Daily Archives: January 4, 2016

Ranchers turn to Facebook, Twitter to find cattle stranded by blizzard

Ranchers turn to Facebook, Twitter to find cattle stranded by blizzard

Anna-lisa Laca

Bovine Veterinarian

Winter storm Goliath has made its mark on the Southwest, particularly for ranchers and farmers. Producers from New Mexico to Texas and Oklahoma have suffered losses of livestock due to the extreme weather. Snow has piled up in the region, leaving some cattle stranded and others wandering free. New Mexico dairy farmer Andle van der Ploeg says the drifts were so high at his dairy that the heifers just walked out of their pens.

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Sanofi, Boehringer Ingelheim to swap businesses

Sanofi, Boehringer Ingelheim to swap businesses


Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim have entered into negotiations to swap businesses. The proposed transaction would involve an exchange of the Sanofi animal-health business – known as Merial – and the Boehringer Ingelheim consumer-healthcare business. The companies plan to finish the potential transaction in the fourth quarter of 2016, subject to regulatory approvals.

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When and how to check a cow

When and how to check a cow

Heather Smith Thomas

Progressive Cattleman

Most cows and heifers progress normally through the stages of labor – uterine contractions in early labor get the calf aimed toward the birth canal, the cervix dilates, and the calf starts through.

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Final trimester nutrition critical for beef cows

Final trimester nutrition critical for beef cows


A big factor in determining the health of a new born calf and the performance of the cow and calf after birth is the nutrition of the cow and fetus during the last ninety days of gestation. Over seventy five percent of the growth of the fetus occurs during this time.

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Solving Mystery Deaths of Calves

Solving Mystery Deaths of Calves

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Plan ahead for a necropsy, or autopsy, to find out why calves between 1 and 4 months of age are dying.

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Making the most of your mineral program in 2016

Making the most of your mineral program in 2016

Farm and Ranch Guide

“Minerals are a relatively small portion of the diet, but they control many vital functions in cattle,” says Kent Tjardes, Ph.D., cattle consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition. “They impact everything from cattle reproductive and nervous systems, to feed efficiency and overall herd health. That’s why it’s so important to make sure the mineral needs of your cattle are being met year-round.”

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Farm Show 2016: Celebrating 100 shows in style

Farm Show 2016: Celebrating 100 shows in style

Mary Klaus

The Sentinel

he 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show opens it gates Jan. 9 with a new milkshake flavor, old plows and tractors, a mushroom house, an ice cream scoop off, thousands of animals and everything from square dancing to rodeos. The show, hosted in the state Farm Show Complex at Cameron and Maclay streets in Harrisburg, will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 9 through Jan. 15 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 16.

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World’s Largest Meatpacking Company Tests Out Robot Butchers

World’s Largest Meatpacking Company Tests Out Robot Butchers

Luke Runyon


About a quarter of a million people work in slaughterhouses to prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up in America’s dinner tables. Some of those jobs could eventually be replaced by robots. Luke Runyon from member station KUNC reports the world largest meatpacking company is looking at ways to automate the art of butchery.

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A Look Back: Feeding the cows

A Look Back: Feeding the cows


I don’t remember when Dad started raising beef cattle. As long as I can remember, we had Polled Hereford cows in the pasture behind the house on Nutter’s Chapel Road.

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5 beef market lessons learned in 2015

5 beef market lessons learned in 2015

Wyatt Bechtel


This past year won’t be remembered for record-high prices, but 2015 certainly taught beef producers a few lessons.

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