Daily Archives: March 10, 2015

Baxter Black, DVM: Cowboy’s Guide to Vegetarians

Baxter Black, DVM: Cowboy’s Guide to Vegetarians

In an effort to foster an understanding between cowboys and vegetarians, it is crucial to debunk certain myths.

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Calf with Pinkeye?

Calf with Pinkeye?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

A calf with a cloudy eye may have pinkeye, but it could be another affliction.

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Grazing Management for Rebuilding the Cow Herd

Grazing Management for Rebuilding the Cow Herd

Kasey Brown

Angus Journal®

The national cow herd is in a rebuilding stage, but how can cattlemen have more cattle on current land resources? Ted McCollum told attendees of the 22nd Cattleman’s College®, part of the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 4, that there are four considerations to keep in mind when broaching the topic of expansion.

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Gerrish Matches Cattle with Range Resources

Gerrish Matches Cattle with Range Resources

Oklahoma Farm Report

Gerrish Matches Cattle with Range Resources Jim Gerrish is a cattle producer from Idaho and he is known nationally for cell grazing and for the idea of running cattle without feeding them much, if any hay.

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Beef analyst’s reports provoke discussion

Beef analyst’s reports provoke discussion

Candace Krebs

La Junta Tribune-Democrat

Since beef economist Don Close left the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in 2012 and moved from Amarillo to St. Louis to work for Rabo AgriFinance, his main job has been to play around with thought-provoking ideas and write detailed reports about the ones that seem most plausible.

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Should Labels Say Meat Was Made In USA? Ranchers, Meatpackers Disagree

Should Labels Say Meat Was Made In USA? Ranchers, Meatpackers Disagree

Grant Gerlock

NPR

The 2002 Farm Bill was the first to require country-of-origin labeling on meat. It took another seven years of rulemaking and legal wrangling for the labels finally to reach supermarket shelves in 2009.

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Cattle summit to be held

Cattle summit to be held

Robert Bourne

Durant Democrat

Cattle producers wanting to increase their awareness about trends and to seek ways to better manage their operations in ever more challenging business conditions should register now to attend the April 10 Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit in McAlester. The theme for this summit is ‘Grass Roots Management’.

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America has reached peak cow: Why it’s time to reconsider the human-bovine partnership

America has reached peak cow: Why it’s time to reconsider the human-bovine partnership

Lindsay Abrams

Salon.com

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.

It all comes together with our desire to keep having cows. We bred cows to be dependent upon us. Aurochs, which they all descended from, were pretty fierce things that carved out important roles for themselves in the ecosystems.

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2015 beef production smaller than expected so far

2015 beef production smaller than expected so far

Stillwater News Press

USDA estimates beef production through the end of February to be down 5.2 percent from the same period last year. Total cattle slaughter is down 7 percent year over year including a 6.4 percent decrease in steer slaughter and a 8.7 percent decrease in heifer slaughter.

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Data analysis provides value for receiving stockers

Data analysis provides value for receiving stockers

Ryan Reuter

Drovers

During the course of conducting grazing research at the Noble Foundation, we routinely receive and "straighten out" stocker cattle. Many of these cattle are sourced from sale barns and would be considered to be at high risk for contracting bovine respiratory disease (BRD, also known as shipping fever).

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