Monthly Archives: September 2015

Preventing Foothill Abortion

Preventing Foothill Abortion

Angus Beef Bulletin

Troy Smith

Veterinarian reveals progress in development and testing of a vaccine to prevent epizootic bovine abortion.

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Food Armor program addresses drug use, residues

Food Armor program addresses drug use, residues

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

With drug use on farm and the related issue of potential drug residues in meat and milk a key concern for consumers, dairy producers and veterinarians in Wisconsin have taken a proactive approach.

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Land Owners Need To Be Evaluating WOTUS Regulations On Their Property

Land Owners Need To Be Evaluating WOTUS Regulations On Their Property

Southern Livestock Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun to implement the Waters of the US rule in at least 37 states. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Environmental Counsel Scott Yager said the WOTUS rule became effective on August 28, 2015.

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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 bits of advice from farm wives:

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 bits of advice from farm wives:

FarmTalk

10. When sorting cattle, be more specific than, “Hold the black one.”

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Open cows: Feed and sell or re-breed?

Open cows: Feed and sell or re-breed?

Beef Producer

Processing of fall weaned calves and pregnancy determination will soon be here, and management of open cows is critical to the financial bottom line of a cow/calf operation, say a group of South Dakota State University specialists.

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An Explanation of Genomic EPDs

An Explanation of Genomic EPDs

John Genho

Cattle Today

In order to understand how genomic tests can enhance Expected progeny Differences (EPDs), it makes sense to first step back and look at what EPDs represent. EPDs are a prediction of an animal’s genetic merit that comes from a statistical analysis. In some ways, we can view this analysis as a black box with certain inputs and outputs.

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New EPDs encourage improvement in maternal traits.

New EPDs encourage improvement in maternal traits.

Hereford World

Bridget Beran

Good cows are the basis of a strong herd, and the Hereford breed is putting a new emphasis on the influence of females. With new EPDs and research centered on female attributes, maternal traits are coming into focus.

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Developing A Performance Improvement Plan

Developing A Performance Improvement Plan

Don Tyler

Feedlot Magazine

Nearly all managers and supervisors dislike terminating employees and prefer to do everything possible to help an employee correct their performance or behaviors. Some are adept at coaching employees through this improvement process, but many struggle to implement the appropriate plan.

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Reducing stress on calves at weaning is important

Reducing stress on calves at weaning is important

Keith Martin

The weaning of calves is one of the most stressful parts of most it’s life. In some situations, not only is the calf removed from it’s dam, the calf is moved to a new location and offered a different ration.

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GeneSeek earns Industry Partner Award from Red Angus

GeneSeek earns Industry Partner Award from Red Angus

BEEF

Red Angus breeders were pioneers in utilizing performance data and EPDs to make long-lasting and positive genetic improvement in their cattle. Now that genomics and DNA testing have exploded on the scene, the Red angus breed is moving forward with even more confidence in its ability to provide the right genetics at the right time.

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BeefTalk: Pondering Growth in the Beef Business

BeefTalk: Pondering Growth in the Beef Business

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

What is the beef industry doing with all the potential to grow meat in the business? So much information is available today that producers need to make themselves stop and ponder what the information means. Continually marching down the path without input plus pondering does not create a thoughtful environment.

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Weaning is an excellent time to check calf body condition score

Weaning is an excellent time to check calf body condition score

Lyssa Seefeldt

Beef Producer

Whenever we think about weaning, we are thinking about the calves. Did they get their vaccinations on time? Did we give the calves enough time to adjust to the dam not being around/accessible? Do we have the right ration at the bunk?

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Sandhills ranch becomes outdoor classroom

Sandhills ranch becomes outdoor classroom

Mary Crawford

North Platte Bulletin

A new partnership demonstrates that conservationists and ranchers are looking at the future with similar hopes.  The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska bought the 840-acre Graves Ranch in Garden County in 1983 because its conservation value was profound. For years, blowout penstemon was thought to be extinct, until 3,000 plants were discovered in the Sandhills – with a third of them on the Graves Ranch.

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Successful Calving Depends on Forward Thinking

Successful Calving Depends on Forward Thinking

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Calving season is the beginning of a long process that gets most operators paid for the work done throughout the year. A high percentage of live calves, especially in this market, should pay dividends to diligent ranchers.

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Beef’s Meaty Profits Slow Effort to Boost Antibiotic-Free Production

Beef’s Meaty Profits Slow Effort to Boost Antibiotic-Free Production

Wall Street Journal

DAVID KESMODEL

Oregon cattleman Gary Bailey says business at his ranch has thrived in recent years thanks to growing consumer hunger for meat produced without antibiotics. But the 36-year-old has struggled in another role: recruiting fellow ranchers to leave the conventional beef market and join his rancher cooperative, Country Natural Beef, a supplier to Whole Foods Market Inc. Many of those conventional ranchers are already earning some of their biggest-ever profits.

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Marketing Manure to Crop Producers

Marketing Manure to Crop Producers

Amy Millmier Schmidt

University of Nebraska

Remember when you couldn’t give manure away? Times have certainly changed. Given the continued trend of high fertilizer prices, manure continues to gain popularity as a fertilizer in cropping systems where it may have been overlooked previously.

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Target Noxious Weeds This Fall

Target Noxious Weeds This Fall

WFSAG.com

If they have not been treated yet, it is now time to spray those perennial weeds we battle every year. Fall is an excellent time to treat Canada thistle, leafy spurge, and other noxious weeds around the farm and home.

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Length of weaning period but not timing of vaccination affects feedlot receiving performance and health

Length of weaning period but not timing of vaccination affects feedlot receiving performance and health

Macek, M.J.; Iliff, J.W.; Schmidt, T.B.; Pacheco, L.A.; Olson, K. C.; Jaeger, John R.; Thomson, Daniel U.

Kansas State University

Weaning and preconditioning programs are thought to be crucial to calf health and performance during the finishing period. The stress of maternal separation, changes in diet, environmental changes, and exposure to unfamiliar pathogens increase susceptibility of recently weaned calves to bovine respiratory disease. Vaccination programs are implemented near weaning to decrease the incidence of respiratory disease.

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To have and to hold and to never be culled

To have and to hold and to never be culled

Laura Mushrush

Drovers

What do workers in production agriculture, fishing and forestry fields all have in common? According to information collected by the U.S. Census, they’re the most likely to choose a spouse within the same professional occupation – a whopping 25 percent, to be exact, with farmers and ranchers trailing along at 20 percent.

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Wagonhound Land and Livestock honored as 2015 Commercial Producer of the Year

Wagonhound Land and Livestock honored as 2015 Commercial Producer of the Year

Redangus.org

Recognizing the importance and value of the commercial cattle producer, Wagonhound Land and Livestock, Douglas, Wyoming, was honored as the 2015 Commercial Producer of the Year at the 2015 Red Angus Association of America National Convention. Craig Bieber, Leola, South Dakota, made the presentation. Ranch owner Art Nicholas and ranch manager Dustin Ewing accepted the award.

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