Monthly Archives: February 2017

Dewormer Dilemma

Dewormer Dilemma

Feedlot Magazine

The benefits of deworming your cattle are well known: increased weight gains and breeding efficiency, reduced pasture contamination, improved immune status and more.  But it’s not as easy to know which deworming product to use.

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Baxter Black, DVM: GIMP

Baxter Black, DVM:  GIMP

I was out in the driveway scattering stove ash when I heard the geese. It was three days until the end of the season and I was still zero for 6.

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Producers Can Maximize Pregnancy Rates Using A.I.

Producers Can Maximize Pregnancy Rates Using A.I.

Cattle Today

Artificial insemination (AI) offers cattle producers the opportunity to use semen from high-accuracy, genetically superior sires at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a herd bull with similar genetics. "In addition, using estrus synchronization and AI can increase the number of calves born earlier in the calving season and increase weaning weights of calves," North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist Carl Dahlen says.

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Online Beef University: Beef up on beef

Online Beef University: Beef up on beef

B. Lynn Gordon

iGrow

Leaders are learners, always striving to learn more and not settling for the status quo. An excellent learning opportunity is now available for beef producers to learn more about the product they produce, or brush up on some of the production facts, beef labeling issues, beef inspection and grading along with the latest knowledge available to the beef industry.

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Lower Cattle Prices Call for Management Tweaks

Lower Cattle Prices Call for Management Tweaks

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The problem is identifying where money needs to be allocated and not allocated. This is a wonderful time to really work on your recordkeeping and accounting. I know this is my biggest failure and a common challenge for many producers.

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Trump to order reversal of Obama water regulation rule

Trump to order reversal of Obama water regulation rule

The Nation

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a measure as early as Tuesday aimed at rescinding a major Obama administration water regulation and direct an end to the government’s defense of the rule, a Trump official briefed on the plan said late Friday.

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Are You Smart Enough to Farm Today?

Are You Smart Enough to Farm Today?

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

This is the time of year when agricultural literacy gets a lot of attention. This past week was Ag Literacy Week, an initiative sponsored by Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom project, which focuses on educating grade school students on the importance of agriculture.

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Genomics are great. But how do you get paid for superior genetics?

Genomics are great. But how do you get paid for superior genetics?

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

I got a call earlier this week from a frustrated cow-calf producer. Seems he bought set of very well-bred Angus heifers for $1,600 a pop with the idea of breeding and selling them as bred heifers. He AI’d the group to a well-known Angus bull and then advertised them several places.

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Tight profits on beef cow herds bring focus to toxic fescue losses

Tight profits on beef cow herds bring focus to toxic fescue losses

Buffalo Reflex

Convincing cow herd owners to eradicate their old fescue and plant new novel-endophyte fescue is difficult in the best of times. Now, the case will be remade by the Alliance for Grassland Renewal.

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Improving stocker gain

Improving stocker gain

Dr. Jeff Sarchet

Morning AG Clips

Growing up on a feedyard of 5,000 head in the Oklahoma Panhandle, I observed firsthand the benefits of well-managed cattle coming in from the stocker level. I work with a number of stocker operations across the country, and no matter the region, they share the same priority at this level of beef production — improving gain.

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Now’s the time to assess your breeding goals

Now’s the time to assess your breeding goals

Melissa Beck

Progressive Cattleman

“There’s an app for that.” There’s an app for just about everything these days. There’s even a compass app for smartphones. Hopefully, if you’re ever that lost, you’ll have enough bars for the thing to work.

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Which Comes First, Calving or Rebreeding?

Which Comes First, Calving or Rebreeding?

Chad Zehnde

Hereford World

Regardless of which takes priority in your mind, calving and rebreeding success is always in season.  You’ve heard the dilemma, “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” A similar dilemma plays out in the cattle industry each year as we start preparing for calving season. Which comes first, calving or rebreeding? You might put all of your eggs in the calving “basket,” since a live, healthy calf is often first priority.  But a calf is ultimately the result of a successful cattle breeding cycle, and  preparation for calving and rebreeding should occur simultaneously.

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Profit Tip: Using Replacement Strategies to Decrease Real Cow Depreciation

Profit Tip: Using Replacement Strategies to Decrease Real Cow Depreciation

Tri State Livestock News

In accounting, real depreciation is an attempt to relate the change in value of an asset as it ages and/or declines in usefulness. For example, when you buy a car and drive off the dealer’s lot, it loses on average 11% of its initial value. Simply, the car is now worth less because it is a used car.

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Don’t play Russian roulette with your cattle genetics

Don’t play Russian roulette with your cattle genetics

Laura Mushrush

Beef Magazine

A herd sire packs a powerful punch when it comes to the genetic development of a cow herd. An elementary school science lesson and plain common sense teaches the 50:50 relationship when it comes to the creation of offspring — take that logic to the cow pen, and a bad bull = bad calves.

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3 misunderstood (and underutilized) genetic tools

3 misunderstood (and underutilized) genetic tools

Matthew Spangler

Progressive Cattleman

As a beef producer, you are asked to be an economist, nutritionist, range scientist, mechanic, and the list goes on. While these skill sets are needed to run a successful operation, it can be a daunting task to stay well versed in all of these areas. As a result, many producers experience “information overload” and begin overlooking very useful tools.

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Tomi Lahren’s “Alternative Facts” on COOL

Tomi Lahren’s "Alternative Facts" on COOL

Bridget Beran

Drovers

Conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren is speaking out about Country-of-Origin-Labeling again. Lahren, a native South Dakotan, currently hosts Tomi for TheBlaze on line. In her recent “Final Thoughts” commentary, she reiterated her view point that the elimination of COOL is detrimental to the American rancher.  But what are the facts behind her statements?

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Fly control: Parasitic wasps are biological warfare at its best

Fly control: Parasitic wasps are biological warfare at its best

Becky Cook

Progressive Cattleman

Darr Feedlot in Cozad, Nebraska, sits on 325 acres that are divided into two lots – one with just under 30,000 head of cattle, the other with nearly 20,000 head of cattle in it. With that many cattle in one area, you would think the flies would be out-of-control nasty, but they’re not.

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SEMO dedicates indoor cattle feeding building

SEMO dedicates indoor cattle feeding building

Brownfield AG News

A cattle feeding facility has been dedicated at Southeast Missouri State University and will be used to study the economic results of covered feeding. Researchers will compare beef production in the new 45-hundred square foot facility to open feeding areas. They will track the cattle’s feed to gain ratio, behavior and welfare, and, meat quality.

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Market delivers a blow to Holstein feeders

Market delivers a blow to Holstein feeders

Brita Moore

Post Bulletin

Holstein producers in the region are down to two buyers — American Foods and JBS Packer Land — which depresses the price farmers get for their cattle. At a recent livestock auction at Central Livestock in Zumbrota, fed Holstein steers sold for about $30 less than fed beef steers.

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Pocket: Drug-Resistant Salmonella: More Research Needed

Pocket: Drug-Resistant Salmonella: More Research Needed

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

We know that salmonella is one of the most important food-borne pathogens in the United States, and that some salmonella populations have developed resistance to one or more antibiotics. Research also has found antibiotic resistance in salmonella derived from animals at the farm level.

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