Monthly Archives: July 2016

BeefTalk: The Future of Beef: We Need to Get it Right!

BeefTalk: The Future of Beef: We Need to Get it Right!

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The Native American saying, “We do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” is a reminder that we need to think ahead. Sustainable beef production is a lot more than a phrase; in fact, it’s the future. And the future belongs to our children, so we need to get it right.

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To Bale or Not To Bale, That is the Silage Question

To Bale or Not To Bale, That is the Silage Question

Cheryl Anderson


Using round bale silage is a workable option for any farmer and does not require a large silo or haylage harvesting equipment. It is of the greatest benefit to smaller operations with insufficient silo capacity to store surplus forage.

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Early Deadline Approaches for Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop

Early Deadline Approaches for Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop

Iowa Beef Center

Host site organizer Iowa State University cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn said the workshop is a must-attend event for cow-calf producers, bovine veterinarians, industry representatives, students, and extension personnel. “Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hone your reproductive management skills at this two-day event highlighting the latest information on reproductive technologies in beef cattle,” Gunn said. “Up to fifteen continuing education units for veterinarians in Iowa and adjoining states as well as professional animal scientists have been approved for this year’s meeting.”

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What is the Nebraska Brand Committee?

What is the Nebraska Brand Committee?


Lincoln Journal Star

The Nebraska Brand Committee is an independent state agency based in Alliance that inspects cattle brands, keeps brand records and investigates cases of missing or stolen livestock.

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Weatherproof feeder for cattle can improve correct mineral intake

Weatherproof feeder for cattle can improve correct mineral intake

Peter Vitti

Canadian Cattlemen

Beef cows can’t live without minerals and vitamins, which are often deficient or biologically unavailable in many pastures. I routinely recommend cattle producers feed sufficient well-formulated loose cattle mineral on a regular basis.

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Fall cover crop grazing basics

Fall cover crop grazing basics

Jerry Lindquist

Michigan State University

Annual cover crop mixtures can make very nutritious and economical grazing crops for spring, summer, fall and early winter grazing in Michigan. Fall grazing is especially beneficial as it fills the gap as pasture grasses become dormant. Mixes of four or more plant species all planted together at the same time and same depth at a seeding rate total of 28-40 pounds per acre can be economical and nutritious for fall grazing livestock and are especially good for finishing grass fed beef cattle.

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Reduce stress in your receiving protocol

Reduce stress in your receiving protocol

Chad Zehnder

Purina Mills

Is your receiving protocol causing your cattle stress, or is it seamlessly transitioning your calves and setting them up for future success?

How we receive calves at the feedlot can affect performance throughout the feeding phase. The ultimate goal is to get cattle on feed quickly and keep them healthy so that they gain weight efficiently during the receiving period and throughout the rest of the time on feed.

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Problem Pasture Weeds

Problem Pasture Weeds

William S. Curran and Dwight Lingenfelter

Pennsylvania State University

For most of the products that contain plant growth regulator type herbicides (2,4-D, Clarity, Crossbow, ForeFront, etc.) remember to allow the seedling forage grasses to get established (4-5 inches tall, have a good secondary root system, and show good vigor) before making a herbicide application. Cimarron Plus also has some necessary establishment periods for different grass species before herbicide application that should be observed.

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It’s really dry. Now what?

It’s really dry. Now what?

Roger Gates


Conditions reported on June 28 for the U.S. Drought Monitor indicated deepening drought conditions in Western and Northeastern South Dakota. Statewide, during the most recent week, the area unaffected by dry conditions decreased from 53% to 39% and the area in moderate drought increased from 16% to 33%.

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Summer Pneumonia in Beef Calves

Summer Pneumonia in Beef Calves

Richard Randle

University of Nebraska

Generally, mid to late summer is a time when cow calf producers relax a little. Calving is over; cows and calves are on summer pastures and typically it is a relatively uneventful time.

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Some Ideas on Converting from Year-round Calving to a Controlled Breeding Season

Some Ideas on Converting from Year-round Calving to a Controlled Breeding Season

Dr. Les Anderson

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. A uniform, heavier, and more valuable calf crop is one key reason for keeping the breeding season short.

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Take Steps to Manage Effects of Summer Heat

Take Steps to Manage Effects of Summer Heat

Dr. Brandi Bourg Karisch

Cattle Today

As we approach the heat of the summer months, many producers are battling the heat and humidity that is an integral part of life in the south. Summer brings with it rising temperatures and typically decreasing animal performance.

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Preventing an Unwanted Baler

Preventing an Unwanted Baler

Tracey Erickson


Dry conditions this year have reminded many how quickly fires can ignite causing damage, destroying equipment, future feedstuffs and hopefully NOT injuring you in the process. We need to be cognizant at all times of the potential for fires to start while baling hay or straw and take measures to minimize the potential of a fire occurring.

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Hot Topic, Cool Solutions

Hot Topic, Cool Solutions

Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

Many challenges in the beef community are tackled with a two-pronged

approach: genetics and management. Heat stress should be no different, says Megan Rolf, Oklahoma State University Extension beef geneticist.

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Drought Conditions Can Lead to Nitrate Poisoning in Cattle

Drought Conditions Can Lead to Nitrate Poisoning in Cattle

Progressive Farmer

It’s time for cattle producers to start checking nitrate levels in pasture forages again. Kim Mullenix, animal scientist with Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said drought has increased the chance for livestock forages to develop elevated nitrate levels. This can lead to nitrate poisoning in cattle.

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Will Cloned Cattle Give Us What We’re Looking For?

Will Cloned Cattle Give Us What We’re Looking For?

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

In the beef industry, conventional wisdom holds that the quality of beef suffers as the yield—the amount of boneless, closely trimmed retail cuts—increases and vice versa. But the initial results of WTAMU’s research involving cloned cattle demonstrate that it is possible to improve both simultaneously, which means higher value beef can be produced without wasteful trim fat.

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Vitamins A&E can be depleted in stressful situations, including drought.

Vitamins A&E can be depleted in stressful situations, including drought.

Beef Producer

Producers grazing livestock this summer should consider supplementing vitamins A&E due to drought conditions, said Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director & Professor. "Both vitamins are typically present in green forage, however when most of the diet consists of dry summer pasture or dry, bleached hay, deficiencies in both vitamins is likely," Garcia explained.

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MANCI auction set for cattle, farm equipment

MANCI auction set for cattle, farm equipment

Mansfield News Journal

he beef cattle that graze outside the Mansfield Correctional Institution farm on Ohio 13 and related farm equipment will be sold at auction on Oct. 28 and 29. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections is seeking bids to secure an auctioneer to sell farm equipment and about 415 beef cattle at its Ohio Penal Industries Farm Facility, 1150 N. Main St.

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Impacts of the dairy industry on beef markets

Impacts of the dairy industry on beef markets

Brenda Boetel


Obviously, the percentage of beef supply coming from dairy cattle is dependent both on the number of beef animals harvested, which have been low in recent years, and the number of dairy animals harvested, which are more consistent over time.

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Couple gambles on beef cattle in northern Maine

Couple gambles on beef cattle in northern Maine

Bangor Daily News

Erin Parisien has the heart and soul of a gambler. Now she and her husband, Richard Nielsen, have gone all in, raising and selling beef cattle in northern Maine, and they’re betting the area’s appetite for locally produced beef will pay off. The couple founded Aroostook Beef Co. in 2014 after moving to Maine from Nebraska and purchasing land in New Canada, just south of Fort Kent.

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