Daily Archives: September 29, 2016

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

AgWeb

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

FarmTalk

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

Drovers

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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