Daily Archives: January 22, 2016

BeefTalk: Terminal Breed Indexes Available at Your Breed Association Website

BeefTalk: Terminal Breed Indexes Available at Your Breed Association Website

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The objective for beef cows is to produce a calf. About 15 to 20 percent of the calves are destined as replacements, so the remaining 80 to 85 percent of the calves go the feed yard as terminal cattle. Given that fact, breed associations have developed selection indexes that help producers select bulls destined to sire terminal calves.

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What calf producers should maximize

What calf producers should maximize

Derrell S. Peel


Cow-calf production occurs across most of the U.S. in a wide variety of production environments. I had a very enjoyable opportunity to visit several ranches in southern Florida last week and learn more about the challenges of cow-calf production in one of the most unique production environments in the country.

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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Move the Cows?

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Move the Cows?

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

When Jay and Krista Reiser couldn’t find the answers they needed about the possibilities of mob grazing on large landscapes like their 2700 North Dakota ranch, they decided to try it for themselves and share the information with the rest of us.  In addition to figuring out fencing solutions that worked for them, they also had to figure out “When is it time to move the cows?” What they learned over the course of their 2 year North Central SARE funded project is that it depends on your goals, the weather, and what the cows need.

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National Grassland closed after mysterious cattle deaths

National Grassland closed after mysterious cattle deaths

Wyatt Bechtel


The deceased livestock were found by a petroleum worker who was checking an oilfield lease north of Rolla, Kan. on Oct. 24, 2015. A report was filed to a range manager with the Morton County Grazing Association, a local cooperative of 62 members who graze the 108,175 acre grassland.

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7 things to consider with animal agriculture and antibiotics

7 things to consider with animal agriculture and antibiotics

Alison Rice

Bovine Veterinarian

The issue of antibiotic use in animal agriculture raises more than a few big questions, both inside and outside the ag community.

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Producers Need to Ensure Cows are Getting Proper Energy Requirements in Cold Weather

Producers Need to Ensure Cows are Getting Proper Energy Requirements in Cold Weather

Oklahoma Farm Report

With the colder months in full swing, cattle producers will need to be ready for challenges when it comes to managing your beef cow herd. January and February often brings the most volatile extremes in terms of cold weather with extended time periods of excessively cold weather.

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Focus on health of stocker calves

Focus on health of stocker calves

Kay Ledbetter

Southern Livestock

Stocker cattle health has always been a challenge, but the challenge has increased over the years and producers may need to beef up their management plans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “We have some of the best vaccines and technology available to us, but the mortality number has continued to rise” said Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo. “Health is the first management challenge faced by stocker cattle producers.”

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Got hay? Triticale gets new focus from Northern Seed

Got hay? Triticale gets new focus from Northern Seed

Farm and Ranch Guide

It used to be “hay was hay.” No longer. Forage is the foundation of most livestock diets, and breeders are focusing on developing high-quality, high-yielding forages, such as triticale, with good disease packages. Triticale is one of those annual forages that have been grown all over the country for use in haying, grazing and in silage.

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Where Do the Sharps Go?

Where Do the Sharps Go?

Heidi Carroll and Russ Daly


Animals receive shots for various reasons throughout their life, just like people. Sometimes they are used to prevent diseases, in the case of vaccinations; and sometimes they are used to help an animal recover from a bacterial illness, as with antibiotics.

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Cattle Farmers Battle Fluctuating Winter Temperatures

Cattle Farmers Battle Fluctuating Winter Temperatures

David Singer


Every job outdoors gets harder in extreme cold, but few have it tougher than cattle farmers. And it’s not just the cold snaps that grind agricultural operations to a churning slog, but also the brief warm-ups, which are proving difficult for Pennsylvania farmers.

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