Daily Archives: May 31, 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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