Daily Archives: March 15, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM: The Flu

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Flu

He had a little fever but he said he’d be okay,

“Too much to do to lay around and stay inside all day.”

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Man Who Falsely Claimed Cattle Losses Gets 1 Year in Prison

Man Who Falsely Claimed Cattle Losses Gets 1 Year in Prison


A rancher has been sentenced in South Dakota to one year in prison after admitting that he falsely claimed losing over a hundred cattle during the autumn blizzard of 2013.

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Rabies – in cattle? Veterinarian discusses how common viral disease can be in cow herd

Rabies – in cattle? Veterinarian discusses how common viral disease can be in cow herd

Connor Orrock

Farm and Ranch Guide

When rabies is mentioned, it often conjures classic images from movies of an infected animal running rabid. While this viral disease seems far from concern, particularly in domestic animals, recent events suggest it is a bigger problem than traditionally thought. The most commonly diagnosed domestic carrier of rabies in the Midwest is cats; however, in Kansas, there has been a recent increase in cattle confirmed with rabies.

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A background for better bulls

A background for better bulls

Mark Parker


When KW Cattle Company transitioned from a 3,000-head stocker operation to an Angus seedstock business, they brought all of those backgrounding lessons with them. “Backgrounding was a great educational experience,” says ranch manager Nathan Wells. “We saw the traits and characteristics commercial beef producers need as well as those they don’t want.” As a result, the Fort Scott, Kansas, ranch has powered its bull genetics, management and development with commercial customers in mind.

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Mapping How Much Daylight You Get With Daylight Savings Time

Mapping How Much Daylight You Get With Daylight Savings Time

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

“Hooray! It’s Daylight Savings Time!” says almost no one on the Monday morning after the switch. Last year, when we hit daylight savings time again, I wrote this little piece on why we have daylight savings time and how the golf and BBQ industries have benefited from its earlier and earlier start in the U.S. This year, when the shock of losing an hour hits us all on Monday morning, we’re all going to be wondering if daylight savings is such a good idea again.

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Beef Cattle Industry Continues to Make Beef Safety a Major Priority With $550 Million Dollar Investment Annually

Beef Cattle Industry Continues to Make Beef Safety a Major Priority With $550 Million Dollar Investment Annually

Oklahoma Farm Report

Earlier in March, the beef cattle industry came together for the 2016 Edition of the Beef Industry Safety Summit in Austin, Texas. One of those involved again in 2016 was Kristina Butts of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Butts is the NCBA’s Executive Director of Legislative and Government Affairs in their Washington office.

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Selecting for udder quality

Selecting for udder quality

Patrick Wall

The Cattle Business Weekly

Few would argue there’s a wide range in udder quality within the U.S. cow herd, and an even wider range of opinions on what a good udder should look like. Regardless of your viewpoint, improvement in the trait needs to occur across the entire beef industry. Improving the trait within your own herd may be easier than it sounds. The American Hereford Association piloted a project to improve udder quality, then developed two new EPDs for udder suspension and teat size.

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Argentina preparing for unthinkable as meat costs soar

Argentina preparing for unthinkable as meat costs soar

Pablo Gonzalez

New Zealand Herald

"This is a shame — an unexpected event that is the result of 12 years of wrong government policies," said Ulises Forte, who has 500 head of cattle at a ranch in La Pampa province and is president of the Institute for the Promotion of Beef Argentina (IPCVA). "Fortunately, these imports won’t be that high."

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How do we attract more people to agricultural careers?

How do we attract more people to agricultural careers?

Amanda Radke


With the advocacy outreach and educational programs going on in conjunction with National Ag Week, there’s another area farmers and ranchers should focus on — the future food industry leaders who will help feed a growing planet.

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Shortage of large animal veterinarians threatens health of Arizona livestock industry

Shortage of large animal veterinarians threatens health of Arizona livestock industry

Amanda Ames

The Arizona Republic

Traditional veterinary medicine for large food animals in rural Arizona has all but vanished, leaving the state’s livestock industry increasingly vulnerable to disease and even death.

