Daily Archives: December 8, 2015

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Letter from Alf

Baxter Black, DVM:  A Letter from Alf

Dear Carol and Grahame,

I’m writing in behalf of a mutual friend, Alf, who spoke highly of you. You know him as a banker, land baron and intellectual. I knew him in college as a struggling, cynical, stubborn hayseed who was very thrifty. He would go home on the holidays to get his clothes washed.

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Ringworms and Stress

Ringworms and Stress

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Ringworm can be a real bear to deal with in cattle. Fortunately, it rarely causes significant economic losses. In addition, it usually does not infect healthy skin.

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Injection biosecurity: Rethink the routine

Injection biosecurity: Rethink the routine

Mark Thomas

Bovine Veterinarian

Bovine leukosis virus (BLV) is a very common disease, but many people do not believe it is of economic importance for commercial dairies. Some estimates put prevalence at >40% with some herds exceeding 80%.

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Precision feeding the beef herd: Nutrient analysis of feedstuffs

Precision feeding the beef herd: Nutrient analysis of feedstuffs

Frank Wardynski

Michigan State University

Beef cow-calf producers can balance rations to precisely meet the nutrient requirements of cows. However, they need to the nutritive value of rations feedstuffs first.

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Sitz to lead American Angus board

Sitz to lead American Angus board

The Cattle Business Weekly

The American Angus Association® announced new members and officers elected to its Board of Directors during the 132nd Annual Convention of Delegates in Overland Park, Kan.

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Cover crops could boost year-round livestock grazing

Cover crops could boost year-round livestock grazing

Beef Producer

Researchers are looking into how much moisture is used and/or conserved by summer cover crops and how those crops impact production of grasses and legumes consumed by livestock during the winter.

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Cattle buyers still find value, pay more for healthy cattle

Cattle buyers still find value, pay more for healthy cattle

Wes Ishmael


Cattle buyers continue to pay more for calves with added health assurance, but not necessarily the way people often think of such programs.

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Canada to Retaliate Against U.S. Beef Industry in Labeling Spat

Canada to Retaliate Against U.S. Beef Industry in Labeling Spat

Josh Wingrove

Washington Post

Canada is prepared to impose retaliatory tariffs against U.S. beef imports after the World Trade Organization sided with Canada and Mexico in a trade battle over meat-labeling rules. The WTO decision Monday is the latest development in a dispute over U.S. mandates that food contain country-of-origin labels, a measure known by the acronym COOL. The dispute- settlement arm of the Geneva-based trade organization didn’t grant Canada and Mexico the full sum of tariffs the countries had sought, saying export losses to date were less than claimed.

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Iowa Premium marks first-year success in Tama

Iowa Premium marks first-year success in Tama

John Speer

Tama News Herald

"I am so proud of our team and all they have accomplished during these past 12 months. It is no secret that being a startup company has its ups and downs, but I could not be prouder of the work this team has put in to make our first year at Iowa Premium a success," Jeffrey Johnson, chief executive officer of Iowa Premium said upon reaching the one-year milestone this November.

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Today’s cattle business is way more than cowboys

Today’s cattle business is way more than cowboys


BBC World Service

Every Wednesday at noon, in Bastrop, Texas, a lot of young steers are at the Hills Prairie Livestock Auction, getting ready for the feed lot. The scene feels a little bit like a miniature rodeo. Cattlemen sit in the balcony and watch the steers waltz back and forth on the stage. When Clint McDonald isn’t auctioning off the cattle, he’s out in the hall running his hand along a screen projecting the futures market.

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