Monthly Archives: September 2015

Zelnate Designed to Help the Immune System of a Beef Calf Fight BRD

Zelnate Designed to Help the Immune System of a Beef Calf Fight BRD

Oklahoma Farm Report

In late summer, Bayer Animal Health officially released a new product that is designed to help a beef calf’s immune system battle a billion dollar problem that the US cattle industry faces- Bovine Respiratory Disease.

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Managing Stocker on Poor Forage

Managing Stocker on Poor Forage

Terri Queck-matzie

Feedlot Magazine

Trying to grow stocker cattle on sparse forage is tricky business. Purina Animal Nutrition Cattle Consultant Chance Farmer, Ph.D, says the first element to tackle is producer expectation. “They’re not going to gain an enormous amount,” says Farmer. “It’s just not logical to expect they will.”

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What is the best size cow for your herd?

What is the best size cow for your herd?

University of Missouri

Beef cows come in all shapes and sizes. The question about cow size comes up frequently according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. "In the last few years it is because the cow herd owners all-of-a-sudden realized they had some cows that weighed 1,600 to 2,000 pounds when they sold them. That began a trend toward moderating cow size," said Cole.

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Ex-State Fair manager Patrick Buchen blasts Rauner administration

Ex-State Fair manager Patrick Buchen blasts Rauner administration

Carla Jimenez, Doug Finke

The State Journal Register

Former Illinois State Fair manager Patrick Buchen blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration on Friday, saying that he and former Department of Agriculture Director Philip Nelson were forced to resign because of cronyism and interference. Buchen and Nelson announced their resignations late Thursday afternoon. Rauner’s office issued a statement immediately following the announcement saying the governor appreciated Nelson’s "commitment to agriculture and his service to the people of Illinois."

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Property rights and rancher safety are high stakes for southwest landowners

Property rights and rancher safety are high stakes for southwest landowners

Charlene Finck and Clinton Griffiths

Farm Journal

Arizona ranchers are no stranger to fixing fence, but the imposing metal and concrete fence that stretches 1,651 miles along the U.S. and Mexico border represents a host of problems for ranchers they can’t fix. The towering fence that reaches up to 21’6" tall was built by Homeland Security to secure the border. However, it’s an often-breached barrier that represents the challenges ranchers along the border face each day. The rocky, arid terrain known as the Tucson Sector is one of the most heavily travelled drug corridors in the country.

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Making Money With Easter Egg Cows and Rejects

Making Money With Easter Egg Cows and Rejects

Don Ashford

On Pasture

The cows in our pastures don’t look anything similar to the cows in most pastures in our area. There are many reasons for this but the main one I guess is that we are not willing to pay for the “good kind.” So consequently, our cows are every color that it is possible for a cow to be.

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Bringing Back the Cows With Swath Grazing

Bringing Back the Cows With Swath Grazing

USDA

Swath grazing is a way to revive the once widespread practice of letting cattle graze all winter in the Northern Plains. With swath grazing, farmers pile crop residue into rows, known as “swaths,” that stand as high as 16 inches. Cattle can usually push with ease through up to 2 feet of snow to graze on these crop residues or other high quality forages.

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