Daily Archives: December 29, 2016

Mark Parker:  The Top Ten future headlines:

Mark Parker:  The Top Ten future headlines:


10. Judge rules culling 12-year old cow constitutes age discrimination; Rancher fined

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Cold Stress and Beef Cattle

Cold Stress and Beef Cattle

David Hartman

Bovine Veterinarian

Winter weather if finally arriving and when it gets here for good we need to be prepared to handle and transport cattle appropriately. The heat of summer can be a challenge but the cold, wet and wind of winter and early spring can cause headaches that can’t be matched.

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Prevention is a Producer’s Best Tool for Managing Their Herd Health Program

Prevention is a Producer’s Best Tool for Managing Their Herd Health Program

Oklahoma Farm Report

When it comes to managing any cattle operation, herd health is one of, if not the top priority for producers. Especially with recent pressure coming from the consumer base, scrutinizing the use of antibiotics in modern production practices, says Dr. Tim Parks, manager of beef cattle technical services for MERCK Animal Health.

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True sustainability means you are making a profit

True sustainability means you are making a profit

Wallace’s Farmer

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has named AJ and Kellie Blair, Dayton, as winners of the 2016 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The Blairs show a dedication to the environment on their modern, diversified livestock farm and have added cattle to the farm because of the conservation benefits cattle have to offer.

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Embryo transfers gain ground

Embryo transfers gain ground

Andrea Johnson

Tri State Neighbor

The use of embryo transfer to produce highly-desired cattle is growing. New technology allows certified practitioners to synchronize recipients and manage the super-ovulation protocols of donors, said Dr. Scott Josephson, DVM and owner of Tri-County Veterinary Clinic in Taunton, Minn. In 2015, there were about 30,000 beef cow donors used for embryo transfer work. Another 12,000 dairy cows also donated to the process, according to the American Embryo Transfer Association.

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What is “Cow Sense”?

What is “Cow Sense”?

Dr. Roy Burris

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

There was a time when almost everyone had animals – lots of animals! Folks grew up living with and understanding animals. They had to understand them. They rode horses, plowed with draft animals, hunted with dogs, milked a cow or two and generally co-existed with farm animals. People learned how to understand what an animal was thinking.

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Cow-calf Producers Should Start Obtaining Colostrum Now

Cow-calf Producers Should Start Obtaining Colostrum Now

AG News Feed

Cow-calf operators should start locating, obtaining and storing several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer sure to come in handy before the first heifers start to go into labor this spring. “It may be winter but spring calving should still be high in terms of awareness,” said Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension emeritus cattle specialist and editor of the OSU Cow-Calf Corner newsletter. 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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Israeli cattle ranchers seek out Ohio genetics

Israeli cattle ranchers seek out Ohio genetics

Catie Noyes

Farm and Dairy

A high percentage of the cattle in Israel are a Simmental breed from Europe and can be traced back to just four genetic lines. There are currently only 50,000 head of beef cattle in the whole country of Israel, which created a need for more genetic lines to produce more cattle for the country. During a recent mission trip to Israel, embryos from two Ohio farmers were implanted in the indigenous herds.

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Feed-Lot magazine co-founder passes away – Feedlot Magazine

Feed-Lot magazine co-founder passes away – Feedlot Magazine

Greg Strong

Feedlot Magazine

On December 14th at 2:00 AM Robert A. “Bob” Strong, one of the two founding partners of Feed-Lot Magazine passed away in his sleep.   I was extremely lucky to work with my father for 21 years.  When we started the magazine, neither of us had ever worked for a magazine and literally learned “on the job.”  We worked hard and over the years built Feed-Lot Magazine into what it is today.

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Cow herd expansion will keep market prices lower

Cow herd expansion will keep market prices lower

Blair Fannin

Texas AgriLife Today

Cattle inventory across the U.S. will continue to expand and that will likely keep prices in moderation through 2017, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Jason Johnson, AgriLife Extension economist in Stephenville, discussed cattle market trends during the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference in Waco.

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