Monthly Archives: February 2017

Antiobiotics in meat real, growing health threat

Antiobiotics in meat real, growing health threat

Dan Lee

Dispatch Argus

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

On the family farm on which I grew up, we raised beef cattle — Black Angus, my father’s favorite breed of cattle. When the spring calves were a month or so old, we would give each of them a shot of penicillin. Not because there was anything wrong with them but because they would grow faster if they were given a preventive shot.

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BeefTalk: An Increase in Beef Cows Requires Cropland

BeefTalk: An Increase in Beef Cows Requires Cropland

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Current industry thoughts would indicate that the beef cow herd is expanding, but the question is, “Where?” As cattle numbers expand, one needs to ponder where and then how. Ultimately, cattle need land, and regardless of where one goes, land is a precious commodity. Competition is tough, and crop production continues to dominate agriculture. So the question that often needs to be discussed is, “Just where is the forage base to expand cattle?”

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TEXT from Moocall: Cow 37 is calving

TEXT from Moocall: Cow 37 is calving

Debbie Furber

Canadian Cattleman

The text message woke Vern Luther at Craik, Sask., in the wee hours. Jason Evashenko, about a half-hour north near Kenaston, received the exact same text a month later while out for a family supper. As inconvenient as the timing was, neither minded the interruption because it meant a new calf on the way.

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Just How Prepared are We for the Event of a Foreign Disease Outbreak in the Heart of Cattle Country

Just How Prepared are We for the Event of a Foreign Disease Outbreak in the Heart of Cattle Country

Oklahoma Farm Report

The most dangerous animal diseases can be found in a laboratory on Plum Island just off the coast of New York, at least for now. Currently, there is an effort to transfer these contained pathogens to a biosecurity safe laboratory at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

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Nation’s beef cow herd is growing at a pace beyond what’s been seen in recent history

Nation’s beef cow herd is growing at a pace beyond what’s been seen in recent history.

Lee Schulz

Wallaces Farmer

At the beginning of each year USDA releases its annual January Cattle Inventory Report. As expected, the Jan. 31 report confirmed that the U.S. cattle herd continued to expand last year, albeit at a more robust pace than was expected.

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Easy on the Cow, Easy on the Cowboy

Easy on the Cow, Easy on the Cowboy

Courtney M. Dyer

American Cattleman

The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Stockmanship and Stewardship Program is focused on teaching producers techniques to reduce handling stress and improve gathering, penning, working, and hauling cattle.  These techniques not only offer the producers that follow them a significant economic benefit, but also offer a “quality of life” benefit for them and their animals.

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UW researcher studies microbiome effects on cattle feed efficiency

UW researcher studies microbiome effects on cattle feed efficiency

High Plains Journal

You thought you were feeding silage or hay to cows these frosty winter mornings, didn’t you. The livestock really being fed are smaller and their names harder to pronounce than Angus, Hereford, Simmental, Charolais or Blonde d’Aquitaine—maybe not that last one—but chances are the next time livestock producers gather, “bacterioidetes” or “firmicutes” won’t be rolling off their tongues.

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Extension Specialist Advises Cattle Producers Develop Marketing Plan

Extension Specialist Advises Cattle Producers Develop Marketing Plan

Northern AG Network

Even though calving season hasn’t gotten underway in full swing, now is a good time for producers to start planning their 2017 marketing strategy. SDSU Extension Risk Business Management Specialist Matt Diersen says for fed cattle, there’s the typical seasonal pattern in the cash price and it carries over in the future’s price as well.,so it’s advisable to use a five year average basis level.

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Earlier vaccination on the ranch pays dividends down the line.

Earlier vaccination on the ranch pays dividends down the line.

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

To producers who are thinking about cutting costs, Doug Ensley emphasized that administering vaccines is not the place to cut corners. “Not vaccinating cattle is not a good idea for cattle health — especially as antibiotic use for treatment of sick cattle is becoming more limiting,” the veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. told attendees Feb. 2 at an NCBA Learning Lounge educational session during the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn.

