Daily Archives: July 8, 2015

Summer Pneumonia in Beef Calves

Summer Pneumonia in Beef Calves

Richard Randle, DVM

University of Nebraska

Generally, mid to late summer is a time when cow calf producers relax a little. Calving is over; cows and calves are on summer pastures and typically it is a relatively uneventful time. But as summer progresses, producers should be on the lookout for summer calf pneumonia.

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A Good Bull Pays His Own Way

A Good Bull Pays His Own Way

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Putting a new face in the bull pen has become a pricey move. Depending on the bull, most commercial cattle operations are looking at spending $3,000 for those muscled-up genetics. But he’s really an investment for the entire operation.

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Just how wet is too wet for hay?

Just how wet is too wet for hay?

Daniel Lima

Beef Today

We had a very wet June this year and baling hay has been a tough thing for most farmers in the state. Moisture levels have a direct effect on hay quality. What I have found to be a consistent number in the literature is 20% moisture maximum.

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When Planning for the Summer Slump, Consider Pearl Millet

When Planning for the Summer Slump, Consider Pearl Millet

Juan Alvez

On Pasture

Getting ready for mid-summer dry weather for your grazing animals? Pearl millet may be a great annual option because of its incredible resiliency! Pearl millet or Millet [Pennisetum americanum (L.) R. Br. is a warm season annual grass that is well-adapted to fertile soils. With proper management millet can easily yield around 10 ton of forage to the acre, right when cool-season forages nearly stop growing due to hydric stress.

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McCloy family keeps rodeo in stock

McCloy family keeps rodeo in stock

Lee Passmore

Amarillo Globe-News

For no more than eight seconds, the competitors at last week’s Will Rogers Range Riders Rodeo will get to ride a horse or bull provided by Allen McCloy.

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This Startup Wants To Fix The Way The World Eats, One Genetically Engineered Cow At A Tim

This Startup Wants To Fix The Way The World Eats, One Genetically Engineered Cow At A Time

NATASHA GEILING

Think Progress

On the surface, James West and Warren Gill might not seem like the most natural pair to team up in an effort to overhaul the way the world eats. West, an associate professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has spent most of his career working with human diseases — particularly lung diseases — and genetic engineering.

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The Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals Threatens Public Health

The Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals Threatens Public Health

Consumers Union

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.

Use of antibiotics on the farm most definitely poses a risk to human health.  Antibiotic use can promote creation of superbugs which can contaminate meat and poultry and cause hard-to-cure disease in people.

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Tri-State Beef Conference to be held Aug. 6 in Abingdon

Tri-State Beef Conference to be held Aug. 6 in Abingdon

Bristol Herald Courier

he Eighth Annual Tri-State Beef Cattle conference will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, Virginia, on Aug. 6. The conference will address topics of interest to both stocker and cow-calf producers.

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Select Sires Inc. Introduces Summer Interns

Select Sires Inc. Introduces Summer Interns

Select Sires Inc. welcomes seven interns into their summer internship program. Kristy Klingenburg, Griffin Nicholls, Emily Henceroth, Darrell Doughty, Karli Lump, Brady Engquist and Ian Van Kirk will be interning at North America’s largest A.I. organization this summer.

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Three Steps to Improve the Quality of Cattle at Finishing

Three Steps to Improve the Quality of Cattle at Finishing

Responsible Beef

U.S. cattle feeders have drastically improved feeding practices during the past decade. These improved practices – which surround the four pillars of Responsible Beef – help cattle feeders produce more beef economically (the business pillar), utilize less feed (the land pillar), with fewer trips through the processing barn (the cattle pillar), while also maintaining quality (the community pillar).

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