Daily Archives: July 14, 2016

From Big to Small to Big to Small: Part 2 of A Pictorial History of Cattle Changes Over the Years

From Big to Small to Big to Small: Part 2 of A Pictorial History of Cattle Changes Over the Years

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

During the first third of the twentieth century, the trend to earlier-maturing, smaller-framed, earlier-fattening cattle continued at a gradual but steadily increasing rate.

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The Power of Efficiency in Beef Herds

The Power of Efficiency in Beef Herds

John Comerford

Farming Magazine

Under the definition of efficiency, a cow herd becomes efficient when there is an optimum output in the form of weaned calves compared to the total amount of inputs that were required to get the calf to weaning. Of course, this covers a lot of territory.

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Fly control

Fly control

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

Flies irritate cows. They cause cows to stomp and swat which takes energy away from gain and performance. This performance loss can be quite significant if some method of fly control is not deployed. Research has tagged over $800 Million dollars of lost revenue annually due to flies. These losses are mostly in reduced performance, lower ADG, Pinkeye, and lower milk production.

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Anaplasmosis: Is it a problem in the Northern Plains?

Anaplasmosis: Is it a problem in the Northern Plains?

The Green Sheet Farm Forum

Buzz about anaplasmosis, a bacterial disease that affects the red blood cells of cattle has South Dakota cattle producers wondering if the disease, which can be common in cattle herds raised in warmer climates, has become established in the Northern Plains.

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Love, hate, indifference on antibiotic rules

Love, hate, indifference on antibiotic rules

John Maday

Drovers

With big changes to rules governing antibiotic use in animal agriculture pending at the end of this year, producer opinions range from cautious support to skeptical opposition, with some producers taking a wait-and-see approach.

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Fescue Can Lower Conception Rates Two Ways

Fescue Can Lower Conception Rates Two Ways

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Researchers and cattle producers have known for years that fescue pastures containing a common toxic endophyte can hurt cow conception rates. That same endophyte can affect semen quality in bulls, as well.

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What is Brexit’s potential impact on beef trade?

What is Brexit’s potential impact on beef trade?

Joe Schuele

Beef Magazine

International trade news has been dominated in recent days by coverage of the referendum in which United Kingdom (UK) voters elected to leave the European Union (EU). Most odds-makers expected the “remain” side to prevail in a very close vote. But in the end, voters chose to leave the EU by a margin of 52% to 48%. It is important to note that the UK’s departure from the EU will not happen overnight.

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Would your resume say cowboy or cattleman?

Would your resume say cowboy or cattleman?

Erica Louder

Progressive Cattleman

Last year, my brother-in-law took a cowboy job with a ranch in northern Utah. It’s his dream job, no two ways about that. The guy spends his days on the back of a horse and can train as many cow dogs as he pleases. His rope is never far from his hand, and his cowboy hat doesn’t leave his head. He makes as good a cowboy as Marlboro Man.

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Don’t point the nitrate toxicity gun at your cows

Don’t point the nitrate toxicity gun at your cows

Mark Parker

FarmTalk

Hot, dry weather can trigger deadly accumulations of nitrates in summer annual forages — and fire the gun point-blank at cattle consuming too much of the tainted forages.

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Plants of Concern to Livestock in Summer

Plants of Concern to Livestock in Summer

Clif Little

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

It seems like one of those years when growing conditions start off great but then we move into dry and hot conditions at the peak of summer. With such conditions we will have an increased potential for livestock poisonings.

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