Monthly Archives: May 2016

Baxter Black, DVM:  Spirited But Gentle

Baxter Black, DVM:  Spirited But Gentle

Freddy was two hours late. He was supposed to furnish Elroy a horse. Elroy and I sat in the shade while the others had gone on ahead. We waited for Freddy. Elroy was nervous. He hoped the horse would be gentle.

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Pinkeye in Cattle

Pinkeye in Cattle

Michelle Arnold

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) or “Pinkeye” is a costly disease for the beef producer.  Preventing the disease is difficult because many factors are involved in the development of pinkeye including environment, season of the year, concurrent diseases, the strain of bacteria involved, and the animal’s genetic makeup and immune system. 

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Who Are Agricultural Leaders?

Who Are Agricultural Leaders?

B. Lynn Gordon


Researchers have proven anyone can be a leader, leadership is not just for the select few — like CEO’s of major corporations, celebrities, political leaders and those with other major titles. Traditional thought was leadership has always been something for those with added charisma but leadership is for those who have passion and purpose to make a difference.

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Teeth Are Still A Good Way to Age Cattle

Teeth Are Still A Good Way to Age Cattle

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Teeth can be very helpful in aging cattle. Based on a table from the USDA and Mississippi State University Extension, I can tell you the first incisors show full development around 36 months, leveling at 5 to 6 years, with noticeable wear at 7 to 8 years.

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The Grazing Stick: Tool or Toy?

The Grazing Stick: Tool or Toy?

Don Ashford

On Pasture

Do you want to quickly figure out how much forage you have and how many animals can graze for how long? Get out that grazing stick and follow these instructions and you’ll have the answer in no time! PLUS there’s a link to grazing stick sources if you don’t have one already.

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JBS’s Cameron Bruett Talks Grass-Fed and Conventional Beef

JBS’s Cameron Bruett Talks Grass-Fed and Conventional Beef

Oklahoma Farm Report

As consumer preference for grass-fed beef rises, Cameron Bruett, head of corporate affairs for JBS, says it’s important to promote the products without “vilifying the great work we’re doing in other areas of agriculture.”

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Here’s a roundup of horn fly control

Here’s a roundup of horn fly control

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

Face and horn flies are the most common cattle pests, but horn flies are the one which causes the most damage. Now that we’re in the wet part of spring and early summer, it’s the time horn fly populations build fastest.

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The Post-AI nutrition slump

The Post-AI nutrition slump

Patrick Gunn

The Cattle Business Weekly

In many Midwestern beef herds, the beginning of breeding season coincides with green grass. As such, many producers have a tradition of estrous synchronization and artificial insemination followed by immediately moving heifers and cows from the winter drylot to fresh spring pasture.

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FSIS requires label for mechanically tenderized beef

FSIS requires label for mechanically tenderized beef

Prairie Farmer

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service requires meat processors to label meat that’s been mechanically tenderized and provide safe cooking instructions. The label requirement took effect May 17. “To increase tenderness, some cuts of beef are tenderized mechanically by piercing them with needles or small blades in order to break up tissue,” reads a USDA blog post. “The blades or needles can introduce pathogens from the surface of the beef to the interior, making proper cooking very important.”

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New cattle program coming to Mac Middle School

New cattle program coming to Mac Middle School

Kokomo Tribune

More than $7,500 in donations will help Maconaquah Middle School establish a new program in which students will raise cattle on school property and then turn the animals into school lunches. The planned program that’s been dubbed “Mac Cattle Company” will include raising beef cows on Maconaquah’s campus on a plot of land that will house a pole barn and a fenced-in pasture.

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BeefTalk: What Am I Doing?

BeefTalk: What Am I Doing?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

“What am I doing?” The question came from a perplexed young student who was part of a school-sponsored field trip to the Dickinson Research Extension Center. These young people were spending the day in an agricultural environment, walking through our pastures and fields, as well as the farm shelter belts planted in the past decades. The students had so much to look at, to experience, to listen to, to speak about or to breathe in.

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Cattle disease continues to spread into Midwest

Cattle disease continues to spread into Midwest

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

The blood disease of cattle called anaplasmosis continues to spread from southern and western areas of the U.S. into the Midwest. Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek with the veterinary diagnostic lab at Kansas State University, says the disease causes severe and potentially fatal anemia in cattle. “For herds that are negative—like so many of our bovine diseases—the best thing, if they’re bringing animals from the outside in, is to have them tested before they bring them in. There are two really good, inexpensive blood tests that can be used,” Hanzlicek says. “So that’s number one—don’t purchase the disease.”

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Did you know… Maybe we need to set the target higher

Did you know… Maybe we need to set the target higher

Larry Corah

Minnesota Farm Guide

Speaking to cattle feeders more than 10 years ago, a distinguished professor of beef nutrition at South Dakota State University said, “Maybe we’re aiming at the wrong target. Instead of Choice, maybe it should be Prime.”

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Producers Should Evaluate Value of Creep Feeding Part 2

Producers Should Evaluate Value of Creep Feeding Part 2

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

In the last issue we started a discussion concerning creep feeding and an ongoing evaluation of the value of this practice in cow-calf production. The main question the producer has to ask is “if I decide to creep feed my calves will this result in higher weaning weights and will it be profitable?”

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A cattle supplement strategy for post breeding

A cattle supplement strategy for post breeding

Beef Magazine

When it comes to breeding, nutritional programs can be like spring; a little unpredictable. There’s been some recent attention on post-breeding nutrition, especially with heifers in regard to energy intake, grazing behavior and the effect on reproduction. In many areas, breeding occurs just before or at green grass turnout, and the risk associated with lush green grass not providing adequate energy for cattle at the onset of grazing.

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Watch for a lameness issue called corkscrew claw

Watch for a lameness issue called corkscrew claw

Glenn Selk

Bovine Veterinarian

Recently a cattle producer asked about a lameness issue of a cow in his herd.  There is no way to completely diagnose the problem via email.  However, his question encouraged a reminder about a lameness problem that can be troublesome for other cattlemen.

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Improving the quality of our beef

Improving the quality of our beef

Chuck Bell

Zanesville Times Recorder

For the past 150 years, beef cattle have been a major part of American agriculture. There are approximately 620,000 farms and ranches in the United States specializing in beef production with more than 30 million beef cattle across the country at any one time. (30,000 in Muskingum County). The top states in beef production are Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, California, and Oklahoma.

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What Is The Meaning Behind The Moo?

What Is The Meaning Behind The Moo?

Kristofor Husted

New Hampshire NPR

I drove out to the research farm at the University of Missouri to ask cattle geneticist Jared Decker to share his expert insights. "I can’t translate cow moos into English," he says. "But there are certain times when you can tell when the cattle are communicating with one another."

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BVD: Southeast stigma

BVD: Southeast stigma

Wyatt Bechtel


In many cattle circles, the Southeast region gets a bad reputation in regards to health and preconditioning. Commercial cow-calf producer Brian Bolt from Anderson, S.C., prides himself in changing that stigma placed on Southeast calves through a set vaccination and health program.

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Beef feedlots, packers on verge of economic comeback

Beef feedlots, packers on verge of economic comeback

Scott Brown

Prairie Farmer

The economic value generated by the beef industry has been on an uptrend during the last decade. And feedlot owners and packers may be on the verge of recovering from recent beef industry economic losses.

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