Daily Archives: February 10, 2016

Pick the Right Bull for the Job

Pick the Right Bull for the Job

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Too much of a good thing can send anyone down the wrong trail. In the case of cattle, making sire selections based off of one or two traits can have unforeseen, negative consequences.

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Battling BRD with genomics

Battling BRD with genomics

Wes Ishmael


If there’s an animal health problem that needs solving, it’s shipping fever, or BRDC. That’s because bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC) continues to be the leading cause of cattle sickness and death in feedlots and stocker cattle operations, costing the industry more than $1 billion annually.

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Managing Scours through Pre-Calving Vaccinations

Managing Scours through Pre-Calving Vaccinations

Northern Ag Net

This calving season, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, Taylor Grussing encourages cattle producers to consider pre-calving vaccinations. "Pre-calving vaccination of pregnant cows can aid in controlling calf scours," Grussing said.She explained that attention to these areas is warranted as is critical to both performance of cows and health of newborn calves.

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Mineral Supplementation for Beef Cows

Mineral Supplementation for Beef Cows

Dennis Bauer


Mineral supplementation for beef cows has been a topic of conversation for many years. In most grazing and forage fed cattle, phosphorus is the only major mineral that should be of concern. Most forages are relatively high in calcium and potassium and usually do not need to be supplemented.

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Antibiotic Stewardship in Animal Agriculture

Antibiotic Stewardship in Animal Agriculture

Troy Smith

Angus Media

How do you define “stewardship”? To paraphrase Wikipedia, stewardship is the careful and responsible management of whatever is entrusted to our care. Veterinarian Brian Lubbers said he believes everyone involved with animal agriculture must be careful and responsible in the use of antibiotics. However, Lubbers’ definition of antibiotic stewardship goes further.

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Welcome to the ‘Agrihood’: Homes Built Around Working Farms

Welcome to the ‘Agrihood’: Homes Built Around Working Farms

Dean Fosdick

ABC News

Gated communities with houses clustered around golf courses, swimming pools, party rooms and fitness centers are common in many suburban areas. But homes built adjacent to functioning farms?

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How to See and Select a Fertile Bull

How to See and Select a Fertile Bull

Gerald Fry

Bovine Engineering

The selection you make for bulls for the next generation of calves will be the most important decision you will make concerning your future in the cattle industry. This bull with his genetic potential holds the keys to make a profit and a living in the cattle industry and build a concentrate gene pool that will assure you of continued success. Or you choice if improperly made and settling for second best will not allow you to progress and will leave open cows to be culled unduly.

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Is Cultured Beef The Future Of Burgers?

Is Cultured Beef The Future Of Burgers?

Huffington Post

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Step aside meat packing plants. That’s because a newer innovation called culture beef – also called culture meat – could take the center stage. Not just as a replacement for traditional ground beef products, but also as a way to potentially find a permanent solution for feeding the world’s hungry.

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Vitamin A Helps Cattle Resist Disease

Vitamin A Helps Cattle Resist Disease

Raylene Nickel


Making sure cattle get plenty of vitamin A in their diet is an important way to ward off disease. “Vitamin A is the micronutrient that is essential to the maintenance of skin and mucous membranes,” says Matt Hersom, University of Florida Extension beef cattle specialist.

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Loudon farmer brings beef cattle to New Hampshire Primary

Loudon farmer brings beef cattle to New Hampshire Primary


News Canter’s Don Carrigan met one farmer from Loudon, New Hampshire who brought her two Scottish Highland beef cattle to the primary

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