Daily Archives: July 5, 2016

Udder Heritability

Udder Heritability

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Udder quality, especially when it is a herd problem, is, in my mind, a genetic issue until proven otherwise. Cows’ udders are evaluated based on udder suspension and teat size. Each is scored on a scale of 1 to 9 at calving. The scoring is based on the largest teat.

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A Pasture Alternative

A Pasture Alternative

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Journal

Most beef cattle spend summer on pasture. Many are only confined for feeding during winter or after weaning, when calves go to feedlots or heifer-development pens.

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Large Concern Over Poor Quality Livestock Water

Large Concern Over Poor Quality Livestock Water

Robin Salverson


Little to no runoff from snow or spring rain along with hot, dry, windy conditions have led to an early detection of poor quality livestock water in Western South Dakota. Livestock water samples from Northwestern South Dakota have already indicated high levels of total salts.

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Marketing Calves – Already?

Marketing Calves – Already?

Kelly Bruns

University of Nebraska

Now is the time to start thinking about marketing opportunities for calves this fall. While prices are well below what was received last year at this time, considerations can be given to the seasonal aspects of feeder cattle prices and the opportunities that may exist to utilize risk management tools.

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Making More With Less – Importance of Feed Efficiency Research

Making More With Less – Importance of Feed Efficiency Research

Oklahoma Farm Report

Feed efficiency is an important factor in the profitability and sustainability of the beef cattle industry, and Dr. Jerry Taylor, professor of genetics and animal sciences at the University of Missouri, is leading a project that looks at producing more beef with fewer feed inputs.

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Pasture values seem to be slipping

Pasture values seem to be slipping

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

It’s hard to get a feel for pasture pricing changes, although farmland pricing and rental rates are regularly reported through every calendar year. Still, a few reports came out in early 2016 and a couple more from late 2015.

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Feedlot conditions play into bottom line

Feedlot conditions play into bottom line

Tri State Neighbor

“Cattle might possess the greatest genetics for growth and carcass merit and be fed the most finely tuned ration nutritionists can formulate, but if the feeding environment is too stressful, those animals will simply not perform as well as expected,” said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension cow-calf specialist.

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Summarizing the Virginia BCIA Central Bull Test Program

Summarizing the Virginia BCIA Central Bull Test Program

Dr. Scott P. Greiner

Lancaster Farming

The Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association recently completed its 58th year of developing bulls through the state’s Central Bull Test Program. The 2015-16 test and sale year included the development of 310 total bulls, with 190 bulls selling through two sales for an average of $3,524. This average compares to the program record average price of $4,794 during 2014-15, and $3,531 in 2004-05.

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Beef industry mixed on what effects of corporate agriculture could be

Beef industry mixed on what effects of corporate agriculture could be

Jenny Schlecht

The Dickenson Press

Few people argued that North Dakota’s beef industry needed help staying relevant when a bill arose in the 2015 Legislature that would have loosened the state’s anti-corporate agriculture law.

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Tri-State Beef Conference to be held in Abingdon

Tri-State Beef Conference to be held in Abingdon

Phil Blevins

Bristol Herald Courier

The 9th Annual Tri-State Beef Cattle conference will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, Virginia, on Thursday, Aug. 4. This year’s conference will address topics of interest to both stocker and cow-calf producers.

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