Daily Archives: January 26, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM:  Gerald Two Bears and Billy Strike

Baxter Black, DVM:  Gerald Two Bears and Billy Strike

Gerald Two Bears was the foreman of the tribal branding crew.

Lots of Indians who were cowboys came to do what they could do.

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A Practical Understanding of Chelated Trace Minerals

A Practical Understanding of Chelated Trace Minerals

Stephen B. Blezinger, PhD, PAS

Cattle Today

It’s fairly well understood by most producers that minerals have to be supplemented to cattle at all stages of production if they want optimal performance. The different formulations for mineral supplements are as numerous as stars in the sky.

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Tips for Calving Season

Tips for Calving Season

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

Calving season is either here or fast approaching for many Illinois cattlemen. I would just like to share a few tips that I have gathered through some of our winter meetings. Perhaps the most important tip is to have a good relationship with your local veterinarian. Sometimes the difficult decisions during calving season are best made by your veterinarian.

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Cattle handling facilities: Front-side sorting

Cattle handling facilities: Front-side sorting

Eric Mousel

University of Minnesota

I think we have had a really positive discussion over the last several months on cattle handling facilities. I’ve received a tremendous amount of feedback from all over the U.S. concerning this series of articles. I appreciate both the philosophical discussion as well as the practical applications of animal handling and facilities readers have brought to the table.

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The Y Behind Infertility

The Y Behind Infertility

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Ever wonder why that nice replacement heifer didn’t conceive the first or second time around? Maybe her body condition was a little low. Maybe she was delayed in her maturity. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

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Feeding the breeding female in late winter

Feeding the breeding female in late winter

Fara Brummer

Progressive Cattleman

Winter feeding for cattle is the single highest cost in an annual beef producer’s budget, so it is important to try and be cost-efficient during this time. However, it is also the most critical time for spring-calving females, and skimping during this time in feed will not pay out in the long run.

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How to Manage Pastures When Winter Isn’t Wintry

How to Manage Pastures When Winter Isn’t Wintry

Rachel Gilker

On Pasture

Should my pasture management be different when winter, well—isn’t winter? Mild weather in winter does make things interesting and we do need to adjust some of our practices but it also gives use opportunities. First and foremost, our cool-season grass were still growing in late December, although not as rapidly as in April or October.

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Bull breeding soundness evaluation

Bull breeding soundness evaluation

Lew Strickland

University of Tennessee

With the spring breeding season closing in, it is a good time to review bull breeding evaluation. Failure to properly evaluate bulls prior to and during the breeding season can result in huge economic losses, yet it is estimated that only about 10 % of beef bulls in the nation undergo a bull breeding soundness evaluations.

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Understanding decling oil prices in relation to cattle and beef

Understanding decling oil prices in relation to cattle and beef

Kerry Halladay

Southern Livestock

What’s cheaper than a barrel of oil these days? For one, the barrel used to hold it. As of press, a barrel of light crude was $29.72/barrel, having lost roughly 20 percent of its value in a month. What’s worse is it is projected to go lower as supplies are expected to increase.

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Beef trade is changing

Beef trade is changing

Beef Producer

U.S. beef producers are seeing beef trade evolve, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory group. Other countries are producing beef under favorable export agreements, the U.S. dollar is gaining in value and domestic markets are making demands producers haven’t experienced before.

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