Daily Archives: January 11, 2017



I have never seen the Taj Mahal, the Vatican or Fort Knox, all monoliths wrapped in mystery, placed beyond politics, Google and the Rubix Cube. But I can now claim I have seen the FDA in the Land of Acronyms, Washington DC, and survived.

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As Will Feed closes, reflecting on 20 years in the feedyard

As Will Feed closes, reflecting on 20 years in the feedyard

Sherry Bunting

Progressive Cattleman

Closing Will Feed was not an easy decision. Anne Burkholder grieved a few weeks before she could write about it in her Feed Yard Foodie blog. Some of the initial posts were raw. “But that’s where I was, and those first posts were pretty transparent. I’ve moved through that, and I’m finishing strong and looking to the future,” she said in a phone interview recently.

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Just How Big of a Cow Herd is Needed?

Just How Big of a Cow Herd is Needed?

Oklahoma Farm Report

In a recent conversation with Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network’s Farm Director Ron Hays that 2016 was year of some growth in the US cow herd. He says we can expect to confirm this with the US Department of Agriculture’s upcoming cattle inventory report.

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Determing pasture size

Determing pasture size

Austin Miles

Southern Livestock

How big is that pasture? How long is this fence line? How far is it to the nearest water point? All of these questions and more can be answered using the GeoMeasure application, a free download for both iOS and Android smartphones.

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Myths about NPN

Myths about NPN

Beef Producer

NPN or non-protein nitrogen refers to a source of nitrogen that is not derived from protein. Urea is the most common source of NPN in livestock feeds. Urea utilized in livestock feeds is a synthetic compound manufactured specifically for feed and fertilizer use. It is not harvested from urine of slaughtered animals. Synthetically manufactured urea functions in the same way within the rumen as naturally occurring urea.

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What are safe feeding levels for mycotoxin contaminated corn?

What are safe feeding levels for mycotoxin contaminated corn?

Kevin Gould

Michigan State University

The 2016 corn crop in many locations around Central-Michigan has resulted in challenges for grain producers. Several different Mycotoxin types can be found in grains under variable growing conditions. Vomitoxin has been detected at elevated levels in most fields, with many well above allowable levels for grain buyers.

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Tenderness still ranks high

Tenderness still ranks high

The Cattle Business Weekly

Favorable tenderness ratings for beef steaks have remained steady over the past five years, according to recent checkoff-funded research. The 2015-16 National Beef Tenderness Survey was conducted at Texas A&M University, which has regularly studied this important trait since 1990.

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Cattle Industry Convention Brings Education, Entertainment and Business to Nashville

Cattle Industry Convention Brings Education, Entertainment and Business to Nashville

American Cattlemen

The 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 1-3, is quickly approaching, and the lineup of events and number of trade show exhibitors keeps getting more and more exciting.

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Anaplasmosis Treatment in Beef Cattle Under VFD

Anaplasmosis Treatment in Beef Cattle Under VFD


January 2017 brought us the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Dr. Craig Payne, University of Missouri Extension, has spoke to a number of groups across the country educating vets and producers on the VFD and serving as a key resource for continued questions.

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Hughes’ passion shines through work with Seedstock Merchandising Team

Hughes’ passion shines through work with Seedstock Merchandising Team

Jennifer Dimas


Colorado State University’s Seedstock Merchandising Team could also be named the “Elite Eight.” Out of thousands of undergraduate students, only eight are selected each year to be members of the prestigious team that will be competing in the coming weeks at the National Western Stock Show. Rachel Hughes is one of those eight.

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