Daily Archives: May 26, 2015

Do antimicrobial growth promoters for beef cattle really improve performance?

Do antimicrobial growth promoters for beef cattle really improve performance?

Reynold Bergen

Canadian Cattleman

Ionophores (Rumensin, Bovatec, Posistac) are not medically important because the ionophores approved for use in cattle are not used in human medicine. Other antimicrobials used in livestock are medically important. Concerns around antimicrobial resistance in both human and veterinary medicine have led to increased scrutiny regarding how medically important antimicrobials are used in livestock production.

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Beef Quality Assurance and reproduction protocols

Beef Quality Assurance and reproduction protocols

Steve Boyles

Drovers

Lauren Mabry at North Carolina State University conducted a study comparing estrous synchronization protocols in beef cattle regarding injection sites on cattle. Beef quality assurance protocols have been very important for improving the quality of beef that producers provide for consumers.

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Copper Poisoning in Cattle

Copper Poisoning in Cattle

The Cattle Site

Acute or chronic copper poisoning is encountered in most parts of the world. Occasionally, cases copper poisoning has been associated with cattle eating pig feed or grazing pastures fertilised with pig manure.

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A red cow and a newborn calf can solve the mind vs. eyesight question

A red cow and a newborn calf can solve the mind vs. eyesight question

Jerry Crownover

Beef Producer

They say the mind is the first thing to go. I have never been able to figure out who they are, but there are days when I think they might be right. My calving season is almost finished, but I’ve got a few stragglers that I have to check each morning before I begin my day’s regular activities.

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High prices and heavier weights bolster beef output

High prices and heavier weights bolster beef output

John Otte

Prairie Farmer

USDA forecasts the 2015 annual average five-area fed steer price in the $157 to $167 range, up from last year’s $154.56 and almost 70% higher than the $98.35 average just five years ago in 2010.

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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ecologically sensitive practices in my yard:

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ecologically sensitive practices in my yard:

FarmTalk

10. Miles and miles of mole trails loosen topsoil.

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Beef cattle like baleage, but it takes proper planning and storage

Beef cattle like baleage, but it takes proper planning and storage

Beef Producer

More beef producers are making baleage as hay is sometimes difficult to dry down in May, according to Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.

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