Monthly Archives: July 2015

BeefTalk: Grazing Systems Combine MLRAs and Ecological Sites

BeefTalk: Grazing Systems Combine MLRAs and Ecological Sites

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

As grazing systems are discussed, the complexity of the systems actually can hide the simplicity. As an animal breeder, whenever I move into different disciplines, I find myself needing to review information that has changed. Actually, in the beef industry, implementation and refinement of technology is often the point of interest.

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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 memorable events in county fair history

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 memorable events in county fair history


10. County 4-H agent has breakdown; joins carnival; never heard from again.

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Value of Gain Made Simple

Value of Gain Made Simple

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

It is simple to figure out the economics of preconditioning, right? If a 400-pound steer brings $2.91 per pound, but a 450-pound steer sells for $2.81 per pound, all you have to do is multiply that extra 50 pounds times $2.81 for $140.50, right? Wrong. Clemson Extension area livestock specialist Brian Beer says every pound of gain is not worth $2.81.

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Estimating Cattle Age With Dentition

Estimating Cattle Age With Dentition

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Did you know that cattle don’t get all their permanent teeth until they’re 5 years old? The lower front teeth, known as incisors, come in over a period of years, 2 pair at a time, starting with the two center teeth. This means that you can tell the age of your animals by how many of the front incisors they have.

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Survey shows good support for beef checkoff

Survey shows good support for beef checkoff

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

Three out of four cattle and dairy producers—76 percent—continue to support the beef checkoff program. “And 81 percent of the people says the beef checkoff has helped contribute to a positive trend in beef demand,” says California cattleman Jimmy Maxey, chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

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TPP Deal Must Work for Beef Industry

TPP Deal Must Work for Beef Industry

The Cattle Site

The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) has said a comprehensive, trade liberalising deal is “vital” and pledged to help the beef industry to “reap the maximum benefits” of future tariff cuts.

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Designing a Bud Box

Designing a Bud Box

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

It is often said "If you can work cattle together, you can do anything together." We have all had a stressful chuteside experience, but have you investigated ways to better handle your cattle?

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Shrink and its meaning to cattlemen

Shrink and its meaning to cattlemen

Brandon Sears

The Richmond Register

I believe that shrink is a concept that isn’t fully understood by many people in the cattle industry. Simply put, shrink refers to weight loss during transport. However, how it occurs, what it does to cattle and the effect it has at the feedlot isn’t so simple.

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Supplemental Forage Options for Late Summer to Early Autumn Planting

Supplemental Forage Options for Late Summer to Early Autumn Planting

Mark Sulc

The Ohio State University

This has obviously been a difficult year for mechanically harvested forages. Not only has it been nearly impossible to harvest dry forage, but reports are becoming more numerous of damaged forage stands due to the excessive rainfall we’ve experienced.

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Shade Options for Open Lots

Shade Options for Open Lots

Joe Darrington


Heat stress in cattle due to elevated temperature and humidity in the summer months is documented to reduce productivity in dairy cattle. In beef production the losses of production have been slight or imperceptible to most studies.

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K-State veterinary researchers attack antibiotic resistance

K-State veterinary researchers attack antibiotic resistance

Bovine Veterinarian

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are looking at the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and are helping shape public policy on the issue to keep humans and animals healthy.

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Aug. 4 deadline for 10th Feeding Quality Forum

Aug. 4 deadline for 10th Feeding Quality Forum

Feedlot Magazine

As cattle feeders aim to make the most of premiums for quality, align with market expectations and make ready for industry changes in the wind, they can find insight and answers at an annual forum at two locations on the Great Plains.

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Rising temperatures concern for beef producers

Rising temperatures concern for beef producers

Jim Offner

Cedar Valley Business

The dog days of summer apply to cattle, as well as people. Indeed, bovine experts at Iowa State University recently sent out a warning to producers to keep cool heads during the Iowa hot spells.

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Beef industry wrestles with sustainability

Beef industry wrestles with sustainability

Candace Krebs

LaJunta  Tribune Democrat

When asked to define what sustainable beef production looks like, Bob Patterson lifts his cowboy hat and points to his gray hair. Patterson is the third generation on his ranch near Kim, with his family’s fifth generation already becoming engaged in the operation. He’s also the current president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

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Halter Training Cattle Requires Good “Coaching”

Halter Training Cattle Requires Good “Coaching”

Jason Duggin

Cattle Today

There are a large number of sports and projects for youth and adults alike to focus their attention toward. Whichever activities people choose, it is eventually understood that there are some proven methods for success.

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Immunity boosted with proper minerals

Immunity boosted with proper minerals

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

Grazing livestock require many different nutrients to support growth, milk production, and body tissue maintenance. Often minerals are separated into two categories.

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Beef cattle health concerns during and after flooding conditions

Beef cattle health concerns during and after flooding conditions

Dr. Tom R. Troxel


During a major flood, soil particles and trash can be moved for miles. Listed below are some diseases a cattle producer may be concerned with due to exceptional flooding conditions. Because of this unique situation, working with your veterinarian is very important.

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The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen


Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides.  If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture.

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TPP Must Deliver Say Beef Producers

TPP Must Deliver Say Beef Producers

Farm and Ranch Guide

Beef producers from five Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries are calling for a high-quality market access deal on beef to be secured at the TPP ministerial meeting in Hawaii this month.

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Grassley: Canada ‘intellectually dishonest’ over COOL

Grassley: Canada ‘intellectually dishonest’ over COOL

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley isn’t buying Canada’s objection to establishing a voluntary country of origin labeling (COOL) program in the U.S. It seems to me they’re being intellectually dishonest,” Grassley says. “When we do exactly what they’re doing, why wouldn’t that satisfy them?”

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