Monthly Archives: December 2015

Baxter Black, DVM:  A letter from Alf

Baxter Black, DVM:  A letter from Alf

Deming Headlight

Dear Carol, 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.

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Do Cows Need Protein Supplements on Corn Stalks?

Do Cows Need Protein Supplements on Corn Stalks?

Aaron Berger

Beef Today

Two factors influence whether or not there is benefit to feeding cows a protein supplement when grazing cornstalks. Consider the following when determining whether or not the feeding of a protein supplement is needed.

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Winter Livestock Nutrition

Winter Livestock Nutrition

Jeremy Martin, Ph.D.

Feedlot Magazine

Now is a good time to take advantage of the remaining nice fall weather to winterize your operation. From a nutritional standpoint, the following are some points to keep in mind regarding the effects of winter weather on cattle performance.

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Waters of the United States Regulation

Waters of the United States Regulation

NCBA

The Clean Water Act (CWA) WOTUS Definition offers an overly- broad interpretation of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s “significant nexus” test for determining regulatory jurisdiction over wetlands. The proposal expands this test in a way that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jurisdiction over all types of waters.

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Midwest cattle producers brace for winter storm

Midwest cattle producers brace for winter storm

Mark Dorenkamp

Brownfield Network

The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association feeder council chairman says protecting livestock from winter storms begins with preparation. Richard Pesek is a cow/calf producer in southwest Minnesota and tells Brownfield the feed supply needs to be secured.

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Missouri cattle producers will vote on state checkoff fee

Missouri cattle producers will vote on state checkoff fee

KY3

Missouri cattle producers will vote next spring on a $1 state checkoff to raise money to promote Missouri beef. Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce Wednesday approved the petition to conduct a referendum of Missouri cattle producers to establish a $1 per head state beef checkoff assessment. Cattle producers will now vote for or against the establishment of the state checkoff.

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2016 Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show February 10

2016 Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show February 10

Doug Mayo

University of Florida

The 31st annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, February 10th, in the Agriculture Conference Center, at the Jackson County Extension Office, located at 2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, Florida.

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Sustainability: Doing More With Less

Sustainability: Doing More With Less

Kindra Gordon

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

When it comes to defining sustainability, it can be an “infuriating word,” said Cameron Bruett, head of corporate affairs and sustainability for JBS USA.  He further explained that sustainability is challenging to define because it is defined differently by different people — and many people use the term as a means to “vilify agriculture.”

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With Winter Weather Coming, Glenn Selk Offers Ideas on Feed Needs of Beef Cows When the Storm Arrives

With Winter Weather Coming, Glenn Selk Offers Ideas on Feed Needs of Beef Cows When the Storm Arrives

Glen Selk

Oklahoma Farm Report

Thus far, most of Oklahoma has experienced a relatively mild start to winter. Nonetheless, colder weather is likely to occur before spring time and green grass. The major effect of cold on nutrient requirement of cows is increased need for energy. To determine magnitude of cold, lower critical temperature for beef cows must first be estimated.

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Build your herd, not your vet bill

Build your herd, not your vet bill

John Maday

Drovers

If you are one of many producers expanding your cow herd, especially if you import females from other sources, you can benefit by working with your veterinarian to build a strong disease-prevention program — including vaccinations, biosecurity and diagnostic testing.

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Baxter Black, DVM:  It’s The Law

Baxter Black, DVM:  It’s The Law

There is a state law on the books in Colorado that makes it illegal for a sheepherder to abandon his sheep without notice.

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Manage winter costs with least-cost rations

Manage winter costs with least-cost rations

W. Travis Meteer

AgriView

Feed costs represent more than half the total cost in cow-calf production. Most feed costs are involved in feeding cows in winter when most grasses are dormant. Therefore, producers can greatly impact their profitability by managing winter feed costs.

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UC-Davis studying gene editing in cattle

UC-Davis studying gene editing in cattle

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

The University of California, Davis Department of Animal Science recently acquired two Holstein bull calves that are genetically polled as a result of gene-editing techniqes. Researchers at the university plan to raise the calves to maturity and mate them to multiple Holstein cows to measure the effects of the gene-edited trait on their progeny.

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Rabies In Cattle-Yes, It Happens

Rabies In Cattle-Yes, It Happens

SouthernLivestock.com

When rabies is mentioned, it often conjures classic images from movies of an infected animal running rabid. While this viral disease seems far from concern, particularly in domestic animals, recent events suggest it is a bigger problem than traditionally thought.

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Feed bunk management facts improve efficiency

Feed bunk management facts improve efficiency

Beef Producer

In a time of cheap corn prices and volatile cattle markets, focusing on effective management techniques – like feed bunk management – can improve efficiency and help producers make the most of already tight margins. Iowa State University extension program specialist Erika Lundy said that’s why the center has revised the existing fact sheet, Feed Bunk Management.

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BeefTalk: Winter Solstice, Spring Breeding

BeefTalk: Winter Solstice, Spring Breeding

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

I like to ponder, and right now I am pondering about the day with the least amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. This is important because of the profound impact light has on all of us. Light is central to discussions about how and when living things reproduce and grow, for some much more than others.

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From Cattle to Coffee, Farmers Weather Worst of El Niño

From Cattle to Coffee, Farmers Weather Worst of El Niño

LUCY CRAYMER

Wall Street Journal

Two thousand of Troy Setter’s dark-haired cattle have been trekking along centuries-old paths through isolated Australian farmland, chomping on grass and roadside vegetation to fatten up before slaughter.

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Iowa Beef Industry Council Announces Award Winners

Iowa Beef Industry Council Announces Award Winners

CBC Online

The Iowa Beef Industry Council recognized six different individuals at their year end, Beef Quality Assurance Awards during the Iowa Cattle Convention. BQA Feedyard Award recipients, Justin and Amber Reiter of Bernard, own and operate R Land and Cattle LLC with an attention to detail that ensures the highest quality beef produced from healthy cattle.

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How many heifers do you need?

How many heifers do you need?

Carl Dahlen

Farm and Ranch Guide

A lot has been made about low commodity prices and farmers responding by holding onto grain until prices return to more profitable levels. The same can be said for the livestock industry as cattle producers are choosing to hold back replacement heifers on their ranches this year because of dropping beef prices.

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Tips On Keeping Beef Cattle Warm, Healthy In Inclimate Weather

Tips On Keeping Beef Cattle Warm, Healthy In Inclimate Weather

Lawton Constitution

El Nino has provided cattlemen with plenty of soil moisture, wheat pasture, pond water and a good supply of hay for overwintering their livestock. However, rain falling on exposed cattle backs in freezing or near-freezing temperatures drains energy and body warmth rapidly from cattle turned out in pastures and fields without any shelter.

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