Daily Archives: April 6, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM: The Weather

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Weather

There is at least one thing that separates agricultural people from their office-working brothers…the weather.

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Lessons Learned From Selling Bred Heifers

Lessons Learned From Selling Bred Heifers

Gary DiGiuseppe

The Cattleman

It seems like a good time to get into the bred heifer marketing business. Herds have not yet been rebuilt from the liquidation and relocation caused by the Great Drought of 2011 and subsequent years. Cattle prices have receded from the record highs of mid-2015, but they are still historically high. The heavy rains across much of the country’s midsection throughout last year produced ample forage and crops, and those prices have declined.

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Thinking about Stockyards

Thinking about Stockyards

Dr. Roy Burris

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Stockyards (sale barns) have long been a part of our heritage, I suppose, ever since they replaced the old “court days” and livestock were traded or sold when folks came to town when court was in session. A recent survey in the southeast indicated that 65% of cattle are sold in sale barns.

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Producers can take precautions to help prevent fetal losses during calving

Producers can take precautions to help prevent fetal losses during calving

Ryan Crossingham

Farm & Ranch Guide

Calving time, whether spring or fall, is always a busy time for cattle producers. Along with a packed schedule, calving brings with it its share of concerns for producers, none bigger than abortions or fetal losses.

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Bull Buying Can be Made Easier with Seven Suggestions

Bull Buying Can be Made Easier with Seven Suggestions


Many cattlemen dread buying bulls, according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.  "When I speak to a group of cattlemen I often ask how many in the audience like to buy bulls. Invariably, only a few raise their hands," said Cole.

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Toe Abscess (Toe Tip Necrosis) in Feeder Cattle

Toe Abscess (Toe Tip Necrosis) in Feeder Cattle

Dale Miskimins, DVM, Meredith Jones


Toe abscess (toe tip necrosis) is most commonly seen in feedlot cattle and is likely subsequent to excessive abrasive damage to the hoof, especially the toe tip. Feet may become infected when the white line is damaged which opens the claw to bacteria, dirt and manure.

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Brisket Disease Research: It’s Not Just a High-altitude Disease

Brisket Disease Research: It’s Not Just a High-altitude Disease

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

For many years, cattle producers have noticed that some cattle at high elevations suffer pulmonary artery hypertension, which leads to congestive heart failure. What many producers don’t realize, however, is that this condition can also affect cattle at lower elevations, especially feedlot animals near finish weight, and that there may be a genetic component.

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How to Evaluate EPDs Across Different Breeds

How to Evaluate EPDs Across Different Breeds

The Stock Exchange

Imagine buying a bull with a birth weight EPD (expected progeny difference) of 1.0, only to bring him home and find out he was actually a +9.6. What if that mistake was your fault?

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Grass-fed beef grows, in search of standard

Grass-fed beef grows, in search of standard

Greg Trotter

Chicago Tribune

At it stands now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will consider any labeling claim relating to what percentage of a cow’s diet was grass, as long as the company can back it up with documentation. Some say that’s misleading and only animals fed grass from beginning to end should be labeled grass-fed.

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Students learn rangeland management skills at Youth Range Camp

Students learn rangeland management skills at Youth Range Camp

AG Week

The 40th annual South Dakota Youth Range Camp will be held June 8-10, 2016 at the Lamphere Ranch near Sturgis.  "The goals of the range camp are to provide an understanding of rangeland resources and a sense of stewardship in natural resource management," explained David Ollila, SDSU Extension Sheep Field Specialist. Instruction during the camp includes components that have a strong biological basis for habitat management of both beef cattle and prairie grouse.

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