Monthly Archives: September 2016

BeefTalk: Put Weight and Condition on Cows Now by Grazing Crop Aftermath

BeefTalk: Put Weight and Condition on Cows Now by Grazing Crop Aftermath

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Fall is the time to take advantage of the gift of crop aftermath grazing. Why a gift? Well, generally, all you need to do is open a few gates and let cows gain weight grazing crop aftermath. If the bull was turned out June 1, the second trimester of the cows’ pregnancy starts early to mid-September and the third trimester starts Dec. 12. Thus, the last week in September starts a positive opportunity to position the cows for calving and rebreeding next year.

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Be Prepared to Ensure a Successful Calving Season

Be Prepared to Ensure a Successful Calving Season

Dr. John Comerford

Cattle Today

Research shows that more than 90 percent of the calving difficulties will be found in the first-calf heifers. It is a double loss when that heifer loses a calf. On a cash basis, the development, breeding, and feeding the heifer has taken two years and over $1,000 in most cases. Secondly, we can show it takes more than SIX calvings to make up for a lost calf for any female in the herd, so the only real value she has after losing a calf is beef.

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Proposed Estate Tax Regulations Threaten Family Businesses

Proposed Estate Tax Regulations Threaten Family Businesses


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association along with more than 3,800 organizations and family-owned enterprises sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew adamantly opposing and asking for withdrawal of the newly proposed estate tax regulations by the Department of Treasury. The proposed regulations under section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code would permanently change estate planning for families that own a controlling interest in a privately-held entity.

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Pinkeye detection and treatment

Pinkeye detection and treatment

Laura Mushrush


As grass seeds out with the changing season, pink eye (Moraxella bovis) will be more prevalent in pasture cattle. The bacterial infection can spread fast, says Ronald Trett, The Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation, causing temporary vision damage and even permanent blindness if not detected early. It is also highly contagious, spread through eye secretions by flies or direct contact.

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When you’re a Female Judger..

When you’re a Female Judger..

Kahler Made

Livestock judging is one of the most character-building collegiate contests in the U.S. You build critical thinking skills, gain confidence in public speaking, have the ability to defend your logic, and network with some of the most talented livestock kids across the nation. Is this a male dominated sport? Absolutely not thanks to the lady pioneers who came before us. HOWEVER, there are a few things us women judgers experience that the boys don’t necessarily get the privilege to.

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K-State Ranching Summit Pre-Registration Deadline Friday, Sept. 30

K-State Ranching Summit Pre-Registration Deadline Friday, Sept. 30

Friday, Sept. 30 is the pre-registration deadline for the K-State Ranching Summit. This first-time event is designed to equip managers with the skills to address the challenges of ranching in the business climate of today and tomorrow. Individuals can save $15 per individual or $40 per couple if they pre-register by Friday.

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Senators introduce bill to amend livestock marketing rules

Senators introduce bill to amend livestock marketing rules


Sens. Thad Cochran (R., Miss.) and Jon Tester (D., Mont.) introduced legislation to amend a 95-year-old law to address technological advances now being used in livestock sales. The senators’ bill (S. 3350) would amend the Packers & Stockyards Act of 1921 to ensure that the law’s protections are extended to online or video livestock auctions and to ensure modern electronic banking options.

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Selecting Commercial-Angus Replacements

Selecting Commercial-Angus Replacements

Kelli Retallick

Angus Journal

Replacement-heifer selection is one of the most challenging and costly decisions a commercial cow-calf producer makes each year. The significance of these decisions ultimately affects all phases of not only individual operations but the entire beef production supply chain.

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Beef Packing: The Math of Why It’s Different Now

Beef Packing: The Math of Why It’s Different Now

Cassie Fish


Between 2005 and 2014, the U.S. beef packing industry took just under 90,000 head of weekly kill capacity out of the market by closing plants. Forced to do so as the U.S. cattle herd dropped to modern historical lows, big financial losses resulted in shuttered plants and laid off workers. It’s hard to believe that it was just 28 months ago the last plant closed.

