Daily Archives: August 26, 2016

BeefTalk: Frame Score 3 May Calves Put 1,400 pounds of Beef on the Rail

BeefTalk: Frame Score 3 May Calves Put 1,400 pounds of Beef on the Rail

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Size discussions are vital within the beef industry because the challenge of surviving is real. Often, those discussions would imply that an absolute answer exists and making the wrong choice would be the demise of the producer’s cattle operation. Wrong. Granted, traditional production of middle-of-the-road cattle and associated marketing paths are the comfortable travel routes for producers. This always has been true. However, producers realize very quickly that keeping a moderate-sized cow is not simple, and without appropriate selection, cattle size will stray.

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Abortion prevention and management

Abortion prevention and management

Dr. Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Both beef producers and veterinarians express frustration when a cow that is identified  as pregnant later aborts the fetus during mid-pregnancy. Because reproduction is  complex and a number of germs, toxins and genetic problems can lead to pregnancy loss,  veterinarians recognize that losing about 1%-2% of pregnancies between the time of  pregnancy diagnosis and calving is probably unavoidable.

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Follow the One-Hour Rule This Calving Season

Follow the One-Hour Rule This Calving Season

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

Once a beef calf hits the ground, the clock is ticking. What happens — or doesn’t happen — as each hour passes will determine to a large extent whether that calf thrives. It all starts with colostrum.

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Cattle Shrink When They’re Stressed

Cattle Shrink When They’re Stressed

Heidi Carroll

On Pasture

Handling alone equals SHRINK! Shrink is a direct indicator of the stress cattle experience. No one wants to see pounds disappear from their cattle after handling or moving them, because pounds are money. Shrink is directly impacted by the amount of time an animal is handled.

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Understand how to tailor your vaccination program to best suit your operation.

Understand how to tailor your vaccination program to best suit your operation.

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

It is important to start building good immunity in replacement heifers before they enter the cow herd and to time their vaccinations appropriately throughout their adult life — to keep immunity strong. Chris Chase, Ph.D., Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, South Dakota State University, says the key in heifer development is to get started with vaccinations at a young age.

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Troubles in brand country

Troubles in brand country

The Cattle Business Weekly

The Nebraska Brand Committee (NBC) is finding themselves in the middle of an investigation. An audit was released on Tuesday, July 26, to the public. It focuses on executive director, Shawn Harvey, and deficiencies to the committee as a whole and it’s practices.

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Seedstock producers’ guide to contemporary grouping

Seedstock producers’ guide to contemporary grouping

Laura Mushrush


A lot of time and data goes into computing EPDs—multiple weights and scores are taken for birth, carcass and maternal traits. Each number is run through a series of complex and mind blowing equations to turn raw data into reliable, user-friendly information that can be used to make bull and cow selections based on genetic potential.

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Helping fall-calving cows and heifers during the calving process

Helping fall-calving cows and heifers during the calving process

Glenn Selk


Fall calving season is (or soon will be) upon the Oklahoma ranches that have fall and winter calving. An issue facing the rancher at calving-time, is the amount of time heifers or cows are allowed to be in labor before assistance is given. Traditional text books, fact sheets and magazine articles stated that “Stage II” of labor lasted from 2 to 4 hours.

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Breeding soundness exams can prevent a financial wreck at the ranch

Breeding soundness exams can prevent a financial wreck at the ranch

Blair Fanin

Agrilife Today

The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon, shared the data from a large New Mexico ranch recently during the 62nd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station.

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Illinois young beef producers win scholarships

Illinois young beef producers win scholarships

University of Illinois

Five youth from across Illinois were each awarded $1,000 scholarships at the 2016 Illinois Superior Young Beef Producers contest. The contest, sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland of Decatur and the Illinois State Fair, was held on August 10th in conjunction with the Illinois State Fair. Twenty 4-H and FFA members from Illinois competed in this three-phase competition challenging their knowledge of beef production.

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