Daily Archives: July 16, 2015

One-man corrals reduce labor requirements

One-man corrals reduce labor requirements

Robert Fears

Progressive Cattleman

Working cattle can require several people depending on corral design and its access routes from pastures. Temporary help is often hired for this activity, which is usually scheduled when cowhands are available rather than optimum times to vaccinate, brand, castrate, dehorn and treat for external parasites.

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One Farmer’s Method for Setting Up Temporary Fencing

One Farmer’s Method for Setting Up Temporary Fencing

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Every farmer and rancher has his or her own method for setting up fences and moving cattle. I’ve learned a lot about how to make my life easier by watching someone else do their work, and then adapting it to my own needs.  With that in mind, I thought you’d all enjoy this video from J.C.’s Organic Farming channel.

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Monitor Bulls During Breeding Season

Monitor Bulls During Breeding Season

Carl Dahlgren, Gerald Stokka

North Dakota State University

Watch for breeding activity, injuries and overall condition. The majority of beef herds in this region are in the heart of their breeding seasons, and many of those that aren’t will start their breeding seasons soon.

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Scientist says commercial-scale lab-produced hamburger is ‘realistic’

Scientist says commercial-scale lab-produced hamburger is ‘realistic’

Beef Producer

Lab-produced cultured hamburger will come down in price and make it to market, said researcher Dr. Mark J. Post, during a July 12 presentation at the Institute of Food Technologists’ conference in Chicago.

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For heritage-breed farmers, finding a good butcher can mean a 460-mile round trip

For heritage-breed farmers, finding a good butcher can mean a 460-mile round trip

Nikki Seibert Kelley

Charleston City Paper

Across the nation and here at home, the numbers indicate an increasing demand for local, heritage-breed, pasture-raised, hand-butchered animals. However, the majority of livestock in America is still raised in concentrated animal feeding operations and processed in large mechanized factories focused on providing low-priced products.

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Diagnosing cause of abortions difficult

Diagnosing cause of abortions difficult

Barbara Duckworth 

The Western Producer

Cattle abortions can be frustrating for producers and veterinarians because a diagnosis may be confirmed only half the time. “Getting negative findings from the lab does not equate with diagnostic failure,” said pathologist Cameron Knight of the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine.

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Why would a banker keep track of your vaccines?

Why would a banker keep track of your vaccines?

Burt Rutherford


“Mike Apley’s article in the January 2015 issue of BEEF got my interest up. It was pertaining to the changes in our industry since his great-uncle had used an old folding pocket knife, some 100 years ago. He briefly touched on when penicillin was discovered in 1928 and various forms of early vaccines used for blackleg.

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