Daily Archives: July 27, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 chute-side comments

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 chute-side comments


10. Can you cure her just enough to get her in the trailer?

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Anaplasmosis:  Pesky Pathogen

Anaplasmosis:  Pesky Pathogen

Shelby Mettlen

Angus Journal

‘Anaplasmosis has been known in cattle for at least half a century,” began Ram Raghavan, assistant professor with Kansas State University’s (K-State) College of Veterinary Medicine at the Anaplasmosis Symposium hosted at K-State Polytechnic’s campus in Salina, Kan., May 11.

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Calving Ease May Not Always Mean What You Think

Calving Ease May Not Always Mean What You Think

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The term "calving ease" is often thrown around without a full understanding of what it really means. This is complicated by the fact that different breeds have slightly different names for similar traits.

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Using Pasture Pro Posts as Corner Braces

Using Pasture Pro Posts as Corner Braces

Jim Gerrish

On Pasture

im Gerrish experiments with fencing supplies so you don’t have to. Here are the results of a 5-year test to see how different size fiberglass posts hold up when used as braces so you’ll know when you ought to spend just a bit more to get the results you’re looking for.

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Breeding season bull management

Breeding season bull management


As breeding season gets underway there are some points to remember about the bull battery.  The most economically stable ranches are those that get cows and heifers bred early in the breeding season. 

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Don Close Considers the Increase in Beef Supplies

Don Close Considers the Increase in Beef Supplies

Oklahoma Farm Report

It was the supply of available cattle outside the feed yards in 2015 which continued to build that has increased cow numbers, claims Don Close, vice president of Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory, Animal Protein at Rabo AgriFinance.

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Cattle market outlook to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Cattle market outlook to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Southern Livestock

A comprehensive cattle market outlook will be one of the featured presentations during the general session of the 62nd Beef Cattle Short Course at Texas A&M University in College Station August 1-3. During the August 1 general session, Duane Lenz, market analyst with CattleFax, will give an overview of the current cattle market and trends heading into the fall production cycle, said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, College Station.

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Uncommon forage grass species found on eastern Upper Peninsula beef farm.

Uncommon forage grass species found on eastern Upper Peninsula beef farm.

Jim Isleib

Michigan State University

You never know what you’ll see when visiting with an innovative farmer. Last week, I saw a couple of “new” forage grasses. Among other unusual and innovative practices on this small grass-finished beef operation were two strips of unfamiliar forage grasses, creeping foxtail (Alopecurus arundinaceus) and meadow foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis).

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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.

Prairie Farmer

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.

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Shine a light on lameness

Shine a light on lameness

Wyatt Bechtel


It only takes a few video clips of a limping cow or feeder calf for an animal rights group to have a field day with the press. The beef industry has already seen what these types of videos can do. The Humane Society of the U.S.’s undercover investigation of Hallmark/ Westland Meat Packing Company in 2008 led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history and forced beef producers to take a hard look in the mirror when it came to handling cattle.

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