Daily Archives: July 8, 2016

BeefTalk: The Missing Sock

BeefTalk: The Missing Sock

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Successful beef operations are based on an attitude of “how can I help?” Good cowhands check to make sure gates are shut, take a second glance as the cows and calves run back to the pasture, make sure all the lights are shut off, ask if the pail calf got fed and clean up litter. Simply put, they’re always looking, always thinking, always doing.

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What Two Grasses Tell Us About Grazing Management

What Two Grasses Tell Us About Grazing Management

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

How is grass productivity above and below ground affected by grazing at different heights or by leaving different residuals after grazing? A study at UW-Madison found no simple answer to this question. Productivity of pasture grasses varies across grazing management strategies and species.

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Protecting your cattle from theft

Protecting your cattle from theft

Debbie Furber

Canadian Cattleman

Corporal Christian Reister, one of Alberta’s two RCMP officers dedicated to livestock files, offers some tips on how to protect your herd on pasture

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Metaphylaxis for incoming cattle

Metaphylaxis for incoming cattle

Bob L. Larson, DVM


Deciding if metaphylaxis is the right choice for a particular group of cattle can be difficult and is based on a number of considerations. Managers and veterinarians are essentially estimating two possible closeouts (one where metaphylaxis is used and one where only pull-and-treat management for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) cases is used).

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Cattle markets have forgotten Brexit

Cattle markets have forgotten Brexit

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

Leaving the EU means the United Kingdom will also be leaving behind many of the trade agreements to which it was tied by that membership, says Brian Williams, agricultural economist at Mississippi State University.

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Getting started with cow-calf production

Getting started with cow-calf production

Frank Wardynzski, Katelyn Thompson

Michigan State University

Beef cow-calf production is a popular choice of people interested in starting a farming operation. There are several reasons that make cow-calf production a popular choice. Beginning farmers can start small with less labor and capital investment required as compared to more intensive farming enterprises. This article focuses on the production aspect of rearing and weaning beef calves from a beef cow herd.

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Producer builds mobile shade for cows on pasture

Producer builds mobile shade for cows on pasture

Lynn Jaynes

Progressive Forage

“… Only God can make a tree,” wrote Joyce Kilmer in his oft-repeated poem. But no such restrictions exist regarding who can create shade. Weather patterns over the last four years have steadily risen in temperature – both in heating degrees and heat duration. The fescue belt adds additional stress to cattle with endophyte infected tall fescue pastures.

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Opening doors for sustainable beef

Opening doors for sustainable beef

Jennifer Carrico

Hugh Plains Journal

Providing sustainable beef for consumers is a goal of cattlemen all around. Verifying that beef for consumers is the challenge cattle producers and supply chains must face.

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Please — Step back from the bunker

Please — Step back from the bunker

Sydney Sleep

Hay and Forage Grower

“Few farming operations invite as many different opportunities for injury or fatality as a silage program,” said Keith Bolsen, Kansas State University animal science professor.

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Increasing Market Cow Value

Increasing Market Cow Value

Farming Magazine

Improving the value also means improving the quality of the beef produced. This is important because beef from market cows and bulls represents 20 percent of overall U.S. beef production and 30 percent of U.S. ground beef production.

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