Daily Archives: March 8, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM: Rudy

Baxter Black, DVM:  Rudy

Dere felo caowdogs. Its bin a wile sinc I ben abel to sneek in a collum. B. Black dvm (dip vat maneger, ha, ha) has ben wathing me pretty clos.

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A Pinkeye Prevention Checklist

A Pinkeye Prevention Checklist

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

Roy Burris’ pinkeye-prevention program begins weeks before he ever sees a calf with irritated or cloudy eyes. And a single case of pinkeye in one heifer is all he needs to see to put his isolation plan into place.

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Planning to add value doesn’t mean adding paperwork

Planning to add value doesn’t mean adding paperwork

Miranda Reiman

Farm and Ranch Guide

Adding value to cattle doesn’t have to mean added paperwork and special programs. Sometimes it’s as simple as producing exactly what the market says it wants. Darr Feedlot, near Cozad, Neb., aims for a specific target: a safe, humanely handled, upper two-thirds Choice, yield grade (YG) 2 carcass.

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Correct round bale core and shell density

Correct round bale core and shell density

Curt Hoffman

Progressive Forage

From the moment you start baling to the moment the last bale is unloaded at your storage location, there are numerous benefits to making dense bales.

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Biology vs. psychology – and three schools of cattle handling

Biology vs. psychology – and three schools of cattle handling

Billy Whitehurst

Progressive Cattleman

As groupies form around one idolized stockman or another, I hear some say that anyone who invokes the concept of predator-prey relationships instead of stockman-stock relationship just doesn’t “get it.”

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The Moves You Need to Know For Low-Stress Livestock Handling

The Moves You Need to Know For Low-Stress Livestock Handling

Whit Hibbard

On Pasture

Now that we have made the case for low-stress livestock handling (LSLH) as an essential component of operating sustainable and profitable livestock operations, reviewed its requisite foundational elements (i.e., mindset, attitude, reading, working, and preparing animals), and introduced its 12 principles in prior articles, we can get into techniques.

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Controlling muddy conditions in the feedlot

Controlling muddy conditions in the feedlot

Erin Laborie


Prolonged periods of mud and moisture in the feedlot can significantly hinder cattle performance and profitability. When cattle are standing in four to eight inches of mud, gain can decrease by nearly 15 percent. A feedlot with mud that is belly deep can depress gain by nearly 25 percent. Consequently, the negative impact of mud on feed efficiency can result in up to a 56 percent increase in cost of gain as more days on feed are necessary to reach finish.

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