Daily Archives: September 27, 2016

Baxter Black, DVM: Cow Thoughts

Baxter Black, DVM:  Cow Thoughts

The ol’ cow thought to herself, ‘I sure hate standin’ in line. Even if it’s just once a year it’s not somethin’ I look forward to.

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A letter to the moms and dads of rural kids

A letter to the moms and dads of rural kids

Holly Martin

High Plains Journal

I hesitate to bring it up, but because we are friends I am going to lay it all out there. I know there are times when you look around and think, why am I doing all of this? Why am I making five trips to town today so I can farm, work, pick up from practice, go home to do chores and return for a 4-H meeting? Why do I neglect the messes at the farm and home so that I can go watch the game?

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Leftover Grocery Produce Makes Great Cattle Feed

Leftover Grocery Produce Makes Great Cattle Feed

Paige Nelson

Angus Beef Bulletin

“We hate waste,” says Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer and grocery store chain in its 2016 Global Responsibility Report. In 2009, the company set a goal toward a zero-waste future. By 2015, Wal-Mart U.S. was able to divert 82% of its materials away from landfills.

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Take Steps to Reduce Shrink When Working Cattle

Take Steps to Reduce Shrink When Working Cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

One of the largest overlooked costs for stockmen when selling cattle is shrink. For example, if you are taking calves to a feeder calf sale, to be weighed off the truck and a two percent pencil shrink taken, those calves may have already lost six percent or more of their weight just getting them to market, resulting in at least eight percent shrink deducted from your paycheck.

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Cattle producers urged to prepare for implementation of new regulations

Cattle producers urged to prepare for implementation of new regulations

Iowa Farmer Today

Beef cattle producers should begin preparing for the Jan. 1, 2017, implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive regulations, according to Rob Eirich, Nebraska beef quality assurance director with Nebraska Extension.

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Solving Mystery Deaths of Calves

Solving Mystery Deaths of Calves

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The quicker you can get a dead or dying calf to the lab, the better. A few hours in the heat can make a diagnosis difficult because of tissue deterioration. So my first suggestion is to develop a plan to handle this.

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Proposed IRS rule might affect transition plans

Proposed IRS rule might affect transition plans

Brent Haden


In the past 50 years, family ranch operations have increasingly incorporated under state law to take advantage of the liability protection and other business advantages available to corporate entities. Limited liability companies (“LLCs”), family limited partnerships (“FLPs”) and other corporate entities also provide tax advantages when transitioning ownership of the operation to the next generation.

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Veterinarian-client relationships

Veterinarian-client relationships

Bovine Veterinarian

We continue to talk about the importance of that veterinarian-client relationship, so today, let’s meet ranchers Rodney and Sadie Derstein of Cimarron River Cattle Company out of Kismet, Kansas … a great example of someone who’s doing it right. They work closely with their veterinarian on a weekly basis to determine the right amount of antibiotics.

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China Lifting US Beef Ban Good News for Cattle Industry, But Deal is Far From Official

China Lifting US Beef Ban Good News for Cattle Industry, But Deal is Far From Official

Oklahoma Farm Report

Historic news for the US beef industry happening this week, with the announcement from Chinese officials that China intends to reopen its market to American imported beef from animals under 30 months of age. Their doors have been shut to the US since 2003 after the ‘cow that stole Christmas’ – an incident when mad cow disease was found in the US.

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