Daily Archives: November 24, 2015

Baxter Black, DVM:  The National Insect

Baxter Black, DVM:  The National Insect

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection. Warm memories, overstuffed afternoons and family. Yet rising from this cornucopia of good feelings, like a rubber chicken from a shopping cart full of cut-up fryers, is that runner-up for national bird…The Turkey.

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Simple 2-part cow rations for this winter

Simple 2-part cow rations for this winter

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

Depending on your farm set-up, available equipment, and your willingness to purchase diesel fuel, your least-cost ration may look very different than your neighbors. Availability and proximity to co-product feeds, such as corn gluten feed (CGF) and dried distillers grains (DGS) may also shift your diet make-up.

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Mineral Needs Change Throughout the Year

Mineral Needs Change Throughout the Year

Connor Orrock

Angus Journal

Minerals are important building blocks of functional life. They aid in countless body processes. When the body in question is a 1,500-pound (lb.) beef cow whose purpose is to produce income

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Producer preps by adding windbreaks, watching feed

Producer preps by adding windbreaks, watching feed

Bill Tiedje

Iowa Farmer Today

As nights grow colder and the days get shorter, many cow-calf producers are now busy with upkeep of their winter cattle buildings and lots. In Central Iowa, Matt Cibula of Cib’s Gelbvieh prepared his equipment and buildings for winter Nov. 7. Cibula has an extra reason to take care. The registered purebred Gelbvieh and Balancer herd starts calving in January to give the bulls an early start for their annual production show at the farm each March.

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Keeping Your Vaccines Viable

Keeping Your Vaccines Viable

Tracey Erickson


Vaccines are a vital part of keeping all livestock healthy. Vaccines help in the prevention of disease, which results in less utilization of antibiotics due to fewer sick animals. Vaccines provide protective immunity approximately 21 days following the initial vaccination in the majority of livestock. Some vaccines may require a booster vaccination(s) to ensure immunity for the period designated by the manufacturer.

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Stockmanship: An Essential Component of Sustainability

Stockmanship: An Essential Component of Sustainability

Whit Hibbard

Historically, the term “low-stress livestock handling” was coined circa 1990 by Allan Nation, publisher and editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer to describe the unique livestock handling of Bud Williams. Ever since, the term has been associated clearly with the livestock handling of Bud (even though others have adopted that or similar terms, but are teaching something quite different). So, by definition, the term “low-stress livestock handling” refers to the method of handling livestock as developed by Bud Williams which, in many ways, is profoundly original and supersedes all other methods in subtlety and effectiveness. This series will focus on articulating those methods.

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The trials and troubles of feeding monensin to cattle

The trials and troubles of feeding monensin to cattle

Debbie Furber

Canadian Cattlemen

Now that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has raised the safe rate for monensin to 48 parts per million per kilogram of dry matter from 33 ppm, Dr. Katie Wood wanted to know if the proven benefits to feeding monensin still held true at this higher rate.

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NCBA Anticipates Beef’s Back on the Plate of Dietary Guidelines

NCBA Anticipates Beef’s Back on the Plate of Dietary Guidelines

Oklahoma Farm Report

NCBA Anticipates Beef’s Back on the Plate of Dietary Guidelines The Nation’s Dietary Guidelines for 2015 have been a hot topic for nearly a year. In February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report. The advisory report was not the dietary guidelines or a draft of the policy.

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AHA Developments in National Cattle Evaluation

AHA Developments in National Cattle Evaluation

Dorian Garrick

A Steak in Genomics

In current genomic prediction, we don’t test the actual DNA variants causal or responsible for the variation in the trait. We use DNA variants spread throughout the genome. There are relationships between DNA variants on SNP chips and the actual causal variants. We call this relationship linkage disequilibrium.

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10 ways to cut cattle feeding costs

10 ways to cut cattle feeding costs

Beef Producer

While cow-calf profits have remained near record highs, cattle feeders have suffered losses of historic proportions in some months, says Iowa Beef Center director Dan Loy. Lower grain and feed prices may help keep cattle producers afloat in the months ahead, but that is only part of the picture for feedlots to remain competitive and profitable.

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