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Feed your cows this winter, not the parasites

Feed your cows this winter, not the parasites

Beef Magazine

Beef producers have more tools in their herd health toolbox than just reproductive vaccines. While a strong vaccination program is part of stockman’s herd and reproductive health program, vaccines aren’t the only herd health protocol that can help ensure the reproductive performance of a herd, according to Gary Sides, PhD, managing nutritionist, Beef Strategic Technical Services at Zoetis.

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Genetic Correlations and Antagonisms

Genetic Correlations and Antagonisms

Jared Decker

A Steak in Genomics™

Knowledge of which traits are antagonistic can be utilized to manage the impact of selection decisions on other correlated traits.  However, it is important to remember that although genetic correlations can sometimes create the need to exercise more care in selection to alleviate unintended consequences, these correlations can sometimes be utilized to our benefit.

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Kansas State University veterinary students provide assessments to more than 70 Kansas feedlots

Kansas State University veterinary students provide assessments to more than 70 Kansas feedlots

Feedlot Magazine

Summer vacations usually involve travel and sightseeing, but for six Kansas State University veterinary students, their summer was spent visiting 74 feedlots in Kansas to provide a special feedlot assessment service.

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Focus on Good Management of A.I. Programs

Focus on Good Management of A.I. Programs

Dr. Richard M. Hopper, DVM

The use of artificial insemination in beef cow operations has never reached anywhere near the acceptance of that of the dairy industry. The reasons for this bear discussion as they typically relate to many of the problems we encounter with A.I. in beef herds. In turn, understanding these problems should provide a starting point for outlining management steps that will hopefully prevent many these problems before they occur.

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Prevent Bloat on Fall Pastures

Prevent Bloat on Fall Pastures

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Media

Bloat can be a frustrating problem for producers, and fall pastures may hold greater risk under certain conditions. Emily Glunk, Extension forage specialist at Montana State University, says the higher the percentage of certain legumes in a pasture, the higher the risk of bloat.

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Low Cattle Prices Impact Seedstock Industry

Low Cattle Prices Impact Seedstock Industry

Ashley Davenport


While live and fed cattle prices have been steadily falling, the trend is making it into the seedstock side of the industry. The Gardiner Angus Ranch near Ashland, Kan. is preparing for their annual bull sale later this month. They say the last couple of years brought some of the best auction prices in the ranch’s more than 100-year history.

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Utilizing Corn Residue for Cattle Feed

Utilizing Corn Residue for Cattle Feed

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

The best way to utilize cornstalks is to graze them. Cattle graze selectively, looking for the more palatable feedstuffs. The more palatable parts of the plant are also more nutritious. Cattle first eat the remaining corn grain, then husks, then leaves, and finally the stalk.

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Many factors impacting cattle market

Many factors impacting cattle market

Samantha Athey


Gone are the days when you could take a couple calves down to the sale barn and come back with a check big enough to put a down payment on that piece of land you’ve been eyeing — and have leftovers for a celebratory steak dinner.

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Merck Animal Health launches beef sustainability calculator app

Merck Animal Health launches beef sustainability calculator app


Merck Animal Health is pleased to announce the launch of a new app, the Meat Sustainability Calculator, which is designed to help producers, suppliers and others in the food chain better understand how the beef production systems and technologies they use impact the environment.

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Army veteran takes on new mission: Start a beef cattle farm

Army veteran takes on new mission: Start a beef cattle farm

Michel Elben

Carroll County Times

"One of the biggest challenges has been looking for property," Burnett said. "I’m trying to buy and not lease. A lot of people have family that already [own] property, but for me, buying land has been almost impossible because of the startup costs. It’s incredibly difficult for a beginning farmer."

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NDSU research increases beef cattle knowledge

NDSU research increases beef cattle knowledge

Farm Forum

The effects of cold temperatures on feed intake, the type of breeding system used in beef cattle and adding pea starch to feedlot finishing diets, and the quality of the hay harvested from roadside ditches were a few of the beef cattle topics North Dakota State University animal scientists and Extension Service specialists studied in the past year.

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