Daily Archives: August 18, 2016

Sound Marketing Program is Critical for Success

Sound Marketing Program is Critical for Success

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

A sound marketing program is an integral part of any cattle production operation. Too many producers engage in cattle production without ever establishing a well thought out marketing and sales system.

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Tall Fescue Challenges Can Be Managed

Tall Fescue Challenges Can Be Managed

Progressive Farmer

Across the Southeast, beef cattle are knee-deep in tall fescue now, generating concerns of fescue toxicosis. It’s an age-old ailment that known to produce rough hair coats, heat stress, suppressed appetite, poor growth and reduced calving rates.

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NDSU research shedding light on cow pregnancy

NDSU research shedding light on cow pregnancy

Farm and Ranch Guide

North Dakota State University scientists are a step closer to solving the mystery of why 90-plus percent of beef cows become pregnant after artificial insemination, but only 50 to 60 percent still have a viable embryo 30 days later.

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Skinny Cows? Use Body Condition Scoring to Adjust Your Management

Skinny Cows? Use Body Condition Scoring to Adjust Your Management

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Economic losses from thin cows can be substantial.  As the graph below shows, the thinner the cow, the less likely she is to become pregnant.  While weaning weight may not always be a good measure of your success as a producer, calves from skinny cows will have lower weaning weights, which could result in lower revenues.  This is because skinny cows produce less colostrum, so their calves may not be as healthy, or may not even survive.

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VFD prep

VFD prep

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

With the 2017 transition to new antibiotic rules quickly approaching, veterinarians and producers still have time to minimize logistic and animal-health impacts by planning ahead. Those changes, centered around the FDA’s strategy for antibiotic stewardship in animal agriculture, will remove animal-performance claims from medically important feed antibiotics and require veterinary oversight for the use of most medicated feeds.

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Indicator cows

Indicator cows

Steve Suther

Southern Livestock

When you have just enough cows to name them all, it’s easy to characterize them by appearance, temperament and some might even say personality. Kids like to find names to fit. Twister was one of ours 20 years ago, an outlier for poor docility that left no daughters in the herd.

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Early detection, management practices control pink eye

Early detection, management practices control pink eye

Ronald Trett

Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation

The recent rains in 2015 and 2016 have resulted in a flush of early weeds and grasses producing seed heads that can be one of the contributors to pink eye (Moraxella bovis). Pink eye is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the eye. It can cause temporary blindness or in some cases permanent loss of vision. Pink eye is contagious and can spread rapidly.

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Take the extra work out of the weaning process this season.

Take the extra work out of the weaning process this season.

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

Weaning time is often traumatic for calves, mama cows and ranchers, but in the past 25 years, many ranchers have found better ways to wean than putting calves in a corral and taking their mothers away.

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Illinois Sale of Champions raises nearly $160k

Illinois Sale of Champions raises nearly $160k

Ken Anderson

Brownfield AG Network

The Governor’s Sale of Champions event at the Illinois State Fair raised nearly 160-thousand dollars for junior exhibitors and the state’s 4-H and FFA programs. Capping off the auction was the sale of the Grand Champion Steer owned by Lucas Wisnefski of Wyoming, Illinois. It sold for a record 104-thousand dollars to Governor and Mrs. Bruce Rauner and Friends of Wisnefski.

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The Cattle Futures Market Descends into Chaos

The Cattle Futures Market Descends into Chaos

Kelsey Gee

Wall Street Journal

Wild swings in the cattle futures market have prompted some traders to call it “the meat casino.” In response, the world’s largest futures exchange has refused to list new contracts, leaving ranchers with fewer tools to hedge the $10.9 billion market. CME Group Inc. said that is because trading of physical cattle has become so scant that the futures market can’t get the signals it needs to set prices.

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