Daily Archives: July 7, 2016

Culling and Replacement in the Beef Herd

Culling and Replacement in the Beef Herd

Dr. Lew Strickland

University of Tennessee

I can still hear my daddy now "we need to keep that cow for one more lactation because she is one of our best cows and hopefully we will get a heifer from her." It didn’t seem to matter that her udder was broken down and her teats protruded out similar to a hat hanger, we were going to keep her. Now that spring calving is over and breeding season is completed, this is a good time to take a step back and look at your cows to make culling decisions as well as heifers to select for replacements.

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Do your cattle fit your country? Here’s how to tell

Do your cattle fit your country? Here’s how to tell

Dan E Gary

Beef Magazine

A very wise Old Timer once said, “We can learn a lot from these old cows and horses.” So, I believe that we should “let the cows tell us” whether or not they fit our country. I also believe that if you have a bunch of cows that are 14 to 17 years old, they are the kind of cows that fit your country.

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Feed costs increase with weather concerns

Feed costs increase with weather concerns

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Feed costs have spiked in recent weeks and are taking a toll on livestock prices. David Anderson, Extension ag economist at Texas A&M University, says feed concerns have been uncommon over the past couple of years.

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Details on the new Veterinary Feed Directive outlined

Details on the new Veterinary Feed Directive outlined

Dale Hildebrant

Farm and Ranch Guide

hose attending the recent North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Spring Roundup meeting in Montpelier had the opportunity to learn about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that will take place on Jan. 1, 2017. Gerald Stokka, NDSU Extension veterinarian, explained to ranchers what the VFD will mean for those raising cattle.

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From Big to Small to Big to Small: A Pictorial History of How We’ve Changed What Cattle Look Like

From Big to Small to Big to Small: A Pictorial History of How We’ve Changed What Cattle Look Like

Kathy Voth/Harlan Ritchie

On Pasture

How did we get to the cattle we have today? Where should we go from here? These are some of the questions Dr. Harlan Ritchie worked to provide answers to in his long and distinguished career at Michigan State University. In this series, we’ll share pictures and history that he put together. We hope it gives you some food for thought as you consider what you want out of the cattle you raise.

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Intranasal vaccination could protect young calves from BRD

Intranasal vaccination could protect young calves from BRD

Canadian Cattleman

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is a major animal health problem in feedlot cattle. Presently, BRD makes up about 65 to 80 per cent of feedlot diseases and 45 to 75 per cent of deaths in many lots. The financial toll of BRD on North America’s cattle industry is more than $1 billion per year.

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Large concern over poor water quality for livestock

Large concern over poor water quality for livestock

Robin Salverson

Bovine Veterinarian

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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Producers share experiences with technologies to predict carcass merit

Producers share experiences with technologies to predict carcass merit

Tom Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

It has been a goal of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) to encourage increased participation by beef producers and sharing of their experience and opinions during annual BIF symposia. During the 2016 event, hosted June 14-17 in Manhattan, Kan., a trio of seedstock breeders talked about their respective operations and their views regarding information derived from carcass data, ultrasound data and DNA.

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Southwest Mo. Beefmaster operation incorporating Angus, Red Angus

Southwest Mo. Beefmaster operation incorporating Angus, Red Angus

Raney Lovorn

Farm Talk

Davin and Gail Vaughn’s 1,400-acre operation is spread between several farms in southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas and northern Arkansas, with the headquarters in Mount Vernon, Missouri. Vaughn Beefmasters, established in 1995, developed a crossbreeding strategy using Beefmaster and Angus genetics over seven years ago, resulting in a registered hybrid called Beefmaster Advancers.

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America’s Greatest Problem: We’ve been off the farm too long

America’s Greatest Problem: We’ve been off the farm too long

Benjamin D. Esham

Appalachian Magazine

In the year 1790, 90% of the American population were farmers.  By 1850, this percentage had dropped to 64%, and then down to only 21% by the year 1930.  Today, only 2% of the American population serves as farmers.

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