Monthly Archives: March 2016

Summer Annuals, the Nutritious Pasture Refresh Button

Summer Annuals, the Nutritious Pasture Refresh Button

Genevieve Slocum

On Pasture

Planting summer annuals is an extra cost for your system, but if managed correctly, the high yields and quality of quick-growing summer annuals and the average daily gains they produce make it well worth it. Their summer growth will of course be far from what you’re used to from perennial stands and will take some adjusting in your grazing program.

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Packers Pay $1 Million a Week for CAB

Packers Pay $1 Million a Week for CAB

The Stock Exchange

Rewards for hitting the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand target have never been greater, even after 11 consecutive years of growing supply. A survey of CAB-licensed packers Cargill, JBS-USA, National and Tyson showed they paid a record $51.8 million in grid premiums in 2015, and more than $550 million over 20 years.

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Start Horn Fly Control Earlier than Later

Start Horn Fly Control Earlier than Later


Start a fly control program early to capture higher rates of gain They will come. Every spring, as surely as tulips and taxes, horn flies are guaranteed to land. The best strategy for control is to start early.

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Tube Feeding Colostrum – an Essential Skill for All Producers

Tube Feeding Colostrum – an Essential Skill for All Producers

Michelle Arnold

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

“Failure of passive transfer” of immunity occurs when a calf does not absorb enough good quality immunoglobulin before closure of the intestine that occurs at approximately 24 hours after birth. This failure leads to increased calf sickness and death. If the calf survives, it will have a slower growth rate and use feed less efficiently. It is estimated that of the calf deaths occurring in the first 3 weeks of life, approximately a third are due to inadequate colostrum intake.

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What to know about calving cows out on corn stalks

What to know about calving cows out on corn stalks

The Cattle Business Weekly

Calving season is getting underway and many producers choose to calve out on cornstalk fields. Residue fields can be a good place to maintain cowherds until cool season grasses are available but often times, calving occurs during February and March to avoid the busy farming responsibilities later in the spring. Lactation begins while the cows are on low quality forage (50% total digestible nutrients or TDN) and supplying 2-2.5 lb of a 20% crude protein supplement will only provide the cow with about 13 lb of TDN per day.

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BIF Announces June Program

BIF Announces June Program

Angus Beef Bulletin

Preparations are being finalized for the 2016 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium themed “Progress on the Prairie.” The annual event will be hosted June 14-17 in Manhattan, Kan., and headquartered at the new Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center.

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Long-term impacts of estrus synchronization and artificial insemination

Long-term impacts of estrus synchronization and artificial insemination

Cliff Lamb


Estrous synchronization (ES) and artificial insemination (AI) are reproductive management tools that have been available to beef producers for over 50 years.  Synchronization of the estrous cycle has the potential to shorten the calving season, increase calf uniformity, and enhance the possibilities for utilizing AI.

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