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Here’s why having breeding goals matter

Here’s why having breeding goals matter

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

It’s plumb tough to hit something specific without aiming, as the old saying goes. It’s equally easy to hit something unintended by using the same strategy. Consider selective breeding, or non-selective breeding for that matter. It always represents a roll of the genetic dice. There’s no telling which genes the offspring will inherit from each parent. There’s no way of knowing how the environment will allow the inherited genes to express themselves, exactly.

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Winter Feeding Program Proving a Success for Arkansas Cattle Producers

Winter Feeding Program Proving a Success for Arkansas Cattle Producers

Ryan McGeeney


For years, Shane Gadberry, an associate professor of ruminant nutrition and animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been working to help cattle producers in central Arkansas get the most “bang for their buck” when it comes to feeding their herds through the winter, and ending up with healthy cows in the spring.

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Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reasons you shouldn’t retire from farming yet

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 reasons you shouldn’t retire from farming yet


10. How can you retire when your 88-year old father is still plugging away?

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What affects flavor in beef?

What affects flavor in beef?

Miranda Reiman

Progressive Cattleman

Life is not always heads or tails, black and white, or pass-fail. When it comes to beef, certain traits, like tenderness, are easier to quantify than others.

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New research underscores importance of calf management

New research underscores importance of calf management

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

As one example, research over the past decade suggests colostrum is not only important to the immediate health and immunity of the calf – but colostrum’s biggest impact may actually be in influencing a calf’s long-term performance.

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Factors Affecting Bred Cow Value

Factors Affecting Bred Cow Value

Derrell S. Peel

Feedlot Magazine

Bred cows vary in value according to a number of factors including age; quality; weight; stage of gestation; hide color; time of year and location.  Research at Oklahoma State University has examined 15 years of auction data in Oklahoma to determine the impact of these factors on commercial bred cow value.

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Capacity, economic efficiency, and the beef industry outlook

Capacity, economic efficiency, and the beef industry outlook

John Nalivka

Tri-State Livestock News

am currently in route to Washington D.C. to give an invited presentation at USDA’s Outlook Forum this week. I was asked to speak on capacity in the red meat industry, a topic that I spend quite a bit of time tracking and analyzing as it concerns markets and strategic planning for clients. How often have you heard (or said) prices would be better if we just had another beef plant to increase competition for cattle?

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Nutritional management affects embryo development, pregnancy.

Nutritional management affects embryo development, pregnancy.

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Contrary to what most cattlemen may think, fertilization rates among  beef cows and heifers bred by artificial  insemination (AI) are quite high.  According to South Dakota State University  Reproductive Physiologist George Perry,  fertilization is successful about 90% of the  time when animals are detected in estrus  and semen is present at the time ovulation  occurs. So why is it that most well-managed  AI programs result in just 70%, or even fewer,  AI-sired calves?  

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Beef producers certified as Indiana Master Cattleman

Beef producers certified as Indiana Master Cattleman

Greene Coutny Daily World

Purdue Extension’s Indiana Master Cattleman program recently certified 11 beef producers in the class held in Greene County. These producers received extensive training to enhance their existing knowledge and experience in raising beef cattle.

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Dr. Cliff Lamb accepts position at Texas A&M University

Dr. Cliff Lamb accepts position at Texas A&M University

Jackson County Flordian

University of Florida Professor, Dr. Cliff Lamb, has received the honor of being selected to serve as the Department Head and Professor for the Department of Animal Science at the renowned Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

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Texoma Cattlemen’s Conference highlights sustainability

Texoma Cattlemen’s Conference highlights sustainability

Hay and Forage

The U.S. beef cattle industry continues to enhance efficiency, but the ever-changing landscape requires constant education. The Noble Foundation will host a cattlemen’s conference to answer producers’ questions about sustainability and offer a forum for leaders in each sector of the industry to describe their contributions toward the future of sustainable beef.

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