Daily Archives: December 16, 2016

BeefTalk: Bull Selection and Obtaining Historical Benchmarks

BeefTalk: Bull Selection and Obtaining Historical Benchmarks

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

In life, knowing your goal determines your route to achieve that goal. The same is true when selecting bulls for your herd. The first step in smart bull selection begins with a historical understanding of the bulls. A review of the last two or three calf crops provides the basis for an account of calves marketed. Either a simple or detailed review, based on the individual producer’s desire, is a practical approach that helps with bull selection. Only add the details you actually are going to review, understand and use.

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Plan now for colostrum needs this spring

Plan now for colostrum needs this spring

Glenn Selk


It is not too soon to begin to prepare for the spring calving season. Locating, obtaining, and storing several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer will come in handy before the first heifers start to go into labor. Calves born after a difficult birth are at a high risk of failing to receive adequate colostrum by natural suckling because of greatly decreased colostrum intake.

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How to Load Cattle Onto a Trailer in Pasture Without a Chute

How to Load Cattle Onto a Trailer in Pasture Without a Chute

Whit Hibbard

On Pasture

“Working” with cattle involves teaching them that you are in control because you can control their movement; i.e., you can speed them up, slow them down, stop them, turn them, and drive them places. I’ve described these steps in previous articles that you can find here.

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Timing for Feeedyard Vaccines

Timing for Feeedyard Vaccines

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

We know that stresses associated with weaning, transport, comingling, castration, dehorning and feedlot processing increase plasma cortisol concentrations and challenge the immune system. We also know that calves arriving in feedyards often have been exposed to respiratory pathogens during the marketing and transport process, and that the combined effects of stress, suppressed immunity and disease exposure can reduce the benefits of vaccinations.

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Smaller cows can produce more profitable fed steers

Smaller cows can produce more profitable fed steers

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

At last someone has studied the relationship of smaller cows to profitability of the smaller steers they produce. The result was a group of smaller-framed cows from North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research Center out-profited a group of larger-framed cows.

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Use Laboratory Diagnosis to Determine Deworming Strategies

Use Laboratory Diagnosis to Determine Deworming Strategies

Bill Halfman

University of Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s 2016 growing season was ‘good for grass’, as abundant rainfall and optimal temperatures supported forage production. For certain, internal parasites whose life cycle depends upon grass and grazing ruminants, proliferated in response to all that grass.

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Tips for managing cattle through an Arctic blast

Tips for managing cattle through an Arctic blast

Tri State Neighbor

Extremely cold temperatures are gripping the cattle feeding areas of the Northern Plains. Although cattle producers can’t change the weather, there are management steps they can take to help keep cattle healthy and performing well.

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If you live in a rural community, you can probably name many examples of a multi-generational family that operates a ranch or farm.

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26,000 Cattle Quarantined in Canada

26,000 Cattle Quarantined in Canada

Wyatt Bechtel


The discovery of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in a Canadian cow slaughtered in the U.S. back in September has led to the quarantine of approximately 26,000 cattle. After the initial case five more cattle from the herd of origin in Alberta tested positive for bovine TB, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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Administration Releases Destructive GIPSA Rules

Administration Releases Destructive GIPSA Rules


Jeopardizing U.S. livestock producers, USDA released their final rulemaking on the 2010 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act. Tracy Brunner, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president said these provisions are very similar to the 2010 proposed rules that industry groups have consistently voiced concern over. He also pointed out that Congress has repeatedly defunded the rules due to the staggering harm they would cause industry.

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