Daily Archives: August 31, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM: Branded

Baxter Black, DVM:  Branded

Many’s the time I’ve come home with yellow paint on my coveralls. Caterpillar yellow.

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Secrets of Old Cattlemen

Secrets of Old Cattlemen

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Legend has it that farmers turned out sick cows who ate the clay and were cured, so they started bringing the miracle clay to feed their livestock. It does contain many minerals that livestock need, and to this day, many believe it has amazing, curative properties

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Reduce Winter Feeding and Be More Profitable

Reduce Winter Feeding and Be More Profitable

Chad Cheyney

On Pasture

Winter feeding accounts for 40+% of the cost of producing a calf, so reducing or eliminating this bad habit can help keep your ranch in the black. One way to reduce winter feeding costs is to extend the period that cattle harvest their own feed by grazing.

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Winter triticale tips for success

Winter triticale tips for success

Mike Rankin

Hay and Forage

“With many drought-stressed crops harvested early, this may be an ideal year to plant winter triticale to bolster forage supplies,” says Tom Kilcer, a crop consultant and researcher based in Kinderhook, N.Y.

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Pasture Weaning vs. Drylot Weaning

Pasture Weaning vs. Drylot Weaning

Steve Boyles

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Calf management strategies involving pasture weaning coupled with maternal contact (i.e., fence-line weaning) have been recommended as possible best-management practices for minimizing weaning stress and reducing subsequent feedlot morbidity compared with drylot weaning (Boyles et al., 2007; Mathis et al., 2008).

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Beef cattle industry beginning to recover five years after drought

Beef cattle industry beginning to recover five years after drought

Aimee Breaux

The Eagle

The year 2011 — the driest year on record in Texas — was the stuff of nightmares for area ranchers. Five years later, those who raise beef cattle are just beginning to recover. Kelley Sullivan, who co-owns Santa Rosa Ranch in Grimes and Houston counties with her father, said the 2011 drought made her a better producer. But at the time, the experience brought back daunting stories her father told her about living through the seven-year drought in the 1950s.

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Veterinary Feed Directive — Producer Recordkeeping

Veterinary Feed Directive — Producer Recordkeeping

Kristin Lewis Hawkins

The Cattleman

A veterinarian must send a copy of the VFD to the distributor in hardcopy, by facsimile (fax), or by electronic means. If the veterinarian sends the VFD in hardcopy, he or she must send the copy of the VFD to the distributor either directly or through the client.

The veterinarian retains the original VFD order in its original form, whether that is electronic or hardcopy.

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R-CALF USA’s attorneys seek quick end to beef checkoff lawsuit

R-CALF USA’s attorneys seek quick end to beef checkoff lawsuit

Farm Forum

In response to the government’s August motion to dismiss or stay the lawsuit R-CALF USA filed against the national beef checkoff program (Beef Checkoff) in May, R-CALF USA’s attorneys asked the court to award R-CALF USA summary judgment and immediately end the program’s unconstitutional taxation of ranchers.

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Basics of preconditioning to improve profit

Basics of preconditioning to improve profit

Wyatt Bechtel


Many preconditioning programs involve vaccinations, weaning, castration and starting calves on a high energy diet. On some farms and ranches a few of these steps might not apply. Preconditioning doesn’t have a single definition to fit every cattle operation, says Brad White, DVM and interim director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University (K-State).

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Fall is the best time to sow grasses

Fall is the best time to sow grasses

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

Now is the time to reseed grass pastures and hayfields for 2016. I wanted to remind you of some useful information before you head to the fields this late summer-early fall. Establishing grass-legume mixtures: Legumes are more competitive than grasses in the seedling stages because they emerge faster, have a taproot-type root system that penetrates deeper and faster, and develop leaf area more quickly.

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