Daily Archives: September 10, 2015

Body Condition Scoring of Beef Cattle

Body Condition Scoring of Beef Cattle

Lyssa Seefeldt, Katie Pfeiffer

University of Wisconsin

Body condition scoring (BCS) is the numerical (1-9) scoring system that visually evaluates the amount of condition (subcutaneous fat) an animal is carrying. It is an evaluation of the nutritional status of an animal. Body condition scoring allows you to coordinate feed resources with animals that need supplemental feed or restrict intake in those animals that need less feed.

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Procrastinated Pasture

Procrastinated Pasture

Victor Shelton

On Pasture

I’ve left a small amount of pasture untouched since spring. It originally wasn’t done intentionally, but I found myself needing more animals this year and just didn’t get them. It wasn’t just the price of purchasing more, it really was just a time thing; lack of sufficient time that is.

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Judges named for World Beef Expo

Judges named for World Beef Expo


Judges have been announced for the open show and junior show of the 2015 World Beef Expo. One of the Midwest’s largest cattle shows, World Beef Expo will be held Sept. 25-27 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

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Tips for beef cattle and forage producers

Tips for beef cattle and forage producers

Mark Keaton

Baxter Bulletin

Cow herd performance is an opportunity to use production data to aid in replacement heifer selection or cull cows due to poor performance. A herd performance test involves weighing cows and calves, frame and muscle scoring calves and body condition cows

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Use, Handling and Care of Vaccines

Use, Handling and Care of Vaccines

Barry Whitworth, DVM, Gant Mourer, Elisabeth J. Giedt, D.V.M., M.B.A.

Oklahoma State University

Many livestock producers use vaccines at one time or another in the day-to-day operation of their farms. The goal of vaccinations is to produce a strong immune response with resulting protection against the disease agent. If these products are not properly handled, little or no immunity will result. In addition to being costly, the false sense of security gained by the producer could result in severe losses before the actual cause of the disease is discovered.

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Telling the Stunning Story

Telling the Stunning Story


Meat and Poultry

One advantage of being in the meat industry for a long time is that I know its history. I can remember when stunning and handling in the 1980s and ‘90s was really terrible. In some plants, stunner maintenance was non-existent and cattle were shot multiple times with broken stunners. 

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Proper cow culling important to your business

Proper cow culling important to your business

Glen Selk


Cull cows represent approximately 20 percent of the gross income of any commercial cow operation. Cull beef cows represent 10 percent of the beef that is consumed in the United States. Therefore, ranchers need to make certain that cow culling is done properly and profitably.

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Canadian, U.S. beef move in opposite directions

Canadian, U.S. beef move in opposite directions

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

While the U.S. cow herd continues to show signs of robust growth, it is a different story north of the border. Canada’s report in July indicated the herd was down over 2 percent from a year ago, calvings were down 3.4 percent from a year ago, while heifer numbers fell just under 1 percent.

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Range Beef Cow Symposium to bring educational opportunities to Colorado

Range Beef Cow Symposium to bring educational opportunities to Colorado


Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences is proud to host the 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium, Nov. 17-19 at The Ranch in Loveland, Colo. The biennial symposium, sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service and Animal Science Departments of Colorado State University, South Dakota State University, the University of Nebraska and the University of Wyoming, offers an exclusive program of practical production management information specific to the region’s cattle producers.

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Case dating to 2012 settles fight over genetics of U.S. cattle herds used to produce pricey Kobe beef

Case dating to 2012 settles fight over genetics of U.S. cattle herds used to produce pricey Kobe beef

The Denver Post

A south Texas ranch family was awarded $1.825 million in punitive damages in a dispute over full-bred Japanese Akaushi cattle they sold to billionaire Bill Koch’s Bear Ranch in Paonia.

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