Daily Archives: April 20, 2016

Capture the pounds

Capture the pounds

Blair Fannin

Southern Livestock

In a high or low cattle market environment, capturing the most pounds per calf affects a producer’s bottom line, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Mac Young, AgriLife Extension economist in Corpus Christi, told attendees at the recent Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association convention in Fort Worth that beef producers have obviously enjoyed the record -high prices they’ve received the past couple of years.

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How rotational grazing improves pasture health

How rotational grazing improves pasture health

Chris Carter

Bovine Veterinarian

Being a farmer is more than a day job, it’s a lifestyle. Early to bed and early to rise, few farmers have the luxury of getting away from the farm for much needed rest and relaxation. Just like farmers, pastures also require rest from the stresses of daily farming life.

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Be Prepared for Bloat this Spring

Be Prepared for Bloat this Spring

Beef Producer

Bloat is a condition in ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats) that is marked by abdominal distention due to ac­cumulated gas in the rumen. These gases are the normal by-product of digestion of feeds in the rumen and are usually harmlessly belched out by the animal. Bloat results when the animal is unable to belch. Left untreated, the gasses compress the heart and lungs and can result in death.

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The ‘ART’ of Delivering Genomics

The ‘ART’ of Delivering Genomics

Kasey Brown

Angus Journal

Sometimes what seems like science fiction can actually help shape the future of technology. Star Trek and James Bond movies had new-fangled wrist communicators, and now several companies offer “smart watches,” which can receive and send phone calls, text messages and emails.

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‘Do not disturb’ is best practice for wildlife

‘Do not disturb’ is best practice for wildlife

Jena Donnell

The Cattleman

As spring moves closer to summer, you will inevitably begin to see a variety of young wildlife, be it young birds, squirrels, and even fawns. Sometimes wildlife offspring will appear to be abandoned, and it is common for outdoor enthusiasts to try to help them. But biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) say these youngsters are better left alone.

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The basics of stocker cattle management

The basics of stocker cattle management

Bryan Nichols

Progressive Cattleman

In the broadest sense, stocker cattle are animals to which producers can add value. Most often, the term “stocker cattle” refers to 300- to 900-pound calves grazed on pastures after being weaned.

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Performance and Economics of Supplementing Yearlings on Smooth Bromegrass

Performance and Economics of Supplementing Yearlings on Smooth Bromegrass

Cody A. Welchons, Robby G. Bondurant, Terry J. Klopfenstein, Jim C. MacDonald, and Andrea K. Watson

University of Nebraska

A summary of 10 years of research conducted on yearling cattle grazing bromegrass pastures in eastern Nebraska was conducted. Three treatments were utilized for each of these 10 years. The first treatment was 80 lbs. N/acre of smooth bromegrass in a paddock.

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Why sustainability is important to you

Why sustainability is important to you

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

Now, consider this: a study by the Center for Food Integrity shows that 60% of those surveyed strongly agree when asked, if food animals are treated decently and humanely, they would have no issue with eating meat. That, says Scott Anderson, manager of CRI Feeders in Guymon, Okla., is the good news.

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Higher concentration of zinc improves cattle feed efficiency

Higher concentration of zinc improves cattle feed efficiency

KTIC

Kansas State University researchers have found that feeding concentrations of zinc that are higher than recommended dietary concentrations can help improve the growth of finishing cattle, a finding that could lead to more profits for the industry.

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Costs of bulls versus AI

Costs of bulls versus AI

Laura Mushrush

Drovers

Many cow-calf producers are asking whether AI or natural service bulls are more cost effective for their herd. “What a lot of people don’t get is the cost benefit of using AI is equal or less than using a bull. Not only will exposing females to estrus synchronization kick- start non-cycling females, but AI gives us a chance to incorporate genetics that are important to us,” says Cliff Lamb, beef cattle specialist, University of Florida–North Florida Research and Education Center.

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