Daily Archives: February 2, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM:  Neat and Tidy Calving

Baxter Black, DVM:  Neat and Tidy Calving

This is the time of year when cow people don’t get much sleep. If you boiled “raisin’ cattle” down to its bare bones, the whole business revolves around gettin’ a live calf on the ground.

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Cattlemen and pork producers learn an un-COOL lesson

Cattlemen and pork producers learn an un-COOL lesson

Harold Harpster

Beef Producer

On December 18, Congress stepped in to fix a bad situation by repealing the Country of Origin Labelling law with an amendment to the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. And U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced: “Effective immediately, USDA is not enforcing the COOL requirements for muscle cut and ground beef and pork . . ..”

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Handling Facilities Cut the Stress

Handling Facilities Cut the Stress

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

A lot of this is personal preference. I prefer scissor-type headcatches, but others prefer pivoting, self-catching types. I really like chutes that squeeze straight inward rather than in a V shape. I think cattle just seem to do better with a light, equal squeeze.

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6 Ways to Makeover Your Cow Herd for the Future

6 Ways to Makeover Your Cow Herd for the Future

Wyatt Bechtel


Home remodeling shows are all the rage on cable television and they have some resemblance of changes needed in the beef industry. You might not consider your cows as a Fixer Upper, but it could be time to remodel your breeding strategies.

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Get ready for an interesting year in the cattle business

Get ready for an interesting year in the cattle business

Troy Marshall


By all indications, 2016 should be a lot more interesting for cow-calf producers than cattle feeders. And that’s just looking at the cattle market. However, the cattle feeding industry has to be looking forward to 2016 if for no other reason than it has to be better than 2015.

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Focus on feed bunk management for cattle

Focus on feed bunk management for cattle

Indiana Prairie Farmer

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 beef program specialist Erika Lundy says that’s why the Iowa Beef Center at ISU has revised and updated the existing fact sheet, Feed Bunk Management.

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Transportation Shrink in Beef Cattle

Transportation Shrink in Beef Cattle

K. P. Coffey, W. K. Coblentz, J. B. Humphry, and F. K. Brazle


A better understanding of factors affecting shrink should help buyers and sellers of cattle to arrive at a fair pencil shrink under specific marketing conditions.

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