Daily Archives: March 10, 2016

I’m putting out High-Mag mineral, but cows are still going down?

I’m putting out High-Mag mineral, but cows are still going down?

Dr. Lawton Stewart

Southeast Cattle Advisor

Grass tetany, also known as grass staggers, magnesium (Mg) tetany, hypomagnesemia, and wheat pasture poisoning, is a nutritional disorder caused by either 1) an inadequate amount of dietary Mg, or, 2) other mineral related factor that is preventing (antagonizing) dietary Mg from being properly absorbed or utilized. Magnesium is considered a macro mineral and is needed in beef cattle diets to insure proper growth, reproduction, and metabolic function.

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Comparing MGA vs. CIDR for Estrus Synchrony in Beef Heifers

Comparing MGA vs. CIDR for Estrus Synchrony in Beef Heifers

Aaron Berger


Progestin – based estrus synchronization protocols that utilize melengestrol acetate (MGA) or controlled internal drug release (CIDR) devices can be effectively used for synchronizing estrus in heifers.

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SDSU offers feedbunk scoring system.

SDSU offers feedbunk scoring system.

Warren Rusche

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

When it comes to nutritional management of growing and finishing cattle, the scientific aspects tend to get the most attention. Hours are spent getting the formulations right and debating the merits of different ingredients and additives.

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Knowing What You Have, to Decide What You Need

Knowing What You Have, to Decide What You Need

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Forage testing allows us to balance feeding programs and proper supplementation (protein, energy, minerals and vitamins), reducing costs and improving the overall nutritional plane for the herd. This further allows for improved performance and profits. It provides a picture of what the current status of forage nutrient density is and can help the producer improve future crop management if present forage is of less-than-hoped-for quality.

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Prices for calves continue to rise steadily

Prices for calves continue to rise steadily

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Cow/calf producers should find a good deal of interest in calves over the coming weeks. Andrew Griffith, Extension ag economist with the University of Tennessee, says prices have steadily increased over the last two weeks, especially for lighter calves. He says the fed cattle market has been fairly stable recently, particularly on the cash side.

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Limiting fly populations on pastured cattle

Limiting fly populations on pastured cattle

Dave Boxler

Progressive Cattleman

As we transition from winter into spring, livestock producers should begin the process of evaluating their pasture fly control options for their specific management system. There are three fly species of major importance that economically impact pastured cattle: the horn fly, face fly and stable fly.

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Farms with direct-to-consumer sales have higher rates of business survival

Farms with direct-to-consumer sales have higher rates of business survival


Direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing -where producers engage with consumers face-to-face at roadside stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, onfarm stores, and community-supported agricultural arrangements (CSAs)-brings benefits for consumers as well as the farm businesses.

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Take a look at trade — past, present, future

Take a look at trade — past, present, future

Agri View

Former U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Clayton V. Yeutter, and Darci Vetter, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief trade negotiator joined in “A Dialogue on the History and Vision for the Future of International Trade for U.S. Agriculture” that spanned almost 70 years. Ronnie D. Green, University of Nebraska vice-president and UNL Senior/IANR Harlan vice chancellor, moderated the discussion.

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Coping with hard times

Coping with hard times

Walt Davis

Beef Producer

The bull market for cattle seems to have ended. This should not surprise anyone; the factors that drive the cattle cycle are hard wired into human nature. When a commodity is in short supply, prices rise and when supply catches up with demand, prices fall. The last few cattle cycles have had some unusual twists but the basic principles held true.

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Adding replacement heifers?

Adding replacement heifers?

Robert Wells

The Cattle Business Weekly

Replacement heifers are a hot topic at most rancher gatherings these days. Where to find quality, dependable and reasonably priced females is always a concern. All too often, producers are still selecting and developing their replacement females the same way dad and granddad did 75 to 100 years ago.

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