Daily Archives: March 8, 2017

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 sure-fire strategies to get the winning bid on the show animal you want

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 sure-fire strategies to get the winning bid on the show animal you want


10. Leave your fiscally responsible wife at home.

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Mineral supplementation is key

Mineral supplementation is key

Dr. Jason Smith

University of Tennessee

With much needed moisture in the ground (at least relatively speaking), and unseasonably warm temperatures across much of Tennessee over the past few weeks, the spring green-up has begun earlier than in years prior. As exciting as dormant pastures coming to life may be, the risk that they present should not be overlooked. Rapidly growing grass, as well as wheat pasture and other cool season annuals are extremely high in potassium (K) and incredibly low in magnesium (Mg). When combined, these two factors substantially increase the risk for cattle to develop grass tetany.

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The Forage-Based Bull

The Forage-Based Bull

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

At Town Creek Farm, bull development is all about ‌slowing things down. It’s a philosophy built around the idea that more moderate growth rates from forage-based diets build bulls with sounder feet and legs, and improved longevity.

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Tuberculosis in Cattle: What You Need to Know

Tuberculosis in Cattle: What You Need to Know

Russ Daly DVM

Bovine Veterinarian

Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic and slowly progressive disease of cattle that emerges periodically in the US, as it has with a recent discovery in a Harding County, South Dakota, cattle herd. Its incubation time ranges from months to years. Most often, infected cattle will show little to no outward signs of infection.

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Stocker Producers Brace for Margin Squeezes as Feedlots Take Advantage of a Low Cost of Gain

Stocker Producers Brace for Margin Squeezes as Feedlots Take Advantage of a Low Cost of Gain

Oklahoma Farm Report

In his recent observations of the cattle market at auction barns, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, says there is major market adjustment happening between light and heavy weight cattle and calves and yearlings.

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Veterinarians now recommend leaving a retained placenta alone to avoid harming uterus

Veterinarians now recommend leaving a retained placenta alone to avoid harming uterus

Tri State Livestock News

Most cows "clean" soon after calving, shedding placental membranes within 2 to 12 hours. If it takes longer than 12 hours, it is called a retained placenta or retained fetal membranes, according to Dr. Russ Daly (Extension Veterinarian, South Dakota State University). "When I was in practice we didn’t consider doing any kind of intervention until the placenta had been retained up to 72 hours, but our understanding of how best to treat these issues has changed," he says.

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Cattle and conservation

Cattle and conservation

Lynn Betts

Wallaces Farmer

William “Will” Frazee just might know as much about cuts of beef — especially new cuts of beef — as some of the butchers at the local grocery store. That’s because the new Master Farmer and his wife, Deb, spend a great amount of time promoting the kind of beef they produce on their Montgomery County farm in southwest Iowa.

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Weather mix poses challenges for calving

Weather mix poses challenges for calving

Janelle Atyeo

Tri-State Neighbor Reporter

February’s temperamental weather heading into calving season set the stage for a few possible issues for newborn calves. South Dakota’s February weather was unusual this year. Bitterly cold days early in the month gave way to a week with highs in the 60s. Then the spring-like conditions came to an abrupt end, with a storm system Feb. 23-24 causing a sharp drop in temps and bringing more snow.

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Calving Your Beef Cows

Calving Your Beef Cows

Larry Tranel

American Cattleman

Beef cow/calf producers in the Midwest are quite traditional in their fondness for latewinter calving and selling feeder calves off pasture come fall. That tradition can be questioned as to whether that is the best practice for a particular farm, according to Ben Bartlett, a Michigan State University Livestock Agent. Winter feeding is the crux of the beef cow business. However, the midwest also has advantages of being able to grow lower cost forages, access to low cost grain and energy alternatives along with a panoply of marketing alternatives.

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Judge: Nevada Rancher’s Son Must Pay $587K, Remove Cattle

Judge: Nevada Rancher’s Son Must Pay $587K, Remove Cattle

Ag News Feed

A Nevada rancher whose father led a decades-long fight with the U.S. government over grazing and property rights has been ordered to pay $587,000 and remove any livestock he has on federal lands by the end of the month. Wayne N. Hage is the son of cattleman and longtime Sagebrush Rebellion figure Wayne Hage, who died in 2006.

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