Daily Archives: August 2, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM:  Meatless Monday Magic Show

Baxter Black, DVM:  Meatless Monday Magic Show

Meatless Monday…what kind of person would think something like that up? 

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Rebreed open cows to add value to your herd.

Rebreed open cows to add value to your herd.

Julie Walker

Hereford World

Processing of fall-weaned calves and pregnancy determination will soon be here, and management of open cows is critical to the financial bottom line of a cow-calf operation. It is estimated that 15 to 20% of cow-calf enterprise revenue comes from cull cows. Determining open cows early allows producers to select the best strategies that target the highest potential revenue.

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Shared heritage of veterinary medicine and the U.S. cattle industry

Shared heritage of veterinary medicine and the U.S. cattle industry

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Veterinary medicine and cattle production have a long, shared heritage. I imagine as people first started domesticating cattle to provide meat and milk, certain individuals had a particular interest in their health and well-being. Historical artifacts from as early as the Bronze Age indicate that there have long been people who were called upon to provide their expertise in the care and health of animals.

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Purpose-Driven Bulls

Purpose-Driven Bulls

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Grady Sparks first saw the Alabama ground he would build a new cattle business on by helicopter. It was strip-mined land around Arkadelphia, where a grass-reclamation project had turned the 3,300 acres into a place Sparks could see a cattle operation fitting nicely.

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Understanding the Difference between Corn and Corn Distillers Grains as Energy Supplements for Pasture Cattle

Understanding the Difference between Corn and Corn Distillers Grains as Energy Supplements for Pasture Cattle

Karla H. Jenkins

University of Nebraska

The development of the ethanol industry throughout Nebraska in the past ten years has resulted in an abundant supply of distillers grains available for cattle feed. Additionally, a number of recent years recorded high corn prices. This has made distillers grains a very favorable supplement for pasture cattle.

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Making Good Destocking Decisions in Drought

Making Good Destocking Decisions in Drought

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

What do you do if it doesn’t rain so the grass doesn’t grow? Your livestock are grazing along, not a worry in the world, because it’s your job to figure out what comes next.  Prices are still up, and you could reduce your herd. 

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Why is early castration of bull calves important?

Why is early castration of bull calves important?

Brett Wessler

Drovers

In the United States, more than 17 million bulls are castrated yearly that range in age from 1 day to 1 year old. It is well known that this procedure is painful and causes a period of slowed growth rate and poorer feed efficiency, especially if the procedure is delayed until the calves get older and heavier. If castration is performed at the feedlot or backgrounding operation, these calves have a marked reduction in weight gain and are twice as likely to get sick as steers (one study found 28% sickness in steers vs 60% sickness in bulls castrated on arrival).

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Beef Checkoff Becoming Social Butterfly With New Digital Promotion Campaign

Beef Checkoff Becoming Social Butterfly With New Digital Promotion Campaign

Oklahoma Farm Report

It has been nearly a year since the Beef Checkoff launched its digital promotion campaign and Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) Chair Anne Anderson says they are starting to see some great results from their efforts.

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Brazil reopens market for U.S. beef

Brazil reopens market for U.S. beef

Beef Producer

USDA has reached agreement with Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply to allow access for U.S. beef and beef products to the Brazilian market for the first time since 2003. Brazil’s action reflects the United States’ negligible risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and aligns Brazil’s regulations to the OIE’s scientific international animal health guidelines.

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BOLT software brings more reliability to EPDs

BOLT software brings more reliability to EPDs

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Less risk in genetic selection via higher-accuracy expected progeny differences (EPDs). That’s the bottom line promise of BOLT, new software adopted by International Genetic Solutions (IGS) to conduct its National Cattle Evaluation (NCE).

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