Daily Archives: August 21, 2015

BeefTalk: Another Great School Year Begins

BeefTalk: Another Great School Year Begins

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Every fall means the start of the school year, and although continued education throughout life is important, there is always something significant about the primary, secondary and post-secondary education start up times.

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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 issues for the new farm wife

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 issues for the new farm wife


10. Manure stains.

9. Does the Terramycin go in the vegetable, dairy or meat drawer of the refrigerator?

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Calves don’t absorb dirty colostrum

Calves don’t absorb dirty colostrum

Sam Leadley,

Bovine Veterinarian

When we compare these transfer rates it is clear that the absorption rate for high bacteria-count colostrum is barely 43% of that for low bacteria-count colostrum – that is well under one-half the transfer rate due to just one factor – bacteria.

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Former Houston Livestock Show Official, Don Jobes passes

Former Houston Livestock Show Official, Don Jobes passes

Southern Livestock Standard

Don T. Jobes, Jr., age 86, passed away on August 15, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Jobes taught vocational agriculture at Cypress-Fairbanks High School for nine years before joining the Texas Education Agency in Austin, Texas where he supervised agriculture teachers across the state. In 1956, he was named the executive secretary for the state association of FFA. He also served as livestock superintendent for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HSLR) during this time. On January 1, 1967,        Jobes joined the HLSR as assistant general manager where he served for 31 years.

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7 considerations for preparing winter cattle feed rations

7 considerations for preparing winter cattle feed rations

Beef Producer

According to Iowa State University Extension cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn, some producers may only have one more cutting of hay available, and should prepare a winter feed budget now to plan for feed price increases after Jan. 1.

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A Brief History of Black Market Brisket

A Brief History of Black Market Brisket

Sam Hart

Texas Monthly

Last week, what could be the most Texan of crimes took a tragic turn. Randall Lance Hughes, a 48-year-old man suspected of stealing $80 worth of brisket from an H-E-B in Waco, died of a gunshot wound after a standoff with police. Hughes allegedly pulled a knife on police and a store employee as he tried to make his getaway.

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Hormonal implants efficient, effective, economical, safe

Hormonal implants efficient, effective, economical, safe

Roy Lewis, DVM

The Western Producer

Implants have been used in the cattle industry since the 1960s on hundreds of millions of cattle in North America, as well as in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to name a few.

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Genomics gaining ground in beef business

Genomics gaining ground in beef business

Wes Ishmael


Bill Bowman of Method Genetics explains Method Choice utilizes genotypes of the cattle being tested, along with available ancestral pedigree, basic performance weights and measures. The result is EPDs for calving ease direct, calving ease maternal, docility, carcass weight, marbling and ribeye area.

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Why Livestock Die From Eating Poisonous Plants

Why Livestock Die From Eating Poisonous Plants

Beth Burritt

On Pasture

Our research has shown that animals can learn to discriminate between safe and harmful plants. Yet, why do they eat poisonous plants and die? Under most circumstances animals can learn if a plant is safe or harmful because eating any plant results in feedback from the gut to the brain.

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No-till drill calibration

No-till drill calibration

Hay and Forage Grower

These days, no-till drills are no big deal in terms of their frequency of use. As with most equipment, proper maintenance and calibration become critical if the desired outcome is to be obtained. In the case of a forage drill, it’s easy to overseed, underseed, or seed too deep or shallow if the drill is not properly adjusted and calibrated.

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