeding season is to convert slowly, over a three-year period. This usually results in a transition that does not require culling a majority of the cows in one year and is much more economically feasible than transitioning in a single season.

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Starting Newborn Calves Off Right

Starting Newborn Calves Off Right

Rob Eirich

University of Nebraska

Calving season for many producers is near, which means it is time to develop a Herd Health Plan (HHP) to start those newborn calves out on the right track, promoting good health. An appropriate Herd Health Plan/Protocol ensures that all cattle are raised in the best health.

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Tips from the experts on your herd sire investment

Tips from the experts on your herd sire investment

Laura Mushrush


 “Buy a bull to use for five years, and he’s going to have a lasting impact upwards of 15 years on a cow herd."

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Bipartisan Group of Former Agriculture Secretaries Urges Congress to Pass Trade Promotion Authority

Bipartisan Group of Former Agriculture Secretaries Urges Congress to Pass Trade Promotion Authority


A bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Secretaries, representing all past Administrations from those of President Jimmy Carter to President George W. Bush, today issued the following open letter urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority.

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8 Steps For Stress-Free Handling Of Cattle On The Range

8 Steps For Stress-Free Handling Of Cattle On The Range

Temple Grandin


On western ranges under drought conditions, ranchers and range managers are becoming increasingly interested in placing groups of cattle away from riparian areas and inducing them to stay without the use of fences. Bud Williams and other skilled stock people are successful at placing cattle, but it requires a high degree of skill to successfully get cattle to stay where they are placed.

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Mississippi to Host  2015 BIF Symposium

Mississippi to Host  2015 BIF Symposium

The 2015 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Symposium and Convention is schedule for June 9-12, 2015, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Extension Service will host the event at the Beau Rivage Casino and Hotel in Biloxi.

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The Longhorn Steer Competition Just Got Even More Interesting

The Longhorn Steer Competition Just Got Even More Interesting

Phaedra Cook

Houston Press

The Texas Longhorn is an iconic breed perhaps most representative of the state. Their majestic horns can span up to seven feet tip to tip. When in groups, they have a tendency to butt heads and lock those big horns, so what happens when six or seven steers are all put together in one ring?

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Bad Ranchers, Bad Cows

Bad Ranchers, Bad Cows

Vickery Eckhoff

Pitchfork Daily

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Livestock have been severely depleting public rangelands for decades. They do so by trampling vegetation, damaging soil, spreading invasive weeds, polluting water, increasing the likelihood of destructive fires, depriving native wildlife of forage and shelter and even contributing to global warming—all of which has been noted in study after study.

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Using corn stover in backgrounding rations

Using corn stover in backgrounding rations

Katie Nenn, Alfredo DiCostanzo

University of Minnesota

Corn stover is commonly used in beef cattle rations to provide an inexpensive roughage source. Ideally, under most conditions, it would be more appropriate and efficient if cattle grazed crop residue rather than harvesting residue to feed it; all by mechanical means leading to additional costs in fuel, oil and equipment

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