Daily Archives: July 21, 2015

Baxter Black, DVM: Pride

Baxter Black, DVM:  Pride

I’m closin’ in on sixty with a vengeance, Mister Jim,

   And I wouldn’t ask no favors if I weren’t out on a limb

But is seems like no one’s hirin’? Cowboyin’s all I know

   And I worked for you a couple times, the last, not long ago.

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Feeding damaged wheat to livestock

Feeding damaged wheat to livestock

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

Wet growing conditions in the Midwest have opened the door for several challenges in the 2015 wheat crop. As a result, farmers are seeing price docks and discounts at the elevator, mainly due to increased disease, low test weight, and sprout-damaged wheat. Depending on the dock and infection level this wheat may be best utilized as livestock feed, said a University of Illinois Extension beef educator.

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Lawsuit regarding additional regulation of large livestock farms dismissed

Lawsuit regarding additional regulation of large livestock farms dismissed

Virginia Farm Bureau

A circuit court judge in Richmond rejected on July 9 a lawsuit aimed at declaring a cow a fertilizer applicator. The suit by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation asserted that Virginia should prohibit large-scale livestock farmers from allowing their animals access to rivers and streams.

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US beef production to fall even further than thought

US beef production to fall even further than thought


US cattle slaughter is falling, thanks to ample pasture and low beef prices, further reducing expectations for what is already set to be the slowest year in beef production since 1993.

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3 tips to help calves thrive during volatile temperature swings

3 tips to help calves thrive during volatile temperature swings

High Plains Journal

Weather is one of the main factors affecting calf health. As summer heats up, young calves can experience stressful highs during the day, and chilly lows in the evenings, exposing them to temperatures on both sides of their thermoneutral zone in one day.

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Mechanics of Soil Compaction in Pastures

Mechanics of Soil Compaction in Pastures

Mark Kopecky

On Pasture

Soil compaction can be a big problem on any kind of farmland, whether it’s cropland or pasture. Soil compaction makes it harder for plant roots to penetrate the soil, reduces water infiltration and air exchange, limits the ability of plants to use some nutrients, and increases the chances of water erosion.

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Tips, tricks save cattle producers time and energy

Tips, tricks save cattle producers time and energy

Deke Alkire

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

I have always enjoyed reading tips and tricks in various publications, and I have picked up many useful time- and labor-saving ideas. However, it is not as common to find tips specifically for cattle producers. A few of my favorites are listed below.

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The case for low-stress weaning

The case for low-stress weaning

Laura Mushrush


“There’s nothing stronger than a mother’s love.” While this age-old adage references the love between a mother and her children, cow-calf producers will find truth to it when it comes time for weaning calves. Expert after expert agree that weaning is one of the most stressful periods during a calf’s life and, depending on management practices, can have a huge impact on a producer’s bottom line.

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Cattle Outlook still Strong, But Changes Coming

Cattle Outlook still Strong, But Changes Coming



Even though cattle prices remain strong, beef producers know that those prices won’t remain high forever. A correction is coming but producers can use this time to prepare for the future.

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Beef cattle study seeks to identify cause, treatment for lameness

Beef cattle study seeks to identify cause, treatment for lameness

Barbara Duckworth

The Western Producer

Researchers checked eight years’ worth of health records from 26 feedlots and visually appraised hundreds of cattle at two large operations for the last two years to identify the types of lameness that were present. It’s hoped recommendations can eventually be made for improved management techniques and treatments.

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