Daily Archives: April 14, 2016

Implants May Decrease Heifer Fertility

Implants May Decrease Heifer Fertility

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

I don’t recommend implanting heifers that you know you want to breed. Others will disagree with that statement. The data is far from consistent and conclusive on the best course. Some of the confusion is due to the multitude of variables involved.

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New blood pregnancy test for heifers

New blood pregnancy test for heifers

The Cattle Business Weekly

BioTracking, Inc. introduces a new tool to the industry, the BioPRYNhfr-25 blood pregnancy test. At 25 days post-breeding, BioPRYNhfr-25 is an early, accurate open detection for heifers.

 “BioPRYNhfr-25 gives dairy and beef farmers, and heifer raisers an opportunity to increase their return on investment (ROI) by identifying open heifers earlier,” says Willy Tate, co-owner of BioTracking Inc.

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Metal Farm Gate Types

Metal Farm Gate Types

J. Keeler Johnson

Hobby Farms

If you live on a farm, you’re probably familiar with a variety of different gates, whether they’re used for your pastures or your orchard or even the entrance to your farm. Among the most popular types of farm gates are metal gates because they’re sturdy and easy to use.

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Know the principles of proper cattle handling

Know the principles of proper cattle handling

Eric Mousel

Farm and Ranch Guide

As we have discussed several times, the design for a handling facility depends a lot on the skills of the people using it. A lot of emphasis has been placed on proper animal handling skills recently; especially in the last decade. I suppose some of the pressure comes from the Anti-Animal Ag movement, some of it comes from the Not-In-My-Backyard anti-agriculture movement, and some of it may come from the All Technology is an Agent of Death movement; also known as the We Oppose Everything movement.

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Ag and Food Coalition; Pass TPP Now

Ag and Food Coalition; Pass TPP Now


Today, 225 food and agricultural companies and associations including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent a letter to members of Congress calling for a swift vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership. NCBA President Tracy Brunner says cattle producers cannot wait any longer to level the playing field.

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Beef Management Workshops Set in Southern Iowa

Beef Management Workshops Set in Southern Iowa

Iowa Beef Center

Beef producers are invited to attend either of two Spring 2016 Beef Management Workshops offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa Beef Center in Warren and Madison counties in late May.

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Angus Convention hits the road

Angus Convention hits the road

Morning AG Clips

Quality-focused cattle producers are invited to save the date for the 2016 Angus Convention Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, Ind. The American Angus Association’s three-day event offers industry-leading education, keynote speakers and entertainment. This year’s convention is the first to be hosted in the nation’s Corn Belt, and there’s much in store for participating cattlemen and women.

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Stress on farmers and their families is growing

Stress on farmers and their families is growing

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

As the ag economy struggles to recover, the financial and mental health stress being felt by farmers and their families is growing. John Lawrence is the associate dean and director for Agriculture and Natural Resources at Iowa State University. He’s part of a task force that meets quarterly to discuss topics such as foreclosures, default rates, mediations and the stresses caused by the slumping farm economy.

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The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) and the Beef Producer

The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) and the Beef Producer

Justin Kieffer, DVM

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

As of January 1st, 2017, all “medically important” antibiotics used in feed will fall into the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive Program. This will mean that to obtain and use these drugs in feed, you will need a written Veterinary Directive (VFD) from your veterinarian, who must be licensed in the state of Ohio.

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How much money have you lost to BVD?

How much money have you lost to BVD?

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Persistent infection of calves with Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVD-PI) costs the beef cattle industry an estimated $1.5 to $2.5 billion every year. That’s way more than most would hazard to guess, and for some logical reasons.

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