Daily Archives: June 10, 2016

BeefTalk: Proper Achievement of Immunity in Cattle a Good Goal

BeefTalk: Proper Achievement of Immunity in Cattle a Good Goal

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

All dogs need a rabies vaccination regardless of condition, management or feeding program because the only defense against rabies is the maintenance of a good immune system. The need for a good immune system also is true for cattle. This discussion is for all living things, but for simplicity, let’s stick to cattle or those critters found near cattle.

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Consider a Summer Annual for Stored or Grazing Forage Needs

Consider a Summer Annual for Stored or Grazing Forage Needs

Rory Lewandowski,

The Ohio State University

No one knows for certain what the weather is going to do, but we do know that in a typical summer cool season forages in our pastures and hayfields have reduced growth and production.  For anyone looking for some extra forage production during the summer months, consider planting a warm season annual crop during June. Warm season annual forages thrive in summer heat, are drought tolerant, and can be used for either grazing or as a stored feed.

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Planning for Future Profitability

Planning for Future Profitability

Dr. Andrew Griffith

University of Tennessee

How far into the future do cattle producers plan in order to improve efficiency and profitability of the operation? Maybe the real question is how far into the future should a cattle producer plan to improve efficiency and profitability. The answer really depends on the different aspects of the operation being evaluated, but it is nonetheless an important answer to know.

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Prevention medicine promotes profits

Prevention medicine promotes profits

Beef Magazine

The value of prevention medicine in a cow-calf program can be summed up like this – sick calves just don’t pencil-out. They don’t gain like they should, medicine and doctoring chores add costs and there’s more of a chance they’ll die or develop chronic infections.

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Harvesting Sunlight

Harvesting Sunlight

Bruce Anderson

University of Nebraska

Free for the taking. Free lunch. Absolutely no cost. Something for nothing. Don’t you love it when you can get something for free?

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These Simple Steps Can Improve Livestock Distribution, Pasture Quality and Your Bottom Line

These Simple Steps Can Improve Livestock Distribution, Pasture Quality and Your Bottom Line

Kathy Voth 

On Pasture

Sean Kelly, extension range management specialist at South Dakota State University Extension, believes that livestock grazing distribution is something we should all work on because it maximizes how much forage your livestock eat, improves range health and, ultimately, adds up to more profit per acre.

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Don’t sell yourself short when determining the nutrient value of wheat straw.

Don’t sell yourself short when determining the nutrient value of wheat straw.

Paul Gross

Michigan State University

With wheat harvest right around the corner, the value of the straw is a very popular question. Over the past several years, baling and selling wheat straw has become a more common practice. While uses for wheat straw are varied, the increased demand is driven by livestock farms using straw as part of their feed rations.

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