Daily Archives: January 10, 2017

Transport Tips: Emergency Preparedness

Transport Tips: Emergency Preparedness

Heidi Carroll – 12/30/2016

iGrow

Dairies and cattlemen transport calves, cows and bulls routinely. Ensuring that trailers are properly prepared for transport no matter how short the distance helps stockmen be efficient and promote animal well-being while ensuring human safety. One important way to be prepared during transportation emergencies is to consider the Bovine Emergency Response Plan (BERP) curriculum.

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Reducing weaning’s stress: Researchers tout simple nose flaps for calves

Reducing weaning’s stress: Researchers tout simple nose flaps for calves

Sue Roesler

Tri State Neighbor

Do calves need to go through the stress of abrupt weaning? When calves are weaned the traditional way, they bawl – and the cows bawl as well. Calves will walk the fence-line continuing to bawl, and the stress often leads to a lower immune system, resulting in sickness.

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Considerations for an optimal replacement heifer TMR feeding program.

Considerations for an optimal replacement heifer TMR feeding program.

Dr. Alan S. Vaage Ph.D.

American Cattleman

The reproductive success of a beef cow-calf operation is built on its replacement heifer development and feeding programs.  In an optimal system, replacement heifers are selected as calves at weaning. 

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Meaning and Use of Feed Analysis

Meaning and Use of Feed Analysis

Farming

An animal’s nutrient requirements must be met if optimum performance is to be obtained. Thus, the first step in developing a feeding system is to properly identify energy, protein, mineral and vitamin requirements. The next step is to calculate the combination of feeds among those available that will economically meet these requirements,

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Vomitoxin-Contaminated Wheat Might not be Useless, What to know before feeding it to cattle

Vomitoxin-Contaminated Wheat Might not be Useless, What to know before feeding it to cattle

Ag News Feed

What to do with vomitoxin-contaminated wheat that’s too contaminated to be sold but not contaminated enough to be destroyed for insurance is a question that’s occupying many of the region’s wheat farmers. Above 10 ppm, vomitoxin-contaminated wheat can be destroyed for crop insurance, and below 2 it can still be sold to millers. But what to do with the not insubstantial amount of wheat in western North Dakota and eastern Montana that falls in between that rather large range?

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Efficiency strategies for cow/calf producers and backgrounding operations

Efficiency strategies for cow/calf producers and backgrounding operations

Barb Bierman Batie

Today’s Producer

Cow/calf producers and those who background young cattle are always looking for ways to manage their operations more efficiently. At the recent State of Beef Conference in North Platte, Karla Jenkins, UNL cow/calf-range management specialist, discussed strategies for improving profitability in the ranch operation, while Jim MacDonald, UNL ruminant and nutrition specialist, explored management options for backgrounding systems.

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OSU Extension offers beef webinars

OSU Extension offers beef webinars

The Courier

Beef prices were lower in retail stores the past year as a result of increased beef production that began two years ago. Steak and hamburger enthusiasts may look forward to lower meat prices, but beef producers are struggling to stay profitable with the lower market price for finished cattle.

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The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act: Humane handling and food safety

The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act: Humane handling and food safety

Feedstuffs

Westland-Hallmark Meat Co.’s record setting recall of beef products in 2008 was initially triggered by an undercover video of egregious, nauseating, inhumane handling of spent, old dairy cows too feeble to ambulate to the knock box.

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$2.6 Million of Beef Checkoff Funds Embezzled in Oklahoma

$2.6 Million of Beef Checkoff Funds Embezzled in Oklahoma

Wyatt Bechtel

Drovers

An ongoing investigation has revealed $2.6 million was allegedly embezzled from the Oklahoma Beef Council by a former employee. In September, the Beef Council announced the termination of an employee and an internal investigation was launched into the organization’s financial records.

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Balancing act: New National Corn Growers Association president also runs cattle

Balancing act: New National Corn Growers Association president also runs cattle

Larry Stalcup

Beef Magazine

Texan Wesley Spurlock finds himself walking the fine line that divides corn and cattle. Yet, with feet firmly planted in both, he sees more reason to come together than to argue across the fence that often divides the two. Spurlock’s diversified crop and cattle operation will see him open a 3,000-head backgrounding yard in 2017. He’ll also lead the huge National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) as its incoming president.

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