Monthly Archives: July 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 chute-side comments

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 chute-side comments

FarmTalk

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

Drovers

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

Drovers

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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Baxter Black, DVM:  Timed Event Man

Baxter Black, DVM:  Timed Event Man

In the world of rodeo, cowboys usually fall into one of two categories; rough stock riders or timed event men.

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Score to Boost Conception Rates

Score to Boost Conception Rates

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

If replacement heifers are the future of a strong beef herd, good conception rates are confirmation the best available heifers were selected for the breeding season. What if there was one easy-to-get number that could tell a producer 30 days out which heifers are most likely to conceive?

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Let’s talk big picture: Why do you ranch?

Let’s talk big picture: Why do you ranch?

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

“To be outside with nature, horses, without a care in the world; what I wouldn’t give for that life.” I just smiled and said that I was indeed pretty fortunate. Seems that she was on her fourth career in less than 10 years, and mentioned that was just the way of the world.

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Beware of Grazing Tall Fescue During Hot Months

Beware of Grazing Tall Fescue During Hot Months

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Rain in July is normally good news for pastures. But if you’re grazing tall fescue, beware. Cool-season grasses usually go dormant in July, but rains this year kept grass growing. That means livestock farmers must be alert to heat stress added by toxins in the lush grass.

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Keys to a successful estrus synchronization and AI program

Keys to a successful estrus synchronization and AI program

Drovers

Although artificial insemination is the most powerful tool available for genetic improvement, cow calf producers have been slow to adopt this technology due to the time and labor associated with estrous detection and a market structure that until recently has not provided an incentive to cow calf producers for genetic improvement.

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Fall cover crop grazing basics

Fall cover crop grazing basics

Jerry Lindquist

Michigan State University

Annual cover crop mixtures can make very nutritious and economical grazing crops for spring, summer, fall and early winter grazing in Michigan. Fall grazing is especially beneficial as it fills the gap as pasture grasses become dormant.

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WOTUS Pitfalls Loom

WOTUS Pitfalls Loom

Todd Neeley

DTN

As the waters of the United States rule remains tied up in federal court, a Houston-based attorney who handles Clean Water Act cases said Wednesday farmers should remain vigilant about whether work they do on the land is exempt from the law.

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Debate over impact of beef production on environment needs realism

Debate over impact of beef production on environment needs realism

Omaha World Herald

Rather than condemn beef producers as environmental marauders, it makes sense to encourage them to build on the progress they’re making.

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Angus Names Genetic Research Director

Angus Names Genetic Research Director

KTIC

The American Angus Association and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) welcome Dr. Stephen Miller as the newly named director of genetic research for the cattle industry’s leading genetic evaluation center.

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Ohio seeks bids to sell prison farm beef cattle, farm equipment

Ohio seeks bids to sell prison farm beef cattle, farm equipment

Chris Kick

Farm and Dairy

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is seeking bids for an auctioneer to sell 415 head of beef cattle and farming equipment, from the Mansfield prison farm. Known as the Mansfield Correctional Institution, it is one of about 10 locations the state announced it will close in an of Ohio’s prison farms.

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