Daily Archives: March 29, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM: Secret Seasoning

Baxter Black, DVM:  Secret Seasoning

Sometimes it is embarrassing when your friends catch that entrepreneurial spirit.

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Updated tools for calculating value of beef replacement females

Updated tools for calculating value of beef replacement females

Lee Schulz

Iowa Farmer Today

Before decisions regarding purchasing or retaining replacement females are made, producers should consider the economic value of replacements entering the herd.

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4 steps to construct a long-lasting H-brace

4 steps to construct a long-lasting H-brace

James Falbo

Progressive Cattleman

You have likely heard a story about a time your friend was tightening the fence wire, and the corner post either came out of the ground or leaned over. This is preventable with a well-constructed corner- or end-post system.

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Take action now to protect against seasonal pests

Take action now to protect against seasonal pests

Beef Producer

Experts at Bayer Animal Health suggest getting in front of seasonal pest problems before they become an issue. Preventive action is key as flies can negatively impact an operation’s bottom line.

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Sheriff: Oklahoma rancher dragged to death by calving cow

Sheriff: Oklahoma rancher dragged to death by calving cow

Fox 25

Authorities in Oklahoma say a rancher attempting to deliver a calf was dragged to death by the cow after he became entangled in a chain. Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton says the 75-year-old man was using a calf-pulling chain to help deliver the calf Tuesday when something spooked the cow, causing it to take off running.

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Heifer development: Rebreeding 1st calf heifers

Heifer development: Rebreeding 1st calf heifers

George Perry, Taylor Grussing

Drovers

According to the USDA-NASS Cattle Inventory Report that was recently released, beef producers across the country are expected to calve 106% more beef heifers than last year. With this in mind, producers will also be breeding more 2-year old females this year.

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The truth about ‘natural’ meat: Fewer antibiotics will mean more dead animals, and more pollution into the atmosphere

The truth about ‘natural’ meat: Fewer antibiotics will mean more dead animals, and more pollution into the atmosphere

NY Daily News

McDonald’s has pledged antibiotic-free chicken by 2018. Subway is already introducing chicken raised without antibiotics. Other joints are following suit and vowing to sell meat with no antimicrobials. Sounds laudable: Make sure what you eat isn’t pumped full of drugs.

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Cattle losses reported in Oklahoma, Kansas wildfires

Cattle losses reported in Oklahoma, Kansas wildfires

Feedstuffs

Reports suggest over 500,000 acres have been burned in Oklahoma and Kansas since March 22. Source: Oklahoma Forestry Service.  Oklahoma Forestry Services officials said Thursday wildfires in both Kansas and Oklahoma have burned an estimated 397,420 acres total across the two states, but recent reports suggest that the number now exceeds 500,000 acres.

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Checkoff program proves divisive among Missouri cattle producers

Checkoff program proves divisive among Missouri cattle producers

Alicia Stice

Columbia Tribune

From the “pink slime” fiasco to warnings about heart disease, Ashland cattle producer Phillip Brooks has seen enough bad beef publicity for a lifetime. Brooks worries negative stories cast the beef industry in a bad light and ultimately curtail consumer demand.

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Help End-of-season Calves Build Immediate Immunity

Help End-of-season Calves Build Immediate Immunity

Kelsi Mayer

Angus Beef Bulletin

Newborn calves are immediately exposed to diseases lurking in the environment, especially toward the end of the calving season. After weeks of heavy use, pastures and other birthing areas accumulate afterbirths, urine and feces — a haven for bacteria and a harsh place in which to begin life.

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