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Time for a Bull Check Up

Time for a Bull Check Up

Julie Walker


Cattlemen can increase the breeding capacity of bulls through proper care prior to the breeding season. Because the production of sperm cells require 60 days with several factors having a potential negative impact on breeding ability, it is time to begin evaluating bulls now to ensure they are ready for the breeding season.

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Grass Tetany Risks

Grass Tetany Risks

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Grass tetany is most common in mature cows in early stages of lactation. Heavy milkers are at greater risk since magnesium and calcium requirements of lactating cattle are far greater than those of dry cattle.

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Record keeping for the cow/calf operation

Record keeping for the cow/calf operation

Nicole Kenney Rambo

University of Minnesota Beef Team

Record keeping is an often under-utilized or ignored tool in beef cattle management. Collecting, maintaining and utilizing records requires an investment in time, which is a premium for most cow/calf operators; however, this time investment often makes the difference between generating a profit and simply having money in the bank account at the end of the year. Records should be maintained for three primary areas; 1) production/performance, 2) operations and 3) financial.

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Strategic Grazing Plans – The Steps to Meet Your Goals

Strategic Grazing Plans – The Steps to Meet Your Goals

Hugh Aljoe

A strategic plan is a high-level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty, usually with limited resources. Strategic planning is an entity’s process of defining its direction and making decisions on how to allocate its resources to pursue the strategy over a long period of time. Strategic grazing plans apply strategic planning to grazing management.

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Recommendations for Aging Beef

Recommendations for Aging Beef

Harold B. Hedrick, William C. Stringer

University of Missouri

Aging or "ripening" of beef is simply holding a carcass or wholesale cuts at refrigerated temperatures to allow "natural processes" to improve flavor and tenderness. The muscle of beef, and of other meat animals, undergoes progressive changes after slaughter that affect tenderness of the cooked product. First, muscle goes into rigor, a shortening and stiffening process.

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Changes on the horizon for how cattlemen handle painful procedures

Changes on the horizon for how cattlemen handle painful procedures

Gayle Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

The beef industry has challenges to tackle, as it addresses animal welfare issues in cattle.  Consumers and animal rights groups are becoming more vocal about what they see as painful procedures in cattle treatment. These groups believe the traditional practices of branding, castration and dehorning need improvement.

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K-State Cattlemen’s Day explores beef trends

K-State Cattlemen’s Day explores beef trends

AG Journal

A beef procurement specialist who keynoted the 103rd K-State Cattlemen’s Day in Manhattan confirmed the growing importance of consumer trends that aren’t particularly palatable to producers, but he also shared a few morsels that were likely easier for them to swallow.

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Privatizing public land? Start with grazing fees

Privatizing public land? Start with grazing fees

Andrew Gulliford

The Daily Sentinel

Ammon Bundy’s supporters occupied a federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon. Soon they’ll occupy another federal facility — prison. One of their goals has been to privatize public lands. With 600 million acres of public land and more than 330 million Americans that means we would all get about two acres each. Once privatized, where would ranchers run their livestock?

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Horn fly bites suck profits from your beef herd

Horn fly bites suck profits from your beef herd


“High horn fly populations can cause blood loss and increased cattle stress or annoyance,” says Ted Perry, cattle nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Annoyance can cause cattle to use their energy to combat flies, change their grazing patterns and cause cattle grouping. Ultimately, it can lead to decreases in milk production, causing a reduction in calf weaning weights.”

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Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit to be held

Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit to be held

Robert Bourne

Durant Democrat

Cattle producers wanting to increase their awareness about trends and to seek ways to better manage their operations in ever more challenging business conditions should register now to attend the April 8th Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit in McAlester. The theme for this summit is ‘Perceptions in Agriculture’.

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