Daily Archives: May 11, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reasons cowboys shouldn’t be allowed to play golf

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reasons cowboys shouldn’t be allowed to play golf

FarmTalk

10. Two or more sets of cowboys ultimately leads to golf cart demo derby.

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Good Outcome Rare With a Down Cow

Good Outcome Rare With a Down Cow

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

I will not lead you down the garden path. A down cow in poor body condition is tough to treat. But with cows worth as much as they are, you really should have a veterinarian examine any down cow as soon as possible.

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Grazing management: toxic plants publication aims to help producers

Grazing management: toxic plants publication aims to help producers

James Schmidt

Farm and Ranch Guide

With so many potential dangers lingering in grazing pastures, it’s crucial for producers to understand which plants could harm cattle and other livestock if they are consumed. A new publication available through Kansas State Research and Extension provides information on these potentially deadly plants.

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The mysteries of marbling

The mysteries of marbling

George Watson

Drovers

Brad Johnson, an expert on skeletal muscle growth in cattle, helped lead a study examining ways to increase marbling in beef without increasing overall fatness. There are few things in life more enjoyable than a thick, juicy steak cooked to perfection.

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Understand live-cattle price volatility

Understand live-cattle price volatility

Katie Allen

Agri View

Cattle buyers and sellers have been experiencing a fluctuation of sorts, not just in the live-cattle markets over the past eight months but also in their within-day trades. The live-cattle-market volatility in the past year, but particularly in the past eight months, shows a major downturn in price, said Kansas State University livestock economist Ted Schroeder.

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Angus Cattle Dominate the Market, But Is It the Right Breed for Your Operation?

Angus Cattle Dominate the Market, But Is It the Right Breed for Your Operation?

Oklahoma Farm Report

With the popularity – and profitability – of branded beef programs like Certified Angus Beef, it can be tempting for producers to overlook other breeds of cattle. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist Dr. Joe Paschal says that while Angus cattle have some advantage in the marketplace, it’s important to consider your geographic location and your personal bottom line before going all black.

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Reduce Summer Pneumonia Risk in Calves

Reduce Summer Pneumonia Risk in Calves

Southern Livestock

While summer offers warm weather and green pastures, the season also threatens calves with summer pneumonia — an often fatal respiratory condition for young calves. Changing weather conditions and stress from working or transporting calves opens the door for the primary pathogens that cause summer pneumonia, Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV) and Mannheimia haemolytica.

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Tips on becoming an effective ag-vocate

Tips on becoming an effective ag-vocate

Katie Ockert

Michigan State University

Each year, thousands of youth from all parts of Michigan participate in an animal science project and learn about the multiple aspects of animal husbandry. However, one area that is sometimes forgotten is the role youth play in the agriculture industry with their project. Yes, you are a key piece of the agriculture industry; a large part of your project is to communicate to others about your experience.

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Cattle Health:  More Prevention, Less Treatment

Cattle Health:  More Prevention, Less Treatment

Gene Johnston

Successful Farming

Hard as it is to believe, only about one in four calves gets a vaccination for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) complex, the costliest and deadliest disease in beef cattle.

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UF/IFAS Complete Beef Teaching Unit Expansion

UF/IFAS Complete Beef Teaching Unit Expansion

Newswise

Students in the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences animal sciences department will benefit from a top-notch cattle-teaching facility in Gainesville, thanks to a $2.6 million legislative allotment this year.

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