Daily Archives: February 21, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM: THINGS AREN’T WHAT THEY SEEM

Baxter Black, DVM: THINGS AREN’T WHAT THEY SEEM

– If you see an Indian dressed like a cowboy, he’s probably a cowboy.

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Overshooting optimum?

Overshooting optimum?

Aaron Berger

Progressive Cattleman

The use of genetic selection tools by cattle breeders has resulted in significant changes within the majority of major breeds over the last 30 years. With only a few exceptions, the overwhelming genetic trend for milk and mature weight over that time has been for more.

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Mob Grazing With Charlie Totten

Mob Grazing With Charlie Totten

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Charlie and his wife Tanya own and operate Totten Angus Ranch in Chamberlain, South Dakota. They’re mob grazing at their ranch to make more money. “We’re adding more organic matter in the soil and increasing the grass population,” Charlie Totten says. In this video he describes working on his 700 acres, mobbing half of it one year and the other half the next year.

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Seek signs of respiratory disease

Seek signs of respiratory disease

Greg Edwards

AgriView

Calves impacted by pneumonia during the first 90 days of life are more likely to experience increased age at first calving, higher incidence of dystocia, lower milk production and greater mortality before first calving.

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Express Ranches CEO Shares His Strategy for Selecting the Right Bull Using EPD Based Decisions

Express Ranches CEO Shares His Strategy for Selecting the Right Bull Using EPD Based Decisions

Oklahoma Farm Report

“I think first off, you have got to use a common-sense approach to the cattle business,” Callahan said. “You have to let the cattle and the environment kind of talk to you and tell you what you need to be doing.” And while he contends there are just some things data can’t tell you, the Express operation is nevertheless built and driven in large part by data collection.

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Preparing for calving: Are you ready for the most stressful time of year?

Preparing for calving: Are you ready for the most stressful time of year?

Kevin Gould

Michigan State University

Calving is hands-down the most stressful time year of for the cow-calf operator. Challenging environmental conditions, increased cattle nutritional requirements and lack of sleep can lead to producers not being fully prepared. Let’s review some basic equipment and management recommendations to assist with calving.

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BCI Pregnancy Analytics App: How is the data used?

BCI Pregnancy Analytics App: How is the data used?

Dr. Bob Larson

The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University

The BCI Pregnancy Analytics App was released in the fall of 2016 and is being used by veterinarians and beef producers to enhance monitoring and evaluating cowherd breeding season success.

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Building bigger, better beef herds

Building bigger, better beef herds

Hannah Johlman

The Fence Post

A bigger beef cattle herd. A younger cow herd. In the face of declining cattle prices, these two facts can bring hope. Had it not been for the drought early in this decade, Oklahoma State University ag economist Darrell Peel says the expansion would have come sooner.

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High-Fiber Cotton and Peanut Byproducts Aid Free-Choice Cattle Feeding

High-Fiber Cotton and Peanut Byproducts Aid Free-Choice Cattle Feeding

Nicolas Dilorenzo

Drovers

One of the most common questions that county agents and state specialists receive this time of the year is: what commodity feed can I use to supplement cattle free-choice? (provided in bulk feeders to cattle as often as they want to eat) Often this question is followed by some explanation about how inconvenient it is to “bucket feed” every day, or how expensive it is to plant winter annuals.

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Selecting sound cattle will improve longevity, performance

Selecting sound cattle will improve longevity, performance

Jennifer Carrico

High Plains Journal

Among the traits beef producers should look at when buying cattle is that of lameness, said Shane Bedwell, chief operating officer of the American Hereford Association. He recommends assessing lameness in genotype and phenotyope.

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