Daily Archives: April 8, 2015

Is that new bull worth insuring? Most likely

Is that new bull worth insuring? Most likely

Farm and Ranch Guide

Producers may spend hours searching bull sales for that perfect purebred bull for their herd. When they get their high-value bull home, they realize they have just paid several thousand dollars for this new purebred bull, or even into the five or even six digit area in 2015.

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Breeding bull soundness clinics find 14% ‘unsatisfactory’

Breeding bull soundness clinics find 14% ‘unsatisfactory’


The 2015 spring bull breeding soundness clinics found 14.5 percent of the screened bulls to be unsatisfactory as potential breeders to be placed in with cows or heifers this spring. A total of 235 bulls were examined during the clinics.

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Genetic Editing Emerges

Genetic Editing Emerges

Wyatt Bechtel

AG Web

Producers have many genetic tools to advance the productivity and profitability of their cowherds. AI, genomic enhanced EPDs, timed estrus synchronization, embryo transfer and sexed semen are just a few tools producers have to choose from. The newest tool is gene editing.

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Brood Cow Size

Brood Cow Size

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

I think many producers have unknowingly allowed their cows to get too large for their production systems. By focusing on weaning weights in their calves and utilizing the cheap supplements of the recent past, they have selected for more growth in the heifers they retain.

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Biofuel industry creates another alternative protein supplement for cattle

Biofuel industry creates another alternative protein supplement for cattle

Paige Nelson

Angus Journal

One might surely reason that ruminant animals, especially cattle, are the most versatile of all the livestock species. Ruminants can utilize nutrients from sources of the poorest quality to the highest quality.

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Hardware Disease of Cattle

Hardware Disease of Cattle

Bonnard L. Moseley

University of Missouri

Hardware disease is produced by a sharp object that pierces the stomach wall and gains access to the heart. A sharp object, such as a nail or piece of wire, may perforate into the heart sac. The object lies originally in a chamber of the stomach known as the reticulum.

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Fescue fix for “Huge problem” for cattle producers

Fescue fix for “Huge problem” for cattle producers

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

Missouri is one of many states where toxic fescue has taken a bite out of the beef industry. University of Missouri Extension Forage Specialist Craig Roberts says farmers need to replace Kentucky-31, or K-31 tall fescue with non-toxic fescue, “It’s the most serious and devastating forage livestock disorder in the United States.”

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Genetic Factors that Affect Fertility

Genetic Factors that Affect Fertility

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

Jared Decker, assistant professor of beef genetic extension and computational genomics, is part of this research team at MU. “So far we have sequenced more than 150 animals,” Decker says. “Our purpose in sequencing these is to find genes in which there is a DNA variant that breaks the gene. In other words, the gene no longer codes for a functioning protein.

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Cow-calf producers should be cautious of twin births

Cow-calf producers should be cautious of twin births

Oklahoma State University

“When a heifer twin shares the uterus with a bull fetus, they also share the placental membranes connecting the fetuses with the dam,” said Glenn Selk, OSU Cooperative Extension emeritus animal scientist. “A joining of the placental membranes occurs at about day 40 of pregnancy, and the fluids of the two fetuses are mixed thereafter.”

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Postpartum interval and fertility

Postpartum interval and fertility

Rachel Endecott

High Plains Journal

After calving, cows go through a period of temporary infertility known as postpartum anestrus. Cows will not experience estrous cycles during this time. Another common term associated with this phenomenon is postpartum interval, which is the time from calving to the subsequent conception.

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