Daily Archives: May 7, 2015

Proper storage and handling vaccines can pay big dividends

Proper storage and handling vaccines can pay big dividends

Dale Hildebrant

Farm & Ranch Guide

It doesn’t take long for a livestock producer to get hundreds of dollars invested in a vaccination program, according to Lisa Pederson, beef quality assurance specialist at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. And the proper handling and storage of those vaccines will determine if your vaccination program is successful.

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Norfolk livestock sales on hold at what used to be largest auction market in world

Norfolk livestock sales on hold at what used to be largest auction market in world

Mary Pat Hoag

Omaha World-Herald News

Employees of Nebraska Livestock Sales of Norfolk were told Friday afternoon that sales at the market were being suspended for the entire summer, effective immediately.

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Right Sizing Your Operation

Right Sizing Your Operation

Kimberly Hagen

On Pasture

Just like Goldilocks, you want to find just the right size to make you the most comfortable. Two years ago while attending a conference on grazing, I listened to a farmer describing the journey he had made after rejecting the conventional practices expected for a farming operation.

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Producers Might Want to Consider Creep Feeding

Producers Might Want to Consider Creep Feeding

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Creep feeding, like so many management practices, has been around for a long time. In the current cattle markets, with the value of calves at all-time highs, producing the extra pounds of beef can pay substantial dividends.

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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things to expect from the new kid you hired

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 things to expect from the new kid you hired

FarmTalk

10. Gets run over by a calf while texting in the sorting pen.

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Grass tetany and an early spring

Grass tetany and an early spring

Rachel Endecott

High Plains Journal

We haven’t had much of a winter in most of Montana in 2015. With many signs and symptoms of an early spring, grass tetany is probably a timely topic. Grass tetany is a metabolic disease of cattle associated with grazing lush, green pasture.

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Warmer temperatures mean increased water needs for cattle

Warmer temperatures mean increased water needs for cattle

University of Arkansas

As summer approaches and high mid-day temperatures become the norm, cattle producers should give extra attention to making sure their herds have plenty of water to deal with extreme heat for the next several months.

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Proper injection sites to remember at calf-working time

Proper injection sites to remember at calf-working time

Glenn Selk

Drovers

The month of May is traditionally the time when “spring round-ups” take place.  This is the time that large and small cow/calf operations schedule the “working” of the calves.

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Top Antibiotics used in Humans vs. Livestock

Top Antibiotics used in Humans vs. Livestock

Crystal Cattle

Thanks to restaurants like Chipolte and Panera you probably think about antibiotics way more than you have. These companies love the fear marketing slogan antibiotic-free meat.

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Silage trials show forage type and variety selection key to yield and quality

Silage trials show forage type and variety selection key to yield and quality

Dr. Jourdan Bell, Dr. Ted McCollum

Texas A & M

Ongoing Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service sorghum silage trials have revealed forage type and variety are key considerations to optimizing both quantity and quality, according to two specialists.

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