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

Drovers

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

FarmTalk

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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