Daily Archives: February 17, 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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Communication Means Listening Too

Communication Means Listening Too

B. Lynn Gordon


Communication is becoming more and more challenging with the influx of social media in our society. Face-to-face discussions with people we work with on our farms and ranches, in our organizations or even our families continue to decline. The use of email surged and now it’s considered old school and communication in the social media world is by texting and many other new aspects keep entering our society every day.

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Test for nitrates in summer annuals

Test for nitrates in summer annuals

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

In most parts of the United States, we enjoyed a pretty nice fall with some moisture. There were opportunities to graze dormant winter range and corn residue.

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Pay Attention to the Management of Yearling Bulls

Pay Attention to the Management of Yearling Bulls

Dr. J. R. Segers, Jason Duggin and Dr. Jennifer Tucker

Cattle TOday

When producers recognize the need for genetic improvement in their herd, a new bull(s) is usually the most obvious solution.

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Silage, baleage offer forage flexibility

Silage, baleage offer forage flexibility

Samantha Stanbery Athey


In wet years like 2015, haymaking becomes a difficult, if not impossible, endeavor. But cows must be fed regardless so many area farmers and ranchers turned to alternate options: silage and baleage.

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Dragging pastures: Are the benefits worth the cost?

Dragging pastures: Are the benefits worth the cost?

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Forage Grower

When it comes to dragging pastures, there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach; it either works for your operational goals or it doesn’t.

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Techniques of low-stress livestock handling

Techniques of low-stress livestock handling

Whit Hibbard


To slow animals down that are going faster than we want we parallel them (rear to front or tail to head) within their pressure zone, which is the area between  the outer edge of their flight zone and the point at which we have no effect. As we pass each animal’s balance point its attention shifts to us, and it will slow down, or even stop, to let us pass on by.

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Forum evaluates feed options

Forum evaluates feed options

Barb Bierman Batie


Producers attending one of three recent beef feedlot roundtables in Nebraska had plenty of feedstuff options to review after hearing research reports from Extension specialists and University of Nebraska-Lincoln staff. Galen Erickson, animal science professor at the university, discussed use of silage in two applications, first for finishing cattle and then as a roughage source for growing and backgrounding cattle.

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Today’s Seedstock Producer Can Sell Bulls With 60% EPD Accuracy- Equal to the Accuracy of the Best AI Sires

Today’s Seedstock Producer Can Sell Bulls With 60% EPD Accuracy- Equal to the Accuracy of the Best AI Sires

Oklahoma Farm Report

Beef Genomics offers EPD information to today’s cattle producer with more accuracy than we have ever seen- so says Ryan Ruppert with the American Angus Association. Ruppert was with Neogen when Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with him last month at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego.

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Showcasing the science in “animal science”

Showcasing the science in “animal science”

Julie Thelen

Michigan State University

If you ask a youth if they learned science through raising an animal, often their response would be no. Science is sometimes hard for youth to describe; however, youth are using science in almost all aspects of raising animals. Anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, chemistry, ethology (study of behavior), virology (study of viruses), bacteriology (study of bacteria), endocrinology (study of hormones) and more science plays a large role in animal production.

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